Pest Control: How to Check for Termites

Pest Control: How to Check for Termites

Pests can cause serious damage to a home. If you suspect that there are pests such as termites doing damage on a property, there are a few telltale signs. First, see if you notice a small pile of discarded wings. When a swarmer leaves its colony, they drop their wings…

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Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Before Spring

Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Before Spring

Spring hasn’t quite arrived, and it can be tempting to put off home maintenance and renovation projects. After all, these jobs are often simpler to complete when the weather outside is warm and comfortable. Although some projects can wait a few months, there are others that homeowners should be tackling…

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A Brief Guide to Luxury Vinyl Flooring

A Brief Guide to Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners, steering many people away from classic wood floors. Considering luxury vinyl’s versatility, durability, and ease of maintenance, this comes as no surprise. Luxury vinyl is also quite cost-efficient compared to stone, tile, and wood. Before investing in luxury vinyl…

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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2022

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2022

Home design trends are always changing and evolving, and 2022 is no exception. This year, there are several trends you can expect to see become more popular than ever. Many homeowners have begun to appreciate a less-polished, more casual design aesthetic. This could involve raw wood tones and light, soft…

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Decorating a Small Room

Decorating a Small Room

If your favorite room is on the smaller side, it may come with some unique design challenges. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be transformed into a comfortable space. These challenges can be simple to overcome if you strategize correctly. Try incorporating wallpaper and mirrors into the design, especially if…

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Money Isn’t All Home Sellers Need to Look For

Money Isn’t All Home Sellers Need to Look For

When you’re reviewing offers you’ve received on your property, it can be tempting to focus on the money involved. After all, doesn’t it make sense to go with the highest offer? In reality, however, it’s not that simple. Rather than prioritizing the bottom line alone, make sure to consider your…

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Why You Need an Agent Even If Youve Found a Buyer

Why You Need an Agent (Even If You’ve Found a Buyer)

If you’re among those fortunate homeowners who have found an interested buyer before even listing the property, take a moment to celebrate. However, although it can be tempting to sell your home without using an agent, this is almost always a bad idea. A verbal offer isn’t a legally binding…

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What Obstacles Can Make It Difficult to Close on Time

What Obstacles Can Make It Difficult to Close on Time?

Even though most home sale contracts will settle when the seller expects, this isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, it’s possible for home sale contract closings to experience delays or even become terminated altogether. So, what usually causes this to happen? There are a few common obstacles faced by sellers, such…

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The Future of Marketing Technology in Real Estate

The Future of Marketing Technology in Real Estate

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate agents have relied on marketing technology more than ever before. Once social distancing became the norm, realtors across the United States needed to find a new way to show properties and communicate with their clients. For agents looking to grow…

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How to Avoid Cursing Your Credit

How to Avoid Cursing Your Credit

Are you hoping to buy a home with financing in the near future? If that’s the case, then you must become familiar with what you should and shouldn’t be doing with your finances in the meantime. Otherwise, it could be more difficult than necessary to qualify for a mortgage. Before…

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Preparing to Purchase a Home The Basics

Preparing to Purchase a Home: The Basics

Preparing to purchase a home shouldn’t begin right before you hope to buy your new property. Rather, the preparation process should start approximately a year before you plan to purchase the home. At this point, you’ll want to meet with a real estate agent and undergo a buyer consultation. Approximately…

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What Are First Time Home Buyers Looking For in 2022

What Are First Time Home Buyers Looking For in 2022?

Every year brings with it a surge of first-time homebuyers entering the market. However, the expectations those buyers have can change from year to year. So, what are first-time homebuyers in 2022 looking for? This year, most homebuyers are looking to spend under $350,000 on their new property. This is…

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How Does Instagram Benefit Realtors

How Does Instagram Benefit Realtors?

Real estate agents have myriad social platforms to take advantage of, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. However, one of the most popular platforms for professional realtors is Instagram. Instagram is special for a number of reasons. Perhaps most importantly, it’s the perfect place to share high-quality listing photos with…

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Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Before Spring

Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete Before Spring

Spring hasn’t quite arrived, and it can be tempting to put off home maintenance and renovation projects. After all, these jobs are often simpler to complete when the weather outside is warm and comfortable. Although some projects can wait a few months, there are others that homeowners should be tackling…

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How to Prepare for Spring Renovations

How to Prepare for Spring Renovations

The spring renovation season is right around the corner, and homeowners across the nation are preparing to step outside and get to work. However, before the warmer days are in full swing, there are a few tips to keep in mind. To start, it’s wise to schedule many outdoor projects…

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Why Lawn Maintenance Is So Important

Why Lawn Maintenance Is So Important

When you bring in a landscape architect to design the perfect lawn, you can certainly achieve the yard of your dreams. However, is the added time and expense really necessary? It may be better to focus on lawn maintenance to keep your yard healthy and beautiful year-round. Regular lawn maintenance…

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Tips to Make Your Move Easier

Tips to Make Your Move Easier

No matter how far you’re moving, the process can be stressful. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the frustrations you endure: Avoid procrastination, no matter what stage of the moving process you’re experiencing. Don’t wait until the last minute to pack up your belongings or hire a moving company. Begin…

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Boosting a Homes Curb Appeal

Boosting a Home’s Curb Appeal

When you’re looking to sell a home, curb appeal matters. This is the first impression potential buyers will have of your property, and they’ll develop an opinion the moment they pull up to the home for the first time. Unfortunately, if a home looks ill-kept on the outside, many prospective…

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Pest Control: How to Check for Termites

Pest Control: How to Check for Termites

Pests can cause serious damage to a home. If you suspect that there are pests such as termites doing damage on a property, there are a few telltale signs. First, see if you notice a small pile of discarded wings. When a swarmer leaves its colony, they drop their wings…

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How to Lower Your Utility Bills

How to Lower Your Utility Bills

If your current utility bills are higher than you’d like them to be, you’re not alone. However, your bills are not completely out of your control—there are steps you can take to reduce your utility bills. Start by making an effort to turn off the lights and all possible household…

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Two Home Safety Tasks Homeowners Often Forget

Two Home Safety Tasks Homeowners Often Forget

While there is a seemingly endless list of home safety tasks knowledgeable homeowners must remember to accomplish, a few significant duties often go unrecognized. However, this doesn’t mean they are any less essential. For example, many people forget to perform attic fan maintenance. During the spring and summer months, make…

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Home’s Water Quality

Simple Ways to Improve Your Home’s Water Quality

It doesn’t always take major renovations or installation jobs to improve the water quality of your home. There are simple actions that homeowners can take to begin using or consuming cleaner water. Before you use any water for cooking or drinking, let the cold water tap run for two minutes.…

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Should You List Your Home During the Spring

Should You List Your Home During the Spring?

If you’re looking to sell your home, you’ve likely considered the importance of selling at the right time. So, what is the ideal time of year to put your property on the market? A definitive answer is hard to say, given the variability in the housing market, but there are…

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How to Prevent Bed Bug Infestations

How to Prevent Bed Bug Infestations

Even though bed bugs can seem like they come out of nowhere, there are keyways that homeowners can reduce their risk of an infestation. For example, before you bring any secondhand furniture into your house, make sure you’ve checked it thoroughly for signs of bed bugs. You can also use…

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When to DIY (and When to Bring in a Contractor)

When to DIY (and When to Bring in a Contractor)

So, you’ve recently decided on a brand-new home improvement project. As you start to plan, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is simple—will you take care of the job yourself, or would it be better to hire a contractor? Depending on the type of project and your…

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Should Realtors Attend Conferences

Should Realtors Attend Conferences?

No matter your field, conferences can be extremely beneficial for professional development. This is certainly true for those in the real estate profession. So, why should you actually attend a real estate conference, and what can you expect to gain from one of these events? In fact, one of the…

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It’s Easy to Take Better Listing Photos

It’s Easy to Take Better Listing Photos

Before a potential buyer stops by to view your property in person, they’ll likely consult your listing photos. Unfortunately, this means that if the photos are subpar, the buyer could be dissuaded from considering your property any further, even if it meets all their specifications. Fortunately, you don’t need to…

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How to Upgrade a Dated Home Without Blowing Your Budget

How to Upgrade a Dated Home Without Blowing Your Budget

Upgrading an older or dated home can be a daunting process, especially if you’re working with a limited budget. Fortunately, you can make a large impact with small changes. Remove the knobs or pulls on your bathroom or kitchen cabinets and replace them with new ones. Similarly, upgrade lighting features…

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How to Start Raking Your Yard Better

How to Start Raking Your Yard Better

Have you recently raked the leaves in your yard? Even if you have, there’s still a chance you’ve been making some common mistakes. For instance, make sure you’re using the right type of rake to get the job done. When you opt for a narrow metal rake, it will be…

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Inflation and Its Impact on Home Prices

Inflation and Its Impact on Home Prices

It’s no secret that inflation has a powerful impact on the housing market. When inflation occurs, however, what exactly happens to housing prices? Inflation is notorious for worsening the demand-supply imbalance in the housing industry, leading to even higher prices. Homebuyers will attempt to hedge against inflation by purchasing a…

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Popular Trends for Your Home Office

Popular Trends for Your Home Office

Home offices have become more common than ever. With this rise in popularity comes a surge of different home office trends worth checking out. One possibility is bringing hybrid furniture into the space. This is especially useful if you’re unable to create a dedicated space for your office. For example,…

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Common Home Repairs During the Winter Months

Common Home Repairs During the Winter Months

During certain times of the year, your home is going to be prone to different types of damage. When you remain aware of the risks you’re facing, it’s easier to prevent them and save money on expensive repairs. There are numerous repairs and other home improvement projects that become more…

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Planning for Retirement as a Realtor

Planning for Retirement as a Realtor

Planning for retirement is important for someone in any profession. Many real estate agents are self-employed, however, and this can have an impact on the retirement planning process. There are three primary kinds of retirement that a self-employed realtor can choose from. One possibility is known as a Roth IRA,…

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How Profitable Are Eco Friendly Properties

How Profitable Are Eco-Friendly Properties?

Maybe you’ve been considering investing in a “green” or eco-friendly property but aren’t sure if it’s worthwhile. If so, here’s the simple answer: Yes, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment. By investing in eco-friendly properties, you’ll be met with superior market performance and financial returns. Typically, a green property leads to…

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Home Improvement on a Budget

Home Improvement on a Budget

Just because you have a limited budget, doesn’t mean that home improvement projects are out of reach. In fact, there are plenty of ways to perform home improvement on a budget. Projects like painting the walls of a room are relatively affordable, and they can make a big difference in…

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Why Are Ice Dams So Dangerous

Why Are Ice Dams So Dangerous?

Ice dams are a relatively common problem faced by homeowners during the winter months. Typically, ice dams form when the surface of your roof is an uneven temperature — this can be due to poor insulation, for instance. Snow and ice melt before refreezing when it reaches the edge of…

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How to Prevent Ice Dams

How to Prevent Ice Dams

When ice dams form, they can pose a danger to both you and your property. Since dams can be a hassle to get rid of, it’s worthwhile to lower the risk of them developing in the first place. One prevention method involves setting up heated cables. You can attach these…

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Winter Home Improvement Projects

Winter Home Improvement Projects

With each season comes the potential for new home improvement projects. If you’re looking to improve or maintain your property during the winter, then there are a few possibilities to be aware of. For instance, it’s always a good idea to seal up any cracks you find throughout your home…

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Home Improvement Resolutions for the New Year

Home Improvement Resolutions for the New Year

With a new year comes a new batch of resolutions. In 2022, why not focus on bettering your home? There are plenty of home improvement resolutions to consider. To begin, you can resolve to change your HVAC filter every one to three months, if you aren’t already staying on top…

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Are Lowball Offers Ever a Good Idea

Are Lowball Offers Ever a Good Idea?

When you’re looking to purchase a home, is it ever a wise decision to give the seller a lowball offer? By lowballing on the property, you’re giving an offer that’s well under what the seller is currently asking. Sometimes when a seller receives a lowball offer, they may take offense…

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Questions to Ask Home Inspectors

Questions to Ask Home Inspectors

When you bring a home inspector to a property, it’s in your best interest to ask them questions. You should be asking questions before, during, and after the inspection. Early on, asking about the inspector’s limits, what they charge, and what kind of experience they have can help you choose…

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What Is the Multiple Listing Service

What Is the Multiple Listing Service?

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, if you’re currently involved in the real estate market, you’re probably going to encounter the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). At its core, the MLS is an enormous database of different home listings — but there’s much more to it than just that. In…

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What to Do Before Closing on a Home

What to Do Before Closing on a Home

Before you close on a home, make sure that you have a checklist ready. There are several essential tasks that you’ll need to take care of. First, make sure that any contingencies are figured out before closing. Typical kinds of contingencies include home inspection, appraisal, and financing. Remember to purchase…

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Confirming Ownership as a Buyer or Renter

Confirming Ownership as a Buyer or Renter

If you’re hoping to avoid getting burned, it’s important that as a buyer or renter, you confirm ownership of a property, before signing the deed or lease. Even if the deal looks fantastic, don’t rush into it — scams aren’t unheard of in the real estate industry, and you should…

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What Is iBuying

What Is iBuying?

Have you heard about iBuying, in the context of real estate? iBuying is a relatively new concept, giving buyers and sellers a new way to handle real estate transactions. As a seller, iBuying is fantastic if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to sell your property. When you…

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A Beginners Guide to Rent Back Agreements

A Beginner’s Guide to Rent-Back Agreements

If you’re looking to sell a home but aren’t quite ready to move out, then a rent-back agreement could be just what you’re looking for. With a rent-back agreement, the sellers are provided additional time to live in the home, even after the sale has closed. Basically, this agreement makes…

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The Benefits of Listing Your Home During Winter

The Benefits of Listing Your Home During Winter

Have you considered waiting until spring to list your home? Although spring is a great time of year to enter the housing market, you could still benefit from listing your home during the winter months. For one, inventory is low this time of the year. This means that homes are…

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An Introduction to Quitclaim Deeds and When You Need One

An Introduction to Quitclaim Deeds (and When You Need One)

Have you heard the term “quitclaim” recently, but aren’t sure what it means? If you’re currently transferring property to your spouse or a family member, you’ve probably heard a lot about quitclaim deeds. Quitclaim deeds allow ownership of a property to be quickly and efficiently transferred, without the home needing…

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The Top New Years Eve Decor Ideas

The Top New Year’s Eve Decor Ideas

With 2022 right around the corner, it’s time to start planning for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. This year, consider turning to DIY decor — it’s fun to create, and it saves you money on decorations. For example, try covering mason jars in spray adhesive, gold glitter, and gold spray…

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Essential Home Maintenance Tasks

Essential Home Maintenance Tasks

If you’re looking to keep your home in its best possible condition (and really, who isn’t), you will need to stay on top of a few essential home maintenance tasks. Neglecting these duties can make a significant impact on the state of your home—even leading to a lower property value.…

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The Benefits of Recessed Lighting

The Benefits of Recessed Lighting

Have you ever put significant thought into the lighting you choose for your home? If you haven’t, now could be the time to think it over and potentially replace or update your current lighting fixtures. Although there are many lighting options available to homeowners or renovators, recessed lighting is a…

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When Do I Require a Building Permit

When Do I Require a Building Permit?

When embarking on a new home improvement or renovation project, you might worry about whether or not you’ll need a building permit. This is an understandable concern, as a permit is a necessity in some situations, while in others, it’s not something you’ll need to worry about. Wondering when you’ll…

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Improving the Security of Your Home

Improving the Security of Your Home

If you don’t feel safe and secure in your own home, it can be difficult to think positively of your property as a whole—especially if you live alone. On the bright side, it’s not difficult to improve the security of your property; there are actually quite a few methods to…

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Upgrading a Kitchen Before Sale

Upgrading a Kitchen Before Sale

Maybe you’re currently getting ready to put your home on the market—what upgrades should you be taking care of first? The possibilities can seem endless, after all. One option, of course, is to upgrade your kitchen. You don’t need to undergo a large-scale remodel to increase the value of your…

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Designing a Cozier Home

Designing a Cozier Home

No matter who you are or what your design preferences are, it’s a safe bet that you’d prefer to reside in a cozy home rather than a property that feels cold and unwelcoming. Of course, “cozy” can mean something different to every individual. There are endless ways you can go…

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Common Home Health Hazards

Common Home Health Hazards

We all want to keep our homes as safe as possible and negate the risk of potential health hazards. That being said, sometimes, problems will arise. There are a number of ways in which a health hazard can be introduced into your home, but it’s always a good idea to…

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How to Stand Out As a Real Estate Agent

How to Stand Out As a Real Estate Agent

Considering the large number of real estate agents that are out there, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. If you want to continue gaining new clients, you’ll need to do more than just the bare minimum—you have to go above and beyond. You can accomplish this by sprinkling…

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Begin Earning More As a Real Estate Agent

Begin Earning More As a Real Estate Agent

Considering how hard you work as a real estate agent, you deserve to be paid adequately for the job that you do. What are the top ways that agents are getting paid in the modern real estate market? Investing in professional development is one fantastic way to build up the…

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Misconceptions About Real Estate Careers

Misconceptions About Real Estate Careers

Although real estate is certainly a rewarding and enjoyable career for many individuals, it isn’t a job that everyone understands. For those who have never worked in real estate, misconceptions about this profession are common. Many non-realtors don’t realize just how many skills are involved in the process. To be…

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Finding New Real Estate Clients

Finding New Real Estate Clients

If you’re a real estate agent, one of your top goals is probably to continue building up your client base. Generally, a larger pool of clients means more success and security in your career. However, if you’re unsure how to begin gaining new clients, you’re likely to find yourself in…

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How to Avoid Losing Real Estate Clients

How to Avoid Losing Real Estate Clients

Are you trying to gain new clients as a real estate agent? Don’t forget that it’s just as important to retain the clients you already have. While no one is going out of their way to drive clients away, this exact scenario still occurs for some agents. What are the…

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Inheriting a Home What Now

Inheriting a Home: What Now?

Depending on who you are, inheriting a home from a relative can either be an exciting event or simply lead to stress and frustration. Although inheriting property can come with perks, it also permits a fair share of downsides—for example, not everyone wants to deal with the legal and financial…

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The Top Advantages of Synthetic Turf

The Top Advantages of Synthetic Turf

It can be easy to just dismiss synthetic turf as a possibility for your property. While many believe natural grass always looks better, that is far from the case. High-quality synthetic turf is visually indistinguishable from real grass and can be integrated seamlessly into the landscaping of your property in…

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Retirement Planning for Self Employed Realtors

Retirement Planning for Self-Employed Realtors

Regardless of profession, everyone needs a plan for retirement—planning early, however, will save you a good deal of hassle down the line. If you’re a self-employed real estate agent, there are a few possibilities you’ll need to keep in mind to effectively plan for your retirement. Notably, there are three…

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5 Profitable Types of Real Estate

5 Profitable Types of Real Estate

Real estate properties come in far more than just one form. Rather, a variety of different niches exist on the market. Depending on the niche you select, the amount of income you’re bringing in could vary, depending on the current state of the market. That being said, what are some…

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Communication is Essential in Real Estate

Communication is Essential in Real Estate

As a real estate agent, one of the most essential traits for your position is the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. If communication issues occur during the real estate process, the outcome can be disastrous, with closings becoming far slower and more tedious to reach. During the negotiation process,…

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Flipping Properties Vs Renting

Flipping Properties Vs. Renting

Real estate investing is an art form, and there is more than one approach you can take to the craft. One of the most common dilemmas is simple: is it a better idea to flip properties or to rent them out? Flipping can often lead to faster cash gains and…

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Landscaping Renovations to Boost Curb Appeal

Landscaping Renovations to Boost Curb Appeal

Before you list your home, remember that potential buyers are going to be impacted by their first impression, and no one wants to purchase a house with a worn-down, unappealing image. Landscaping is a simple way to give your home’s overall curb appeal a huge facelift. Try adding height and…

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Affordable Home Improvement Projects

Affordable Home Improvement Projects

Not every home improvement project needs to break your budget. If you’re looking to give your home a new breath of life, there are ways you can do this for just a few thousand dollars or less. For instance, instead of remodeling your entire kitchen right away, consider starting a…

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Top Ways to Upgrade Your Shower

Top Ways to Upgrade Your Shower

Interested in remodeling your shower, but unsure where to begin? If you’re looking to upgrade your shower, there are several possible routes to the renovation—and, of course, it will depend upon your personal needs or preferences. Maybe you feel that it’s time to upgrade from a standard shower to a…

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Storm Damage Vs Your Home

Storm Damage Vs. Your Home

As a homeowner, storm damage can be devastating. Following a storm that causes damage to your home, it’s important to stay calm and take the appropriate steps. Remain alert and stay cautious to prevent injuries while you work. Take stock of the damage inflicted by taking photos and writing detailed…

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Touch Up Your Homes Appearance Before Sale

Touch Up Your Home’s Appearance, Before Sale

Before selling your home, it’s important to remember that aesthetics are an important factor for many buyers. So, before putting your property on the market, it’s a good idea to take care of some quick touch-ups to your home’s appearance. There’s a variety of ways to go about this process.…

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Your Basement Flooded What Now

Your Basement Flooded — What Now?

Flooded basements are both stressful and expensive and, much of the time, seem to come out of nowhere. That said, if you’ve noticed that your basement is flooding, don’t panic—there are just a few key steps you’ll need to take. First, confirm that the basement is safe to enter. Make…

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Home Improvement Projects For the Fall

Home Improvement Projects For the Fall

Each season means new opportunities for home improvement, but what should you focus on during the fall? It’s always a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to your house while the weather is still comfortable. It’s also important to make sure your patio and deck are prepared…

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Inheriting a Home What Now

Inheriting a Home: What Now?

Depending on who you are, inheriting a home from a relative can either be an exciting event or simply lead to stress and frustration. Although inheriting property can come with perks, it also permits a fair share of downsides—for example, not everyone wants to deal with the legal and financial…

Read more
How to Avoid Losing Real Estate Clients

How to Avoid Losing Real Estate Clients

Are you trying to gain new clients as a real estate agent? Don’t forget that it’s just as important to retain the clients you already have. While no one is going out of their way to drive clients away, this exact scenario still occurs for some agents. What are the…

Read more
Finding New Real Estate Clients

Finding New Real Estate Clients

If you’re a real estate agent, one of your top goals is probably to continue building up your client base. Generally, a larger pool of clients means more success and security in your career. However, if you’re unsure how to begin gaining new clients, you’re likely to find yourself in…

Read more
Misconceptions About Real Estate Careers

Misconceptions About Real Estate Careers

Although real estate is certainly a rewarding and enjoyable career for many individuals, it isn’t a job that everyone understands. For those who have never worked in real estate, misconceptions about this profession are common. Many non-realtors don’t realize just how many skills are involved in the process. To be…

Read more
Begin Earning More As a Real Estate Agent

Begin Earning More As a Real Estate Agent

Considering how hard you work as a real estate agent, you deserve to be paid adequately for the job that you do. What are the top ways that agents are getting paid in the modern real estate market? Investing in professional development is one fantastic way to build up the…

Read more
How to Stand Out As a Real Estate Agent

How to Stand Out As a Real Estate Agent

Considering the large number of real estate agents that are out there, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. If you want to continue gaining new clients, you’ll need to do more than just the bare minimum—you have to go above and beyond. You can accomplish this by sprinkling…

Read more
Common Home Health Hazards

Common Home Health Hazards

We all want to keep our homes as safe as possible and negate the risk of potential health hazards. That being said, sometimes, problems will arise. There are a number of ways in which a health hazard can be introduced into your home, but it’s always a good idea to…

Read more
Designing a Cozier Home

Designing a Cozier Home

No matter who you are or what your design preferences are, it’s a safe bet that you’d prefer to reside in a cozy home rather than a property that feels cold and unwelcoming. Of course, “cozy” can mean something different to every individual. There are endless ways you can go…

Read more
Upgrading a Kitchen Before Sale

Upgrading a Kitchen Before Sale

Maybe you’re currently getting ready to put your home on the market—what upgrades should you be taking care of first? The possibilities can seem endless, after all. One option, of course, is to upgrade your kitchen. You don’t need to undergo a large-scale remodel to increase the value of your…

Read more
Improving the Security of Your Home

Improving the Security of Your Home

If you don’t feel safe and secure in your own home, it can be difficult to think positively of your property as a whole—especially if you live alone. On the bright side, it’s not difficult to improve the security of your property; there are actually quite a few methods to…

Read more
When Do I Require a Building Permit

When Do I Require a Building Permit?

When embarking on a new home improvement or renovation project, you might worry about whether or not you’ll need a building permit. This is an understandable concern, as a permit is a necessity in some situations, while in others, it’s not something you’ll need to worry about. Wondering when you’ll…

Read more
The Benefits of Recessed Lighting

The Benefits of Recessed Lighting

Have you ever put significant thought into the lighting you choose for your home? If you haven’t, now could be the time to think it over and potentially replace or update your current lighting fixtures. Although there are many lighting options available to homeowners or renovators, recessed lighting is a…

Read more
Essential Home Maintenance Tasks

Essential Home Maintenance Tasks

If you’re looking to keep your home in its best possible condition (and really, who isn’t), you will need to stay on top of a few essential home maintenance tasks. Neglecting these duties can make a significant impact on the state of your home—even leading to a lower property value.…

Read more
Installing a Fireplace to Increase Your Home’s Value

Installing a Fireplace to Increase Your Home’s Value

Before you sell your home, you’re probably seeking out different ways to go about increasing the property value. Of course, there are many options out there, yet there is one often overlooked: installing a fireplace. As it turns out, in the current real estate market, fireplaces are simply a desirable…

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Staging a Home for Buyer Viewing

Staging a Home for Buyer Viewing

If you are preparing a home for prospective buyers to view, staging is a crucial step in showcasing everything the home has to offer. Staging involves placing furniture and items in an empty home to make it appear more welcoming to prospective buyers. It’s not uncommon for buyers to browse…

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Find Home Inspectors You Can Trust

Find Home Inspectors You Can Trust

If you are a realtor trying to ensure your clients receive maximum value for their real estate purchases and sales, it’s vital to carefully consider the home inspectors you hire to inspect clients’ homes. The inspector should have solid credentials and a long track record of professional home inspections behind…

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Benefits of Home Water Filtration

Benefits of Home Water Filtration

Are you concerned about the quality of the water in your area? A home water filtration system can ensure that the water you use in your home every day is as safe as possible by removing sediment and unwanted minerals. Your investment in a home water filtration system can translate…

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How to Get the Most from Your Windows

How to Get the Most from Your Windows

Windows are some of the most important fixtures of any home. They allow sunlight to enter, provide easy and simple ventilation, and also provide security. Keeping your windows clean and free from dirt and debris is just one part of getting maximum value from your windows. Make sure you take…

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Helping First-Time Homebuyers Find the Right Properties

Helping First-Time Homebuyers Find the Right Properties

If you are helping a younger client find their first home, it’s important to carefully review their needs and long-term goals. Many millennials are exploring the “flip” industry, which means purchasing real estate at low prices, renovating those properties, and then selling them for profit. Some are starting families and…

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Why Appraisal is Crucial for Selling a Home

Why Appraisal is Crucial for Selling a Home

Are you assisting a homeowner who is selling their home? You need to ensure they list it for a fair and reasonable price, and home prices can fluctuate dramatically over time. The appraisal process is vital for ensuring that your client gets the best possible sale price for their property,…

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Why You Need Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Home

Why You Need Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Home

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous gasses anyone could find in their home. Carbon monoxide exposure can quickly cause negative health symptoms such as severe headaches, disorientation, and much more. The worst part is that carbon monoxide is very difficult to detect. It is completely colorless and odorless,…

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Benefits of Houseplants

Benefits of Houseplants

Houseplants offer much more than natural decoration for your home. Depending on the types of houseplants you buy and how well you take care of them, your houseplants can offer several health benefits to you and your family. Houseplants oxygenate the air and eliminate carbon dioxide, making your interior air…

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Preventing Mold Growth Inside Your Home

Preventing Mold Growth Inside Your Home

Whether you plan on staying n your home for many years or want to list it for sale in the near future, you need to know what to do when you encounter mold growth. Mold is extremely destructive and highly hazardous to human health, so you need to address this…

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Why You Need to Address Home Pest Problems ASAP

Why You Need to Address Home Pest Problems ASAP

Pests such as termites, mice, squirrels, and even birds can be incredibly destructive when they infest a home. If you notice any warning signs of a pest infestation it’s imperative to contact a professional exterminator as soon as possible. Pests can not only physically damage your home but also cause…

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Common Causes of Excessive Utility Bills

Common Causes of Excessive Utility Bills

If you want to streamline home expenses, your utilities are a great place to start. Many homes consume excess power due to appliance issues, inefficiency, and physical problems with the structures. Take time to look at your energy bills over the past few years and see how things have changed.…

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Understanding Tree Removal

Understanding Tree Removal

If you have a problematic tree on your property, you should understand what tree removal entails and when you may need it. If you have a dead or diseased tree on your property, you should have it removed by professionals as soon as possible to prevent it from creating health…

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Most Common Signs of Plumbing Problems

Most Common Signs of Plumbing Problems

If you notice any early warning signs of a plumbing problem in your home, you need to have them addressed immediately to prevent burst pipes, flooding, and other expensive water damage. Some of the most commonly reported telltale signs of plumbing problems include toilets that gurgle after flushing, sputtering faucets,…

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Decorating Your Home for Fall

Decorating Your Home for Fall

Are you preparing to update your home décor for the fall season? You probably know that seasonal colors are ideal when it comes to furniture coverings and decorations. Oranges, reds, golden yellow, and earth tones are ideal choices. You can also use harvest-themed decorative items throughout your house to create…

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Stylish and Pet Friendly Home Upgrades

Stylish and Pet-Friendly Home Upgrades

If you share your home with a furry friend, there are plenty of DIY home improvement ideas that can help you create a stylish space to make your dog or cat feel happy and relaxed. First, choose a location where you know your pet will be comfortable. It’s a good…

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Closing Vents May Not Save Energy

Closing Vents May Not Save Energy

Like most homeowners, you want to save money. One of the best ways to reduce your monthly bills is to reduce your monthly energy expenditure. If you want to ensure that you minimize your energy usage, do not buy into energy-saving myths. One myth about saving energy is to close…

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Update Your Home With New Light Fixtures

Update Your Home With New Light Fixtures

If you’re on the lookout for small DIY home improvement ideas that offer big results, you only need to look up! Swapping out your existing light fixtures is a wonderful way to update any space with minimal effort. In fact, your light fixtures can truly set the tone for the…

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Spruce Up Your Lawn

Spruce Up Your Lawn

Your lawn is one of the first things houseguests see, so keeping up this area helps you make a great first impression. On top of that, the yard around your home provides a place for your family to do activities that may not be suitable for indoors. During your home…

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Spring Cleaning Your Home's Exterior

Spring Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior

Your home’s interior isn’t the only place that can benefit from a good spring cleaning. Performing some simple exterior home maintenance in March is the perfect way to refresh your house inside and out. If you have siding, early spring is a great time to give it a good cleaning…

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Improve Your Outdoor Area With New Outlets

Improve Your Outdoor Area With New Outlets

Refresh your outdoor living area with new outlets. As one of the most convenient electrical updates, outlets can improve the safety of your yard and offer convenient plug-in points for your lawn care equipment and outdoor entertainment. Enjoy an updated yard with the help of a professional electrician and new…

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Seal Gaps With Caulk

Seal Gaps With Caulk

Protecting your home from low temperatures and pests means eliminating even the smallest cracks near main entry points. Start your home maintenance in March by examining the seals around doors, windows and vents in order to determine whether there are gaps that must be repaired. Other areas in your home…

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When Is the Best Time for Outdoor Electrical Upgrades

When Is the Best Time for Outdoor Electrical Upgrades?

There’s no question that outdoor electrical updates can offer benefits for your patio. After all, with the right lighting, you can create the ideal ambience for large family gatherings or more intimate and sophisticated entertainment. Include outdoor electrical outlets as you design complete exterior spaces, from open-air dining rooms to…

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Can I Still Sell My Home

Can I Still Sell My Home?

If you have a history of radon in your home, don’t let it hold you back from selling. If you take the appropriate measures to mitigate radon, then you shouldn’t encounter any problems putting your home on the market. In fact, it just might raise your home’s value. Radon mitigation…

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Enhance-Your-Home-With-Mirrors

Enhance Your Home With Mirrors

Do you want your home to feel more spacious and brighter? One of the simplest DIY home improvement ideas is to enhance a room with some perfectly placed mirrors. When positioned correctly, mirrors can help a room appear larger and more open, creating the illusion of extra space without requiring…

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Health-Effects-of-Radon

Health Effects of Radon

One of the top radon myths out there is that the radioactive gas is not dangerous. If not addressed, radon can cause lung cancer with long-term exposure. There are a variety of institutions refuting the claim that low doses of radon are not dangerous. The Environmental Protection Agency states that…

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DIY-Home-Improvement-Organize-Your-Closet

DIY Home Improvement: Organize Your Closet

If you’re ready for a new look for your home, you don’t have to wait until you have the time or money for a major renovation project. There are smaller, inexpensive projects that you can use to refresh your house. One of these DIY home improvement ideas involves increasing your…

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Give-Your-Furniture-a-Much-Needed-Makeover

Give Your Furniture a Much-Needed Makeover

If you want to update your home while sticking to a budget, DIY home improvement ideas can help you transform your furniture while saving you serious cash. Instead of shopping for new items, give your existing pieces some extra love and you can create a beautiful finished product that looks…

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Does-Hand-Washing-Your-Dishes-Save-Energy

Does Hand-Washing Your Dishes Save Energy?

Dishwashers make life much easier by removing most of the time and effort from an everyday chore. However, these appliances do require electricity and can run for hours; are they really the best choice? One myth about saving energy is that it’s better for the environment and your energy bills…

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Add-a-Splash-of-Green-to-Your-Home-Decor

Add a Splash of Green to Your Home Decor

To give any room a quick and instant lift, consider adding some simple houseplants to your decor. The bright pop of green is often the perfect finishing touch that helps bring natural beauty and life to your home. If you haven’t had too much luck with indoor or outdoor plants…

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Improve-Your-Outdoor-Living-Area-With-Path-Lighting

Improve Your Outdoor Living Area With Path Lighting

Create a unique outdoor living area with outdoor lighting. Whether you choose energy-efficient options or go completely solar, iconic lights can light your way around your patio, walkway or porch. This can be one of the most convenient electrical updates for your yard. Late-Night Safety Lighting allows you to see…

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Check-for-Radon-Despite-Length-in-Home

Check for Radon Despite Length in Home

Prevalent radon myths may lead you to avoid having your home checked because you have been there for years or decades. This pervasive myth can lead homeowners to avoid having their home checked. Keep in mind that long-term exposure to the radioactive gas can lead to lung cancer. If you…

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Clean-and-Repair-the-Roof

Clean and Repair the Roof

Your house’s roof is one of its first lines of defense against precipitation and strong winds. Because it faces such harsh weather conditions, it is critical that you take time to look it over during your home maintenance in March. Climbing up on the roof can be dangerous, so it…

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Closing-Vents-May-Not-Save-Energy

Closing Vents May Not Save Energy

Like most homeowners, you want to save money. One of the best ways to reduce your monthly bills is to reduce your monthly energy expenditure. If you want to ensure that you minimize your energy usage, do not buy into energy-saving myths. One myth about saving energy is to close…

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Do-Ceiling-Fans-Actually-Cool-Your-Home

Do Ceiling Fans Actually Cool Your Home?

One myth about saving energy is the belief that installing a ceiling fan will lower the temperature of a room. While ceiling fans are a great way to save on energy costs, it’s not because running them will actually cause the temperature to drop. Ceiling fans can help you feel…

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Choose-the-Right-Bulb-for-the-Perfect-Glow

Choose the Right Bulb for the Perfect Glow

The lighting in your home can transform the look and feel of any space. One of the easiest DIY home improvement ideas that can instantly update a room is switching out your current light bulbs. While white light can certainly help things appear fresh and bright, it can also create…

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Energy Saving Myths: Turning Off Your Appliances

If saving money on your energy bill is the goal, then it’s important to dispel all of the energy-saving myths. One big myth about saving energy is that turning a device off will save on electricity costs. Here is what you need to know about turning your appliances off. Vampire…

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