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Feb 13

10 Types of Trees to Avoid Planting in Your Yard

Types of Trees Not to Plant Your yard is just as important to your home’s appeal as the inside is. When decorating your lawn, here are ten trees to avoid. Silver maple The silver maple tree roots spread fast and shallow. They can easily bust underground pipes, especially if they... read more →
Feb 12

Creating the Perfect Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Your master bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. After all, you do spend about a third of your life in bed! Because of that, you should make your bedroom the best it can be. Here’s how to do just that. Step One: Decide... read more →
Feb 09

How to Start Saving For College

College Savings Accounts College is expensive, even with loans. So, why not start the saving process early?  There are a few different ways that you can start saving early on that aren’t just a separate bank account. Here are three ways to start saving for college. 529 plan Almost every... read more →
Feb 09

Types of Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops There are many different types of kitchen countertops on the market. It can be overwhelming when starting to redo your kitchen. Here are six of the most popular types of kitchen countertops to help get you started. Laminate Laminate countertops cost about $10 to $40 per square foot.... read more →
Feb 09

Living a Cash-Only Lifestyle

How to Live a Cash-Only Lifestyle If you have a habit of overspending, living a cash-only lifestyle may be a good option for you. Living within a definite budget helps you towards a debt-free lifestyle. If you would like to live a cash-only lifestyle, here are a few steps to... read more →
Feb 08

Your Home’s Value and Your Neighbors

How Your Neighbors Affect Your Home Value When selling your home, one thing that affects whether you can sell your home and how fast you can sell your home is your home’s value. Most people know that a home’s value can be affected by your home, but did you know... read more →
Feb 07

Five Mistakes New Homeowners Make

Mistakes New Homeowners Make It can be daunting when deciding how to decorate your new home. If you don’t know where to start, here are five things that you should avoid doing to help get you started. Keeping the current layout You don’t need to keep the layout you saw... read more →
Feb 07

Hard to Kill Houseplants

Eight Hard to Kill Houseplants Not everyone has a green thumb. For many people, it’s hard to keep a plant alive that isn’t plastic. However, if you are not into the fake-plant look, here are eight hard to kill houseplants that may be right for you. Aloe Aloe is best... read more →
Feb 07

Writing an Offer Letter

Real Estate Offer Letters An offer letter is a legal document used by a buyer who wants to place a bid on a house that is for sale. You want the seller to feel positive about you after reading your letter. To make your offer letter the best it can... read more →
Feb 06

Landscaping Trends for 2018

Landscaping in 2018 Landscaping is an important factor to make your house really pop. After all, it is the outside of your home that gives your guests their first impression. Here are some landscaping trends you should incorporate into your yard in 2018. Water-saving foliage Sustainable landscaping has been on... read more →
Feb 05

Five Things to Declutter

What to Declutter It’s human nature to hold on to stuff. However, this leads to a cluttered and messy household. If you don't know where to start when clearing clutter, here are few things to get rid of first. Cell phones Often, people will hold onto old cell phones that... read more →
Feb 05

How to Install Carpet

Carpet Installation Installing carpet can be difficult work. However, not everyone has the funds to hire someone to do the work for you. Here’s how to install carpet on your own. Get ready First things first, you need to get rid of the old carpet. Start by removing the moldings... read more →
Feb 02

How to Avoid Bankruptcy

Avoiding Bankruptcy Bankruptcy occurs when your liabilities exceed your assets or when you have an insufficient cash flow to service your debt. In other words, bankruptcy happens when you don’t have enough money to pay off your bills. Declaring bankruptcy has many consequences and can affect your credit for many... read more →
Feb 02

Superstitions for Your Home

Superstitions Superstitions don’t stop with black cats and walking under ladders. In fact, there are plenty of superstitions across all different beliefs that have to do with your home. Here are 13 superstitions that relate to your home. Avoid unlucky numbers Number thirteen is a well-known unlucky number, but did... read more →
Feb 02

Lowering Your Credit Card Interest Rate

Credit Card Interest Rate Is your interest rate not where you want it? Here’s how to lower the interest rate on your credit card. Evaluate your situation Before you call your credit card company, you should understand your current situation. Take a look at your current credit terms, including your... read more →
Feb 01

How to Install Hardwood Flooring

Installing a Hardwood Floor A hardwood floor is a classic floor style that looks great in any home. To install hardwood in your home, this is what you need to do. Step 1: Prep time Before doing anything, you need to prep the area. Measure the width and length of... read more →
Feb 01

Saving on Home Construction Costs

Home Construction Savings Finding the perfect house can be difficult. If your home search is coming up empty, you may want to consider constructing your own home. As you may imagine, building a home comes with more costs than buying an already constructed one. However, here are a few things... read more →
Jan 31
Jan 31

Seven Home Staging Mistakes

Home Staging Mistakes Home staging is the act of preparing a home for sale. The goal of staging is to make the home appealing to several potential buyers, helping the home sell faster and for more money. Home staging is an essential part of the home selling process. However, it’s... read more →
Jan 31

What to Know About Life Insurance

Life Insurance Life insurance should be considered in each and every household. Here are five things to make understanding life insurance easier. If anyone relies on you financially, you need life insurance If you have a spouse or are the parent of a dependent child, you should have life insurance.... read more →
Jan 30
Jan 30

Six Feng Shui Mistakes

Feng Shui Mistakes The concept of feng shui is meant to balance the energies in a given space to bring your environment into alignment with who you are and where you want to be. However, sometimes this can be difficult. There are many different principles that you can use to... read more →
Jan 30

Protect Your Home From Theft

Protecting Your Home It’s always important to protect your home from being burglarized, but how do you do it? Here are a few ways to protect your home from theft, both on the outside and the inside. Outside Trim shrubbery Overgrown shrubbery provides an easy spot for thieves to hide... read more →
Jan 29

Pricing Your Home for Sale

How to Price Your Home The most important factor when selling a home is pricing the home. An overpriced home won’t get attention and will lose its freshness in the first two or three weeks. After twenty-one days on the market, interest in a home wanes. Pricing a home too... read more →
Jan 29

How to Make an In-Home Movie Theatre

In-Home Movie Theatre Have you dreamed of having the big screen right in the comfort right in your own home? Here’s how to make your own in-home theatre. Choose the room A spare room with few windows and doors works best for a home theatre. The additional wall space means... read more →
Jan 29

Six Common Tax Return Mistakes

Tax Return Mistakes As you get ready to file your taxes, it can be tempting to fly through your return. But you shouldn’t! Rushing through your return can lead to mistakes, which can slow down the process or render your return invalid. Here are the six popular errors the IRS... read more →
Jan 26
Jan 25

What is a Luxury Home?

Luxury Homes During your real estate search, you may have come across the term “luxury” or maybe you’ve been watching a lot of Million Dollar Listings. Either way, the term luxury seems to appear a lot, but what exactly does “luxury” mean? What makes a home luxury? In real estate listings,... read more →
Jan 24
Jan 23

What to Do If You Get a Low Appraisal

Low Appraisal An appraisal is an estimation of a home’s value. But what happens when an appraisal comes in under the home’s selling price? Here’s how to deal with a low appraisal. Why do low appraisals happen? The first thing you must ask yourself is why the home appraised for... read more →
Jan 23

Seven Types of Doors

Types of Doors Doors are one of the most important factors in your home. Not only are they functional, but they can also add flair to a room. If you’re thinking of adding new doors to your humble abode, here are seven different types to consider. Hinged single door A... read more →
Jan 23

How to Choose a Contractor

Choosing a Contractor Are you thinking about remodeling a portion of your home? Before you do, you have to make sure you are hiring the right contractor for the job. To make sure you have the perfect person, follow these steps. Get recommendations First things first, get recommendations from trusted... read more →
Jan 22

What is a Tax Return?

Tax Return A tax return is the form or forms used to report income and file income taxes with the IRS. They allow taxpayers to calculate their tax liability and remit payments or request refunds. Tax returns must be filed every year for any individual that received income during the... read more →
Jan 22

How to Build an In-Home Gym

In-Home Gym Do you want to get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution to get healthier or have a spare room that you don’t know what to do with? Consider making an in-home gym! While it may seem like a big task to take on, it’s easier than... read more →
Jan 22

Home Inspection Mistakes Buyers Make

Home Inspection Mistakes A home inspection is an essential step in the home buying process that shouldn’t be overlooked or rushed. Here are some common mistakes buyers might make during the home inspection process. Not getting an inspection Most people know to get an inspection when buying a home from... read more →
Jan 19

Six Ways to Meet Your New Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbors Moving into a new neighborhood can be difficult. In addition to moving in all your stuff, getting to know your neighbors might be one of the most important steps of moving. If you don't know how to make the first step, here are six ways to get... read more →
Jan 19

What is a Buyer’s Representation Agreement?

Buyer's Representation Agreement An agent typically works with a buyer for several weeks to a few months, sometimes longer. They do a variety of things, including: Introducing the buyer to lenders and helping obtain preapproval letters Finding listings that fit the buyer’s requirements Call listing agents to determine availability Making... read more →
Jan 19

What Does It Mean to be House Poor?

House Poor House poor is a situation where a person spends a large portion of their total income on home ownership. This includes mortgages payments, property taxes, utilities, and maintenance. Individuals in this situation find themselves short on cash for other financial obligations, such as car payments. This usually happens... read more →
Jan 18

What is a 24-hour Notice When Showing a House?

24-Hour Notice When selling your home, one of the things that you may think about how you will make your home available for showing. In addition to a 24-hour notice, there are a few different notices you can employ for this. Call first, lockbox This is the method preferred by... read more →
Jan 18

How to: Save Up for a Vacation

Save Up For Vacation Are you already dreaming of the perfect 2018 vacation? Here’s how to save up to get the biggest bang for your buck. Before you start planning Open a vacation bank account An easy way to save for a vacation is to open a dedicated savings account... read more →
Jan 18

Five Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

How to Become a Real Estate Agent People enter the real estate field from many different careers or as their first career move. No matter where you are coming from, your first question is probably going to be “How do I become a real estate agent?” Here are the steps... read more →
Jan 17

Four Factors Affecting Home Buying in 2018

Factors Affecting Home Buying in 2018 Are you looking to purchase a home in 2018? While a lot depends on where you live, new forecasts for 2018 show that this just might be your year to buy. Prices are climbing, but not too fast Over the past few years, home... read more →
Jan 17

How to Keep Cords From Getting Tangled

Keep Cords From Getting Tangled In this day and age, everyone has hundreds of cords from their electronics laying around their house. If they’re not already, they are bound to get twisted in a clump of cords. Here are some ways to clear all that cord clutter. Unplug, untangle, and... read more →
Jan 17

What is a Down Payment?

Down Payment A down payment is a type of payment made in cash at the beginning of the purchase of an expensive good or service, such as a home. The payment typically represents a percentage of the full purchase price. Most homebuyers pay 5 to 25% of the total value... read more →
Jan 16

Four Myths about Jumbo Loans

Jumbo Loan Myths A jumbo loan is a home loan that exceeds conforming loan limits. Jumbo loans are often used for larger homes. Not everyone who buys these large homes is wealthy and can afford a cash payment. Many need financing. However, there are many myths that surround jumbo loans... read more →