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6 Things to Love About Rural Communities

Many homeowners these days are wanting to find homes outside the hustle and bustle of city life, while still leading a productive and connected modern lifestyle. Increasingly, people are finding exactly what they’re looking for in rural communities. We take great delight in serving the smaller towns and rural areas in eastern Iowa, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite benefits of living in a rural community.

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Home Buying

Home Inspections 101: What The Buyer Needs to Know

Siding is likely the single most noticeable part of your home. Not only does siding offer your home’s first impression visually, but it’s also the physical protection your home needs to keep out the elements. In short: it’s important. So how do you choose which material is best? What colors and styles are trending right now? Let’s chat.

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Decor

Choosing Siding For Your Home

Siding is likely the single most noticeable part of your home. Not only does siding offer your home’s first impression visually, but it’s also the physical protection your home needs to keep out the elements. In short: it’s important. So how do you choose which material is best? What colors and styles are trending right now? Let’s chat.

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Home Buying

How to Evaluate Schools When Moving

For many families with children, one of the most important aspects of buying a new home is choosing what school district to live in. But what if you’re unfamiliar with the area? How do you know which school or district would be the best fit for you?

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Decor

What Color Should I Paint My Front Door?

As the first thing people see when they visit your home, your front door is your first chance to make a good impression. The front entry should serve as a welcome and a greeting for your guests, while displaying a bit of the home’s personality, too. Whether you live in an older home or a newer one, repainting your front door is an easy refresh that can score you major curb appeal points AND catch the eye of potential buyers.

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Home Building

Should I Put In a Swimming Pool?

With many city pools closed this summer, families everywhere are considering whether this might be the time to finally put that pool in the backyard. A swimming pool can be a great investment for some families and some homes, especially if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to maintain it.

But before you jump in with both feet, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of installing an in-ground swimming pool. How will your home value be affected? What are the hidden costs? How much use will it get?

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Decor

5 Tips on Designing Your Perfect Backyard

With the start of spring and summer comes warm weather, long days, and the perfect time to transform your backyard into your own personal oasis. But with so many options, it can quickly become overwhelming designing one that’s perfect for you and your family. To help, we’ve put together some tips to make the process a bit easier. Whether you’re designing a plan for the first time or working to update an outdoor space that came when you purchased your home, these will help make sure you’re utilizing every inch perfectly.

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Decor

7 Things to Add to Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Now that the days are growing longer, the sun is shining brighter, and the weather is starting to get warmer, it’s the perfect time to refresh your home with a good spring cleaning. Beyond the usual vacuuming and dusting, here are some other items to add to your list!

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Home Selling

A Seller’s Market: When is the Best Time to Sell?

When looking to buy or sell your home, it’s important to remember that real estate markets are fluid. They’re always moving and changing. While it might have been a buyer’s market two months ago, supply and demand could have easily transformed it into one that is ideal for those looking to sell. But what exactly is a seller’s market, and what does that mean for you when looking to sell your home?

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Empty Nesters

Empty Nester: Fix Up, Build, Downsize, or Stay?

After years of raising children, you have finally watched them take the next step into adulthood as they move out of your home and into their own. With this move comes change and you now find yourself facing a period of adjustment and asking the question all empty nesters have to ask themselves: Is it time to renovate your current home, build a new home, downsize, or simply stay?

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