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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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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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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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Home Buying

The Home Buying Process for Veterans

I think we can all agree that the home buying process is nothing short of confusing. Between applying for a mortgage, working to find the right home, putting in an offer, and then all the paperwork that comes once that offer is accepted, keeping everything straight can be next to impossible. Now on top of all that, factor in applying for a VA home loan. The VA program offers many advantages compared to a standard Conventional mortgage. While the process for obtaining VA financing is unique, it will be a quick and easy experience as long as you work with a Realtor and a lender who understand the program thoroughly.

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Tips for Finding a Christmas Tree that Complements Your Décor

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner spending this holiday season in your new home, or you’re an empty nester preparing for family to visit, getting out your totes of holiday decorations and setting everything up is always the most wonderful time of the year. From hanging up stockings to setting your holiday table, you want to make sure you have a cohesive design that perfectly complements your home and the decor you have. As the focal point of the room, finding the right Christmas Tree is key to adding that perfect final touch.

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5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Thanksgiving Gathering

The holiday season is here and for those hosting get-togethers, it can be easy to become stressed at the thought of your to-do list. From cooking dinner to having visitors in your home, it can become a daunting task trying to make everything perfect. To help, we’ve created a list of things you can do in advance to help you enjoy the day. Whether you’re hosting a smaller Friendsgiving or a larger, more traditional, family gathering, these are guaranteed to help make your day run as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

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Small, medium and large houses

How Much Room Do You Really Need?

When it comes to purchasing a house, often times buyers think that bigger is better. But is it? Whether you’re a newly married couple looking for a starter home, a family that’s beginning to grow, or an empty nester, there are different factors that you should take into account in order to find out how much room you truly need.

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Home Buying

A Buyer’s Market: When is the Best Time to Buy?

“We’re in a buyer’s market.” You hear this phrase all the time when talking real estate, but what does it really mean and how does this apply to your house buying experience? Let’s first look at what a buyer’s market really is. Defined it’s a market where supply exceeds demand. Basically, it boils down to there being more homes for sale than people looking to buy.

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