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How Much Will a Smart Thermostat Really Save on Energy Costs?
Posted Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 10:22 am
No one enjoys shelling out money for heating bills in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, which is why smart thermostats, which claim to keep those energy bills down, continue to be one o...

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Leave Those Leaves Alone! Why You Might Not Want to Rake Your Lawn This Fall
Posted Thu, Oct 17th 2019 10:28 am
The cooling temperatures of autumn offer a long-awaited break from summer's scorching heat, but you won't relax for long—the beautiful colors of the leaves also signal that yardwork for homeowners ...

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4 Things to Consider Before Painting a Room Yourself
Posted Tue, Oct 15th 2019 2:42 pm
To the inexperienced, painting a wall may seem like a larger-scale version of coloring inside the lines. But painting should never be considered an elementary task. Painting professionals and exper...

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6 Strategies to Help Home Buyers Win a Bidding War
Posted Thu, Oct 10th 2019 1:12 pm
As the saying goes, a home is like a personal castle—and when you're out there battling other buyers to win one, it can seem like a "Game of Thrones."  Yes, intense bidding wars can even break out ...

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4 Ways to Finance a Home Improvement Project Without Draining Your Bank Account
Posted Tue, Oct 8th 2019 2:05 pm
Taking on a home improvement project can increase your property’s value, address small issues before they become large problems, and make your house more livable. But while small projects may requi...

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Here's How to Pay for That Expensive Home Renovation With a HELOC
Posted Thu, Oct 3rd 2019 12:11 pm
Oh, the things you could do with your home if only you had the money. Remodel the kitchen, overhaul that ugly bathroom, or just fix the roof. But who has thousands of dollars just lying around to b...

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Shop Smart: 6 Home-Buying Lessons From 20 Years of HGTV's 'House Hunters'
Posted Tue, Oct 1st 2019 1:37 pm
Before there was "Fixer Upper" and "Property Brothers" and "Million Dollar Listing," there was "House Hunters." Arguably considered the OG real estate reality show, "House Hunters" premiered 20 ye...

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Don't Fall Short! 6 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle This Autumn
Posted Thu, Sep 26th 2019 1:53 pm
Autumn brings pumpkins and—love 'em or hate 'em—pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and spooky skeletons. But most importantly, fall brings an end to a summer of outdoor adventures—and tedious y...

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HOA Nightmares: The Top Homeowners Association Complaints
Posted Tue, Sep 24th 2019 12:28 pm
Homeowners associations can be fantastic at getting deadbeat neighbors to mow their lawn, maintaining the community pool and clubhouse, and dissuading the woman across the street from painting her ...

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What Is a Buyer's Market—and What Does It Mean If You’re Buying, Selling, or Just Looking?
Posted Thu, Sep 19th 2019 9:35 am
Buying or selling a home can be a lot like playing a game of cards: You gotta know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. To determine the best moments to buy and sell, most people look to the real...

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5 Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender Before Refinancing Your Home
Posted Tue, Sep 17th 2019 1:27 pm
Many homeowners with mortgages have considered refinancing at some point or another. Refinancing a mortgage essentially replaces your current mortgage with a new loan. It's an especially enticing c...

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7 Bedroom Design Mistakes That Could Affect Your Sweet Dreams—and Your Home's Value
Posted Thu, Sep 12th 2019 11:15 am
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. It’s the room you go to when you need to seek refuge from the world—or your family—a peaceful place where you can relax and reboot. So, it’s important to des...

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Home Prices Are Finally Going Down, Instead of Up: Why That's Bad News
Posted Tue, Sep 10th 2019 12:53 pm
Typically, home prices surge over the summer months. Buyers don't mind schlepping to open houses when the weather is warm and they don't have to slog through snow, and families are motivated to mov...

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Before Drilling Holes in Your Walls, Read This (or Risk a DIY Disaster)
Posted Thu, Sep 5th 2019 10:38 am
If you’re totally ready to start drilling into the wall for your next DIY project, hit the brakes. Installing a few framed photos or even mounting a TV might sound simple enough, but every year tho...

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Get Ready for Bigger Home-Price Increases Next Year, Except in These Two States
Posted Wed, Sep 4th 2019 12:49 pm
Just when it looked like home prices may have hit a ceiling, low interest rates could give them another boost. A new report from real-estate data firm CoreLogic suggests that annual home-price gro...

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Unconventional Mortgages Attract Warning From Regulator
Posted Tue, Sep 3rd 2019 11:18 am
WASHINGTON—A type of unconventional mortgage that focuses on a borrower’s assets to vet repayment ability has drawn a warning from regulators for banks to maintain tight underwriting standards. As...

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Posted Fri, Aug 30th 2019 6:05 pm

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A Homeowner's Guide to HOAs: Homeowners Associations, Explained
Posted Fri, Aug 30th 2019 11:23 am
Many homes across the United States are part of an HOA, or homeowners association. So what does that mean? In a nutshell, an HOA helps ensure that your community looks its best and functions smoot...

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7 Important Home Repairs to Do Right After Moving Out
Posted Wed, Aug 28th 2019 8:53 am
Congratulations: You're moving out, and on to your next home! Now all you have to do is pack up your things and skedaddle, right? Not so fast. If you're still trying to sell your current home, you...

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10 Secrets No One Tells You That'll Help Your House Fetch Top Dollar
Posted Mon, Aug 26th 2019 1:33 pm
Maybe you’ve bought and sold a home before, or maybe this is the first time. Regardless, now you need to get top dollar for it. Yes, you can tidy up, bake some cookies so the house smells nice, and...

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