Homebuyer's Blog

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No matter where you live, dust happens. But there are easy ways to prevent it from entering and spreading throughout your home.

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When interest rates increase, the monthly payment on a home can be significantly higher! But there's at least one way homebuyers can bring the rate down—for a price.

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Most agents call this initial meeting a buyer counseling session, and it’s essential for laying the groundwork for a successful real estate transaction. Each agent handles it differently, but here are four of the most common topics to expect.

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Does winter weather leave your skin parched, your lips cracked, or your sinuses aching? Fortunately, there are numerous ways to boost your home's humidity, depending on your needs and your budget.

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If you’re resolving to grapple with a messy and overstuffed closet, it’s essential to tackle the challenge from two directions—reducing your inventory and storing it more effectively. Here are five critical steps to accomplish both goals and leave your closet looking its best!

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Dedicating an area for serving drinks can inject a fun element to your decor and make entertaining more enjoyable. Plus, a home bar doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you don’t need a sink and stick with a dry bar. Here are five ways to add a bar that don’t require hiring a plumber.

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Do you love the ambiance of a flickering fireplace but shy away from the hassle of stocking a wood pile, starting and maintaining a fire, and keeping a fireplace clean? Gas-fueled fireplaces have come a long way! Learn more about the most common types of systems and their trade-offs.

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Your entryway may be small, but it sets the tone for the rest of your home and allows your comings and goings to flow more smoothly. If you’re frustrated with your foyer and want it to look and perform better, here are ten ways to make improvements. 

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How do real estate professionals monitor their local market? Agents rely on different techniques, but here are the questions they tend to ask, the data they like to track, and the ways they refine their analysis.

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Homes should be airtight. When they aren’t, comfort is compromised, and budgets are busted. So, how can you find the spots where air is escaping or entering your home? There are two ways to tackle this challenge.

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Are you getting ready to share your home with overnight guests? Or will you be hitting the road to stay with family or friends? It's a perfect time to revisit ways to roll out the welcome mat and show your appreciation.

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If you already own a microwave, a toaster oven, or a slow cooker, would you benefit from adding another cooking appliance to your kitchen? Perhaps. Here are four of the most popular alternatives, including their benefits and limitations.

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Watching birds outside your windows is one of the best ways to enjoy wildlife in the winter. So if you want to see more feathered friends and the greatest diversity of birds, follow these tips for attracting more traffic to your feeders.

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If you decide you’d like to buy a condominium, you’ll probably need to purchase condo insurance, too. So, as a condo buyer, what do you need to know about this unique type of homeowners insurance policy?

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Your house needs help preparing for the changing seasons, especially if you live in an area where the temps can plummet and the snow can pile up. Get a jump on winter weather by taking these steps to safeguard your home.

comparative market analysis, housing prices, homebuying, home costs

No homebuyer wants to overspend on their new home. But if you’re interested in a particular property, how do you know if the listing price is fair?

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Today’s kitchen islands frequently serve multiple purposes beyond preparing food. If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen and want to include an island, make sure it checks all the essential boxes!

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Pet owners may adore their furry companions but struggle to keep their homes clean. However, it’s much easier to win the daily battle against dog and cat hair with the right tools and strategies. Here’s how.

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Humans rely heavily on artificial lighting, especially at night. Sometimes, however, lights are excessive and do more harm than good. Here are five ways you can make a positive impact on light pollution.

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Mice might be wild creatures, but they’re happy to take up residence in a home, especially if it offers easy access to food and shelter. How can you tell if there’s a mouse in the house, and what should you do about it?