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“Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. They Wear Dog Tags”

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Sure, it’s a slogan on a t-shirt, and nobody has yet to take credit for it, but it sums up how we feel. And, since Veteran’s Day – the day we celebrate our heroes in dog tags — is November 11, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our current and former service members about the amazing VA home loan that is part of their benefits. It’s curious that…

How To Hire A House Cleaner

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Outsourcing. Big corporations do it, so why not households? Delegating the mundane, routine household chores to an outside source may just be the key to a happy household. Whether you’re looking for some temporary help around the holidays or part-time or full-time household help, hiring a house cleaner requires a bit of preparation and a whole bunch of interviewing. Finding A House Cleaner “House cleaner and housekeeper — they sound…

Budget-Friendly Ways To Get Your Guest Bedroom Ready For The Holidays

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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The winter and summer holidays are the two seasons we tend to get the most overnight visitors, with the former decidedly the busiest. Before you know it, the gang will be descending on you so take some time now to ready the guest room. Be A Guest In Your Own Home No, we’re not suggesting you pack any bags, just that you pad down the hallway and spend a night…

Selling Your Home? Make Sure It Appraises For Maximum Value

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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There are two phases of the home selling process that throw most homeowners for a loop: The home inspection and the appraisal. Both can have a major impact on the home’s market value and, thus, how much money can be realized from the sale. Repairs suggested on the home inspection report can be negotiated between the buyer and seller. While both can break the sale, the appraised value isn’t something…

Are Your Bathrooms Ready For The Holiday Spotlight?

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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As retailers are so fond of reminding us, the holidays will soon be upon us. That means parties and family visits. If you start getting the house ready now, the run-up to your soirees will be less chaotic and you can focus on the finer points. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be offering you tips to get various parts of the home holiday-ready and today, we start with the…

How To Dispute Errors On Your Credit Report

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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One of the biggest obstacles standing between you and that house or condo you want to buy may be your credit worthiness. And, who is it that tells your lender whether or not you are worthy of getting a mortgage? Credit reporting bureaus — known collectively as “The Big 3” (Experian, Trans Union and Equifax), are the first to investigate how risky lending money to you may be. Let’s take…

Relocation: How To Buy A Home When You Don’t Know The Area

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Conflicted: It’s the perfect description of how homeowners feel when faced with the reality of relocating from one city to another. It’s both exciting and mind-numbing, frightening yet courageous and it brings up feelings of both melancholy and elation. Moving from one home to another is a life-disrupter, but moving from one town to another is a major upheaval. Watching that moving van drive down the street, fearful that it’s…

Frightmare On Your Street – Horror Movies, Real Estate-Style

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Skip the corn mazes and haunted hayrides this Halloween and indulge in haunted-house pleasure in your own living room. In fact, if you work your way through our series of real estate-related Halloween flicks, you’ll think of them every time you view a home for sale, or put yours on the market. Now, some of these are serious thrillers while others include a dose of humor, but all are worth…

The Fall Garden: What To Do Now

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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So, how was your garden this year? If it didn’t perform as you’d hoped it would, we have good news for you: Fall is the perfect time to ensure that next year’s spring garden is a winner. From soil fixes to curing diseases and dealing with garden pests, tasks you perform now are well worth the time and energy spent. Clean It Up Sure, you can run around the garden…

2 Important Forms You’ll Need To Sign When You Sell Your Home

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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    Like practitioners in any profession, real estate agents and brokers have a unique vocabulary, they usher their clients through a distinct process and provide industry-exclusive legal paperwork. Because agents and brokers use the latter, daily, they are so familiar with it that many tend to forget that their clients are not. None of us want to appear clueless, so many real estate consumers keep quiet and don’t ask…