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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…

3 Words You Must Learn And Understand Before You Buy A Home

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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When you’re shopping for homes you’ll be introduced to an entirely new vocabulary and I’ll be the first to agree with you that some of it seems downright boring. Take encroachments and easements, for instance. Though they sound ho-hum, they are both important concepts so today I thought I’d try to put them in plain English for you. What’s an encroachment? Encroachment describes the violation of a homeowner’s property rights.…

Fall Is Here! Time to get to those home maintenance chores

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Fall fell on us on September 22 and if you haven’t yet begun your fall home maintenance tasks, it’s time to get started. And, to help, we’ve gathered some tips. Smoke alarms save lives Fall and winter see an increase in home fires, according to the American Red Cross, and faulty smoke alarms were to blame for more than 20 percent of home fire deaths. Sadly, nearly 40 percent of…