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5 Painting Tools You Should Be UsingWhen a homeowner is new to painting, it can be difficult knowing what tools to use. There are many, many different tools and products on the market that are stated to be helpful when painting, but so many options can be overwhelming for homeowners who have never painted a room before, especially for those who may be trying to sell their home. Are paint brush covers really necessary, and is painters tape really all it’s cracked up to be? Here are some of the best painting tools that homeowners can’t skip if they want to paint their own walls.

1. Painters Tape

So, is it all it’s cracked up to be? Yes! Painters tape is an excellent tool for every homeowner to use, no matter how experienced they are. It’s typically either blue or green, and it

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4 Ways To Make Selling Your Fixer-Upper EasierAs homes age, it’s inevitable that they will need work to keep up their condition. And when selling a home, it’s recommended that the homeowner complete repairs on the home before putting it on the market. However, due to time constraints, money constrains, or other factors, not every homeowner can do this, and they instead opt to sell the home as a fixer-upper. Selling a fixer-upper can be more difficult than selling a move-in ready home, but it’s isn’t impossible. Using these 4 tips can help homeowners prepare their home for selling to make it easier to find a buyer.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Keep the Home Tidy

A common

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The Most Common Questions of Unpermitted WorkWhen homeowners work on their home, they may take any number of paths to get the results they want. Some hire certified contractors, some rely on the help of friends and family, some do the work entirely on their own - in other words, a DIY project. But not everyone realizes the nature of home improvements or that their local authorities may have very different ideas about what is and isn't allowed done on a property. Learn more about unpermitted work, and how it can be remediated.

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What Is Unpermitted Work?

If home repairs or renovations were completed without permission from the designated local

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Getting Started Landscaping: What You Need to KnowIf you're inexperienced with home landscaping, getting started can be intimidating. Knowing what to plant and how to keep it alive can make your home look beautiful all year round. Whether you have just bought your first home or just not experienced with landscaping, here's what you need to know.

Water Regularly

Plants must have water to live, and many landscaping plants rely on water from sprinklers to survive. During the warmest times of year, some plants may need to be watered every other day. Other plants require less water to survive. Plants start to droop when they're deprived of water, so it's easy to tell how much watering is enough.

Homeowners must make note of their garden's watering needs when planting the beds. Clustering

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What To Know About Owning a CondoThere are a lot of different advantages to living in a condominium that attract potential first time home buyers and convince them to look into purchasing their own. While there are many great things that come with condo living, buyers should always look into all aspects before diving in. There’s more to owning a condo than just access to amenities that homeowners need to take account of. Here are some of the things that homeowners need to know about condos before buying one.

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1. Condos Come With Amenities

This is a big selling point for condos, and some condo owners purchased theirs specifically for

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How to Improve a Home’s Curb AppealA good first impression is essential when it comes to selling a home, and that first impression is going to be made by the home’s exterior. Before putting a home up on the market, the homeowner should take its curb appeal into consideration. Does the home look fantastic, or could it use some fixing up? Curb  appeal helps make buyers want to see more of a home, so it shouldn’t be pushed aside. Here are four projects homeowners can do to help improve their home’s curb appeal.

1.  Take Care of the Lawn

For most people, mowing the lawn is a normal part of a home’s weekly chores. However, when selling a home, the lawn should be given some extra attention because buyers love to see a healthy green lawn. Taking care of the lawn not only includes

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Renter to Buyer: Information for New Home BuyersThe transition from renter to buyer is often a difficult one. Many first-time homeowners have no idea what to expect when they set out to buy a house. Being prepared for homeownership can make the experience more enjoyable and exciting. If you're a renter who will soon be buying your first home, these tips can help.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Create a Budget

Home ownership can be expensive. The first thing that a renter must do to prepare for homeownership is to determine whether or not there is room in their budget to own a house. Some common expenses that homeowners must fit in their budget include:

  • Mortgage. In some
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Technology Set to Usher In a New Era for Home Builders and BuyersTechnology today isn't all about security and convenience, although those are important considerations in the home. There are other ways, however, that smart technology can be used to boost home value, and offer great return on dollars spent. In the future, the value of smart technology will accrue to new home builders as well as to owners, as the demand for smart homes continues to grow.

Think about smart lighting and smart shades just as a beginning. Tech-savvy ways to make a personal statement as well as add convenience and energy-savings will also be likely to pay off in the future in terms of appraisals, initial home prices and resale value. There are many ways to incorporate new technology into the home environment. Think beyond the walls

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Selling Your Home? What You Need to KnowEvery home sale is different, but in general, most home sales happen in four stages. Knowing these various stages and what to expect can help home sellers throughout the home purchasing process. Going into the process with open eyes can reduce stress and make the process more enjoyable. If you're a homeowner who would like to sell your home, here's what you need to know.

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Home Staging and Improvement

Often before listing a home for sale, homeowners will make small home improvements to make their home more appealing to buyers. Some homeowners stage their home, some make home improvements.


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Looking to Buy a Home? Get Started with This Home Buying GuideIs it finally time to stop renting and become a homeowner? Owning and maintaining a home is a significant investment and there are a variety of factors to take into consideration prior to taking the plunge. A thorough review of a number of financial factors done before going for pre-approval can help prevent potential challenges, increasing the chance that one will be approved for a mortgage loan.

Explore the following financial aspects before falling in love with a home.

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The Down Payment for a Conventional Mortgage Loan

In order to be approved for a conventional loan, applicants should be willing to

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