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Posted on 11/26/2020
How Long Will It Take You to Find Your Ideal Florida Luxury Home?
Although there is no shortage of premium luxury homes in Jacksonville, St Augustine and other Florida cities and towns, the top residences sell quickly. Thus, for those who hesitate as they pursue Sunshine State luxury houses, it may take many weeks or months to find and purchase the right residence. Ultimately, there are many things that you can do...
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Posted on 11/19/2020
DIY: Refreshing Old Furniture
Photo by eric montanah from Pexels Furniture DIY projects can be fun and exciting. And better yet, these can help you save thousands of dollars. However, these projects take time, energy, and knowledge, which is where you’ll see a lot of people give up. But by learning some super simple DIY projects, you can get your hands on...
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Posted on 11/12/2020
Home Seller Tips: How to Stage Your Home
Photo by Subham Majumder from Pexels When you are trying to sell your home, you want it to look its best. The more appealing your home is to potential buyers, the faster it will sell and the higher your profits will be. One of the best ways to enhance the appeal of your home is through "staging," which...
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Posted on 11/05/2020
Should You Buy a Residence? Key Factors to Consider
Purchasing a home is a life-changing decision. As such, it is important to consider a variety of factors as you decide whether to pursue a residence, and these factors include: 1. Your Finances Although you may want to buy a house as soon as possible, it is paramount to have your finances in order before you launch a home...
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Posted on 10/29/2020
4 Ways to Clean Out Bad Smells
Have you ever walked into a room and wondered, "What is that smell?” Perhaps it's the kitchen trash, or maybe a clogged drain or the moldy-smelling washing machine. No matter what might be giving off that foul odor, there are tricks that you can use to bring a halt to it. Here are simple tricks to seek and...
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Posted on 10/22/2020
Are Smart Home Devices Must-Haves?
Smart home devices are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. property owners. Yet deciding which smart house gadgets – if any – are right for you may prove to be difficult. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to determine if a smart home device is a must-have, such as: 1. Consider a Smart Home Device's Purpose A...
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Posted on 10/15/2020
What Is the Optimal Listing Price for Your Home?
As a home seller, it is important to establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence. Yet determining the right price for a house sometimes is difficult. If the price of your home is too high, for example, your residence may linger on the real estate market for an extended period of time. On the other hand, if...
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Posted on 10/08/2020
Home Prices Predicted to Rise in 2020
Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay The housing market has posted relatively good numbers over the past few years, even if the average percentages aren't exactly sensational. You may already know that we saw a decrease in growth in 2019, with housing prices rising at 3.3% compared to 2018's rise of 5%. Given the state of the economy...
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Posted on 10/01/2020
Is Private Mortgage Insurance Required?
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay In general, if you have less than 20 percent of a down payment for the house you want, you will have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). This insurance is a cost to you to protect the lender if you default on the loan. In most cases, it’s better to save the 20...
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Posted on 09/24/2020
How Millennials are Changing the Real Estate Industry
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Millennials enter 2020 as the second-largest home-buying demographic and are expected to hold sway over the residential real estate market. Although Millennials trail Baby Boomers in total population — 71 million to 74.1 million — they have aged into the prime starter and second home years. Millennials are largely considered to be...
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Posted on 09/17/2020
Tips for Building Resale Value
Image by Breadmaker from Shutterstock When you're motivated to get the most from your sale, it pays to add property value through preparation. Get started today with some of these tips: Have your local real estate agent evaluate your home. As a professional, they know what sells and what doesn't in your area. They will assist you in...
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Posted on 09/10/2020
Tips for Buying When the Housing Market Favors Sellers
Image by Muntzir Mehdi from Pixabay A seller's market poses a challenge for any buyer - when there are more buyers competing for homes than there are homes in market, you have to be ready to move swiftly when you find a home you like. Since the inventory of luxury homes is usually small when compared with more...
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