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Decorate Your Front Door for the Holidays

If the holidays snuck up on you this year, don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to decorate your home. One project you can tackle pretty quickly, that will make a big festive impact, is your front door. Find some inspiration to create a beautiful door decoration below. Mittens - Tie a pair of mittens together and fill them with greenery, white branches, berries, pinecones, and other seasonal...

8 Home Projects to Tackle While You’re Stuck Inside

8 Home Projects to Tackle While You’re Stuck Inside

With social distancing orders in place across the country, many of us are hunkering down at home. The longer you spend at home, the more likely you're starting to nitpick everything about your space. You know what will help? A home makeover project. Below is a list of easy, but impactful home improvement projects that can alleviate cabin fever and increase enjoyment of your space. Remember: Now is...

5 Simple Ways to Build Home Equity

5 Simple Ways to Build Home Equity

Building equity in your home is a great way to accumulate wealth, but it is usually a process that takes a lot of time, money, energy, and patience. However, here are some ways to earn quick equity returns. Maintenance Before you start thinking of ways to create equity, consider what you can do to maintain your current equity. Keeping up with routine maintenance and fixing problems as soon as they arise...

The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home

The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home

So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call — and make — your own. It’s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house requires a serious amount of money and time. The journey isn’t always easy. It isn’t always intuitive. But when you get the keys to your new home — that, friend, can be one of the most rewarding feelings pretty...

Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest

Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest

Tax season is upon us once again, and to make it even more interesting this year, the tax code has changed — along with the rules about tax deductions for homeowners. The biggest change? Many homeowners who used to write off their property taxes and the interest they pay their mortgage will no longer be able to. Stay calm. This doesn't automatically mean your taxes are going up. Here's a...

8 Eye-Opening Things Home Inspectors Can’t Tell You

8 Eye-Opening Things Home Inspectors Can’t Tell You

What's included in a home inspection may not be as important as what isn't. A home inspection may feel like a final exam, but it's not quite so clear cut. Your inspector's report won't include a clear-cut  A+ if a house is a keeper or an F if it's a money pit. What is included in a home inspection report is a set of neutral facts intended to help you decide on a home's final grade. Oh sure, a...

What to Do When Your Neighbor’s Home Hurts Your Home Value

What to Do When Your Neighbor’s Home Hurts Your Home Value

After years of careful planning, searching, and saving to buy a home, it’s normal to take pride in your home. However, that doesn’t mean you plan to stay in the same place forever, and you can’t control who your neighbors are and whether or not they maintain their home. If you’re getting ready to list your home and the condition of your neighbor’s home is negatively impacting your own home value,...

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Home Maintenance Resolutions for 2020

Homes need continuous maintenance to keep them in good condition. Plan to invest one to four percent of your home’s value in maintenance costs each year to avoid losing home value! 1. Interior If you invest time in some simple maintenance, you can keep the inside of your home looking like new. Some tasks your home may need include repainting the walls, restripping and resealing wood, or restaining...

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3 Steps to Simplify Your Holiday Decoration Cleanup

There are a lot of things to love about the holidays. Packing everything away at the end of the season doesn’t usually make the list. However, with a little preplanning, this painstaking task doesn’t have to be one that you dread. Here are some post-holiday tips to help you pack away the holidays with ease and ensure an easier setup next year.Invest in storage bins.Cardboard boxes are great for a year...

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3 Ways to Incorporate Pumpkins into Your Home this Fall

Pumpkin lovers rejoice! October is National Pumpkin Month, and to celebrate, I’ve got a list of ways you can go beyond the pumpkin-spice lattes and incorporate this versatile plant into your home. Cooking - Pumpkins hit peak ripeness in September and October. Roast the seeds for a delicious snack. For a more substantial dish, roast, boil, steam, bake, sauté, or puree the meat of the pumpkin to use it...

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