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CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL…

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes. “Heatwave?  Are you feeling it?  Dreading this month’s electric bill?  Here are a few tricks that can help you keep cool at home without running your air conditioning 24/7… ADD AN AWNING.  If you are able, an awning can go a long way toward lowering the temps on the inside…

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RELAXING DESIGNS FOR YOUR LAKEFRONT YARD

Source:  realtytimes staff for realtytimes.com “According to Wallace J. Nichols, in his book “Blue Mind,” our brains are hardwired to react positively to water (http://www.huffingtonpost.lcom/2016/02/25/m,ental-benefits-water_n_5791024.html).  Our predisposition to embrace water might be the reason being near it can actually calm us. But water lovers probably don’t need to be told how relaxing their lakefront yard…

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LANDSCAPING TO IMPROVE RESALE: AT DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS

SOURCE:  realtytimes.com “As the weather starts to heat up, so too does the housing market.  Spring is an optimal time to get your house ready to sell.  The first thing that potential buyers will see of your home is the landscaping, so make a great first impression with beautiful outdoor spaces.  An investment in landscaping…

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TOP FIVE NEW BATHROOM TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSIDER

Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes. “Installing bathroom tech is  a great way to take your remodel or addition to the next level.  Aside from adding extra comfort, bathroom tech will also improve the efficiency of your home.  Here’s a look at five high-tech gadgets that will turn your bathroom into the…

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NEW WAYS TO BRING ECO-FRIENDLINESS INTO YOUR HOME

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Living green is on the minds of many, but bring up the idea of grey water and composting toilets, and, well…never mind.  The great news is there are tons of products and ideas you can use to be kind to the universe without a big compromise.…

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FOUR WAYS TO RID YOUR HOME OF NEGATIVE ENERGY IN THE NEW YEAR

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “It’s the New Year!  What better time to change the energy in your home?  Whether you’ve just moved into a new place and want to make sure you set the energy right from the start, or just want to refresh your existing space, there are tips…

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A GUIDE TO HOME INSULATION MATERIALS

Excerpted from an article by Fran J. Donegan for realtytimes.com “Insulation is one of those building products that you never see because it’s usually covered up by something else…but if you don’t have enough, or if it is installed incorrectly, you’re wasting energy and paying more for heating and cooling than is necessary. There are…

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ECO-FRIENDLY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

Excerpted from a staff-written article in realtytimes.com Most homeowners consider a remodeling project at some point in their  lives, and many of these folks are on the lookout for ways to be more environmentally friendly as well as cost efficient.  Here are some suggestions… CONSIDER A METAL ROOF.  They’ve been around for a long time…

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EIGHT GREAT TRICKS FOR KEEPING MOSQUITOS AWAY…

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “We all know about using bug spray…and citronella candles.  But what about other ways to keep those pesky mosquitos away? As if they weren’t annoying enough before, the threat of the Zika Virus has made mosquitos even more dangerous.  So we’ve scoured the web for the…

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KITCHEN TRENDS FOCUS ON PERSONALIZATION

Source:  Karen Schwartz/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times “Whether you’re Paleo, Vegan or Something-In-Between, today’s luxury kitchen appliances are designed to let you individualize everything from color to cooking method… While there’s still plenty of stainless, colored appliances are back in a big way.   French manufacturer La Cornue has designer-created, Parisian-inspired colors for its handmade ranges, resulting in…

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