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7 EASY DIY UPDATES YOU CAN DO OVER THE WEEKEND…

Source:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “House giving you a little of the sad face?  You don’t have to overhaul the whole thing to make it feel fresh – nor do you have to take out a new loan.  With a little effort and a few bucks, you can breathe some new life into your home…

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SAVVY BUYERS SEARCH OUT FIXER-UPPERS!

Excerpted from an article by PJ Wade for realtytimes.com “Instead of shopping for your dream home, why not search out your dream discount? First-time buyers, even experienced buyers, can be distracted by the superficial….enticed to pay more for dream-home fantasies or, encouraged to walk away from a hidden gem… Buy a home which was cleverly…

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BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO PERSONALIZE YOUR ENTRYWAY…

Excerpted from an article by Lisa Frederick for Houzz “….The entry may be the first impression of a home…fortunately, jazzing up a front entrance doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Try these eight strategies to create a showstopper entryway without blowing your budget. CREATE A MINI-ROOM….maybe a bench with cheery pillows can turn a  plain…

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FALL COLORS FOR HOME YOU’LL BE SEEING EVERYWHERE…

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Already thinking of how to jazz up your home with the latest fall trends and newest colors?  Even in the dead of summer, it’s hard to keep from thinking ahead, especially because autumn decor can be so dreamy.  This year, get a head start on the new season with the…

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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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5 TIPS TO CLEAN & PREPARE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER FOR SUMMER

Source:  realtytimes.com staff “Making it through the summer without a working air conditioning system isn’t feasible in some parts of the country.  Even if you live in a temperate climate, your AC system will make you much more comfortable at home…So before the weather really gets hot, take the time to clean and prepare your…

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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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THE END OF THE ALL-WHITE KITCHEN? THE CASE FOR NATURAL WOOD

Source:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “A funny thing happened while everyone was obsessing over white kitchens:  Natural wood sneaked back in, creating some of the chic-est spaces around.  For many, natural wood evokes a country feel.  Or perhaps something ultra-traditional.  But today’s natural wood kitchens are modern showplaces that mimic the newest trends we’ve been…

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SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE LIST – FOUR THINGS TO CHECK OFF!

Source:  Realty Times Staff “Just as you prepare your home for the winter by covering outside pipes, etc., there are also a number of things homeowners should do to ready their homes for warmer weather.  With spring in full swing, check out the following list of home-related chores and checkups you may want to do…

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