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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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BUYING A VACATION HOME: THE QUESTIONS BEFORE PURCHASE

SOURCE:  Amin Dabit for realtytimes. “Whether it’s an oceanside bungalow or a mountain cabin, many people dream of buying a vacation home.  Financial advisors call a purchase like this “lifestyle investing.”  Like any investment, buying a second home comes with both benefits and potential drawbacks, so it’s important to consider how a vacation home fits…

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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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MOVING DAY SURVIVAL KIT – LIFE-SAVING ITEMS & NICETIES

Excerpted from article SOURCE:  Houzz.com “Gather these must-haves in advance for a smooth move and more comfortable first days in your new home… At least a few rolls of toilet paper – a must! Aspirin and all of your medications Toilet plunger Cash Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife Trash bags Power strip and mobile phone…

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HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME FAST!

Excerpted from – SOURCE:  Trulia/Angela Vogel Daley “…Putting your home on the market can be stressful.  Week after week of showings require your house to be PRESENTABLE AT ALL TIMES.  Not to mention to hassel of vacating at a moment’s notice.  If you have pets or children, that stress is multiplied.  But buyers will be…

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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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US MORTGAGE RATES BLIP HIGHER

Source:  Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Asheville Citizen Times/Paul Wiseman-Associated Press “WASHINGTON – Long term US mortgage rates edged up last week as the benchmark 30-year rate bounced back from a seven-month low.  Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.91% last week from 3.89% the previous week. …

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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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