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Posted on 09/27/2020
Property Insurance vs. Homeowners Insurance
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Often used interchangeably, the terms “property insurance” and “homeowners’ insurance” sometimes confuse new homebuyers. Homeowners’ insurance is a specialized form of property insurance. By “property” the insurance industry means anything that you own. Under that category come homeowners’ insurance and even renters’ insurance. These products cover single-family houses, condominiums and a renter’s...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Why You Should Consider Bench Footing
Photo by Tierra Mallorca on Unsplash When buying an older home, you might wonder how to get more livable space out of that low-ceiling basement. There are two ways to gain height: raise the foundation or lower the floor. Raising the foundation requires lifting the entire home off its current foundation, building a new foundation, and resettling the...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Make the Most of Your Backyard
Photo by Andy Giraud via Pixabay You just bought the perfect house – or you’re ready to make an offer on the perfect home – but the backyard leaves something to be desired. Sure, it has a pool and a hot tub, but the rest of it leaves you wanting more. Convert your backyard into an ultimate party...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Pros & Cons of REIT Investing
Image by Mediamodifier from Pixabay Although most people think of real estate investments in terms of real property that they can see and touch, buy and sell, or rent and manage on their own, there is a popular form of real estate investment that is not as personal and interactive. In many ways, it is easier, featuring the...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
Make Your Home Appealing to Millennial Buyers
Image by fancycrave1 from Pixabay Those men and women from the millennial generation are now the largest segment of first-time home buyers. A full 66 percent of people who are purchasing their first home fall into this age group. Not only that, but millennials also comprise more than one-third -- 34 percent -- of the overall home buying...
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Posted on 08/29/2020
Another Property Sold - 6251 Shoreline Drive #2201, St Petersburg, FL 33708
RARE FIND! A stunning 3 bedroom end unit offering both privacy and views! Extensive upgrades include updated IMPACT GLASS WINDOWS and large, stone style porcelain tile throughout. The newly remodeled kitchen features a breakfast nook, closet pantry, soft close cabinets, quartz countertops, glass tile backsplash, higher end Maytag appliances with 2 convection ovens, and under counter reverse osmosis system. Open to the great room its large crescent shaped breakfast bar has additional cabinets underneath for lots of hidden storage next to a dining area with a bay window with lake view and sliders that lead to the Florida Room with views all...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
How to Make the Most Profit when Selling Your Home
Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay You’ve finally decided to sell your home and now you want the REALTOR® to show you the money! While that sounds like it can happen at the snap of a finger, there are a few things to consider. Are you selling for a profit or is your goal to make the biggest profit...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Home Maintenance: How to Care for Your HVAC Unit
Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash When it comes to keeping a home cool in the summer months and keeping it warm during the winter, there's no more important unit than the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. But like every major home system, HVAC units have a shelf life, and this is usually in the neighborhood...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Can I Sell if I've Been Flooded?
Photo by F. Muhammad via Pixabay Each year, flooding causes more than eight billion dollars in damages to homes in the United States. Despite that, many affected homeowners go on to sell their houses so that they can relocate. When your home has damage from a tropical storm, heavy rains, or rising water from a hurricane, here are...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
Painted Brick Décor for a European Look
Photo by Karsten Bergmann via Pixabay Take a tour through the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium or Holland, and you’ll see beautiful historic homes with painted brick exteriors. Wander down streets of hundreds-of-years-old houses, and the most memorable ones are those with painted brick exteriors. But if your brick is in perfect condition, why would you paint it? Odd-Colored...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
How the Appraisal Impacts a Home's Sale
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay As the home buying process nears the closing, both buyers and sellers need to prepare for the appraisal. This often the last step the lender requires before approving financing for the buyer, so it’s an important part of the home sale process. What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is an unbiased, professional evaluation...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
Buying a Home without Representation Can Be Risky
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay It may be tempting to purchase your first home without the help of a real estate agent. If you want to risk not having professional help to buy your first house, you can, but you’ll be leaving a lot of benefits on the table and assuming all the risks. The Benefits of...
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