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4 Insider Tips for Anyone Buying or Selling A House

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - How many houses have you been outbid on? And if you're an owner who can't even get a nibble out of buyers - if some barely even bother stepping inside - are you starting to feel like screaming?

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Thursday 12/20/2018
Home is Where the Smart is…This Winter!
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - If you’re considering making your home life more efficient and cost-effective with smart home technology, you’re part of a growing trend.

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Thursday 12/06/2018
Budget checkup for homeowners and future homeowners
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
5 steps to help improve the value of your prefabricated home
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - [Sponsored Ad Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage] 

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Friday 11/30/2018
Protect your family from the invisible dangers of carbon monoxide [Video]
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

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Monday 11/19/2018
What You Need to Know About Timeshares
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) It’s estimated that at any given time, there are over 1 million timeshare owners looking to end their timeshare ownership. Unfortunately, exiting a timeshare is more complex than many people realize.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
Winterize your lawn equipment following these 6 essential tips
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - You enjoyed a beautiful green, lush lawn all summer thanks to your favorite yard tools. Show your gratitude now by properly storing all yard equipment before winter. When the freezing temperatures hit and the snow starts to fall, you can rest assured your lawn mower, trimmer and other accessories will be safely tucked away and remain in perfect condition when spring rolls back around.

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Friday 11/09/2018
Is Buying a Home Right for You? What to Know Now
Posted: November 09, 2018

(StatePoint) Many millennials are buying their first homes in a marketplace that is more challenging than the one their parents encountered for their first purchase.

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Friday 11/02/2018
5 Homebuying Myths Debunked
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - You may not know everything about homebuying, but some things are simply common knowledge, right? Think again! Some facts about buying a home that seem obvious are actually myths.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Real-estate ready: 8 tips for boosting your home's value
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - When selling a home, you want the best possible offer from homebuyers. To capture attention and boost bids, consider these eight tips.

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Monday 10/29/2018
10 Essential Tips to Winterize Your Home
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - That chill in the air means one thing: It’s time to winterize your home. Taking a few simple steps now to repair and protect your home from Mother Nature can help save on time, energy bills and costly repairs this season. Here are 10 easy-to-accomplish projects to tackle before winter really sets in.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
How to create the perfect, four-season outdoor living space
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or something in between. It depends on your budget and how you plan to use the space.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Smart Millennial Uses Down Payment Assistance for New Home
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:41 am

(NewsUSA) - Until this summer, Matt Berna had an unusual tradition: Every year, he moved to a new apartment. After doing this for 9 years, the 27-year-old inside sales professional decided enough was enough.

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Thursday 09/13/2018
Concerned About Rising Mortgage Rates? Borrowers Have Options
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:21 am

(StatePoint) While mortgage interest rates remain near historic lows, they have been slowly rising over the last year, increasing the cost of 30-year loans for borrowers.

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Thursday 08/02/2018
How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 3:47 am

(NewsUSA) - When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home.

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Thursday 07/26/2018
Bitcoin Gains Can Become "Tax-Free"
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 3:45 am

(NewsUSA) - The 2017 Reform Act of 2017 is starting to gain traction as former United States Congressman Mark Schauer (MI-07) suggest that the "Opportunity Zones created under the tax bill incentivize capital flow to businesses in low-income neighborhoods all over the nation. Investment of even a portion of unrealized capital gains will have an historic, transformative effect in distressed communities."

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Friday 07/20/2018
How Many Americans are Finding Affordable Housing
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:21 am

(StatePoint) With the cost of housing continuing to rise faster than wages, it’s no wonder that many Americans nationwide are struggling to make ends meet. Luckily, solutions already exist to address the affordable housing shortage, say experts.

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Thursday 06/21/2018
Build boldly with these 4 features of advanced decking
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - If you’re planning to create an outdoor living space, advanced decking enables you to show off your creativity. For years, complex deck designs have been difficult to achieve with traditional lumber. But, with advances in today’s decking materials, you have the flexibility to create virtually any design to reflect your style. The possibilities of creating a bold deck design are only limited by your imagination. For example, did you love hopscotch while growing up? Build a hopscotch board into your deck. Maybe you are an avid musician; why not design your deck in a giant guitar shape?

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Monday 06/18/2018
Top Tips and Decluttering Insights for Your Next Move
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:20 am

(StatePoint) Moving can be emotional and the ways you manage it – including the downsizing of your possessions – may be influenced by your age, suggests a new study.

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Friday 06/15/2018
3 secrets to hosting a great party on your deck or patio
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Cookouts, barbecues, family reunions and more are upon us, and as the coolest neighbor on the cul-de-sac, hosting is a no-brainer. We’ve compiled three simple ways to get your deck and yard ready to go, so you can play host to the cookout of the year.

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Tuesday 06/12/2018
How to prep your home for a new addition to the family
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a baby or pet, a new addition to the family calls for new, unexpected responsibilities, and is bound to come with adjustments for every member of the family. While it would be silly to guarantee zero stress for the new family environment, below are tips for a transition with more playtime and fewer headaches to help you get started.

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Monday 05/21/2018
Feed your dog from a DIY concrete bowl
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - With dogs living in more than 60 million U.S. households, pooches are by far the most popular pet in America according to the America Pet Products Association’s 2017-2018 National Owners Survey. The same research also indicates that dog food accounts for a large proportion of the expenses to own a dog at around $300 a year, depending on the type of dog and their choice of chow. Regardless of expense, no owner wants to see good food go to waste because their clumsy dog accidentally knocks over the bowl or an unexpected storm blows the dish across the back patio. Dog owners can avoid the repeated exercise and cost of replacing wasted food by using a sturdy and durable concrete dog bowl.

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Thursday 05/03/2018
6 Money Tips for Buying a Home
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:21 am

(StatePoint) When searching for a new home, you may come across some conflicting information, especially about home financing or mortgage loans. Consider these six money tips to help you navigate the process.

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Wednesday 04/11/2018
90 percent of homes have hard water: What are the effects?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. The scale may also harbor bacteria. The only way to truly remove the hard and soft scale from household water systems is with salt-based water softeners.

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Thursday 03/08/2018
Are Common Myths Holding You Back from Buying a Home?
Updated: March 09, 2018 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Aspirations of home ownership is strong for America’s families, yet findings from the fifth annual America at Home survey from NeighborWorks America indicate several perceived barriers to homeownership among the majority of consumers.

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Monday 03/05/2018
How Much Home Can You Afford this Spring? Factors to Consider
Updated: March 05, 2018 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) The chicken or the egg? Which came first continues to fuel philosophical debates. But when it comes to buying a home, experts are pretty clear about the proper order of things -- agreeing you should fit your mortgage to your finances, not to a house.

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