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A long soak in a bubble-filled tub can feel like heaven after a hard day at work—and soaking in a bath that feels like a spa can elevate that happy relaxation. Here’s how you can elevate your home’s bath experience: Add some greenery. Place a pot of minty eucalyptus on the...
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The weather’s better in a neighboring state. It would be nice to be closer to the grandkids. Those are a lot of stairs to walk up. Whatever the reason, the idea of selling is beginning to have some appeal—but you might not be quite ready to start packing or see...
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A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch. An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have. However, when shopping for our dream home, it’s essential to steer the dream a little bit more toward reality. No home will have every single...
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Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an upgrade wonder how much the planned project will increase the value of their home. Surprisingly, design experts say, sometimes not as much as the...
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For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep and what to toss can be a difficult, and sometimes painful, decision. The editors at after55.com offer 10 good tips for making the move without...
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Ugh. Moving, right? Packing, coordinating, updating contacts and everything that goes along with it is time consuming in itself. Managing to squeeze it all in when you have a full-time job or kids to take care of? Sometimes it seems impossible! The trick is to plan ahead and reframe your...
If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But there are some vital things to do before you start shopping. Follow these steps to make buying a second home a smooth process: The best...
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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage process along? A: If you’re a seller, it behooves you to get your own home inspection prior to putting your house on the market. But why...
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Long after first seeing the home of your dreams and deciding to buy it, and just before getting the keys to it, comes the closing process. It sounds ominous, but it’s a simple enough process where several professionals help walk you through the steps to complete the home buying transaction....
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In your home or in your vacation cabin, a handsome stone hearth is often the gathering place for comfy family evenings. But accumulations of dirt, soot and ash can make your fireplace less efficient and ruin the lovely patina of natural stone. You can help maintain its beauty and safety...
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While more buyers now use the Internet to gain access to listings, or available properties for sale, it is still a good idea to use an agent. Real estate professionals bring value to the entire process: he or she is available to analyze data, answer questions, share their professional expertise...
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No matter how much of a critter lover you may be, pests in your kitchen is never fun. But many consumers are also disinclined to spread poison all over their culinary arena. Below are a handful of natural, poison-free ways to keep those creepy crawlies outside where they belong. Vinegar...
May 26, 2018
Modern Bathroom Interior

Transforming Your Bath Into a Spa

A long soak in a bubble-filled tub can feel like heaven after a hard day at work—and soaking in a bath that feels like a spa […]
May 23, 2018
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4 To-Dos Before You Sell

The weather’s better in a neighboring state. It would be nice to be closer to the grandkids. Those are a lot of stairs to walk up. […]
May 19, 2018
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Choose Your Battles When Buying a Home

A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch. An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have. However, […]
May 15, 2018
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Which Remodeling Projects Will Add the Most Value to Your Home?

Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an […]
May 12, 2018
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10 Quick Tips for Easier Downsizing

For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep and […]
May 9, 2018
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3 Ways to Reduce Stress While Moving

Ugh. Moving, right? Packing, coordinating, updating contacts and everything that goes along with it is time consuming in itself. Managing to squeeze it all in when […]
May 4, 2018
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Ask the Expert: Can a Home Inspection Help the Mortgage Process Along?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage process […]
May 1, 2018

Keys to Buying a Second Home

If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But there […]
April 26, 2018
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What to Expect at Closing

Long after first seeing the home of your dreams and deciding to buy it, and just before getting the keys to it, comes the closing process. […]
April 17, 2018
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Maintaining the Beauty of Your Natural Stone Fireplace

In your home or in your vacation cabin, a handsome stone hearth is often the gathering place for comfy family evenings. But accumulations of dirt, soot […]
April 15, 2018
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Why Do I Need an Agent If I Can Find a Home by Myself on the Internet?

While more buyers now use the Internet to gain access to listings, or available properties for sale, it is still a good idea to use an […]
April 13, 2018
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How to Keep Pests Out of the Kitchen

No matter how much of a critter lover you may be, pests in your kitchen is never fun. But many consumers are also disinclined to spread […]
April 11, 2018
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Which Remodeling Projects Will Add the Most Value to Your Home?

Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an […]
April 9, 2018
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Costs of Pool Ownership

A backyard pool can look like a lot of fun when you’re house-hunting. Summer days full of swimming and splashing around your pool can be great […]
April 7, 2018
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How Roof Materials Impact the Look and Feel of Your Home

Choosing roof materials is like a great hairdo because your roof plays a big role in the overall style and quality of your home. If you […]
April 3, 2018
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Counter Intelligence: Which Countertop Is Right for You?

There are more materials, colors, and patterns available in kitchen countertops than ever before—and since many are close in price, the decision may be even harder. […]
April 1, 2018
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Kitchen Problems to Look for before Buying a Fixer-Upper

A minor kitchen remodel such as changing hardware, resurfacing cabinets and other minor improvements can earn a return on investment of 83 percent, according to the […]
March 30, 2018
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Refinance Options for Those With Low Credit Scores

Are you looking to refinance? Are you looking to refinance? If you want to get a second mortgage so you can make renovations to your home, […]
March 29, 2018
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Title Problems to Resolve Before Selling Your Home

Whether it’s embarrassment or a messy home sale transaction you want to avoid, clearing up some title restrictions before a home sale can make both less […]
March 28, 2018

Experts Define How Condominiums Differ from Townhouses

While most condominiums are apartments, a townhouse is attached to one or more houses and can run the gamut from duplexes and triplexes to communities with […]
March 27, 2018
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Mortgage Options When Interest Rates Are Rising

Mortgage rates have been relatively low for years. Seeing them inch up can cause home shoppers to panic and possibly put their home purchase on hold. […]
March 24, 2018
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Expert Insights: Why Do Lenders Require a Down Payment?

It protects them should you default on the loan, especially if you fail to make payments in the early years of the loan when more is […]
March 22, 2018
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4 Steps to Natural Disaster Preparedness

The past few months have brought the devastation of natural disasters to the forefront, as televisions, newspapers and social media have covered hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and […]
March 20, 2018
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Expert Insights: What Are Co-Ops?

Cooperative apartments—known as co-ops—are not really owned by people as real property. Instead, people own shares of stock in the company that owns the building in […]
March 18, 2018
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7 Factors to Consider When Searching for the Perfect Neighborhood

Good restaurants aren’t the only amenities worth looking for in a neighborhood. You can remodel a home, but there are some things about a neighborhood you […]