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Posted on 01/17/2021
DIY: 4 Walkways to Boost Curb Appeal
Photo by Craig Tidball on Unsplash It's probably much easier and less expensive than you realize to improve your home's curb appeal. Simple fixes such as replacing rickety porch railings or giving trim a fresh, bright coat of paint go a long way toward making prospective home buyers smile. And when you create a welcoming pathway, that leads...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Quick Tips for Paying off Your Mortgage
Photo by ESB Professional via Shutterstock If the thought of getting a mortgage and being in that much debt is stopping you from buying a home, plan to pay it off. Here’s how you can do it in just five to 10 years. Live well below your means. If you can keep your mortgage payment to below twenty...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
How to Negotiate a Land Contract Vs. a Mortgage
Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay With a mortgage, a buyer is applying for financing to purchase the property in its entirety. They're relying on their credit and assets for approval before assuming responsibility of the full property. In a land contract, you're cutting out the need for a formal lender and relying on the seller to approve or...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
What You Should Know About Today's Energy Tax Credits
Photo by Photo Mix Company via Pixabay Are you familiar with the ITC? That's the Investment Tax Credit that went into effect in 2005. Since then, it's been extended several times, and now covers homeowners, in some portion, through the year 2021. The ITC is also often referred to as the Federal Solar Tax Credit, and it's been...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
4 Ways to Clean Out Bad Smells
Have you ever walked into a room and wondered, "What is that smell?” Perhaps it's the kitchen trash, or maybe a clogged drain or the moldy-smelling washing machine. No matter what might be giving off that foul odor, there are tricks that you can use to bring a halt to it. Here are simple tricks to seek and...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Budgetless Renovation: Getting Everything You Ever Wanted Without Getting Lost
Image by Malachi Witt from Pixabay You might think renovating a home is simple when budget isn't a factor, but when there are no limits, it's deceptively easy to become side railed. Getting off-track on a home renovation can be disastrous. You may end up with rooms that feel cavernous and impossible to fill or hallways that meander...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
Easy and Delicious Pine Nut Pasta
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Who doesn't love pasta? If you're a big fan of pasta but getting tired of the same old recipes, this unique and delicious vegetarian recipe is right for you. It's easy to make, requires few ingredients and makes little mess. It's also incredibly versatile, and can be made vegan for those who have...
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Posted on 12/04/2020
Another Property Sold - 700 Starkey Road #1511, Largo, FL 33771
Ready for you to make it your home or home away from home! This 2/2 condo is well appointed with newer windows, striking wood floors and crown molding. The spacious floor plan offers over 1300 sq. ft of living space, split bedrooms and upgrades galore. Kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, solid wood cabinets and a custom ceiling. Master bath updated in 2019 has dual sinks and custom walk-in shower. The two lanais (off the LR and MBR) offer tranquil park-like views – a great place to enjoy your morning coffee! This unit is conveniently located near covered parking and only footsteps away from the saltwater...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
Love to Golf? Don't Miss the Doral Junior Classic
Image by HeungSoon from Pixabay If there’s anything Florida is known for besides the weather and water, it’s the game of golf. The sun shines almost all the time, giving you time to play through those rounds on the golf course. For avid golfers, this is a dream come true. Even if you don’t know how to golf,...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
Is Your House Worth Less Than You Originally Paid for It?
Let's face it – determining how to price a home is rarely simple for a seller. In some instances, your home may be worth less than you originally paid for it. Ultimately, if you failed to maintain your house over the years, various home problems may crop up when you decide to list your residence. If these issues go...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
Choosing the Right Realtor to Buy or Sell a Million Dollar Home
Photo by Snapwire Photography via Pexels When you have a million-dollar home to sell, don’t just get any real estate agent. The same goes if you are buying a million-dollar home. It would be best if you had a real estate agent that does more than think like a millionaire. When you choose a real estate agent who...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
Can Easements Affect Property Values?
Image by Zach Schorr from Pixabay Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you might discover there is an easement attached to your property. If so, you’re probably wondering how this affects your property values. What is an Easement? In a nutshell, an easement is for one person to have explicit permission to have use of another person’s...
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