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Posted on 05/31/2020
What Does It Really Cost to Sell a Residence?
Believe it or not, selling a home may prove to be expensive if you are not careful. However, if you understand the costs associated with selling a house, you can budget accordingly. Now, let's take a look at three expenses that home sellers commonly encounter. 1. Home Repairs Cracked siding, floor damage and other home issues are worrisome, particularly...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
3 Pet Friendly Indoor Plants (and Others to Keep Away from Your Pets)
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay Plants can enhance the look and feel of your home, and some can even improve your indoor air quality. But if you have pets, you need to be selective about the plants you bring into your home. Choosing the right plants allows you to enjoy a lush indoor herb garden or a striking...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Recipe: Japanese Om-Rice
Photo by Sophy Chen from Pexels Like many Japanese words, om-rice is a portmaneau -- a new word created from combining two other words. In this case, it comes from “omelette” and “rice”, and the popular dish consists of fried rice with ketchup wrapped in an egg omelette. Made from basic ingredients like rice, ketchup, and hot dogs...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
How to Turn a Quick Profit on an Investment Property
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay Buying property is a long-term investment. If you’re looking to make quick income from property, the only way is to buy low and sell high with minimal input for remodeling, upgrades, or even paint. However, if you intend to keep your property as a rental here are a few of the basics...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
How a Condo Differs from a Townhouse
Photo by Pixabay via Pexels When it comes to home ownership, you have many options beyond buying a single-family home. A condominium and a townhouse are two such options. Before you consider making one of these your permanent home, it's important to understand the differences between them. Condo Ownership When you purchase a condo, you own the entire...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
HOAs: Could They Truly Benefit a Neighborhood?
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock An HOA — or Homeowners' Association — is an organization in your subdivision or community that creates and enforces regulations and rules for the properties and residents. If a property is part of an HOA's jurisdiction, buying it automatically makes you a member. Therefore, you are required to pay HOA dues that cover...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
How to Create a Pet Haven at Home
Photo by Ilona Krijgsman via Pixabay Whether you own a cat, dog, reptile, or another animal, these critters are members of the family. But with cramped spaces and home layouts that aren’t very focused on the comfort and safety of your pets, you may need to make some modifications to make your home more pet-friendly. And given how...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
Pros & Cons of HOA Communities
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay When you’re looking into buying a new home, one of the decision you’ll need to make is if you want to live in an HOA community or not. Homeowners association (HOA) communities offer certain advantages and disadvantages compared to non-HOA communities. Knowing more about these pros and cons can help you make the...
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