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3 Ways To Know If You're Getting a Good Mortgage Rate

Buying a home is still an American Dream for most people. But when you're ready to make that leap, I want you to be armed with the knowledge you need to pack a punch in your wallet! Most people are intimidated by the mortgage application process so they only go ...

How To Get Trusted Referrals for Home Repairs

Right now, renovating a home is much, much easier than it had been during the real estate bubble. So how do you pick a contractor? I recall back during the bubble how often I'd get calls from homeowners complaining they couldn't get a call back from contractors. The frenzy around ...

 

Why the Mortgage Interest Deduction Is Probably Meaningless to You

Everyone connected to the real estate industry touts how owning your own home is tax smart.  How you want the tax deductions you get from home ownership. This is one of those things that is technically correct, but is worth little or nothing to most of us in practice. The ...

 

4 Simple Tweaks That Will Enhance Your Home's Value

ShopSmart magazine did a Top 10 list of things you could do to your home that have the greatest payoff in enhanced value. These easy DIY projects will increase your property's value Years ago, a real estate agent told me the No. 1 thing you can do at the lowest ...

Skip the CFLs and go straight to the LEDs If you haven’t yet embraced CFLs because of complaints you have heard, then good news: Now is the time to go straight to LEDs! LEDs have dropped significantly in price and are better than ever. Some can last up to 20+ years. They don’t contain mercury and are 95% recyclable. Use this Energy Star calculator to find out how much they could save you.  (Source: Fresh Energy) 

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Test drive a home before you buy

Test drive a home before you buy

When you buy a new car, you usually take it for a test drive. Now some home buyers are test driving homes as well.

 

When Does a HELOC Make Sense in Your Life?

For the first time since the real estate bubble, your ability to borrow against the value of your home is returning. This is significant because over the last 8 years, there was almost no home equity line of credit (HELOC) activity and almost no second mortgage activity. But now we ...

6 Ways To Cut Home Energy Costs

Utility bills can make up a significant portion of a family’s monthly budget. With a little planning, research, and work, you can cut your home's energy consumption by a substantial amount. With Earth Day coming up next month, here are 6 ways to get the job done. Check out these ...

 

Tiny Houses Offer Affordable Housing Solutions

For people just starting out in life, it's becoming more difficult to afford a place to live. Bunking up with several roommates is becoming more common around the country. But it's tough. I remember once talking to a flight attendant who had two children recently. When her home flight base ...

 

Lumber Liquidators Allegedly Sold Flooring With Too Much Formaldehyde

If you bought laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators in the last 4 years, there's a chance you may have been exposed to unsafe levels of  formaldehyde. Read on to learn about the next steps you should take. Too much formaldehyde in Lumber Liquidators flooring? There have been so many unsafe ...

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