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Decorating Your Vacation Home

By Kerrie Kelly on 15 Jun 2016 Outfit your summer retreat in tip-top style for you and your guests. Now that the summer season is in full swing, it’s time to turn your attention to your vacation home. Whether you’re perched on a tropical beach or kicking back surrounded by mountains, all vacation homes require …

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So You Want to be President of Your HOA?

By Avvo on 17 Jun 2016 Know what the job entails before you dive in head first. By Leigh Raper Tired of feeling like you have no say in the decisions about the common areas or rules and regulations of your neighborhood or condominium development? Thinking of serving as president of your homeowners’ association? Before …

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Renters Insurance Helps Cover the Gap

By HomeInsurance.com on 17 Jun 2016 Even if you don’t own a home, you still own things worth protecting. By Barry Bridges Look around any rented apartment, condominium or house and you’re likely to find the same things you would see in an owner-occupied home — furniture, clothes, electronics, and other belongings. In other words, you’ll …

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Home Buyers: Make Note of These 3 Dealbreakers

By Brendon DeSimone on 20 Jun 2016 If a home doesn’t fit your needs in any of these categories, move on. Today’s home shoppers see dozens of homes before making an offer, and probably a few dozen more before they find the one that sticks. While you’re shopping, be on the lookout for things about …

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4 Ways To Ensure Your Online Lender Is Credible

By Julian Hebron on 21 Jun 2016 Finding a mortgage online is convenient, but how can you be sure the lender is legit? Today, most mortgage shoppers start their process online. It’s so efficient that even the mortgage industry’s main regulator recommends it. But how do you ensure a lender you find online is credible? …

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4 Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper

By Jill Krasny on 22 Jun 2016 What if your dream home just happens to have ancient wiring and a cracked foundation? So you’ve set your sights on a home that, to put it mildly, needs a little repair work. The stairs are creaky, and you’ve noticed a leak (or three). Still, your mind is …

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Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental

By Erica Sooter on 23 Jun 2016 Can’t paint the walls? No problem. Living in a rental can put a significant damper on your design options. With unchangeable fixtures and cabinets, blasé paint colors, and the threat of losing your security deposit if you make changes, a lot of renters suppress their personal style and force themselves to …

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7 Tips for Maintaining and Repairing Wood Decks

By BobVila.com on 23 Jun 2016 Keep your wood deck looking as good as new with a little regular care. It can be a cookout space, lounge area complete with a brightly colored umbrella, or a display of potted plants. For whatever purpose you use your wood deck, it requires regular maintenance and upkeep to …

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Balancing Home Improvements With Big Price Tags

By Christina El Moussa on 24 Jun 2016 HGTV’s Christina El Moussa lays out how she chooses where to pinch and splurge on home renovations. Whether you’re rehabbing an investment property, getting your house ready to sell, or just want to improve your home, renovating a house is expensive. For our business, Tarek and I have …

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Here’s Why Your Debt-to-Income Ratio Matters

By Laura Haverty on 28 Jun 2016 Sure, it’s math. But it can make or break your home loan application. Home shoppers eager to qualify for a mortgage could get turned down because of a number they’ve never heard of: their debt-to-income ratio (DTI). If you’re a bit hazy on DTI, you’re in good company. …

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