Category Archive: Blog

Industrial Style for Any Home

By Kerrie Kelly on 30 Jun 2016 You don’t have to live in a renovated loft to get this ultra-hip look. Modern, raw, and super stylish, the industrial look is totally in. Whether your home is traditional and tailored or sleek and minimalist, you can integrate elements of industrial style into any design to create a …

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Landscaping a New Construction Home

By Steve Asbell on 30 Jun 2016 You may think of it as a blank canvas, but your new yard requires some deep thought before you dig in. You’re excited about closing on your new home and can’t wait to dig into the blank canvas of a newly sodded lawn. Well, here’s the bad news: …

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3 Weird Things You Can Ignore When Home Shopping

By Brendon DeSimone on 4 Jul 2016 Ugly paint colors? Treadmill in the kitchen? Creepy family portraits in every room? Don’t let it bug you. In 15 years of real estate, I can honestly say that I’ve seen it all. Toilet seats up in listing photos, shag carpet covered with dog hair, bedrooms doubling as marijuana …

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5 Home Projects You Can Finish During Your Staycation

By BobVila.com on 7 Jul 2016 Balance R&R with a little DIY for total staycation satisfaction. With the return of summer Fridays and a stockpile of unused vacation days, you might be ready to jet off to anywhere but home. But before you pack your bags, consider the long-term benefits of a staycation. Twelve, 24, …

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How to Ensure Your Pet Is a Good Rental Resident

By Sandy Robins on 13 Jul 2016 Yapping, chewing, howling, scratching … not in this home! There’s nothing worse than living next door to an incessant barker or yappy dog — even howling cats can be a nuisance. It’s important to make sure your pet isn’t the one your neighbors complain about. While a growing number of …

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Your Guide to Pruning Like a Pro

By Steve Asbell on 13 Jul 2016 When it comes to trimming the verge, you’ll want to hedge your bets with this guide. You know that neighbor who’s always standing on his lawn with hedge shears in hand, ready to indiscriminately hack away at any shrub, tree or perennial that dares to step out of …

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Should You Rent or Buy Your Next Home?

Buying or renting, this is the question that torments the Americans. In most of the situations the answer depends on your circumstances and on the housing state. Starting from 2008, when the financial crisis hit the market, the individuals realized that after all, it’s not that good to own. Many homeowners found themselves underwater and …

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The Future of Home Automation: Up-and-Coming Features

By Sarah Pike on 17 Jun 2016 Everything is getting smarter these days … including your smoke alarm, deadbolt and showerhead. Home automation is no trend. Within the industry, you’ll discover loud voices shouting that the Internet of Things (IoT) is failing, and others exclaiming just as loudly that it’s changed the world and is …

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Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Landscaping

11 tips that will save your garden, lawn, and flowers … not to mention your green thumb rep. Whether you’re dealing with a California drought, an mid-Atlantic heat wave or Deep South downpours, summer can be a tricky time to garden. Here’s what you need to know before you leave the comfort of the air …

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Lease Agreements: 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Negotiate

From reduced pet rent to extra parking passes, when it comes to rental perks, it never hurts to ask. By Stephanie Reid, Avvo attorney and NakedLaw contributor When you factor in the formulaic legal documents, generic 20-minute interview, and perfunctory tour of the apartment and its amenities, it’s not unusual for renters to feel like they …

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