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Home Buyers: Make Note of These 3 Dealbreakers

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 the home that you can’t change (or …

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Buying and Selling a High-Tech Home

What are the experts saying about the market for smart homes? Investing in a smartphone is a no-brainer for most people, but what is the market like for smart homes? Forty-five percent of Americans “either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016,” according to Coldwell Banker’s 2016 Smart Home Marketplace Survey. With …

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Pros and Cons of a Second Mortgage

By Jamie Birdwell-Branson on 13 Jun 2016 You may be able to draw on your home’s equity to get cash … but should you? Homeowners are always thrilled when their home’s value goes up, and many take this growth opportunity as a chance to take out a second mortgage. A second mortgage — often called …

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7 Must-Have Home Organization Tools

From budget-friendly to super-splurge, these items get the seal of approval from expert Dorothy The Organizer. Folks often ask my opinion about the best organizing products. The dealbreaker is whether they are items people will actually use. The last thing you want is to spend money and wind up with more clutter. If you’re going to make …

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Don’t Leave Your Pets Hanging: How to Hire a Pet Sitter

By Sandy Robins on 9 Jun 2016 You’ve made your summer travel plans, but what about Fido and Fluffy? While the leisure industry may put out the welcome mat for pets across America, it’s not always possible to take them with you when you travel. The biggest dilemma is finding someone responsible and caring to …

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Down Payment Savings Tips for Renters

By Daniel Bortz on 7 Jun 2016 These clever ideas put homeownership within reach. Ah, the perks of being a renter. No mortgage payments, no property taxes, no pesky maintenance work or repairs (leave that to your landlord to take care of!). Sounds like a good life, right? Oh, wait, we almost forgot the big …

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How to Label Boxes for Your Move

These pro tricks will take you from stressed-out novice to moving master. It’s a known fact that proper organization is the main prerequisite for a successful move. Even seemingly small details, such as labeling boxes, can make a big difference in the final outcome of your relocation adventure. So, what is the best way to …

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Can You Afford To Skip Renters Insurance?

This dreamy loft is worth insuring. By Laura Agadoni | June 20, 2016 Getting relatively inexpensive coverage now could save you a massive headache later. Whether they’re in Philadelphia, PA or Houston, TX, the first thing people think about when they rent a new place is getting renters insurance to protect their belongings, right? No, …

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Crisis Averted: 5 For-Sale Fiascos (And How They Were Solved)

A home sale can move forward — even without a roof — if you take fast action. By Blake Miller | June 20, 2016 Quick thinking and preparedness kept these real-life, last-minute debacles from killing a home sale. Few things are more crushing than having your home go on the market, getting an offer, reaching the closing …

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It Worked! 7 Surprising Real-Life Tactics To Sell A Home Fast

Can a drone help you sell your house? If you use it to take some awesome aerial shots, the answer might be yes. By Laura Agadoni | June 16, 2016 These real-life stories of unconventional sales tactics might unleash your creative side. Why one home in a neighborhood sells in a matter of hours while …

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