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Is Your Residence Worth More Than You Originally Paid for It?
Posted on 09/15/2019
Is Your Residence Worth More Than You Originally Paid for It?
If you intend to list your residence in the near future, you might believe your house is worth more than you originally paid for it. However, there are many factors that impact a house's value, and these factors include: 1. The Current State of the Real Estate Market The housing market can vary from city to city, town to...
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Seasoning Your Skillet
Posted on 09/08/2019
Seasoning Your Skillet
If you cook in a cast iron skillet or use other cast iron cookware, you’ll know that periodically, they need what is called “seasoning.” But just what does that mean? The way that cast iron works, oil baked into the service prevents the iron from forming rust and keeps food from sticking too much. As long as the...
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Side Hustle Chores
Posted on 09/01/2019
Side Hustle Chores
The side hustle chores, you know the ones that you do while you are doing something else. For example, you are vacuuming and picking the kids room at the same time. While the gas pump is filling your tank, you are cleaning out the car. Multi-tasking is a necessity with the way our lives run these days. You...
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Is a Home Really an Investment
Posted on 08/25/2019
Is a Home Really an Investment
For years, people have believed that their new home purchase is the same kind of investment as their 401k or stock and bonds. Even with the obvious drops in prices during and since the economic crash, many buyers continue letting their home be their only retirement asset. The main property you live in should be left out of...
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Things You Need to Know Before You Sell a House
Posted on 08/18/2019
Things You Need to Know Before You Sell a House
Selling a home should be a fast, easy process. However, challenges may arise that prevent you from quickly selling your house and maximizing your property sale earnings. And if you fail to plan ahead for the home selling journey, these challenges may get the best of you. Ultimately, there are several things you need to know before you list...
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Adding Up the Benefits of Home Ownership
Posted on 08/11/2019
Adding Up the Benefits of Home Ownership
If you're renting a nice house, condo, or apartment, there's a good chance your monthly rent check is almost as much as a mortgage payment. Perhaps you've realized this and have been asking yourself why you're contributing to someone else's nest egg, instead of your own! If that sounds familiar, you may be ready to take the plunge into...
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Freshen up Your Place on a Budget
Posted on 08/04/2019
Freshen up Your Place on a Budget
Has your house become someplace that doesn't quite feel like the home you want? Maybe it’s dull or dreary or just not your style anymore? Perhaps you’re on a tight budget, or don’t feel that you have the time to go out and redo your entire space — no worries you don't have to re-design the whole room...
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4 Home Improvement ideas You Can Take on To Increase The Value Of Your Home
Posted on 07/28/2019
4 Home Improvement ideas You Can Take on To Increase The Value Of Your Home
When it comes to real estate, then the value of your house is everything. While some things that affect its value that you can't influence, such as the location or even the spending power of that market, there are a couple of things that you can take on to significantly raise the value of your home. If you...
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7 Fun Recipes to Try This Summer
Posted on 07/21/2019
7 Fun Recipes to Try This Summer
Without a doubt, beef is one of the best meats to cook in recipes. It is tasty and filled with protein. There is something in beef that takes dishes from good to wow. If appropriately cooked the ground beef can be very juicy and satisfying. You can cook it as you would a steak, just add some spices....
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What Can a Seller Learn After a House Showing?
Posted on 07/14/2019
What Can a Seller Learn After a House Showing?
Let's face it – a showing can be a stressful experience for a house seller. If a seller makes even a single mistake planning for a showing, a buyer may be turned off by his or her residence. And as a result, a seller's home may linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months. Ultimately, each...
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