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5 Steps to a More Organized Home for Back to School

As if summer isn’t crazy enough, the transition to school can make home life even busier and messier. Schedules are a mix of school activities and the last-hurrah-of-summer, and the house is strewn with important school papers and wet beach towels….

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5 Tips for Hiring Home Service Pros

Finding the right person to install your garage door opener, patch your roof or landscape your yard takes time – but it’s time well spent. The Better Business Bureau last year recorded 24,900 complaints from U.S. homeowners about general contractors,…

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4 Local Factors That Impact Your Mortgage Process

If you’re like many people, you look online to find the best rate quotes when you first start shopping for a mortgage. Sometimes this can lead to selecting a lender who isn’t local to your area. This is fine, as…

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Pros and Cons of Buying a Foreclosed Home

Five years ago, a homebuyer could spot a bank foreclosed home a mile away. They were abandoned structures, stripped of all appliances and fixtures, with unkempt landscaping and falling down “For Sale” signs. Today, banks often renovate their REOs (also…

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These Apps Will Make Your Next Move a Breeze

You’ve found your new home — congrats! But before you dream about settling in and cozying up on your couch for a Netflix binge, you have to actually prep for and execute that big move. While the process of moving…

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Before & After: Brightening a Malibu Beach House

By Erinn Valencich This Malibu home had all the trappings of a run-of-the-mill builder’s special. And with its cold tile floors and pedestrian color palette, it felt more like a vacation rental than a welcoming beach house. Before: Cold tiles…

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Do's and Don'ts of Online Vacation Rental Sites

While short-term home rental sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway have made finding and listing vacation properties and alternative lodging fast, easy and convenient both for hosts and guests, there are risks involved for both parties. Here are a few ways to…

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Smart Watering Tips for Every Gardener

Tired of watering all the time, while praying for rain and smaller water bills? If your garden is planned, prepared, planted and watered properly, you can have a beautiful yard and save thousands in the long run. Here’s how to…

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Before & After: Cottage Curb Appeal Makeover

When a South Carolina couple moved into their new little cottage, it was in desperate need of some TLC. With very little budget, the couple put their DIY skills to the test and focused on a few key updates that would…

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The Home Buyers' Guide to Getting a Mortgage

Buying a home can feel overwhelming, and a lot of that uneasiness can come from not understanding how to get a mortgage. This guide — which includes 20 questions to ask lenders — should help clarify the mortgage process and get you…

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