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Posted on 06/13/2021
Real Estate and the Estate Tax
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay If you anticipate that you will inherit an estate at some point or if you plan to leave your estate to an heir, it is important to plan for the potential tax implications of that transfer. The federal estate tax is one aspect to consider. Depending on the value of the estate,...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
Top Home Designs for 2021
Photo by Charlotte May from Pexels If building a home is in your plans for 2021, you have many design options. Sometimes the options can feel overwhelming. To create a trendy, modern home, take some time to look at current design trends. These are the features builders are embracing in 2021 that are worth considering for your home....
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Entertaining: How to Make the Most of Your Guest List at Home
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels 2020 threw a wrench in our get-togethers, cocktail parties, extended-family game nights and plans of every category. But designing a new home in times of pandemic, be they post or during, shouldn’t mean opting out of the features you’ll need to entertain a crowd once COVID-19 is over. Making a few thoughtful...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
Match Your Property Type to Your Lifestyle
Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay Everyone's ideal home is different. Age, family size, budget and location all factor into the home buying process. Here's a brief look at the types of properties that attract different people. Apartments Apartments are usually a stepping stone for young professionals as they save up for a home. They are also convenient...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
How to Market Your Home for Sale as Pet-Friendly
Image by Ángel Garcia from Pixabay Many homebuyers are putting their pets first while looking for a place to live. They want a space that will work well for everyone in their household, all their pets included. If you have a truly pet-friendly property, then you can capture the attention of those individuals by marketing it as such....
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Posted on 05/09/2021
Genuine Vintage Tins Make Great Flower Containers
Photo by Sabine van Erp via Pixabay There's a certain nostalgia associated with genuine vintage tins -- not the replicas you find at today's one-dollar stores. Genuine vintage tins had real purpose, usually multiple ones, in fact. They did double duty as tubs to wash both children and laundry. Or, sometimes, they held both lunch food and school...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Most Popular Mortgage Options
Photo by Mastersenaiper via Pixabay When it comes to financing your home, you have a several mortgage options available. Each type of mortgage offers different advantages, so be sure to do research before applying. Below are some of the most popular types of mortgages borrowers may consider. Conventional Loans A conventional loan is a mortgage not insured by...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
Tips on Why Recording Fees are Included in a Real Estate Sale
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay There are a variety of different terms that you must become familiar with as you purchase a new home. You have to pay an application fee, underwriting fees, titles fees and more. But one that seems to leave many buyers scratching their heads is the recording fee. A recording fee is a...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
How to Assess Your Equity Before Selling Your Home
Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay The equity in your home plays a major role in how much profit you'll make off the sale, but it's not always simple to determine just how much of the home you own (even if you haven't refinanced). Here are a few tips to understand equity and how you can use it to...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
Your Step-by-Step Guide to New Residential Construction
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels There is something enticing about building the home that you want rather than purchasing a property that only has some features you desire. When you invest in new residential construction, you can create the living space that you have always dreamed of having. Step 1: Choose a Builder The first step in...
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Posted on 04/04/2021
Roof Maintenance for Your Home
Image by Mario Ohibsky from Pixabay Whether you’re getting your home ready to sell or just getting settled into a new one, making sure your roof is in excellent condition is important. Your roof helps keep the inside of your home safe from water and other types of damage. Roofs can endure wear and tear over time or...
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