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Is Shiplap Still ‘See’-Worthy?

Is Shiplap Still 'See'-Worthy?

Over the last few years shiplap has been making waves as one of the most popular materials to incorporate in home decor. From walls and ceilings to wainscoting and focal points above the fireplace, you've probably seen these wide wooden panels all over the house. Previously used as exterior siding in the building of barns,...

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Moving With Your Pets? Avoid These Mistakes

Moving With Your Pets? Avoid These Mistakes

For most pet owners, pets are a part of the family. And so, of course, wherever the family moves? The pet moves, too. And while moving might be a stressful process for you, it's arguably even more stressful for your pet. Pets respond well to structure and routine-and so the packing, moving, and settling into...

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Prices Of New Houses Fall As Builders Add More Entry-Level Homes

Prices Of New Houses Fall As Builders Add More Entry-Level Homes

One of the biggest challenges for would-be homeowners in recent years has been the lack of diversity of homes. Cities and towns across the country have seen a lack of starter or entry-level homes, making it more difficult for new or first-time homebuyers to enter the market.

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Common Items In Your Home That Are Dangerous For Your Dog

Common Items In Your Home That Are Dangerous For Your Dog

Humans love their dogs. This, the purest kind of love, makes complete sense. Dogs are loyal, sweet, and the best companion anyone could ask for. They've been living paw-in-hand with us for thousands of years. They're part of the family and they stick with us through whatever's going on in our lives, so we wish...

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Home Sellers: Appeal To First Time Buyers By Knowing What They’re Looking For In A Home

Home Sellers: Appeal To First Time Buyers By Knowing What They're Looking For In A Home

Everyone has a different idea of the "perfect" starter home. But there are some home features that are more popular with first-time homebuyers than others-and if you're thinking about selling your home, it's important you know what, exactly, those features are. A recent survey from home insurance resource Clovered found that the features first-time buyers...

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Renovating Your Home Yourself? Beware Of These Common Injuries

Renovating Your Home Yourself? Beware Of These Common Injuries

There are plenty of reasons why you might take a DIY approach to renovating your home. Maybe you enjoy working with your hands. Maybe you're looking to save money. Maybe you want to tackle a fun, challenging DIY project with your partner or family. But whatever your reason, there's one thing you need to keep...

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Despite The Convenience of Digital Tools, Most Consumers Still Prefer To Close In Person

Despite The Convenience of Digital Tools, Most Consumers Still Prefer To Close In Person

Technology has made a variety of real estate transactions significantly more convenient; instead of filling out paperwork in person, digital contracts allow you to conduct virtually all of your real estate business online from wherever you are. But there's one transaction the majority of people still prefer managing in person-and that's closing on a house....

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Tis The Season for Home Buying

Tis' The Season For Home Buying

The holidays are right around the corner, which means it's the best time of the year for festive parties, eggnog, and giving (and receiving!) the perfect gifts. And, apparently, it's also the best time of the year to buy a home. According to a recent analysis from real estate data firm ATTOM Solutions, the best...

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Homeowners Are Feeling Less Financial Strain Than Renters

Homeowners Are Feeling Less Financial Strain Than Renters

The US Census defines cost-burdened households as a household that spends at least 35 percent of their monthly income on household costs (including their mortgage, utility bills, property taxes, and other costs associated with homeownership). In other words, cost-burdened households are households that may feel a significant financial strain (or burden) as a result of...

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4 New Year’s Resolutions To Improve Your Home

4 New Year’s Resolutions To Improve Your Home

Whether you enjoy making New Year’s resolutions or scoff at the idea, there’s something inherently motivating about seeing a fresh page on the calendar. If you don’t want to join the masses who hit the gym or vow to go on a digital diet, you may want to resolve to set some goals on behalf of your home.

Chances are, you spend a lot of time in your home, so why not make sure it’s as energy-efficient, safe, and comfortable as possible? If you’re a homeowner, making some New Year’s resolutions—and then following through—may pay dividends all year long.

Take a look at four improvements that are easy to implement and won’t break the bank. In fact, some may even put money back in your pocket.

1. Conserve energy

If you’re not quite ready to install solar panels on your roof, you can still save energy (and money) by conducting your own energy audit.

Are lights often left on in rooms nobody is in? Is electricity powering things that aren’t even in use? Commit to turning off lights in rooms you’re not using and unplugging gadgets that aren’t being used or charged. According to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC.org), Americans waste approximately $19 billion on inactive electronics or devices every year. From your coffee maker to your laptop computer, you may be squandering energy and dollars. Give a quick look around and see where you can conserve and save.

Moving on to larger items, be sure to properly maintain your heating and cooling systems so they’re operating optimally. If you have an older model unit, you may want to consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient system to save money and enjoy a more comfortable environment.

Also, look for leaks around your windows...

January Expected To Be An Active Time For Homebuyers To Start Looking

January Expected To Be An Active Time For Homebuyers To Start Looking

The temperatures may be dropping outside-but for house hunters, things are just about to start heating up. A recent analysis from realtor.com found that while most people believe spring to be the hottest season for homebuyers, house hunters are starting their search earlier in the year-and January has become one of the most active times...

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6 Ways To Winterproof Your Home This Fall

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Don’t Fall In Love With A House Before You Are Ready To Fully Commit

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6 Ways Your Real Estate Agent Is Like Your Best Friend

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Why Do Real Estate Agents Ask If You’re Pre-approved?

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The Right Photos Can Make or Break Your Home Sale

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Want To Save Money On Your Mortgage? Shop Around

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6 Ways to Protect Your HOme (& Trick-or-Treaters) This Halloween

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New Bill Proposes Cuts To Mortgage Fees For First-Time Home Buyers

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