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3 Key Tips for a Stress Free Dinner Party

Think being a good host means stressing in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party? Think again. With a little advanced preparation, you can unlock the secrets of a stress-free holiday get-together. Plan and Practice the Menu Choose dishes that don’t have to be served piping hot, like lasagna, quiches and braised stews. Test out new recipes in advance so you can make necessary adjustments to the ingredients and perfect your prep time. Once you’ve got the menu figured out, prepare...

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Trends and Tech for Today's Bathrooms

According to a recent Houzz & Home survey, homeowners are investing more on bathroom renovations than in previous years, largely due to outdated designs and finishes. What types of upgrades are they spending money on? Here are some of the latest trends and tech updates being used in bathroom design. Aesthetic Additions You don’t have to tackle a full overhaul to make a big impact in the bathroom. Smaller changes can often bring big rewards, both from a resale perspective and...

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6 Tips for Preventing a House Fire

Devastating house fires can happen in an instant, and many begin due to human error. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that cooking tops the list of residential building fire causes (50 percent), followed by heating equipment (12.5 percent) and electrical malfunction (6.3 percent). Make your fall and winter seasons merry, bright and fire-free with these essential fire safety tips. Schedule a chimney inspection at least once a year. Creosote, or condensed smoke, builds up on the flue and can catch fire. An annual...

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Ideas for Increasing Your Outdoor Privacy

A yard or patio is the perfect spot for enjoying the outdoors, whether that means playtime with your kids or quiet relaxation after a long day. And while you may like your neighbors, you may not want to see and hear them every time you venture into your backyard. If more privacy interests you, consider these options below: Fencing — Probably the most straightforward solution, fences have long been the go-to for homeowners seeking seclusion. Be sure to check city ordinances...

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Make an Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

Your vehicle requires routine maintenance to run smoothly, and the same goes for your house. Without service reminders, however, it can be easy to forget to tend to all the systems that keep your house fully functioning. Fortunately, you can create a simple annual maintenance checklist to properly care for your home and prevent potential issues from becoming major problems. Start by making a list of each task you’ll need to complete over the coming year. Make sure your yearly home inspection includes all...

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Make a Statement with Your Front Door

Your front door is one of the first things guests notice when visiting your home. In addition to providing security and protection, your front door can make a bold statement and reflect your personal style. But whether or not your current front door matches your home’s interior and your taste, if you feel a draft, see any cracks or hear squeaky joints or scraping sounds, it may be time to replace it. Consider your options with some of the most...

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Good news for FHA borrowers!

FHA is reducing their MIP payment 50 basis payments from 1.35% to 0.85%. What that means is, for every $100,000.00 owed, the MIP payment would drop $41.67/mo. That, along with the fact that interest rates are lower than they’ve been for quite some time, you may have the ability to lower your rate as well, saving even more of your hard earned dollars. FHA has a streamline process where no appraisal is often not necessary, and very little is needed...

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12 reasons why I should be your listing agent

  I got this article from the web. It was insightful. In it, the author came up with 12 great questions to ask listing agents before you use them. Below are my answers. Here’s the link:  http://schneidersells.com/buying/buyers-agency/buyers-agent/   12 questions to ask a listing agent: 1. How long have you been selling real estate? Since 1995. Experience is important. Trusting one of your most important financial assets to someone new to the business may not be a wise choice. 2....

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