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Posted on 10/18/2020
Which Investment Fits Your Needs: REITs or REMF
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay For anyone interested in investment diversification, real estate is one of the preferred holdings in addition to stock and bonds. However, many investors possess neither the cash nor the knowledge and interest to actually buy, sell, rent or manage real property. Such investment involves more than cash; it also requires in-depth market...
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Posted on 10/11/2020
How To Improve Your Home Security
Photo by PhotoMIX Ltd. via Pexels Worried about package theft, break-ins and other crime? Even if you have a home security system, there are still steps you can take to make your home less appealing to thieves and criminals. From installing some high tech (but surprisingly affordable) gadgets to caring for your home’s exterior, you can help make...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
Hurricane Damage Considerations for Condo Buyers
Image by Michelle Maria from Pixabay With about 8,500 miles of shoreline, Florida has the second-longest coastline of all the United States. This makes living on the coast an attractive option for home and condominium owners. Living on the coast can provide some amazing sunrises and sunsets, easy beach access, stunning views and refreshing ocean air. It also...
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Posted on 09/27/2020
Should You Get a Reverse Mortgage?
Photo by 3D Animation Production Company via PixabayIf you’re retired, own your own home and have trouble making ends meet, a reverse mortgage may seem like the answer to prayers. You get to stay in your house and you’ll have some extra cash to see you through. Before you run to the nearest lender, however, consider the downside...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Moving to a Coastal Area in the American South? Here's What You Need to Know About Gardening
Photo by Christo Anestev via Pixabay If you're planning to relocate to a coastal area in the American South soon, you're undoubtedly looking forward to having close proximity to the beach as well as enjoying warm weather on a regular basis. However, you probably also have questions about living in a warm-climate coastal environment when it comes to...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Tips for Preparing Your Pets for a Move
Image by Kazuky Akayashi from Unsplash Whether you’re moving down the street or to a different state, it’s important to make sure your pets are prepared for this change. There are several practical things to consider while getting your pets ready for your move. Since you already have a lot to keep track of between packing and planning...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Common Mortgage Options and Their Benefits
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Most homebuyers take out a mortgage when they purchase a house, and there are several different types of mortgages to choose from. Here are some of the more common mortgage options and the benefits of each one. Conventional 30-Year Fixed Mortgages Perhaps the standard starting point for a mortgage is the conventional...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
Stage Your Home to Target Specific Buyers
Image by engin akyurt from Pixabay Staging can be a controversial topic for many home sellers, especially considering the effort and costs it takes to properly prepare the home. But there's no doubt the investment is worth it for many homes in that staging can transform the property entirely for the benefit of the bottom line. We'll look...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Quick Tips for Bathroom Organization
Photo by JamesDeMers via Pixabay Having a well-organized bathroom is a homeowner’s dream. To get your bathroom organized you just need a little time and effort, and the will to rid yourself of a few unnecessary items. Purge — Everyone has a tendency to over-purchase and overstock on bathroom products every once in a while. In order to...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Small Improvement Projects to Complete Before Listing Your Home
Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay Preparing to list your home is a process, that when done correctly, can help you to achieve the best possible price as well as aid you in selling your home more quickly. Before you sell your home, there are a few small home improvement projects that you will want to have completed before...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
How to Use Recycling as Storage Savers
Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay Depending on where you live, recycling may not be an easy task. Some communities don't even have a local center. And beyond that, reusing something has less of an environmental impact than recycling. So when you can reuse, you absolutely should. But it's not always easy to see treasure when "trash" stands before...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
Easy Ways to Update Your Backyard This Summer
Image by Gr8 from Shutterstock Summer is a great time of the year. Long sunny days, short warm nights, and clear weather that stretches across the sky. Summer is a season to savor. An excellent way to enjoy summer is by taking your living outside and relaxing in the backyard. If your backyard is cringe-worthy rather than show-stopping,...
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