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Posted on 08/09/2020
3 Cool Backyard Games You Can Make Yourself
Image by Miriam Müller from Pixabay Nothing says summer fun like outdoor games! Games can allow new friends to get to know one another outside of awkward chit-chat, and is a must at parties that involve children. Here are three games that you can make today, from easiest to most challenging. None of them will take more than...
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Posted on 08/05/2020
105 Martin Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314 now has a new price of $649,900!
Detached one-family home located in the sought after Westerleigh neighborhood of Staten Island. Enter the enclosed porch which leads to a formal living room, formal dining room, and eat-in kitchen. Off the kitchen is a side door and stairway to the finished basement. The first floor also features a 3/4 bath and additional room which can be used as an office. Second floor is comprised of 3 bedrooms and a full bath. It also features access to the attic for additional storage.The basement is fully finished with a 3/4 bath, laundry area and utilities.The long driveway provides off street parking and leads to a detached two-car garage. This home...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
Factors to Consider Before You Counter an Offer to Purchase
You don't need to be a home selling expert to counter a buyer's offer to purchase your house. In fact, sellers who know what factors to consider as they evaluate a homebuying proposal may be better equipped than others to submit a successful counter-offer. Now, let's take a look at three factors a seller should consider before countering a...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
Make Your Outdoor Getaway Space Welcoming
Photo by Tod Franklin via Pixabay What makes you happy? Do you love to sit and read? Or are you more of a hang-out-with-friends kind of homeowner? Regardless of what moves you, there's a way to create space for it in your own backyard. Even better -- you can increase your home's resale value in the process. Use...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
How to Start Saving for Your Down Payment
Image by Gino Crescoli from Pixabay Although a 20 percent down payment is no longer the norm, you still need to save a considerable amount to cover all the initial costs of buying a home. With median down payments at seven percent, a $250,000 home will require a down payment of $17,500. Plus, you need to have funds...
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Posted on 07/12/2020
Should You Rent from a Property Manager or Property Owner?
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay When inquiring about renting a home or condominium, you may not immediately be aware if the property is being self-managed by the owner or by a property manager or management firm that the owner has hired. There are some benefits and downsides to each. You should first ask who and...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Pros and Cons: Living in an HOA Community
Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay HOA living is not for everyone. However, for those who like the extra structure, you can find plenty of deed-restricted properties. Before you buy a home in a community with a homeowner's association, you should not only check out the rules, but you should also try to talk with some of the...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Voice-Controlled Smart Devices Your Home Needs
Photo by Andrey Bryzgalov via Shutterstock We’ve learned to use voice controls in our cars for hands-free calling, but what about in our homes? Alexa, Google Assistant, Echo and Siri are for more than simply using your voice to switch on the lights or control the temperature. Here are more ways to control your home with the sound...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
What to Look for in Your Southern Home Search
Photo by Pattie Steib via Shutterstock All home buyers create a list of features they desire in a property and come armed with the list when their agent shows them a new listing. When you’re shopping for a home in the South, there are a few key features you should include on the list along with the whirlpool...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
Travel: How to Explore Boston in a Short Amount of Time
Photo by Giuliana Vecchi via PixabayBoston, with its rich history and cultural scene, is a city that can easily take a week to explore. So what can you do if you have just one day to experience its wonders? While you won’t be able to see it all, there are some must-see attractions that you can work into...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
Are You Prepared to Address House Buying Hurdles?
Purchasing a home may prove to be a long, arduous process, particularly for individuals who fail to prepare for potential house buying hurdles. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to put yourself in position to enjoy a successful homebuying journey, such as: 1. Establish Realistic Expectations Much in the same way that Rome was not built...
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Posted on 05/31/2020
What is "Subject-to" Real Estate?
Image by Ricarda Mölck from Pixabay If you've heard people talk about "subject-to" real estate, you might be curious what that means and if it would be a good investment for you. Briefly, "subject-to" real estate means you're buying the property but the loan on that property stays in the name of the existing seller. You're making your...
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