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There are a lot more options to buying a home than you might think. Prospective buyers will narrow in on amenities and square footage based on the budget at their disposal, but there are plenty of other factors to consider. It can be a truly intimidating task, especially considering the financial investment involved.

That is why we’ve created this guide to help you navigate the pros and cons of two of the most common options for buying a home: building a custom home and buying pre-owned. While the better option will depend on your situation, this guide should help you determine which route will best suit your needs.

Building a Custom House



The biggest perk of building a custom house is being in control of every detail. You can add

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The Most Important "To-Do's" on Your Spring/ Summer Cleaning List

Spring cleaning can offer a way to freshen up the indoor and outdoor spaces of your home, while cleaning away the dirt and dust that has accumulated over the winter season. Many people also take advantage of the spring cleaning season to de-clutter throughout the home and clean up storage spaces like the attic and garage. Whether you live in a small apartment, or a large multi-level home, spring cleaning can help make your home a happier place to live in. The following are some of the most important things to consider when writing out your spring cleaning "to-do" list.


Clean Out Attic and Garage

Both of these areas tend to be catch-all spaces for junk that you don't know what

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Not Everything Increases The Value Of Your Home- Here Is What Does

There are plenty of things that increase the value of a home. A little repair here or a layer of paint there can add to the value of your real estate. However, not everything that one does makes a difference on that sale price. It is a common belief that doing just about anything will improve your chances of getting a higher price. That is just not factually accurate. You will want to avoid doing some of the repairs that don't add value. It would be a waste of money and time.


Converting a Garage


There is a strong pull from some to convert an attached garage into a family room or an office. This may be what you consider to be the best use of the space, but those who are

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As you think ahead about listing your home for sale soon, you may be wondering if you should list your home for sale empty after you move out or if you should stage it. There are pros and cons associated with both options to consider. While there is no right or wrong answer to this, you may find that a closer look at the primary advantages and disadvantages for both can make one option more appealing to you than the other option.


The Appeal of a Staged Home

Most buyers will view images of your home online before deciding if they want to tour it or not. Furnished, staged homes may show better in these pictures than empty homes, so they may potentially generate more interest in your listing. Furthermore, a buyer may tour a dozen homes or more

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The primary home ownership expenses that you may think about include a mortgage payment, property taxes, property insurance and HOA dues. However, numerous unexpected expenses can crop up as well, and these expenses can throw your budget for a loop if you are not properly prepared to pay for them. While these expenses may be unexpected, they also are rather common. In fact, you may have to deal with many of these expenses multiple times over your years as a homeowner.


A New Hot Water Heater

Your hot water heater is a feature that you may not think much about until you are faced with taking a cold shower unexpectedly one morning. Hot water heaters have a useful life of approximately ten to 15 years, but there is considerable variation in this

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3 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home

Selling your home could be a challenge for a multitude of reasons, but if you listen to the experts and follow basic rules your home has a great chance of selling quickly. It can be difficult to put aside the emotional attachment many people have with their home in order to show it to buyers effectively. When there are many homes on the market in your area, you want to make sure you have done everything possible to make your own home appealing to buyers. Once you have made a firm decision to sell your property, it is essential that you research the market for a great selling price and advertise your property effectively. I have listed three major mistakes people make when selling their home.


Mistake #1 –

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Staging a home is a crucial time in the selling process. It is common for a homeowner to start to feel overwhelmed when preparing to stage their home. However, there are tips that you can follow in order to stage your home like a professional. Implementing these tips will help to ensure that you sell your home as quick as possible. In this post, you will learn six fool proof home staging tips.


1. Start with Curb Appeal: It is often said that first impressions are very important. The first thing a buyer will see, when pulling up, is the outside of your home. A small investment in landscaping work can provide a big boost in the appeal of your home. Planting flowers can add much more color and visual appeal to the curbside view of your home.


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Many first-time home flippers believe they can buy houses for pennies on the dollar, add a few light fixtures and some paint, then put the house on the market for top dollar. Unfortunately, flipping any house is not that easy. If it were, everyone would start flipping houses. However, by focusing your attention on four critical factors that make a house a good "flipper," you will be on your way to turning profit on every home you flip.


Do the Math

The financial calculations on a real estate investment never lie. Never underestimate the importance of time, effort and labor when you choose a house to flip. The hefty payday you see just because you bought your house below the seller's ask does not mean bigger pockets for you when it is time to

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When designing a small room, there are several tricks to make it feel larger. Furniture placement and choice, color pallet and lighting can either work for or against your space. Following some simple guidelines will give you a larger feeling and functional room.

Paint Colors

Using lighter paint colors is perhaps the easiest way to make a smaller room feel bigger. Generally, neutral or lighter colors are recommended for smaller rooms. A monochromatic look will help the space feel clean and open. Paint the trim, walls and ceiling complementary shades of the same color. Don't forget to use light colors on the floor too. For a more unusual technique, use a fun, patterned wallpaper or bold paint color on the ceiling. This will draw your eye up and give

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When you are ready to sell your first home, it is a new process. If you want to sell a home quickly, then it is important to hire a real estate agent. When you are emotionally invested in a property where you have raised your children or had fun times, it may feel challenging to sell a home. However, if you are transferring for a new job or downsizing to a smaller property, then it is essential to follow a few guidelines.

Tip 1: Hire a Knowledgeable Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

To sell a home, you must have a qualified real estate agent who understands your geographic region. You can talk to relatives and friends about the real estate agent who they hired, but you should also interview several agents before making a decision. You must hire a

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