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Quick Design Tips for New Homeowners
Posted on 01/12/2020
Quick Design Tips for New Homeowners
Photo by Khiem Tran via Pixabay Designing a home can be intimidating, especially if it's your first time. Maybe you were a design aficionado with the perfect dorm room, but designing a whole house seems intimidating. Maybe you're worried you have no feel for design at all and will leave your room an empty canvas with one, central...
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Was Your Open House an Immediate Success?
Posted on 01/05/2020
Was Your Open House an Immediate Success?
An open house may be considered a success if it leads to an offer to purchase or a home sale. For a seller to achieve the best-possible results from an open house, it is important for this individual to plan ahead. That way, a seller can ensure that his or her residence makes a great impression on buyers. Now,...
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Kitchen Cabinets: New Face or Completely Replace?
Posted on 12/29/2019
Kitchen Cabinets: New Face or Completely Replace?
Photo by Jafar Mansuri on Unsplash To resurface or replace? That's the question. Consider replacing if: They have significant water or humidity damage. They're poorly constructed and/or falling apart. The design frustrates. You could do better starting over. The style can't be easily updated, for example, floral moldings. The cost to refinish is more than new cabinets. It...
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How Often Should You Check Your Credit Score?
Posted on 12/22/2019
How Often Should You Check Your Credit Score?
It’s a good financial practice to check your credit report and score periodically. You want to be sure that no one has stolen your identity and that all the information on the report is correct. It may sound simple to check your credit, but there are so many sources that you can get it from and so many options...
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Another Property Sold - 440 Cesano Court #311, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Posted on 12/16/2019
Another Property Sold - 440 Cesano Court #311, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4 Sharp top floor condo with lots of light! New vinyl laminate type flooring and painting throughout. Central Air, Plantation Shutters, and a spacious sunny living room with a fireplace. Second den room is 7 x 14 and doesn't have a closet but has been a useful guest room or home office. Expansive dining and living space.The bright kitchen has storage galore. Entry hall works for an extra desk space or storage. Love the convenience of the laundry area hidden in the closet. Master bedroom has double closets and opens to the sunny private back deck. Doorway added into the hall from the master bath. There is a...
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How to Enhance Your Entryway with a DIY Storage Bench
Posted on 12/15/2019
How to Enhance Your Entryway with a DIY Storage Bench
Photo by Thijs van der Weide from Pexels You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets....
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Why You Should Consider a Buying Agent
Posted on 12/08/2019
Why You Should Consider a Buying Agent
Photo by Arka38 via Shutterstock After spending enough time researching real estate online, you probably think you can do just as good a job selling your home as a professional real estate agent. However, it's more difficult than it sounds. Even though you can access many of the same advertising venues as a professional, they have a wide...
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Top 10 Value-Boosting Home Improvements Under $100
Posted on 12/01/2019
Top 10 Value-Boosting Home Improvements Under $100
Boosting the value of your home doesn’t have to require huge renovation projects, thousands of dollars, and months of planning. Making small, tactful home improvements can do the trick just as well. The key to making desirable home improvements is to follow well-established building and design principles. Don’t worry about the latest trends or trying to reinvent the wheel....
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The Adventure, Rapids, and Beauty of Kernville
Posted on 11/24/2019
The Adventure, Rapids, and Beauty of Kernville
Photo by MJThomas1 via PixabayKernville tends to be swallowed up in California, largely because there are just too many beautiful locations to visit in this incredible state. But this little town offers a lot of nuance that can scratch an itch you didn't even know you had. Instead of the ocean, you have the mighty Kern River. Instead...
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Tips for Budgeting for a Fixer Upper
Posted on 11/17/2019
Tips for Budgeting for a Fixer Upper
Image by Annie Gray from Unsplash If you are handy with home repair, you could buy a more expensive house if you are willing to put some work into it. Many foreclosures are often sold “as is,” and require some work. The seller may also be more open to negotiating a lower price based on the number of...
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Green Features: What Buyers Are Looking For
Posted on 11/10/2019
Green Features: What Buyers Are Looking For
Photo by Sumanley Xulx via PixabayHomeowners looking to get top dollar for their house often invest in improvements to make their home more appealing to prospective buyers. Sure, they can slap up a coat of paint and make other minor cosmetic improvements, but these won’t necessarily increase their home’s value. In a survey conducted by the National Association...
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Are You Prepared to Sell a Home?
Posted on 11/03/2019
Are You Prepared to Sell a Home?
When it comes to selling a house, it is important to prepare as much as you can. That way, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and overcome these issues before they escalate. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for the house selling journey. 1. Analyze All Areas of Your Home You might...
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