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(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) You probably know your monthly bills can impact your credit, as late payments or accounts in collections can land on your credit report and bring down your credit score. But are you aware your credit score can affect the payment amount on a number of your monthly bills? Here are seven monthly...
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Is it smart to buy another home before selling your present home? That’s a loaded question given the lack of information you’ve shared with us, but we’ll try to give you some guidance. As a general rule, you’d rather know that you have a buyer in hand to purchase your home before you go out...
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The right outdoor lighting can redefine a property, adding not only safety and security but expanding the use of the yard and beautifying the space. Whether starting from scratch or retrofitting an existing yard, the most important trend today is installing LED lights. LED lights (light-emitting diodes) are energy-efficient, versatile and will reduce maintenance. Although...
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Shopping for a house is stressful. You’re trying to find the best home, in the best area, for the best price. Making your budget match your wish list is overwhelming, but take heart. It’s not about finding the perfect house; it’s about finding a house you can make into a safe, comfortable home that isn’t...
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Certain pillars of adulthood feel more achievable than others: finally learning how to hang a gallery wall, say, or flossing. Homeownership, on the other hand, remains a pipe dream so bewildering that the mere idea is as unrealistic as joining the ranks of people who know where to find the “portico.” (In the bathroom, right?...
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Sarah Rae Smith We’ve learned the hard way that there are some very important things that should be checked before signing the papers to buy a new home. Of course, you’ll have a professional do an inspection and look over the place to make sure the home is termite and flood damage free, but these...
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Paying regular attention to your abode’s exterior prevents cold shoulders from neighbors and keeps passersby from slamming on the brakes to stare at the eyesore. More than cosmetics, a spiffy home protects a homeowner’s investment. DIY builds equity Do-it-yourself projects add curb appeal and sweat equity, giving homeowners the opportunity to use the savings on...
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Home is no longer just about personal retreat and comfort — more and more, we are seeing people place a high value on how well it can serve and entertain family and friends. According to real estate agents across the Mid-Atlantic, outdoor living and entertainment spaces are gaining momentum as the next big trend and...
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Kelsey Ramirez 2017 is now officially over and 2018 has begun. As the year comes into full swing, many experts continue to give their predictions for the housing market during the new year. American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance Co-director Edward Pinto gave four points he expects to see from the housing...
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Enjoying a warm, cozy fire requires a clean, safe fireplace. Here are some tips for keeping it that way: Fireplaces should not be used as furnaces. Use a fireplace for a short-duration fire — no longer than five hours.Keep the glass open to allow air to be drawn up to cool the chimney, but keep...
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