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Modern homeowners who want to make their house smarter for efficiency or convenience can find all sorts of interesting ways to incorporate technology into their domestic life. While new developments in home tech have been emerging on a regular basis, there are several key trends that you should keep your eye on. These 3 innovative...
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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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Maybe you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen. Or maybe you’re planning to put your house on the market in the spring. You want to spruce up your place but need to be wise with your cash. How do you determine which home updates will maximize the return on your investment? According to a recent Cost...
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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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One of the rights US citizens have is to bequeath their property to others. The right of inheritance applies to all property, including even properties with mortgages attached to them. For those inheriting a mortgaged property, though, a number of questions and concerns invariably pop up, including whether the mortgage can be assumed. Additionally, people...
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By Jill Chodorov Kaminsky April 11 If you’re planning to take a loan out on your 401(k) to purchase a home, you better check with your employer first. Your employer’s rules on borrowing from your retirement funds might be tougher than those of the Internal Revenue Service. In a recent transaction, my buyer client learned...
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Credit scores are easier to access than ever, but according to a new NerdWallet survey, 11% of Americans have never checked theirs. Harris Poll and NerdWallet surveyed more than 2,000 Americans about their knowledge of bad credit and credit scores. We found widespread misconceptions about credit scores and the factors that influence them. We also...
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Planning to remodel your home? Great idea and good luck to you! Think you can do whatever you want to your house? Not so fast, my friend. Home remodeling is governed by your local laws. Fall afoul of them and you’ll be in big trouble. (Worst-case scenario: Someone might get hurt on your property. Really...
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If you can’t move, renovate. Fast-rising home prices and a record-low number of homes for sale have a lot of homeowners choosing to stay put — and put in a new bathroom or update the kitchen. Higher home values also mean they have more cash to take out of their homes. With mortgage rates so...
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Whether you’re motivated by financial benefits or lifestyle perks, moving to a smaller space can be a smart idea with lasting benefits. Ready to start this daunting but exciting task? Here are some tips to help you seamlessly and successfully downsize your home: Start early. While it’s not always possible, you’ll fare better if you...
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