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4 quick projects that will make a difference in your home

If you’re looking for quick and easy DIY projects over the next few weekends, I’ve got a few ideas that will make a difference to your home. There’s never any shortage of work around the house, but my suggestions are designed to lift your spirits.  And if you are considering undertaking any major projects, let…
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Upgrades homeowners are making during the pandemic

Media reports have revealed hardware shops across America are enjoying a do it yourself (DIY) spending boom. So what have homeowners been buying to improve their properties during this pandemic? New research commissioned by lighting company Leviton suggests 80% of homeowners have lifted a screwdriver, hammer or paintbrush in anger or boredom. And they’ve no…
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Prices are climbing but only fools rush in

You can’t beat the confidence of our country – even with a pandemic and the associated economic and social challenges, we continue to demonstrate our optimism about the future by investing in real estate. Home values are increasing across America, and that means prospective buyers need to be more diligent than ever in assessing the…
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Eight emotions when buying a new home

Every buyer goes through a series of emotions from the moment that they begin their search for a new home to the euphoric time when they take possession of the front door key. Let’s not sugar-coat this:  buying property can be stressful for a time. And first-time buyers must deal with the anxiety of dealing…
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How to buy a ‘fixer-upper’

Some buyers regard them as diamonds in the rough – homes that are rundown or neglected.  These buyers can see through the grime and the dilapidation and can’t wait to start renovating. If you’re one of those folks, then you’re a breed apart.  The archetypal fixer-upper is only right for a buyer who has sufficient…
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How to find the best mortgage for your needs

Buying a new home often means confronting the challenge of refinancing and choosing the best package from a wide choice of products with varying interest rates and eligibility rules. Many of us select a 30-year loan with a fixed interest rate, while others choose a 15-year option, which has a lower interest rate but higher…
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Top tax claims for landlords

The tax rules around owning a rental property can be confusing, and it’s common for landlords to misunderstand which business expenses can be legitimately deducted to minimize their tax bill. Business expenses for rentals are available to those who actively manage the property, rather than a passive investor. And while it might sound obvious, the…
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Practical ideas to set up your home office

Setting up a home office is one of the most popular projects in recent times as the work-from-home movement continues to grow. Prospective buyers in our neighborhood are consistently expressing their interest in homes that have an established office situated away from the main living areas.  If that’s not possible in your property, you can…
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7 signs that say you’re ready to move on

Most of us have spent more time at home over the past months than we could ever have imagined, especially those who now count themselves among the work-from-home community. Frustration at some of the flaws in your home may well have surfaced. It’s an emotion that I see frequently as your neighborhood real estate agent.…
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Retirement home vs. downsizing

Planning for where you should live in your sunset years is one of the most important tasks of your life. There’s no right or wrong answer as so much depends on personal circumstance and the support you enjoy from your family. You can dive straight into a retirement village, choose to live in your existing…
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