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Home Staging in a Hurry: Hacks to Spruce Up a Space in 5 Minutes

Posted by Stephanie Murray // June 12, 2019

Selling your home these days takes more than just finding an agent and listing it. You’ve got to really sell it. That means impressing buyers the second they walk in the door. One of the best ways to do this? Home staging, where your home’s decor undergoes a makeover in order to entice home buyers to swoon and make […]


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How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

Posted by Stephanie Murray // June 5, 2019

How much does a home inspection cost? According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a typical home inspection costs $300 to $500. In most cases, it’s well worth it for buyers to hire a home inspector. Home inspections, for you first-time home buyers out there, are a way to vet a home before you buy it. […]


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6 Ikea Bathroom Hacks to Make Your Powder Room More Practical

Posted by Stephanie Murray // May 22, 2019

You already know Ikea is a warehouse of wonders when you’re looking to decorate and organize most of your house, but did you know it also has everything you need to outfit the bathroom of your dreams? A quick scan of the website or store map shows that the Scandinavian superstore has a bathroom section full of faucets, textiles, […]


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Who’s the Best Mortgage Lender for You? How to Find Your Match By Daniel Bortz | Apr 22, 2019

Posted by Stephanie Murray // May 15, 2019

Most house hunts involve not only finding your dream home, but also selecting the best mortgage lender to finance this massive purchase. So what do we mean by “best”? A mortgage with a low interest rate and fees, obviously, but it’s more than just the money. Ideally you want a mortgage lender who won’t leave you […]


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5 Nonlazy Reasons to Skip Remodeling Before You Sell

Posted by Stephanie Murray // May 8, 2019

Home sellers often hear that if they ever hope to find a buyer, they must whip their house into perfect shape—fix this, paint that, overhaul your horribly outdated kitchen. But just looking at the list of renovations is exhausting! This leads many to wonder: Do I really need to do all that just to sell my home? If […]


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7 Things You’ll Want to Know Before Buying a Home With a Guesthouse

Posted by Stephanie Murray // May 1, 2019

A guesthouse is, to many of us, the ultimate dream-home wish list item: Instead of being jammed into a tiny bedroom, visitors get a whole house. That’s good for everyone—having a separate space can actually make your in-laws’ lengthy visits enjoyable (or at least tolerable). Plus, there’s the potential cash flow from renting it out. But guesthouses (also […]


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7 Genius Spring Decor Ideas From Your Humble Dollar Store

Posted by Stephanie Murray // April 24, 2019

Interested in adding some spring decor to your home without spending tons of money? All you really need is to head to your local dollar store, where bargains await that can be refashioned in all kinds of ways. As proof, we asked some bloggers to share their favorite spring decor crafts inspired and supplied by dollar stores. […]


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Is Your Seller Disclosure Complete—or Hiding Something? How to Tell

Posted by Stephanie Murray // April 17, 2019

Soon after making an offer on a home, buyers will receive a document called a seller disclosure. Read it carefully! This is not a piece of paperwork you want to slide by with a mere cursory glance. A seller disclosure form is basically a list of everything the seller knows about the condition of his […]


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6 Things You’ll Love (and Hate) About Selling a Home This Spring

Posted by Stephanie Murray // April 10, 2019

For many home sellers, there’s no better time to list than the spring, and for good reason: This is peak home-buying season, folks! Buyers turn out in droves once warmer weather finally arrives, bringing people out of hibernation mode, and bidding wars abound as buyers look for ways to one-up their competition. The bad news? […]


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How to Get a Moving Estimate That Won’t Become a Moving Target

Posted by Stephanie Murray // April 3, 2019

Newsflash: Moving stinks—and it can be even worse when you don’t know how to get a moving estimate you can trust. This can lead to massive misunderstandings, when movers quote you one price before you move, and whole different (and much higher!) number after it’s over. So what gives? The fact is, there are many ways to […]


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