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Do I Qualify for an FHA Loan?
Posted on 04/02/2020
Do I Qualify for an FHA Loan?
FHA loans have long been a valuable resource for Americans who want to fulfill their goal of homeownership but who don’t have the benefit of a lengthy credit history and equity. If you’re hoping to buy a home in the near future but want to explore all of your options in terms of financing, this article is for you....
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Is an HOA Community Right for You?
Posted on 03/26/2020
Is an HOA Community Right for You?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay When you’re looking into buying a new home, one of the decision you’ll need to make is if you want to live in an HOA community or not. Homeowners association (HOA) communities offer certain advantages and disadvantages compared to non-HOA communities. Knowing more about these pros and cons can help you make the...
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Outdoor Fun: Build Your Own Sandbox in the Shade
Posted on 03/19/2020
Outdoor Fun: Build Your Own Sandbox in the Shade
Photo by congerdesign via Pixabay A sandbox might be the perfect building project for a beginner - -you just need to make an elevated, simple box and fill it with sand to delight the kids in the family. Incorporating other details can help you make a project that is uniquely yours. Sand is heavy, so take some time...
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Finding Care of Your Pets During an Open House
Posted on 03/12/2020
Finding Care of Your Pets During an Open House
Photo by StockSnap via Pixabay The lawn is trimmed, the house is spotless and you're ready for a real estate agent to show off your home to a prospective buyer -- but what about your pets? Pets and showings don't always mix; the potential buyers may be afraid of or allergic to your animals -- or your pets...
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Use Lattice To Hide Your Air Conditioning Unit
Posted on 03/05/2020
Use Lattice To Hide Your Air Conditioning Unit
Image by Deedster from Pixabay Lattice on a fence around your garden or as paneling alongside your porch or carport lends an ambiance that utilitarian wood structures can’t quite render: a romantic, charming frame to showcase outdoor features. Consider using your spare pieces of lattice to hide a large, whirring metal air conditioning unit. Get creative with shapes...
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Strange Real Estate Laws
Posted on 02/27/2020
Strange Real Estate Laws
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Only Two Toilet Per Building Many homes have two and a half or more bathrooms. If you want to move to Waldron Island in Washington, you’ll have to give up the idea of having a bathroom for every bedroom or even having that extra half bath. Waldron Island is very small and...
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 Exploring the Advantages of Buying a Vacation Home
Posted on 02/20/2020
Exploring the Advantages of Buying a Vacation Home
Generally speaking, taking a family vacation can "recharge your battery," give you a new lease on life, and enable you to get back to work with a renewed sense of purpose. That's the ideal scenario when everything falls into place. However, if you're one of those families that are always looking for a new place to explore every year,...
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What Does It Really Cost to Buy a House?
Posted on 02/13/2020
What Does It Really Cost to Buy a House?
The cost of buying a house extends beyond a seller's initial asking price. In fact, there are many "hidden" costs that buyers need to consider as they decide whether to purchase a house, such as: 1. Closing Costs There are various closing costs that a buyer may encounter before he or she finalizes a house purchase, including survey, appraisal...
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Time to Remove the Wood Paneling and Paint the Wall ?
Posted on 02/13/2020
Time to Remove the Wood Paneling and Paint the Wall ?
Photo by Prawny via Pixabay Circa 1965, having beautiful wood paneling was the envy of the neighborhood. It was like bringing the outdoors in. But 50-60 years later, it usually just makes a room seem dark and dated unless you live in a log cabin. In most cases, you can remove the paneling and paint the drywall underneath....
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Home Maintenance Ensures Potential Problems are Identified
Posted on 02/06/2020
Home Maintenance Ensures Potential Problems are Identified
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay As a homeowner, it is important to complete preventative home maintenance on a regular schedule. Home maintenance is necessary because it ensures potential problems are identified before they become costly repairs. Not every issue will be caught ahead of time, here are a few common examples of home maintenance issues that could...
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Video Tour  - 3201 Wild Azalea Way Se, Southport, NC 28461
Posted on 01/31/2020
Video Tour - 3201 Wild Azalea Way Se, Southport, NC 28461
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION- This low maintenance brick home is situated on a premium golf course lot with unobstructed, panoramic views of the Founders #8 fairway and elevated green. As you enter the home you will be immediately drawn to the spacious family room with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and fireplace surrounded by custom woodwork. The kitchen features a breakfast area with bay windows overlooking the golf course, custom cabinets, granite countertops and upgraded stainless appliances. A dining room, two bedrooms, full bath, half bath and laundry room complete one side of the home. The master bedroom retreat occupies the other...
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Tips on Choosing Between a Single Family Home and a Townhouse
Posted on 01/30/2020
Tips on Choosing Between a Single Family Home and a Townhouse
Photo by Ricarda Molck via Pixabay More and more communities are creating spaces for both individual homes and multifamily townhomes. Both styles offer lots of space, comfortable living and access to a neighborhood's amenities -- but there are some key differences that might make one style more suitable for you than another. Learning more about the differences between...
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