Simple and Easy Weekend DIY Projects to Spruce up Your Home

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You don’t need a large budget or lengthy timeline to give your home a noticeable boost. Whether you’re looking for functional fixes, to enhance the visual appeal or just a small refresh—there are a number of ways to update your home cheaply and easily.

On television, home improvement projects go from start to finish in 60 minutes or less. Realistic? Of course not, but you don’t need to spend a lot of time to make some significant changes to your home. Here are some ideas for quick projects that can be done in a weekend that deliver big results.

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Thinking of Moving? Summer is the Best Time to Do It!

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Buying a new house is REALLY exciting, but I don’t think there are very many people who actually LIKE moving. It’s stressful, it’s time consuming, and it’s a lot of work. However, depending on the time of year, it can be a completely different experience. So, which season is the ideal season to move? We think Summer.

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Simple and Fun Family Friendly Outdoor Activities

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If being cooped up in the house all Winter followed by the COVID-19 quarantine has you and your family climbing the walls, you aren’t alone. With more temperate weather finally here, it’s important to get some fresh air, expend some energy, and of course, stay safe while doing it.

It may be a while before some of the normal Spring and Summer activities are safe and reopened for the public to take advantage of, but you are only limited by your imagination. Here are some fun, simple, and safe activities that you and your family can do – some even in your own backyard!

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“Sale Pending”: Does it really mean SOLD?

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In today’s digital world, we can do just about anything online and that includes searching for your potential dream house. Imagine drinking your morning coffee while clicking through the latest real estate listings and you finally find the perfect house, in the perfect neighborhood, at the perfect price, with everything on your Must Have List. But then you see it… SALE PENDING. UGH! 

Is this a deal breaker?

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How to Notice Signs of a Flipper’s Hasty House Renovations

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It’s Spring and that means an influx of homes will be hitting the real estate market, including homes that were renovated over the Winter by investors or as we like to call them, “Flippers”.

Flippers typically buy homes at a lower price, often foreclosures. Some of these homes need minor cosmetic repairs while others require a complete gut and remodel. They make the homes appealing to a wider pool of buyers who are looking for recently renovated and move-in ready homes. Some flippers are fantastic and do amazing work, while others may, in other words, put a band-aid on bigger issues so you can’t see the underlying problems. 

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How to Find your Dream Home without Feeling Overwhelmed by the Process!

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Finding the perfect home can be overwhelming even for the seasoned home buyer. From looking at online listings to visiting open houses to losing out on bidding wars – it can consume hours and hours of your life and drive you a bit crazy.

The secret to stopping the madness is getting organized and being realistic.  Here are some tips and tricks to get you there:

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How to Recognize and Avoid Census 2020 Scams

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Knock, knock! It’s 2020 and that means it’s time for Census Bureau to conduct an official Census. You could be contacted in a variety of ways by the Census Bureau including, phone, email, mail, fax, and even in person. Given the many outlets that the Bureau uses, it opens up a myriad of scam opportunities.

Census Bureau scams can be hard to spot yet easy to fall for. Many people believe it’s their civic duty to participate, but how can you know who to trust and who are impersonators?

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Home Buying: Are Sellers Trying to Hide Hidden Issues?

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Whether you are a first-time buyer or a real estate mogul, there are still plenty of issues that can happen along the home buying process, including finding issues that weren’t disclosed by the buyer. Even though the homeowner is required to sign a disclosure document, it doesn’t always mean that it’s accurate – whether they know about the issues or not.

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“Kiddie Condos” – The Newest College Housing Trend

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“Kiddie Condos” are one of the newest buzz phrases and latest trend for parents of college students who are looking to treat room and board as more of an investment vs. an expense. The concept: Purchase a home, condo or  apartment in the town where your college student goes to school, purchase the home with them on the mortgage, and have them live there vs. campus housing or renting off campus. The idea behind the strategy is to put the money a family would generally spend on room and board, required meal plans, and out-of-state tuition into a property.

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How to answer, “So why are you selling your home?” …and what NOT to say!

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When it comes to selling your home, most sellers vacate the premises during a showing or open house. But there may be instances where you, the seller, are present and are asked by a potential buyer “Why are you selling your house?”. It’s a pretty common question from home buyers, and although you might think your response is innocent, this is one of the diciest questions you can answer. Why? Because any response you give could be used against you and cause the buyer to question if they will have the same issue.

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