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Updated: Friday, April 19, 2019


How to Scam-Proof Your Roof
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Wersquo;re talking about those who show up at your door unannounced with an offer to check out your roof or repair/replace it for a price that seems too good to be true, and then run off with your money without fixing anythingmdash;or doing a shoddy job.ldquo;Some of the most unbelievable home improvement rip-offs come from scam-artists disguise...


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Do Energy-Efficient Windows Really Save You Money?
Written By: Devon Eddy

An energy audit of your home is often the best option for evaluating your homersquo;s insulation and the efficiency of your major appliances, and your local utility companies can often arrange such an audit for you. However, note some vital information about new thermal windows and other energy-saving features in the home so that you can make th...


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Why Is Everyone Moving to Austin?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Migration to Austin has skyrocketed over the last decade; according to MagnifyMoney, ldquo;60 of the cityrsquo;s current residents moved here since 2010.rdquo; That increase in population has put pressure on housing, resulting in diminishing inventory and skyrocketing home prices. Yet, still they come. At a rate of nearly 150 people per daySo wh...


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5 Things That Can Do Double Duty When Cleaning Your House
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Mr. Clean Magic ErasersDirty baseboards. Scuff marks on sneakers. Crayon or pen on painted walls. Shower scum. What do they all have in common? They can be cleaned with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Theyrsquo;re good in a pinch and also as a regular addition to your cleaning regime, so do like we do and buy them in bulkDryer SheetsThe sheet that kee...


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Dealing with Bully Offers in a Hot Market
Written By: Jim Adair

Canadian real estate markets have generally cooled down during the last year, but there are always popular neighborhoods where bidding wars between buyers end up frustrating potential homeowners.Recently the Ontario Real Estate Association OREA called on the provincial government to outlaw the practice of ldquo;bully offersrdquo;, also known as ...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Welcome to the HOA Board
Written By: Richard Thompson

What does it mean to be on the board? You have made a commitment that you will serve the HOArsquo;s interests to the best of your ability, be fair on matters that come before the board, will do your best to preserve and enhance the values of the common areas and that you will spend money in a prudent manner. Being a director also means that you ...


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What Exactly is a Manual Underwrite?
Written By: David Reed

Today, loans are preapproved with an Automated Underwriting System, or AUS. When someone fills out an online application, the digital file is downloaded by the lender, reviewed and then entered into the AUS. This process is a rapid one, as the ldquo;findingsrdquo; of the submission are returned within a matter of moments. This speeds up the loan...


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Great Exterior Tips for Selling Properties
Written By: Vincent Stokes

Make Minor RepairsOne of the easiest and affordable things that you could do to improve the overall curb appeal of your home would be to make minor repairs to your property. If you have some past due maintenance needs or other repairs, making these repairs before you list your home for sale would be a great option. Any past due maintenance and r...


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Preparing to Buy Your New Home 5 Things You Must Know
Written By: Mikkie Mills

Location Location LocationBe sure to look into the local school district. If you have children, it goes without saying that the quality of the school is key to your childs educational experience. The school evaluation, however, also includes the quality of the grounds and facilities. This is a major structure in the neighborhood and its conditio...


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5 Ways to Make Your Backyard Look Amazing
Written By: Carol Evenson

You have your dream house and it even has a nice backyard, yet you arenrsquo;t quite sure how to make your backyard stand out. Yoursquo;ve thrown around a couple of ideas but none of them have really stuck. This is normal and it takes some time to figure out what you want to do to make your backyard a place of refuge and enjoyment. Depending on ...


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Seeing It All When Viewing Property
Written By: PJ Wade

When buyers attend an open house or view a listed property with a real estate professional, itrsquo;s what buyers donrsquo;t see that may be most important.When buyers >To start with, itrsquo;s essential to view listed properties with a professional who is working for you, not the seller. At first meeting with a real estate professional, and bef...


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3 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Rental Property
Written By: Tim Dugan

Of course, itrsquo;s not exactly passive income. Yoursquo;ll probably be managing renters, hiring yard care and cleaning, and taking care of repairs. Even if you hire a management company, you still need to ensure that these responsibilities are covered.Itrsquo;s also important to make sure the investment property you choose sets you up for succ...


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How to Make Your New House Feel Like a Home
Written By: Stephen Kingery

Have Big Projects Done FirstFeeling comfy and cozy is all but impossible when there are major renovations to be done that may leave sections of the house blocked off and covered in sawdust, so get these done first. That includes knocking down walls for an open floorplan, replacing old flooring or remodeling entire kitchens and bathrooms. In fact...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Written By: Richard Thompson

Conflict caused by concealing the truth, bending others to your will, or seeking revenge is clearly counter productive. But conflict can also be fueled by good intentions in a desire to be understood, loved, respected, or vindicated.Conflict can arouse different kinds of responses. One response is to run, hide or deny the problem exists. Another...


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Gen Xers Driving Multi-Generational Housing Trend
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

This Is Us. Jane the Virgin. Black-ish. What do they have in common? They are all family television programs that have members of multiple generations living under one roof. But the reality of multi-generational living is more than storyline fodder.According to the 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report by the National Association...


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Does Hardwood Flooring Increase Property Values?
Written By: Devon Eddy

Hardwood Floors Sell Homes With a Neutral LookMany real estate agents advise their clients to keep their homersquo;s decor as neutral as possible when putting that house on the market. Prospective home buyers often have a difficult time imagining their own color choices and personal belongings in a home with an eclectic or unusual look, so a sim...


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Top Tips to Make Your Offer Stick
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If yoursquo;re looking for an edge to ensure you get the home you want, we have some tips.Work with the right real estate agentYou canrsquo;t underestimate the experience and skills of a quality real estate agent. Not only will a great agent be able to guide you toward the best properties for you, but also may be able to use their network to ide...


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Friday, April 19, 2019

How to Scam-Proof Your Roof...
Wersquo;re talking about those who show up at your door unannounced with an offer to check o...

Do Energy-Efficient Windows Re...
An energy audit of your home is often the best option for evaluating your homersquo;s insula...

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