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The life expectancy of home appliances

Whether you’re shopping for a home or already own one, knowing the current age of the appliances is important. Like us, they have an average life span. Unlike us, they can be replaced. But it’s pricey to do so. The…

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USDA Loans – They Just May be the Best Option for Low-Income Buyers

Keeping your nose to the grindstone, using credit wisely and responsibly and paying your bills on time every month have their rewards, no matter how much or how little money you make. One reward is how much easier it is…

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Kick stink bugs out of the house, naturally

If you haven’t met your fair share of stink bugs this year, brace yourself. Although stink bug season is officially from March through September, the cooler it gets outdoors, the bigger the problem. Brown marmorated stink bugs infest both the…

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3 Things to know about buying a new-construction home

Will this be the year you buy a brand-new home? Don’t be discouraged by news reports claiming that “U.S. home building fell,” or “housing starts dropped.” The scary-sounding numbers are due to a drop in multi-family home building, not single-family….

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Quick fixes for a stinky home

Inured. That’s just a fancy way of explaining how we humans can, over time, become accustomed to something unpleasant. If you’ve ever lived near railroad tracks or under the flight path of a local airport you know what we’re talking…

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Dreaming of life on a golf course?

There was a time when real estate agents could confidently tell their clients that one of the biggest advantages of owning a home on a golf course is that the verdant view would be permanent. Today, many owners face a…

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Your down payment: What are “seasoned and sourced funds?”

Sometimes (not often enough, in our opinion) money falls into our laps. Tax returns, bonus checks, gifts and an inheritance are just a few ways that we can come into a chunk of money suddenly. If you’ve been saving for…

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Autumn: the perfect time to whip that mudroom into shape

Folks who live in areas of the country with wild winter weather use a vocabulary that sounds like a foreign language to those who live in more mild climes. One of the words not in the Hawaiian’s or Floridian’s vocabulary…

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Here’s what you need to know about the current real estate market

Whether you’re entertaining notions of buying or selling a home, you’re no doubt keeping up with housing news. And, what you’re seeing may concern you. Doom and gloomers, naysayers and, curiously, even some experts are claiming that they are worried…

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4 signs that your HVAC system is in trouble

From handling summer’s heat to keeping us toasty when it’s chilly outside, our HVACs are one of the hardest working systems in our homes. As they chug through their lives with nary a problem, it’s frighteningly easy to become complacent…

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