Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Living Room Moves Upstairs

Upper-level living rooms are becoming a sought-after space among homeowners, The Wall Street Journal reports. Homeowners are finding these second-floor lounges can be cozier spaces than living areas on the first floor—and can offer more privacy, too.  Read more HERE.

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Are Open Floor Plans Losing Appeal?

Open floor plans, which typically combine the kitchen, living room, and dining room in one large, open area, have dominated home design trends in recent years. But now, buyers may be starting to shun this type of layout, The Wall … Continue reading

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Turn on Your Phone’s Kill Switch So It’s Useless If Stolen

Legislation requires manufacturers like Google and Apple to include theft-deterring software on their phones. Most of it is packaged in the form of activation locks and remote device erasure software. It’s already in your phone, and it’s incredibly easy to … Continue reading

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Buyers Want Bigger Yards Over Bigger Homes

A property that offers a great outdoor space is taking a higher priority among home buyers. In fact, home shoppers recently surveyed said they would be willing to sacrifice some space from a larger house in order to get a … Continue reading

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5 Lessons From a Major Flooding Disaster

It’s been a year since Baton Rouge, La., experienced catastrophic flooding due to heavy rains. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 83,000 homes damaged by the flooding were eligible for disaster assistance, with each household receiving an average of … Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation

Before you empty your bank accounts overhauling your outdated kitchen, consider giving it a face-lift with these tips from designers.

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Best, Worst Careers for Down Payment Savings

Realtor.com®’s research team studied how long it takes buyers in 12 professions to save up for a down payment, and found that the following professions will likely have the easiest to hardest time saving for a down payment:

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8 Things Interior Designers Notice the Instant They Walk Through Your Door

If an interior designer walked through the front doors of your listing, what would their first impression be? Give the house an interior designer spot test before opening it up to buyers. Realtor.com® offers a few tips from behind a designer’s lenses in a … Continue reading

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Bidding Wars: Don’t Blindly Take Highest Offer

When you receive multiple bids on your property, the highest offer shouldn’t always be their default choice. If it comes with an appraisal contingency—and the appraised value doesn’t match the sale price—you could be back at square one, looking for another … Continue reading

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The Home Designs Gaining, Losing Popularity

Builders are slowly switching focus from the $500,000-plus luxury market to more moderate price points, particularly when it comes to single-family move-up homes. And the shift is influencing the types of materials and upgrades becoming popular in new homes, according … Continue reading

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