Category Archives: For Homeowners

Homeowners Can Be Fined for Poor Home Maintenance

City ordinances and homeowners associations present many guidelines your clients must follow. Homeowners can face fines for violating rules and laws, such as not obtaining the proper permit for a remodeling project or not performing regular upkeep on a property. … Continue reading

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How Much Money Americans Think They’ll Need to Retire

Most Americans believe they’ll need an average of $1.7 million to retire, according to a new study from Charles Schwab. Researchers analyzed 1,000 401(k) plan participants across the country. “The bulk of folks do not get there,” Nathan Voris, a … Continue reading

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10 Projects That Blow the Fixer Upper Budget

Many homeowners who purchase a fixer-upper say it was because they believed they’d save money. But they actually end up spending about the same or more than if they had opted for a move-in-ready home, according to a new study … Continue reading

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Style Over Function Hurts Resale

Experts suggest choosing timeless updates that can stand the test over many design cycles. Remodeling experts also say it’s critical to put function first before embarking on a home improvement project. That may mean having to let go of a … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Favorite Celebrity Makeover Specialist?

Design TV shows are having a big influence on homeowners and home buyers, driving them to get more choosy with their home style. Designers Joanna Gaines, Hilary Farr, and the Property Brothers have become household names. Who would you pick … Continue reading

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Mortgages Are the Happiest Type of Debt

A mortgage may be Americans’ biggest amount of debt, but they view it as the best type to have. Americans with mortgages have the highest level of life satisfaction than those with other forms of debt, such as medical, student … Continue reading

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Home Upgrades Could Save Hundreds on Energy Bills

The right home improvements could help shave energy bills by up to 35% or unlock up to $627 in annual savings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve Chalk, who recently retired from his work at the department, told … Continue reading

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Make Sure Your Property Isn’t Getting Eaten Up

A termite infestation can be costly, and sadly, many homeowners don’t discover there’s a problem until these wood-eating pests have already caused a great deal of damage to a home or an inspection uncovers it during a home sale. “Termites … Continue reading

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Real Estate Pros Say These Design Trends Don’t Work

Real estate professionals know how to look at houses from a buyer’s perspective and can spot decor trends that are likely to turn their clients off. “I am selling space, and I need to be sure that the spaces are not distracting and that … Continue reading

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Ventilation Is the ‘New Frontier’ for ‘Healthy’ Homes

Indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health, researchers say. After all, most people spend 90% of their time indoors, whether in homes, office buildings, or other structures. Ventilation is the “new frontier for making … Continue reading

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