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September 17, 2014

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Are you spending home improvement dollars on the wrong door?

(BPT) - How often do you use the front door? Not often, right? When Americans come home from work or school, the front door now takes a back seat to the garage door.

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Monday 09/08/2014
4 questions to ask before purchasing a new home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Buying a new house is an exciting time in your life. Because it is one of the most important investments you’ll make for yourself and your family, there are many important factors to consider. Before making a purchase, take these four questions into account. Having the answers will allow you to enjoy your new home now and in the years ahead.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Singles finding their way to homeownership without making lifestyle compromises [Infographic]
Posted: August 20, 2014

(BPT) - With the average American getting married later than they have in a century, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, more and more singles aren't waiting for wedding bells before they take the plunge into homeownership. A new CENTURY 21 Real Estate survey shows that while singles are less willing to make lifestyle sacrifices in order to purchase a home, they still value homeownership. Find out how these determined buyers pull it off with the help of agents who understand their unique needs.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
One simple home improvement cuts noise pollution while boosting energy savings
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s the neighbor’s lawnmower, low-flying aircraft, heavy traffic or loud music, noise pollution can hinder you from truly enjoying your home. Nowadays, a quiet place to relax and chill out can be increasingly difficult to find. Yet, a smart investment in the right materials can let you achieve both solace and silence in your home.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Add curb appeal to your home inspired by architecture
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:45 am

(BPT) - When you drive through your neighborhood, you may notice a variety of architectural styles. There might be a traditional colonial with evenly spaced windows. Down the road may be an ornate Victorian. On the corner there may be a craftsman home with an inviting front porch. Others may include a mixture of different styles combined to create a unique home.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
The homebuilding method you've never heard of that cuts energy bills up to 60 percent
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - For people building new homes in the coming months, the ever-increasing pain of monthly utility bills for cooling and heating their homes has them looking for more energy-efficient construction methods. In 2014, homeowners have been burdened with electricity costs that rose 5 percent, heating oil 7 percent and natural gas 10 percent, as reported in USA Today.  At the same time, homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties.

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The tools you need to increase your home's curb appeal this year
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Three success tips for converting an attic into living space
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Design inspiration at your fingertips: Homeowners go digital to jumpstart home improvement projects
Updated: June 21, 2014 - 3:51 am

(BPT) - More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Bathroom remodeling should start at the studs
Updated: June 10, 2014 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Remodeling a bathroom can increase the value of your home but short-sighted planning can wash projects down the drain.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Debunking the Myths about Homeownership
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 3:48 am

(StatePoint) As a result of the recent housing crisis, many potential homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to enter the market. But if you’re holding back, evaluate why. Experts say your reasons may be based on myth.

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Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:47 am

(BPT) - Americans are on the move. More than 35 million Americans moved last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. While relocating to a new place is exciting, it also brings its own set of worries, with packing and unpacking topping the list of stressors. With careful planning and organizing, your move can be more celebratory than stressful – just follow these tips.

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Friday 05/23/2014
Most often-overlooked truth of curb appeal: Little things mean a lot
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:49 am

(BPT) - Curb appeal relies not just on the color of a home’s siding or the beauty of its landscaping, but on often-overlooked, underplayed details. Whether it’s charming intricate gingerbread scrolls on the porch, or fluted door casing that imparts an elegant, upscale look, trim can have a strong impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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Monday 05/19/2014
Home design: the value of the ideal exterior color
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - When it comes to designing a home – whether it’s new construction or a renovation – choosing beautiful exterior colors and complementary accent hues is critical to creating an appealing household.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Top 10 Tips Every Renter Should Know
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 3:50 am

(StatePoint) The number of U.S. renters has expanded significantly since the burst of the housing bubble, and renters now represent 34 percent of all households, according to government statistics. Meanwhile, rents climbed 3.2 percent last year.

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Selling this summer? 6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the country. If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
Driveways to mailboxes: Oft-overlooked items that drive curb appeal
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - Selling or staying, it makes no difference – everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb. Curb appeal comes together when all the elements of a home’s facade are in good shape and working together. Driveways that are cracked or pitted with potholes, dingy front doors and other seemingly minor complaints like a shabby, scuffed mailbox, can all significantly detract from a home’s overall curb appeal.

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Trim applications give the world a creative preview of your home
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - Beauty is in the details when it comes to home exteriors. That’s why choosing the right exterior trim products and decorative elements is essential, whether you have a modest home or coastal mansion. In fact, exterior trim is one of the most important architectural accessories you can use to dress up your home.

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Thursday 05/08/2014
Modern home-design trends are set to revolutionize the housing market
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - The housing market is thriving in many parts of the country, and the driving force is an estimated 92 million Gen Now consumers between the ages of 19 and 37 (aka Gen Y or Millennials) that will enter the market to become new homebuyers by the year 2020. These consumers have grown up during the introduction of the Internet, social networking, mobile devices and a huge recession. Not surprising, this massive group is demanding far different features in their homes from what their parents and grandparents have desired in the past, and it may forever change the way homes are designed and built in the future.

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
Home improvements that make your home more valuable
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - More and more homeowners are embarking upon home improvement projects, spending nearly $200 billion a year on home renovations, according to the National Association of Home Builders. If you’re looking to make some home improvements without breaking the bank, spend smartly and invest time and money now into the projects that will pay back later.

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Tuesday 05/06/2014
Save money, time and energy when you tackle these home improvements in tandem
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - Most of us spend our day multi-tasking. At work or home, we want to maximize our time and resources in order to accomplish the most work while expending the minimum required effort. Home improvement should be no different. In order to make the most of your home improvement resources, it makes sense to undertake certain projects in tandem.

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Monday 05/05/2014
5 essential tips to turn your new house into a home
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:50 am

(BPT) - Moving brings great opportunities in the form of careers, social connections and new beginnings. However, the act of moving can create unnecessary stress and tension, which makes the process less than desirable. About 35 percent of Americans move every five years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which results in many people who are looking to simplify the process and turn their new house into a home.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
5 simple tips to prepare your home for flood season
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - After a winter of frigid temperatures and record snowfalls, the nation now faces the spring thaw and long, rainy months. Flood season is officially here – is your home ready for it?

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Monday 04/14/2014
Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 3:49 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who are selling and those who are staying. And while plumbing challenges, such as breaking through concrete or opening walls, may discourage some people, savvy homeowners know a tried-and-true option solves such problems.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 4:14 am

(BPT) - All signs point to a hearty real estate market this summer. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers.

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Spring is a great time to re-side your house, whether to increase your home’s value or to replace damaged siding but be sure to evaluate all your siding options. Not all residential siding exteriors perform the same.

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Thursday 04/03/2014
Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make
Updated: June 12, 2014 - 4:39 am

By Laura Malm

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Wednesday 03/26/2014
Renovating? Laying a good foundation for home improvement success
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:28 am

(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the saying: “Your home is your castle.” But if your current home - or the home you’re thinking of buying - feels more like the servant’s quarters than the royal palace, you may need to plan a renovation. At times like these it’s easy to give in to your excitement and get the project moving forward, but take a moment to plan your overall strategy. You’ll find that, much like your future castle, your renovation project will benefit from a solid foundation.

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Monday 03/24/2014
Ten Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Sell Your Home
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) As the economy continues to strengthen, you may wonder whether to stay in your current home or sell while the timing seems perfect.

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Friday 03/21/2014
The best home improvement for less than $5,000
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:28 am

(BPT) - Curious which home improvement costs less than $5,000, delivers the highest return on investment and has the maximum impact on curb appeal?

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Monday 03/17/2014
Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly
Updated: May 28, 2014 - 3:45 am

(BPT) - Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you’re thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?

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Friday 02/21/2014
Nix the neutrals: Undoing open house decor to make a new home your own
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:59 am

(BPT) - When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:28 am

(BPT) - With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller’s market, you may think you won’t need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast – while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn’t mean they’re willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of the real estate crash of a few years ago, buyers have learned the importance of getting the maximum value for their home investment.

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