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Quick Money Saving Techniques for a Mortgage Down Payment
Posted on 11/05/2019
Quick Money Saving Techniques for a Mortgage Down Payment
Buying a home will likely be one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. While this may seem scary at first, it’s worth noting that buying a home can also be a valuable financial investment. When it comes to preparing to buy a home, many people just wait until they run out of room in...
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Key Signs That Now Is a Good Time to Apply for a Mortgage
Posted on 10/29/2019
Key Signs That Now Is a Good Time to Apply for a Mortgage
For many individuals, the homebuying journey often begins with getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Because if a buyer has a mortgage, he or she can enter the real estate market with a budget in hand. Ultimately, there are many signs that now may be the perfect time to apply for a mortgage, and these include: 1. You're ready to...
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How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
Posted on 10/22/2019
How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
During the winter season, many people are forced to stay indoors, exposing them to different kinds of allergens like pet dander, dust, and mold. These indoors allergens have a lot of adverse health effect like stuffy nose, sneezing, teary, itchy or red eyes, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing, and Itching. One of the ways...
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Creating a Home Gym from Nothing
Posted on 10/15/2019
Creating a Home Gym from Nothing
Just because your new house doesn’t have room for a gym doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout there. Items all over your home make perfect gym props, so all you need is a little floor space—no special rooms required. Built-in Workouts The most natural workout in your home is to use the stairs. If you have more...
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4610 Oak Forest Drive E #29, Sarasota, FL 34231 is now new to the market!
Posted on 10/10/2019
4610 Oak Forest Drive E #29, Sarasota, FL 34231 is now new to the market!
** DON'T MISS THIS ONE!! Beautifully updated, 2 BR/2BA VILLA with a 2-car garage. Updates include porcelain tile throughout the living area, an extended lanai with pavers overlooking a peaceful green space, totally renovated kitchen with new cabinets and appliances, updated baths and custom window treatments. Open floor-plan features vaulted ceilings, skylights, inside utility and a multi-purpose bonus room that can be used as an eat-in kitchen, family room, office or den. This maintenance free community allows you time to relax by the heated pool, get some exercise on the tennis court or hang out with a good book or friends for a...
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Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips
Posted on 10/08/2019
Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips
Keeping a swimming pool clean isn't a full-time job if done correctly and regularly. Maintenance is most often crucial in the summer months since that is when swimming pools find the most use. After making the financial investment in a swimming pool, there is a need to make sure that it remains in perfect condition all year round....
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Why You Should Consider Professional Staging
Posted on 10/01/2019
Why You Should Consider Professional Staging
As recently as 20-25 years ago, most people thought “staging” was for the theater and model homes. The idea of professionally temporarily decorating a home to sell it was not on the average homeowner’s radar. All that changed with the advent of TLC, HGTV, and other networks dedicated to home buying/selling and renovating shows. If you’re selling a...
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3700 S Osprey Avenue #206, Sarasota, FL 34239 is now new to the market!
Posted on 09/29/2019
3700 S Osprey Avenue #206, Sarasota, FL 34239 is now new to the market!
Fixer Upper in Great Location! HGTV lovers delight. Not going to try and guess what you want in updates, make it your own! New A/C and Hot Water Heater. Reasonable maintenance fee includes cable tv, water/sewer, pest control and more. Ideal for full or part time residents and/or investors. Near Siesta Key 0.5 miles from north bridge, across the street from shopping at Paradise Plaza, close proximity to Sarasota Memorial. Being sold “AS-IS”. Great opportunity, Priced to sell...
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Minimalizing Your Wardrobe
Posted on 09/24/2019
Minimalizing Your Wardrobe
Do you find yourself searching through your closet for a big event and still feel like you have nothing to wear? It may be time to filter through the wardrobe you've acquired and rid your closet of things you just don't wear anymore. What should I keep? Going through the years of clothes you’ve collected can be a...
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Rating the Ratios in Real Estate Terminology
Posted on 09/17/2019
Rating the Ratios in Real Estate Terminology
In real estate terminology, you may hear about various ratios and where you need to fall within the ratio to qualify for the home you want. A ratio simply expresses a relationship between two values: they compare two things, so a student/teacher ratio might be shown as 18:1, or one teacher for every 18 students. Different ratios apply...
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4 Tips For Successful Mortgage Closing
Posted on 09/10/2019
4 Tips For Successful Mortgage Closing
Pick a date The best time to set a closing date is at the end of the month as interest at the table is at its lowest then, and you'll want to pick a closing date around the same time your current lease is set to lapse. Take your time The conclusion of the closing means you have...
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Have you Thought About Going on a River Cruise?
Posted on 09/03/2019
Have you Thought About Going on a River Cruise?
A river cruise is a magical experience. It welcomes you to an enchanting world of beauty, allure, and luxury. Some say a river cruise is best in the evenings when the lights of a city can stand out against the black night. It makes for an amazing view, but still, a daytime cruise can be equally exciting. If...
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