Planning for the Hidden Costs of Buying Your First Home

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You’re excited because you just found the perfect home. The neighborhood is great, the house is charming, and the price is right.

But if you’re a first-time home buyer, you might find out that the price is pretty far from perfect.

If you’re shopping for your first home, additional – and often unexpected – home-buying costs should be top of mind. These costs catch many home buye…

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You’re excited because you just found the perfect home. The neighborhood is great, the house is charming, and the price is right.

But if you’re a first-time home buyer, you might find out that the price is pretty far from perfect.

If you’re shopping for your first home, additional – and often unexpected – home-buying costs should be top of mind. These costs catch many home buye…

DIY Updates That May Boost Your Home's Value

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Boosting your home’s value doesn’t have to mean a complete remodel. In fact, quite a few home improvement projects aren’t worth the effort<span style="font-weight: 400"…

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Boosting your home’s value doesn’t have to mean a complete remodel. In fact, quite a few home improvement projects aren’t worth the effort<span style="font-weight: 400"…

Homebuilder sentiment up 2 points in August on shortage of existing homes

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A shortage of existing homes for sale is boosting the market for newly-built homes, and fueling confidence among builders right along with it….

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A shortage of existing homes for sale is boosting the market for newly-built homes, and fueling confidence among builders right along with it….

3 Reasons to See a Homeownership Adviser

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Buying a home can be confusing and emotional, especially for first-timers. It’s a huge expenditure – the largest many folks will make in their lifetime.

There’s a lot of information to review and plenty of documents to sign. And, at times, it’s can become hard to tell who’s working for whom.

It’s not surprising that Fannie Mae’s <a href="http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/m…

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Buying a home can be confusing and emotional, especially for first-timers. It’s a huge expenditure – the largest many folks will make in their lifetime.

There’s a lot of information to review and plenty of documents to sign. And, at times, it’s can become hard to tell who’s working for whom.

It’s not surprising that Fannie Mae’s <a href="http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/m…

Water Safety for Your Dog's Days of Summer

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With record high temperatures all over the country this summer, people are trying everything to keep cool.

Whether your water activities are focused on backyard pool barbecues, picnics on the beach, or time spent on a boat, chances are that the family dog will be included in many of these activities. Needless to say, it’s really important to keep your canine companion safe arou…

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With record high temperatures all over the country this summer, people are trying everything to keep cool.

Whether your water activities are focused on backyard pool barbecues, picnics on the beach, or time spent on a boat, chances are that the family dog will be included in many of these activities. Needless to say, it’s really important to keep your canine companion safe arou…

Best Subway Tile Looks for the Bathroom

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Subway tiles – the white 3-by-6-inch ceramic rectangles we’ve grown so fond of over the years – are now a staple in bathroom design.

Classic and simple, subway tile is an affordable choice that continues its legacy of making well-loved spaces easy to clean and even easier on the eyes.  (They may even help boost your home…

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Subway tiles – the white 3-by-6-inch ceramic rectangles we’ve grown so fond of over the years – are now a staple in bathroom design.

Classic and simple, subway tile is an affordable choice that continues its legacy of making well-loved spaces easy to clean and even easier on the eyes.  (They may even help boost your home…

House of the Week: Groucho Marx's Former Digs in Los Angeles

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“Go, and never darken my towels again.” If Groucho Marx ever actually delivered that line to a guest, it could easily have been in this Los Angeles home, where he lived in the 1940s. The 5-bedroom, 4-bath Cape Cod has been remodeled, but you can still picture him leaning on the fireplace mantle with a cigar in his mouth, speed-muttering a witty phrase.

The Marx brother famously never wanted to join any cl…

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“Go, and never darken my towels again.” If Groucho Marx ever actually delivered that line to a guest, it could easily have been in this Los Angeles home, where he lived in the 1940s. The 5-bedroom, 4-bath Cape Cod has been remodeled, but you can still picture him leaning on the fireplace mantle with a cigar in his mouth, speed-muttering a witty phrase.

The Marx brother famously never wanted to join any cl…

What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?

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There are so many things to consider when searching for your dream home: location, size, school district, number of bedrooms – the list goes on.

One question you may forget to ask yourself is “What kind of bugs and pests will I have to deal with?”

Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at <a href="http://www.rentokil.com/"…

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There are so many things to consider when searching for your dream home: location, size, school district, number of bedrooms – the list goes on.

One question you may forget to ask yourself is “What kind of bugs and pests will I have to deal with?”

Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at <a href="http://www.rentokil.com/"…

Two Former Donald Trump Homes Hit the Market

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Here’s an interesting study in before and after — although technically, both these homes fall into the “after” side of Donald Trump’s chronology.

shutterstock_196597034The presidential hopeful spent his early childhood in this first home, located in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens in New Yo…

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Here’s an interesting study in before and after — although technically, both these homes fall into the “after” side of Donald Trump’s chronology.

shutterstock_196597034The presidential hopeful spent his early childhood in this first home, located in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens in New Yo…