Home Buyers: Make Note of These 3 Dealbreakers

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Today’s home shoppers see dozens of homes before making an offer, and probably a few dozen more before they find the one that sticks.

While you’re shopping, be on the lookout for things about the home that you can’t change (or that would require major time and effort to alter). These factors will impact the home’s value for the long haul…

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/home-buyer-dealbreakers-200219/

Today’s home shoppers see dozens of homes before making an offer, and probably a few dozen more before they find the one that sticks.

While you’re shopping, be on the lookout for things about the home that you can’t change (or that would require major time and effort to alter). These factors will impact the home’s value for the long haul…

The Future of Home Automation: Up-and-Coming Features

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Home automation is no trend. Within the industry, you’ll discover loud voices shouting that the Internet of Things (IoT) is failing, and others exclaiming just as loudly that it’s changed the world and is here to stay.

Whether you love it or hate it, home automation is everywhere, and research shows people want more.

Eighty-one percent of people who already have smart home products say they are “more likely to buy a home if smart technology was already installed,” <a href="https…

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Home automation is no trend. Within the industry, you’ll discover loud voices shouting that the Internet of Things (IoT) is failing, and others exclaiming just as loudly that it’s changed the world and is here to stay.

Whether you love it or hate it, home automation is everywhere, and research shows people want more.

Eighty-one percent of people who already have smart home products say they are “more likely to buy a home if smart technology was already installed,” <a href="https…

So You Want to be President of Your HOA?

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By Leigh Raper

Tired of feeling like you have no say in the decisions about the common areas or rules and regulations of your neighborhood or condominium development? Thinking of serving as president of your homeowners’ association?

Before you take the big leap, it pays to know what you’re getting into.

What exactly is a homeowners’ association?

A homeowners’ association (HOA) is a legal entity set up at the time of a shared community’s development for t…

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By Leigh Raper

Tired of feeling like you have no say in the decisions about the common areas or rules and regulations of your neighborhood or condominium development? Thinking of serving as president of your homeowners’ association?

Before you take the big leap, it pays to know what you’re getting into.

What exactly is a homeowners’ association?

A homeowners’ association (HOA) is a legal entity set up at the time of a shared community’s development for t…

Renters Insurance Helps Cover the Gap

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By Barry Bridges

Look around any rented apartment, condominium or house and you’re likely to find the same things you would see in an owner-occupied home – furniture, clothes, electronics, and other belongings. In other words, you’ll see the same items that play an important role in everyday life.

A standard home insurance policy typically provides a homeowner with some protection for these…

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By Barry Bridges

Look around any rented apartment, condominium or house and you’re likely to find the same things you would see in an owner-occupied home – furniture, clothes, electronics, and other belongings. In other words, you’ll see the same items that play an important role in everyday life.

A standard home insurance policy typically provides a homeowner with some protection for these…

Rents now top list of fastest-rising prices

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The surge in rental prices has eased a bit, but the forces driving rents higher remain in place….

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/16/rents-now-top-list-of-fastest-rising-prices.html

The surge in rental prices has eased a bit, but the forces driving rents higher remain in place….

US housing starts dip, permits maintain gains

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Starts slipped as multifamily housing construction dropped, but gains in building permits suggested a rebound that would continue to support growth….

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Starts slipped as multifamily housing construction dropped, but gains in building permits suggested a rebound that would continue to support growth….

Do's and Don'ts of Summer Landscaping

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Whether you’re dealing with a California drought, an mid-Atlantic heat wave or Deep South downpours, summer can be a tricky time to garden. Here’s what you need to know before you leave the comfort of the air conditioning for a steamy backyard jungle.

DON’T: Plant cool-season vegetables

Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to attempt veggies like peas, lettuce, carrots and radishes …

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Whether you’re dealing with a California drought, an mid-Atlantic heat wave or Deep South downpours, summer can be a tricky time to garden. Here’s what you need to know before you leave the comfort of the air conditioning for a steamy backyard jungle.

DON’T: Plant cool-season vegetables

Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to attempt veggies like peas, lettuce, carrots and radishes …

Set Up Your Patio for the Best Summer Ever

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When the weather turns warm and the evenings stretch on for hours, conditions are perfect for unwinding and entertaining outdoors.

For the ultimate patio, deck, or balcony setting, you’ll want to outfit your space with plenty of comfortable, versatile seating, and lighting that sets a festive mood. Add decorative accents that elevate your outdoor event – whether it’s a relaxing party of one or a gathering of all your friends.

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When the weather turns warm and the evenings stretch on for hours, conditions are perfect for unwinding and entertaining outdoors.

For the ultimate patio, deck, or balcony setting, you’ll want to outfit your space with plenty of comfortable, versatile seating, and lighting that sets a festive mood. Add decorative accents that elevate your outdoor event – whether it’s a relaxing party of one or a gathering of all your friends.

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-im…

House of the Week: An Estate With a View Plus a $200,000 Driveway

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A lot of properties in New York’s Westchester County come with a pedigree, but it would be hard for an estate to be more beloved than this 10-acre spread that dates back to 1928.

The property has had just three owners: The people who built it belonged to a prominent local family. They sold it to a composer who owned it for some five decades before selling to Mark A. Mosello and his family, who added thousands of square feet to the home, including enough bedrooms and bathrooms t…

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/westchester-county-estate-199271/

A lot of properties in New York’s Westchester County come with a pedigree, but it would be hard for an estate to be more beloved than this 10-acre spread that dates back to 1928.

The property has had just three owners: The people who built it belonged to a prominent local family. They sold it to a composer who owned it for some five decades before selling to Mark A. Mosello and his family, who added thousands of square feet to the home, including enough bedrooms and bathrooms t…

Homebuilders finally feel more positive

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After sitting tight for four straight months, confidence among U.S. homebuilders improved in June….

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/16/homebuilders-finally-feel-more-positive-index-up-2-points.html

After sitting tight for four straight months, confidence among U.S. homebuilders improved in June….