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Creative Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Posted on 03/29/2020
Creative Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay To keep clutter at bay, it is important to make sure everything has its own place and returns there after every use. In small homes, this could prove quite challenging, however, as there are only so many places to put things. Unless, that is, you alter your house to include additional storage...
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Banish Clutter to Sell Your Home Faster!
Posted on 03/22/2020
Banish Clutter to Sell Your Home Faster!
Two of the most important ingredients in a successful house-marketing campaign are competitive pricing and making a great first impression on prospective buyers. Although your real estate agent can assist in achieving both of those goals, keeping your home in "show ready" condition will be up to you and your family. When your home is actively being shown,...
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Turning Vintage Tinware Into Unique Planters
Posted on 03/15/2020
Turning Vintage Tinware Into Unique Planters
Photo by Sabine van Erp via Pixabay There's a certain nostalgia associated with genuine vintage tins -- not the replicas you find at today's one-dollar stores. Genuine vintage tins had real purpose, usually multiple ones, in fact. They did double duty as tubs to wash both children and laundry. Or, sometimes, they held both lunch food and school...
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Is Your Home's Initial Asking Price Realistic?
Posted on 03/08/2020
Is Your Home's Initial Asking Price Realistic?
A home seller must consider the initial asking price of his or her residence closely. Because if a home seller sets an unrealistic initial asking price, he or she risks alienating potential buyers. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you set a realistic initial asking price for your house. 1. Review the Local Housing Market...
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3 Tips for Investing in Rental Property
Posted on 03/01/2020
3 Tips for Investing in Rental Property
Photo by Moose Photos from Pexels Rental properties are becoming extremely common in the world we live in today. Many people are realizing the huge profits they can make from rental properties, and the need for these rentals isn’t going away any time soon. If you’ve ever wanted to be a landlord and rake in some cash on...
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Simply Re-Grouting Will Breathe New Like Into Your Tiles
Posted on 02/23/2020
Simply Re-Grouting Will Breathe New Like Into Your Tiles
Photo by Brett Hondow via Pixabay You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by...
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Make These Four Green Improvements to Boost Your Home's Resale Value
Posted on 02/16/2020
Make These Four Green Improvements to Boost Your Home's Resale Value
Photo by rawpixel via Pixabay Did you know buyers are willing to pay nearly 3.5 percent more for a home that features green or high-performance features? And while that may not sound like a lot, it factors out to be a whopping $8,750 for every $250,000. The key to getting the most for your green upgrades, however, lies...
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A List of Closing Documents an Attorney Can Help You Review and Understand
Posted on 02/09/2020
A List of Closing Documents an Attorney Can Help You Review and Understand
Photo by Rafa Bordes via Pixabay Real estate closings could be quite simple at one end of the spectrum or very difficult at the other end. In most cases, you will need to understand the legal ramifications of signing several documents, including the note, mortgage, transfer of title, mineral rights, title insurance and tax documents. If your closing...
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Transform Your Home With a 203k Loan
Posted on 02/02/2020
Transform Your Home With a 203k Loan
Photo by James DeMers via Pixabay If you're hoping to make some major changes to your home, you're likely interested in the types (and terms) of financing available to you. The 203k loan was designed to give homeowners an attractive interest rate, so they'd be more likely to upgrade and modernize their homes. However, it's not available to...
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3 Tips for Choosing Sensical Rentals
Posted on 01/26/2020
3 Tips for Choosing Sensical Rentals
Photo by Photo Mix via Pixabay For many investors, purchasing a property to rent out just makes sense. But finding properties that'll help you meet your long-term goals can be tricky. Whether you're considering a turnkey property or a property to rehab and rent yourself, keeping these tips in mind will help you weed out low-performers while you're...
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Ways to Organize a Messy Closet
Posted on 01/19/2020
Ways to Organize a Messy Closet
Generally, a closet ought to bring simplicity to your life. Whether it's a large walk-in or an itty-bitty space, a neat closet should be where you can get the things you need any time of the day. However, keeping a closet neat and organized can be more complicated than it seems. One day you have a clean closet...
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Video Tour  - 1 Columbus Avenue, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Posted on 01/14/2020
Video Tour - 1 Columbus Avenue, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Move in Ready, Year Round Home in Private (Seasonally Gated) Old Lyme, CT Shore Community of Miami Beach! This Beach Home is in Zone X of FEMA maps, Out of all Flood Zones!!! Just blocks to the private beach with parking, rinse off station, basketball and common area for picnics. Community is Golf Cart Friendly with designated parking at the beach. Security provided in the summer months to ensure privacy for the residents and guests. Interior was taken down to the studs for remodeling 10 years ago and extra insulation in walls and ceiling were added at that time. Beautiful Hardwoods, Windows, Roof, Siding, Water Heater, Pressure Tank, Well...
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