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Benefits of Adding a Pergola
Posted on 01/19/2020
Benefits of Adding a Pergola
Photo by marcdenning via Pixabay Adding square footage of living space to your home is always a sound investment. Not only does it give you and your family more space to play, but it adds resale value, too -- even if the square footage you add is outdoors. A well-designed and constructed pergola does both. It provides shade...
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Save Money and Minimize Problems When Moving
Posted on 01/12/2020
Save Money and Minimize Problems When Moving
Perhaps the ultimate test of your planning and organizational skills is moving to a new house. If you fail to plan ahead and make the necessary preparations, moving can be a stressful and frustrating experience. On the other hand, if you approach it in a methodical, goal-oriented way, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how smooth the process will unfold....
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What Does It Really Cost to Sell a Home?
Posted on 01/05/2020
What Does It Really Cost to Sell a Home?
Believe it or not, selling a home may prove to be expensive if you are not careful. However, if you understand the costs associated with selling a house, you can budget accordingly. Now, let's take a look at three expenses that home sellers commonly encounter. 1. Home Repairs Cracked siding, floor damage and other home issues are worrisome, particularly...
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Will Your House Impress Buyers?
Posted on 12/29/2019
Will Your House Impress Buyers?
As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to ensure your house impresses buyers. If your residence makes a positive impression on buyers, you could speed up the house selling process. Plus, you may be better equipped than ever before to maximize your house sale earnings. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help...
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Adding Up the Benefits of Home Ownership
Posted on 12/22/2019
Adding Up the Benefits of Home Ownership
If you're renting a nice house, condo, or apartment, there's a good chance your monthly rent check is almost as much as a mortgage payment. Perhaps you've realized this and have been asking yourself why you're contributing to someone else's nest egg, instead of your own! If that sounds familiar, you may be ready to take the plunge into...
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Another Property Sold - 169 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Posted on 12/22/2019
Another Property Sold - 169 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District Opportunity neighboring the southeast corner of Prospect Park! This 1915, Georgian-style, brick clad, townhouse is ready for a little or a lot of renovation. Move right into it's 1800sf and take advantage of what's already been done -- a modern kitchen, furnace replaced in 2004, hot water heater dates to 2008 -- and pick your pace for the rest. 1st Fl: foyer entry, large LR, FDR, kitchen and traditional butler's pantry. 2nd Fl: two bedrooms, a sun room/third bedroom, and hall bath. 3rd Fl: two bedrooms and hall bath. Architectural perks include parquet floors, an arched fireplace, French...
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Another Property Sold - 130 Branchwood Lane, Nanuet, NY 10954
Posted on 12/18/2019
Another Property Sold - 130 Branchwood Lane, Nanuet, NY 10954
With over 1,000sf of living space, this light-filled, three-level, semi-attached, townhouse feels like a contemporary single family home with a master suite on the top floor; open floor plan, high ceiling, & powder room on main floor; a finished lower level with open flexible space to be whatever you need plus a private laundry, & storage. There's also a secluded patio, fireplace, deeded parking for two cars, central A/C, & forced air/gas heat. Also enjoy the perks of condo living: no exterior maintenance to do, resort-like pool, tennis & basketball courts. The Treetops/Hamlets location is a commuter's dream at the crossroads of I-87,...
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How Credit can Impact Your Mortgage Payments
Posted on 12/15/2019
How Credit can Impact Your Mortgage Payments
Image by Tierra Mallorca from Unsplash One of the most important things to check once you decide to start the home-buying process is your credit score. The three major credit bureaus keep track of how you pay for your credit and how much credit you have. Your score fluctuates, sometimes daily, depending on how much you owe and...
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Another Property Sold - 6158 Liebig Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
Posted on 12/11/2019
Another Property Sold - 6158 Liebig Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
Look At This!!!! A nearly 2,500sf single-family home including 5BRs, 2.5 Baths, private driveway & garage parking in leafy North Riverdale/Bronx School District 10. The potential is as vast as the interior living space at a price that allows for configuring all that square footage to your needs while keeping as much of the 1920 architectural detail as you like. The location is equally convenient for commuting to Manhattan or Westchester by car, express bus, or MetroNorth and zoned for lauded District 10 public schools; also convenient to several renowned private schools in Riverdale. Walk or drive to shopping, dining, and multiple houses...
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How Will Applying for a Mortgage Affect My Credit?
Posted on 12/08/2019
How Will Applying for a Mortgage Affect My Credit?
Preparing to buy a home is a long and stressful process for many. You’ve spent months, or even years, saving for a down payment, planning your future, and building your credit to ensure you get the best possible interest rate on your loan. Then you find out, when getting preapproved for a mortgage, that your credit score dropped by...
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Hire a Roofing Contractor Before You List Your House
Posted on 12/01/2019
Hire a Roofing Contractor Before You List Your House
If you intend to list your house, it may be beneficial to perform home upgrades. That way, you can enhance your residence and increase the likelihood of generating plenty of interest in your house as soon as it becomes available. Oftentimes, a home's roof will deteriorate over time. And if a home seller is not careful, he or she...
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5 Ways to Incorporate Bright Colors into Your Home (without overwhelming a room)
Posted on 11/24/2019
5 Ways to Incorporate Bright Colors into Your Home (without overwhelming a room)
Photo by Ferenc Keresi via Pixabay Color can – and should – be used to decorate your home, but for most of us, too much bright color is more obnoxious than invigorating. Those screaming bright yellow walls may look amazing in the magazine spread, but you may not be prepared to live with that much color in your...
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