The Number of First Time Homebuyers at Historical Lows

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Jade Rabino is paying top dollar to rent in Northern Virginia. She just had a baby, and while that is the No. 1 reason for renters to become first-time homebuyers, she is still waiting. “I think it’s just financial mostly, that’s what I feel like. Around here the square footage that you get for the amount […]

Maximize Your Small Kitchen

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Cramped cooking space? No big deal. Put these smart and functional tricks to the test.Rethink everything-including the sink–to keep this central space beautiful and functional. These kitchen decorating tricks can help any apartment renter or homeowner. Hey, Up There A cabinet hung high in a corner commands attention and draws the eye toward the ceiling. […]

Sell Your Home Quickly and For Top Dollar

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If you’re looking to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, there are some lesser-known words that match the importance of the famous real estate phrase “location, location, location.” Those all-important words? Curb appeal. As the saying goes, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” When people drive up and […]

Looking for a Rental Property, Don’t Be Scammed

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Identity thieves have increased their presence in the housing and rental  markets making it even more important for potential homebuyers and renters to do  due their diligence and know the warning signs of a scam. The housing bubble caused many homes to be pushed into foreclosure and the  owners into the rental market, and scammers […]

Insurance Costs for W. Columbia Residents May Decrease

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Homeowners in West Columbia could see their insurance costs decrease after an improved rating for the city’s fire department. City officials announced Tuesday that the Insurance Services Office updated West Columbia’s Public Protection Classification to Class 3 for fire suppression, better than the previous rating of Class 4. The Insurance Services Office is an independent […]

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

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By Barbara Winfield Fall is just around the corner: Time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Although autumn can be one of the busiest seasons for homeowners preparing for winter, it’s also the best time to take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages before the first frost […]

The 1, 2, 3’s of Outdoor Lighting

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Landscape lighting can turn a visitor from feeling wary to welcome. It can change the rest of the yard from “Nightmare on Elm Street” to “Some Enchanted Evening,” all with the flip of a switch. The first step in this transformation is to educate yourself about the possibilities. Because photos rarely do justice illustrating the […]

Don’t Overlook These Easy Mortgage Savings

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Are you thinking of buying a home or refinancing the one you own, but unsure if you can handle the costs? Well, good news: There may be some relatively easy savings that you’re missing out on.  We tracked down five such savings opportunities. Take a look to see if you can catch a much-needed break. […]

What can influence your home’s resale value?

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While home sellers hope to get top dollar for their property – and some have an inflated idea of what to expect – establishing a home’s value can be a complex, multifaceted process. Do home renovations really pay off? And which is more valuable: a three-bedroom or a four-bedroom with the same square footage? We […]

Before You List, Must-do Showing Tips

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Staging pro Sharon Brown with Homescapes by Design in Roseville, Minn., offers her clients a checklist before they list their home for sale. The point of the checklist is to make sure the home is show-ready before the for-sale sign goes up and the first potential buyer walks through the door, and even before photos […]