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4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For WinterWhen there’s a cold draft coming through a warm home, everyone can feel it. The most common place for cold air to come into a house is the space below the door. At times, cold air can also come from light switches and lighting located on outside walls. Normally, there is a piece of weather stripping or something similar to prevent airflow, but these can rot away over time and allow cold air back in. If this happens during the cold winter and it can’t be replaced, try using a door snake instead. They can be bought at many hardware and home supply stores, or homeowners can even make them on their own without too much effort.

2. Replace Furnace Filters Regularly

One of the worst things that can happen during the cold winter is for the home’s furnace

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Should You Sell Your House on Your Own?There are few things more appealing than saving money by doing something for yourself. Not only is it empowering, but it's also a way to expand one's own horizons. However, there are certain projects that are ultimately too complex for an amateur to take on. Unless a home seller is prepared to switch careers, a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) isn't recommended. See why it's better to leave it in the hands of the professionals.

Price Setting Is Everything

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Setting a price, especially in a buyer's market, can have a huge impact on what the home actually sells for. Most sellers will look at what other homes in the

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What it Takes to Build an Effective ToolboxWhether a homeowner considers themselves handy or not, especially with DIY projects, they should have a well-stocked toolbox in an easily accessible area. (In other words, when a pipe starts to leak, everyone should know where to find the wrench.) Stocking a toolbox starts with learning the basics of the equipment, so learn more about what it takes to be prepared.

Quality Matters

There are plenty of exceptionally inexpensive tools out there, but these tools are just likely to fall apart as they are to compromise the quality of the job. A well-timed repair can be the key between spending $100 on a repair and several thousand dollars on the resulting catastrophe. Homeowners don't have to overcharge their credit card, but they should be willing to

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Everything Homeowners Need to Know About ForeclosuresTrying to navigate the foreclosure process can feel like a daunting task to many homeowners. Many choose to simply toss the late notices in the garbage, hoping that they can make up the difference before the clock runs out. Unfortunately, this approach proves incredibly stressful and does not help Franklin TN homeowners get out of the situation unscathed. Instead, it is important for homeowners to learn all they can about the foreclosure process to navigate the steps with confidence. They can get started by using this guide to explore foreclosures in detail.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney or licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Different Types of Foreclosure Exist

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Roofing Materials You Should KnowWhen buying a new construction home or replacing the roof on an existing home, the homeowner has options for how they want their new roof to be. There are far more options out there than just the normal asphalt shingles, and these other options offer different advantages that can’t be gotten otherwise. Here are some of the different roof material options that can be found and what sets them apart from the rest.

1. Wooden Shingles

Wood shingles used to be common before the rise of the modern asphalt shingles, but they can still be found and used today. Homeowners like wooden shingles because they’re quite sturdy despite being made just from wood, and they can last up to 50 years if the home is located in a drier climate. A wetter climate can lead

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What You Should Know About Buying Raw LandBuying land is one of the most straightforward ways to make money in real estate. Most investors simply buy the land and then wait to sell it to an eager property developer. But just because the concept is simple doesn't make buying land a no-risk purchase. In fact, buying raw land can be one of the more tricky investments a person can make - unlike buying a residential home. For those just getting started, it helps to keep the potential pitfalls in mind before scouting a location.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Time and Profits

Time is key when buying raw land. An up-and-coming neighborhood may need months or even years to come to

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Building a Home? What You Need to Know About Smart ProductsNew construction homes tend to be very technologically advanced. They're made with advanced pieces of equipment, and when they're done being constructed, they have advanced technologies built in.

Home buyers who are seeking all the latest and greatest amenities often turn to smart technologies for their new home. If you're a home buyer in the process of purchasing a new construction property, here's what you need to know about what to include and how to get the best experience out of your smart products.

What Are Smart Products?

Smart products are automated devices that have the ability to learn or change with the environment to meet the needs of the user. Just about anything can be made "smart," so new smart technologies are becoming

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Millennials Do Want to Buy HomesMillennials get a lot of flack just for being born in a certain window of time. From killing to golf industry to not having enough children, if something bad is happening, millennials are probably being blamed for it by someone. With all this negativity being directed at millennials, it’s no wonder so many of them think there must be some truth to the falsehoods in order for them to be so prevalent. Fortunately for millennials interested in homeownership, many of the things being said about them in relation to real estate are completely untrue. Here are some of the most popular myths about millennials buying homes and why they’re wrong.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding

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What a Real Estate Professional Does to Sell Your HomeIf you're selling your home, one of the first things you'll need to do is find a real estate professional. Knowing the role of the real estate professional will help you decide who to hire and what kind of person will best meet your needs. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Real Estate Agents Do for Home Sellers

Real estate agents do a variety of things for home sellers. From helping with paperwork to organizing showings and assisting with staging, real estate agents are crucial to the successful marketing of a home.

Staging

Before the home is put on the market, the agent helps the seller decide

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Everything You Need to Know About Real Estate Investment for BeginnersReal estate investment is an excellent way to build an investment portfolio, make money for your savings or retirement, and supplement your everyday income. If you're serious about real estate investment, you might expand into bigger markets and increase your profits. Though looking at new homes to buy can be fun, searching for homes as an investment is a different ballgame. This article will help you learn the basics of real estate investment, so you can make a strong start with your first investment property. The more you know, the easier it will be to invest wisely.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Residential Real Estate Types

Residential real

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