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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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Vacation Home Mortgage Qualification: What You Need to KnowBuying a vacation home is surprisingly different from buying a primary new home or residence. Whereas functionality and practicality is one of the most important considerations when buying a primary residence, comfort and luxury are top importance in a vacation home.

From the moment a home buyer decides to get a vacation home, they must anticipate the ways in which the purchase process will be different. Even the mortgage considerations are not the same. Qualifying for a vacation home mortgage is often more difficult than qualifying for a primary residence mortgage. If you're thinking about buying a vacation home, here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before

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What You Need to Know About Home WarrantiesMany first time home buyers that may have been renting may worry about making home repairs in the first few years of owning a home. Many first time home buyers are on a tight budget that can restrict how much they're able to repair. Knowing the details of these policies can help the home buyer decide if a home warranty is right for them. If you're a home buyer who is in escrow or who will soon be making an offer on a home, here's what you need to know about home warranties.

What Is a Home Warranty?

A home warranty is a contract between a homeowner and home warranty company. The contract guarantees home repair services under certain conditions. A typical home warranty will last for one year from the date of the purchase of the home.

How

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Own Pets? Selling Your House? Know the ChallengesSelling a home when you own a pet can be a challenge. Some pets have odors, others can do damage to carpeting and furniture. If you're a homeowner who owns a pet and you're trying to sell your house, these tips can help you make your home more appealing to buyers.

Deodorize

Carpeting and upholstery absorb pet odors. Many homeowners don't even notice the scent of their pet when they come home, because they're used to it. However, home buyers are sure to notice. Homeowners who want to clear their home of pet odors can do so by deodorizing their carpet and upholstery.

There are many products on the market that enable homeowners to do this, but there's no need to buy a commercial product when baking soda will do the trick. To deodorize

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3 Easy Tips For a Successful Home ShowingAfter putting a home on the market the next thing that will happen is letting interested buyers to come to the home to see it in person with their agents. Homeowners may feel like they don’t have very much control over the showing because they’re expected to be hands-off during it. However, this isn't quite true. There are many ways a homeowner can help prepare their home for sellers to ensure it makes the best possible impression. Here are three

 different strategies a homeowner can employ to help make sure their home showing is a success.

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

1. Keep the Home Furnished

A common mistake among

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What You Need to Know About Credit Score When Buying a HomeThere are many things that affect a home buyer's ability to get a mortgage, and one of those things is a credit score. Before trying to get a mortgage, it's helpful for a home buyer to find out what their credit score is and what could be done to improve their credit score and boost their chances of getting a mortgage. If you're thinking about purchasing a home soon and will need to get a mortgage, here's what you need to know.

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

What is Credit Score? How is it Calculated?

A credit score is a score that measures a person's creditworthiness. There are many factors that affect credit score, including the number of open

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How Sustainable Construction Technology Will Affect Future BuildingThe sustainable construction technology of today has slowly started to emerge in the headlines. From California's new solar panel regulations to zero-waste homes, the public has been getting a glimpse of how building will work in the future. It's time to peer into this world to see what the developments are and which ones will likely make their way to a future home near you.

Temperature Controls

The efficiency with which a building can heat and cool itself has always been one of the more prominent concerns of any property owner. There are a few ways that sustainable technology has been trying to curb high utility bills and equally high energy usage:

  • Solar panels: Solar panels use the sun to activate ions on the surface of the panels and
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