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Posted on 06/13/2021
Green Design Ideas for New Construction
Photo by Vivint Solar from Pexels A newly built green home offers a great way to use less energy overall and enjoy a healthier living environment. When you’re having new construction built, there are several ways to incorporate green design into your home. Keep the following ideas in mind to help ensure that you have a new home...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
The Pros and Cons of Terracotta Pots
For plant containers, it doesn’t get more classic than a terracotta pot. This orange-brown clay has been a favorite among plant lovers for ages because of its durability, accessibility and aesthetic. However, because of their widespread popularity and availability some may consider a terracotta pot to be a boring or “basic” choice. While tastes differ from one plant...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Home Shopping With Technology
Photo by Bruce Mars via Pexels House shopping when you live far from your new community is not easy, but technology makes it much simpler to tackle this big task. While nothing beats in-person visits, if you live across the country, or even in an international destination, you may not have that option. Here’s a look at how...
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Posted on 05/27/2021
GERMANTOWN, MD Real Estate Market Update 5/27/2021
Click here to view GERMANTOWN, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
A Beginner's Guide to Hardiness Zones
When choosing plants to grow in your garden, it’s crucial to know what will survive in your particular climate. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture developed a special map of numbered “zones” to help farmers and gardeners make the best choices. While you might have seen the term, it’s important to understand what they mean and how...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
Dress Up Your Door with a Simple Wreath
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Whether you're looking at selling your home or just want to make it a little more appealing, one easy option to consider is creating a welcome wreath to keep on your front door. This creates a pleasant focal point for your home's entrance, and takes a minimum of investment to make it...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
5 Things to Clean When You're a New Homeowner
Image by pascalhelmer from Pixabay You’ve spent months scouring home listings and viewing houses. Once you found your dream home, you signed the contracts and successfully closed. Congratulations! It’s time to get started on this next exciting chapter of your life. While you’re probably eager to move your belongings into your new home, it’s a good idea to...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Creating That Awesome Reading Corner in Your Home
For those who love reading, the right nook with the perfect amount of light is a dream come true. Often times, these areas are found in a quaint coffee house or an old library. But what about in your home? Here are a few things to think about when creating your dream, reading corner. • Space: You may...
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Posted on 04/26/2021
GERMANTOWN, MD Real Estate Market Update 4/26/2021
Click here to view GERMANTOWN, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
Sweet But Healthful: Pecan, Coconut & Date Bars
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels Looking for a healthful treat? One that will keep you energized when you need a boost? Or a treat for the kids to replace sweets or cookies? These scrumptious Pecan, Coconut & Date Bars might be just what you're looking for. Great for travel, camping or giving to friends and co-workers, they...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
How to Make Universal Design Work For You
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Universal design refers to building a home that can accommodate people of varying ages, physical ability and lifestyle. If you are building a home that you intend to live in for many years, building it with universal design in mind can help it meet your needs and the needs of your family...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
Will Climate Change Impact Real Estate Values?
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Natural disasters including flooding, hurricanes, mudslides and wildfires affect real estate values. Some recent examples of real estate transactions being influenced by these increasingly intense and frequent events include: A Charleston, South Carolina, homeowner deciding to demolish her house after three years of flooding caused by hurricanes that led to 11 failed...
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