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Posted on 09/12/2021
Moving & Short-Term Storage: Expert Tips
Moving to a new home is a complex and sometimes stressful logistical process. There are many details to consider and just as many ways to streamline and simplify the experience. One of the best ways to make your move easier is by using short-term storage. If you’ve never used temporary storage before or if you’re thinking about using...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
How to Use a Bi-Weekly Mortgage to Your Advantage
Photo by Designer491 via Shutterstock The term “bi-weekly” means every other week. If you get paid bi-weekly, you usually get your check every other Friday. When it comes to a mortgage, typical amortization plans (payments of principal and interest) use a 30-year/360-month calculation. But many lenders offer a bi-weekly plan too. In this case, you would make 26...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Why You Should Consider Smart Locks
Photo by NakoPhotography via Shutterstock Whether to protect your belongings when you’re not home or to protect your loved ones when they are, you might consider a security system. Burglars are getting smarter, and your home should follow suit. One way to improve your home’s security is by installing a smart lock. Replacement or Add-On In general, there...
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Posted on 08/28/2021
GERMANTOWN, MD Real Estate Market Update 8/28/2021
Click here to view GERMANTOWN, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
What Do You Do with a Low Appraisal
Photo by Light And Dark Studio via Shutterstock In a seller’s market, comparable sales and competition can drive up a home’s price. This is especially true in a seller’s market where offers from multiple buyers try to outbid each other. And, while this sounds like a fantastic deal for the seller, a low appraisal can kill the deal....
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Posted on 08/15/2021
How to Prepare Your Home for Staging
Image by Mylene2401 from Pixabay To get the best possible price for your home it’s a good idea to hire a professional home stager. However, there are still many things you can do by yourself to prepare your house for the market. Tackling the minor projects on your own before the staging professional even arrives will make their...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
Tiny Home Decorating: 3 Expert Tips
Living in a small space requires the right habits and mindset. It’s helpful for those in small homes, rooms or apartments, but for those who live in tiny houses it’s essential. If you’re thinking about a tiny house for yourself or already have one you want to decorate, we’ve put together some design tips to help. Wall Shelving...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
Why a New Construction Home Can Best Suit Your Lifestyle
Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels A few short decades ago, the home was merely a space where people resided. They would gather at the end of a long day of work or school, have an evening meal and go to bed. Most daily activities took place away from the home, so therefore, houses did not need...
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Posted on 07/28/2021
GERMANTOWN, MD Real Estate Market Update 7/28/2021
Click here to view GERMANTOWN, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Building Your Dream Home: Tips for Age-in-Place New Construction
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels New construction is typically a long-term investment, so it’s important to think ahead. You’ll want to make sure your new home will still offer a suitable place to live as you get older. Aging-in-place features can help ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable environment well into the future. You...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
5 Tips for Decorating a Small Porch
Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash If you have a small front porch you might feel as though you don’t have enough room to work with. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to decorate a front porch even with very little space. You might not have room for a big porch...
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