Border Patrol: Why You May Need a Survey

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Border Patrol - Why You May Need a Survey

Who needs a survey? If you’re buying or building a house, or refinancing your mortgage, you do. A survey is simply a drawing of a parcel of property that is signed and certified by a professional surveyor. The most common type is called a boundary survey, and it determines the perimeter of the tract and.....

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Six Things to Help Your House Appraise

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Six Things to Help Your House Appraise

You’ve sold your house. It passed inspection, and your buyer has been pre-approved for a mortgage. But don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet – the house still needs to appraise for your deal to close as planned. Appraisers play an important role in the home buying and selling process. Whenever a mortgage is.....

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Garden Gurus Share Favorite Trends

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Garden Gurus Share Favorite Trends

Gardens are living breathing objects of beauty and reflect trends through the years, just as other parts of our homes do. In the past we’ve noted an increase in outdoor living space since home owners realize it’s a way to connect with nature, expand their residence, or to get some exercise through planting, swimming, or.....

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The Smartest Kitchen Appliances

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The Smartest Kitchen Appliances

Tech innovations and new ideas are changing the way Americans cook and eat. You can have a donut or filet mignon delivered with a touch on an app or have gourmet meals boxed at your doorstep and ready for you to play chef when you get home from work. Your kitchen can be run by.....

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Smart Furniture for Small Spaces

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Smart Furniture for Small Spaces

Tiny houses have captured the imagination of many Americans. Whether it’s the fantasy of living efficiently in 600 square feet or less or just the drive to declutter and tidy up, the idea of jettisoning your possessions and moving into a smaller home is gaining strength. Instead of aspiring to buy a larger house, a.....

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Home Improvement: Best Bang for the Buck

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Home Improvement - Best Bang for the Buck

Thinking of sprucing up your home? Many homeowners remodel during the spring and summer, when the weather is cooperative. But whether you plan to do structural improvements, such as replacing the roof, or cosmetic ones, like re-facing kitchen cabinets, it’s essential to consider the payback on your investment first. That’s because not all home-improvement projects.....

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