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Be Wary of Fall Home Maintenance Scams

When autumn arrives, many homeowners prepare their homes for cooler weather by hiring specialists to clean and make repairs. Be mindful of cons during this time of year - scammers use this opportunity to swindle homeowners out of thousands of dollars for unnecessary...

3 Ways to Avoid Getting Outbid on Your New Home

“Bidding for a home can get pretty feisty in today’s market,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. “In some cases, you may be competing with more than 12 other buyers who are bidding...

Why Replace It When You Can Paint It

By John Voket I recently became acquainted with Lisa Kaplan Gordon, a builder of luxury homes in McLean, VA. She has published a wonderful guide to help evaluate whether homeowners can refresh certain areas or furnishings with a new coat of paint. In this first of...

Tips to Reduce Moving Stress

You've found the perfect neighborhood and the ideal house for your family. But before you can settle in you have to cross one more dreaded hurdle: moving day. "Finding a new home is a wonderful and exciting experience, but moving can be overwhelming -- juggling...

Customize Your Home with Hassle-Free Design

(BPT) - Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it's easier than ever to achieve...

10 Investment Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

By Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry 1. View the home as a form of recreation, not an investment. If you buy one, make sure, above all, that this is a house and an area you enjoy. It will be worth the cost if you spend as much time there as possible, put your heart and...