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14 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

Posted by MaliVai Washington // March 7, 2019

DEBORAH KEARNSDECEMBER 11, 2018  Buying your first home comes with many big decisions and can be as scary as it is exciting. It’s easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of home shopping and make mistakes that could leave you with buyer’s remorse later. If this is your first rodeo as a homebuyer or […]


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How to Maintain a Pool

Posted by MaliVai Washington // March 2, 2019

By Jordan Reed of This Old House magazine On a searing summer day, a swimming pool is a welcome respite from the heat. But before you can dive into its cool blue water, you have to perform all the maintenance drudgery that prolongs its crystal-clear perfection. This often makes a backyard pool more of a […]


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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing a Carpet

Posted by MaliVai Washington // February 22, 2019

By Cheryl Simmons   02/17/19 Buying new carpet can feel overwhelming because there are so many choices and decisions to be made. Taking your time, doing the proper research, and finding the right retailer will make the job manageable and enable you to select a carpet you’ll be happy to live with for years to come. Understanding […]


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Tips for Removing Dog Urine Smell From Carpet

Posted by MaliVai Washington // February 15, 2019

By Shara Rutberg With pets, pee happens, often happens on carpets. But there’s no need to panic. There are several methods of removing dog urine—and the distinctive odor it creates—from carpets without using chemicals that may be harmful to you or your pup. How to Clean Dog Urine Jothan Hatch, the national training director for […]


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Questions first-time buyers should ask their lender

Posted by MaliVai Washington // February 8, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. – Feb 5, 2019 – Mortgage rates are still historically low, and homebuyers need to know the right questions to ask lenders. “It’s still a good time to buy a house. Asking lenders the right questions can help consumers understand the process and take advantage of the low rates and stable prices,” says […]


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Home sellers tend to be ‘noseblind’?

Posted by MaliVai Washington // February 8, 2019

CHICAGO – Feb. 7, 2019 – Homeowners can become “noseblind” to their home’s own smell, and that can be problematic when putting the home up for sale because smell can have a big influence on buyers’ perceptions of the home. Plus no one wants a smelly house. “Noseblindness” happens when a nose detects an odor […]


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How to Turn off the Power at Your Home’s Breaker Box or Fuse Box

Posted by MaliVai Washington // February 1, 2019

By Bob Formisano   01of 05 Controlling Power at Your Home’s Electrical Service. All homes have an electrical service panel, commonly known as a breaker box or fuse box. The panel receives the incoming power from the electrical utility and distributes the power to the various circuits of the house. Turning off the power at the electrical […]


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The Hidden Costs of Buying & Maintaining A Swimming Pool

Posted by MaliVai Washington // January 25, 2019

By Jacob Hurwithon Jan 14, 2016 A bright swimming pool on a sunny summer afternoon is always filled with smiles, laughs and all around fun. Swimming pools are great for the family and increasing your home’s value, but they also come with many maintenance items that will lighten your pockets. Before installing a new outdoor swimming […]


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How to Write Effective Real Estate Ads [+ Description Examples]

Posted by MaliVai Washington // January 18, 2019

Posted by Tony Mariotti on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:03 AM  Comment A property description is the written portion of a real estate listing that describes the details of a home for sale or lease. Descriptions account for roughly one-third of a listing and are accompanied by property information (i.e. the number of bedrooms) and photographs. The […]


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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Flooring Contractor

Posted by MaliVai Washington // January 11, 2019

Photo by Adrian Bruno You’ve finally decided that it’s time to revamp your home’s floors. You have a pretty good idea of what type of surface you want to go with. Some basic thoughts on color scheme. And maybe even a general budget that you are looking to spend for the job. But now comes […]


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