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Wednesday, October 11, 2017   /   by Brian Ness

6 Places to Find Furniture You Didn’t Think to Look

Is the cost of furniture causing to you to debate if a kitchen table is a “want” or a “need”?
Don’t worry! There are plenty of options for you to furnish your nest without breaking the bank. Here are some good places to start:
1. Check with Craig
Craigslist.org: the 24-hour garage sale where you never need to worry about parking! Not just for used items, many furniture warehouses use the site to move merchandise. Search by style, like “modern” or “shabby chic,” or by brand, such as “IKEA” or “Pottery Barn.” Don’t forget to compare prices on the original sale site to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
2. Give fleas a chance
If you’re patient (and lucky) you can find all sorts of treasures at flea market. Many feature vendors who focus on refurbished pieces, providing a unique way to go green.
3. Antique stores
Just because an item is an antique doesn’t mean it’s not ...

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  home ideas, home maintenance, home upgrades, house upgrades, decorating

Tuesday, October 10, 2017   /   by Brian Ness

Buying a Home this Fall? Read This!

With warm temperatures and long days, Summer has traditionally been the high season for buying and selling real estate. But don't discount these advantages that crop up when temperatures fall.


1. Year-End Breaks
As long as you close on the property on or before Dec. 31, any property tax and mortgage interest paid are tax-deductible for that year. This can dramatically impact the amount of money you owe Uncle Same, or increase your refund. 


2. Less Competition
The National Association of Realtors® recently noted that, in an average year, nearly half of all home sales occur from May to August. Although most people
wait until the hustle and bustle of the spring selling season, you'll likely encounter less competition during fall and winter. That means less stress and a reduced chance you'll be involved in a bidding war. 


3. Eager Sellers
Sellers become more motivated the longer their home is on the market, especially now that summer rush is over. If a ...

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  first time buyers, first time home buyers, home buyers, tax deductions

Wednesday, October 4, 2017   /   by Brian Ness

6 Simple Steps to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House

Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house?
Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you.
#1 Decide What You Can DIY
TV remodeling shows make home improvement work look like a snap. In the real world, attempting a difficult remodeling job that you don’t know how to do will take longer than you think and can lead to less-than-professional results that won’t increase the value of your fixer-upper house.
Do you really have the skills to do it? Some tasks, like stripping wallpaper and painting, are relatively easy. Others, like electrical work, can be dangerous when done by amateurs.
Do you really have the time and desire to do it? Can you take time off work to renovate your fixer-upper house? If not, will you be stressed out by living in a work zone for months while you complete projects on the weekends?
#2 Price the Cost of Renovations Before You Make an Of ...

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