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Projects to Boost Your Home’s Resale Value

When it comes to remodeling there are a few general rules that apply to every home. It never hurts to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom. Focus on improving or increasing your home’s livable space. Increase your curb appeal with exterior upgrades. If you’re going to remodel, make sure you spend the money to do it…

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Head Off Common Construction Problems

What are some common construction problems and how do I solve them? The most common problems that homeowners experience on remodeling projects are cost overruns, missed deadlines, and results that don’t match their expectations. And almost every time, such problems stem from miscommunication. One of the best ways to avoid construction headaches is to get…

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Appreciation Slows Amid Worsening Affordability

September 25, 2018 More Homeowners Will Stay Put New data from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index of home prices shows that the pace of home price increase is still elevated, but is finally starting to slow, as we had been anticipating. The 20-City Composite posted a 5.9% year-over-year gain in July, down from 6.4% in…

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The Home Price Deceleration Has Begun

August 28, 2018 New data from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index of home prices shows that the pace of home price increase is still elevated, but is finally starting to slow, as was inevitable. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index showed a 6.2% annual rate of increase in June, down from 6.4% in…

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Wood or Vinyl Window Comparison Guide: Pros, Cons and Costs

Whether you’re shopping for windows as replacements or for new construction, you’re dealing with an installation that is meant to last decades. Therefore, it’s a challenge to decide between the two most durable and reliable materials: wood and vinyl. Below, we outline the pros and cons of these materials important categories like cost, energy efficiency…

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Carpet or Hardwood Floors for Bedrooms, Living Rooms and More

On This Page What’s the Difference Between Carpeting & Wooden Flooring? Carpet comes in a great variety of colors, styles, textures and thickness. It is a good insulator and even muffles sound, which is why many homeowners and renters still prefer it in their bedrooms. Hardwood is usually ¾ inches thick and there are many…

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Sod vs. Seed: Which is Better for Your Real Grass Lawn?

If your lawn is patchy and thin, you have several options for bringing it to life. Two of the most common methods are seeding and sodding. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and which one is right for you will depend on your circumstances, your budget and how soon you need a lush lawn….

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How to Survive the First Year of Homeownership

You scraped together the down payment, endured the gauntlet of the house hunt, and signed enough documents at closing to cause a serious hand cramp. Welcome to homeownership! Now the real fun starts. Owning a home is one of life’s great accomplishments and a source of endless pleasure and pride. But it’s also a huge…

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The True Cost of 5 Common Home Improvement Projects

May 1, 2018 With home improvement season in full swing, homeowners are looking at much-need upgrades and repairs. For most of us, though, there’s no such thing as a bottomless remodeling budget. That’s why it’s essential to get a handle on what things costs and then set your priorities accordingly. To help in that process,…

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