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Home Improvement Trends for 2020
Posted on 03/29/2020
Home Improvement Trends for 2020
Image by DarthZuzanka from Pixabay Those who have lived in the same home for an extended period of time may be thinking about renovating their house. This is a chance to update the space to fit more contemporary styles while also increasing the value of the home itself. With this goal in mind, here are a few home...
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HVAC Maintenance Tips
Posted on 03/22/2020
HVAC Maintenance Tips
Image by ClassicallyPrinted from Pixabay If you own a home with an HVAC unit you may replace filters every once in a while but the maintenance needed for the long-term health of the system is a little more involved. If not identified early, small issues can compound over time and become quite costly to remedy. The most common...
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Do It Yourself: Best Flooring Options for Below-Grade Spaces
Posted on 03/15/2020
Do It Yourself: Best Flooring Options for Below-Grade Spaces
Picture by PIRO4D via Pixabay Flooring can add to the function of your newly finished basement, or it can take it away. Installing the wrong type of flooring material in a below-grade space could leave you open to costly water damage or even the growth of mold and bacteria. Even the best-built basements are sometimes prone to invasion...
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What Are Conforming Loans?
Posted on 03/08/2020
What Are Conforming Loans?
Image by InspiredImages from Pixabay When you plan on getting a mortgage, you have some choices. There are conventional, FHA, VA and other options. One term you'll likely hear is a conforming or a non-conforming loan. If you aren't sure what that means, you could end up confused about the kind of loan you're actually getting for your...
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Phoenix's Average Rent Becomes the Largest Increase in the U.S.
Posted on 03/06/2020
Phoenix's Average Rent Becomes the Largest Increase in the U.S.
The national average rent in January 2020 was $1,463, up 3% compared to the same time last year. The most expensive apartments are in Manhattan, $4,210 per month, while the lowest rents are in Wichita, KS, $662 per month. Of the largest renter hubs, DC apartments saw the highest net increase in rent in one year, $93, while...
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Here’s How West Valley Cities Are Working to Attract Office Development
Posted on 03/03/2020
Here’s How West Valley Cities Are Working to Attract Office Development
Above: The Globe Corporation and the City of Goodyear teamed up on a public-private partnership development at Civic Square at Estrella Falls.REAL ESTATE | 14 hours ago | STEVE BURKS The numbers definitely grab your attention. The West Valley (which is made up of Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, parts of Phoenix and Surprise) has a population of more...
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What Does It Really Cost to Buy a Home?
Posted on 03/01/2020
What Does It Really Cost to Buy a Home?
The cost of buying a house extends beyond a seller's initial asking price. In fact, there are many "hidden" costs that buyers need to consider as they decide whether to purchase a house, such as: 1. Closing Costs There are various closing costs that a buyer may encounter before he or she finalizes a house purchase, including survey, appraisal...
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Create a DIY Storage Bench
Posted on 02/23/2020
Create a DIY Storage Bench
Photo by Thijs van der Weide from Pexels You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets....
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Garden DIY: How to Build a Rolling Plant Caddy
Posted on 02/16/2020
Garden DIY: How to Build a Rolling Plant Caddy
Photo by Huy Phan from Pexels Plants and flower pots can be heavy items to move around. The good news is you can eliminate the trouble with a rolling plant caddy. You can build one yourself using rustic wood or precut pieces from your local home store. Stability is the key here. Plan to build the caddy large...
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Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?
Posted on 02/16/2020
Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?
The real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that 2020 is beginning with the lowest available housing inventory in two years. The report explains: “Last month...
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 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE’S INVENTORY SHORTAGE
Posted on 02/16/2020
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE’S INVENTORY SHORTAGE
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE’S INVENTORY SHORTAGE We may have started a new decade, but last year’s biggest real estate concern is still singing the same tune. Inventory is at a near-historic low, while demand for homes continues to grow. This can be frustrating for eager buyers and bring hesitancy to those looking to sell...
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Sierra Vista, home to the first-ever McDonald's with a drive-thru window
Posted on 02/12/2020
Sierra Vista, home to the first-ever McDonald's with a drive-thru window
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Sierra Vista, located about three hours southeast of Phoenix, holds a piece of history that has been crucial to the success of one of the most famous restaurants in the world. Nowadays, a McDonald's without a drive-thru in the U.S. would be an odd sight, but for a time in 1975, there was only...
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