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Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New Chinese Tariffs to Raise Renovation Costs. Should You Postpone your Reno?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Renovation demand has been growing as homeowners tap their home equity to make updates and improvements. ldquo;This year, the National Association of Home Buildersrsquo; Remodeling Market Index RMI revealed that in the fourth quarter of 2017, the RMI reached 60 for the second time since 2001,rdquo; said HousingWire. ldquo;Although the demand for...


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How to Deal with Cranky Toddlers During the Move
Written By: Jenny Harrison

Moving is an overwhelming experience. It is difficult to say whether you are excited about the new place or melancholic about the one you are leaving behind. You are trying hard to handle all those jumbled up emotions, along with the stress of getting everything done on time. The last thing you need is the background score of a wailing child.Mov...


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What the Fed Does and Doesnt Do With Mortgage Rates
Written By: David Reed

nbsp;The Federal Funds rate is the rate banks can charge one another for short term lending. Short term as in overnight. Why does a bank need to borrow money on such a short notice? Banks are required to keep a certain amount of liquid capital, in other words ldquo;cash,rdquo; at the end of each business day. These funds are essentially demand f...


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House Still Standing on Hard-Hit Mexico Beach After Hurricane Michael
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;Hurricane Michael tossed cars into the canal, snapped trees in half and carved massive craters into U.S. Route 98rdquo; while killing 16 at last count, said NBC News. The hurricanes winds lifted another beach house ldquo;off its stilts and blew it 160 yards across the main road, where it landed on a grassy area next to a parking lot.rdquo;...


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Stylish Bath Storage Solutions: Ways to Complement Your Bathroom Vanity
Written By: Joseph Truini for The Home Depot

Finding adequate storage is a particularly challenging problem in bathrooms, and not just because they are usually the smallest rooms in the house. Bathrooms have increasingly become the place to store a large and diverse number of items, including bath towels, beauty supplies, toiletries, hair care products, medications, soaps, shampoo, and ass...


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Renovating With Your Kids: Projects You Can Do Together
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

But there are several tasks they can do with supervision, and a few they might be able to handle on their own, depending on their age and maturity level.The first step is to properly explain the tasks at hand and identify any risks."Parents really need to talk to their kids who are old enough to understand and lay down ground rules for the renov...


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The Race to Build Canadas Best Real Estate Website
Written By: Jim Adair

The race to build the best real estate listing website in Canada is now entering the final laps. Prompted by the end of a long legal battle between the federal governmentrsquo;s Competition Bureau and the Toronto Real Estate Board TREB over what data could be displayed on the boardrsquo;s member websites, now the market is wide open for whoever ...


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Architectural Control Committees Serve a Need
Written By: Benny L Kass

Our declaration of covenants requires advance approval before any such changes or additions can be made. Many people do not understand the concept of belonging to an association and when we try to explain, they become hostile.How do we get homeowners to understand that this is not unique to our development?A. Most community associations througho...


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Eye on Nashville: Why Music City is Now a Top Five Real Estate Spot
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;Nashvilles real-estate market bounded ahead of Seattle, Los Angeles, and other major markets as the nations fifth-surest investment bet for 2019, according to one of the industrys most comprehensive and influential reports,rdquo; said The Tennessean. ldquo;In the study, Nashville rose from 9th to 5th place this year.rdquo;Nashvillersquo;s ...


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Are You Torturing Your Trees?
Written By: PJ Wade

Whether you inherited trees when you bought your current real estate or yoursquo;ve planted trees yourself, their value to your property, your life>Yet in spite of loving your greenery, are you unknowingly torturing your trees?ldquo;What me?rdquo; you say in shock. Do you recognize yourself or your neighbors in the behaviors listed below?Compact...


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Layering on the Luxe: Jewel Tones for Fall and Winter
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;After years of taking our collective home decor in a more neutral direction were looking at you, inoffensive beige, gray, and granite color schemes, were finally branching out and allowing some color back into our homes,rdquo; said Realtor.com. ldquo;These bold huesmdash;deep sapphire blues, vibrant emerald greens, and intense, regal purpl...


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Is There Anything Left to Flip?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

And therein lies the problem. With so many homes flipping and home flippers competing for the same properties, how does one even go about finding a place to buy these days?We have some ideas.Work with a savvy real estate agentThis is key because your exposure to distressed properties will be limited. Also, a savvy real estate agent may have conn...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Dryer Vents, Noisy Neighbors and Yard Sales
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: How frequently should dryer vents in common wall HOAs be cleaned and repaired?Answer: Dryer vents are the source of fires and water damage leaks in the ceiling so should be checked and cleaned at least once a year or when alerted by residents. Surveying the exterior vent openings determines the scope of work since its easy to see evide...


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How Conforming Loan Limits Are Set Each Year
Written By: David Reed

Here in just a couple of weeks, some important economic data will be reviewed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA. This new data will then impact the new conforming loan limits for 2019. Mortgages are considered either a ldquo;conformingrdquo; or ldquo;jumbordquo; based upon the amount borrowed. Conforming loans that are underwritten ...


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California Adopts Changes to Landlord-Tenant Notice Periods
Written By: Bob Hunt

Specifically, those notices are the ones known as i a three-day notice to pay or quit, ii a three-day notice to perform a covenant duty under the lease, and iii a five-day notice to file an answer to an unlawful detainer eviction suit. Crucial to such notices, as is the case with performance clauses in contracts, is defining how days are to be c...


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Clever Ways To Give Your Small Bathroom Some Pop And Make It Look Larger
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Cover those wallsThe old-school wallcovering is back in a big way, and you dont need a big space to make it work. In fact, the right print and some complementary details can make a small bathroom the most impactful room in the home.Consider the vanityThe floating vanity trend looks great in any type of space, but it was tailor-made for a small b...


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Condo Renovations: Making The Most Of Your Space
Written By: Connie Adair

Many buyers are now families or young couples with a baby on the way. They dont want to rent but cant afford to buy a house. Or some, regardless of age, dont have the time or inclination to maintain a home.Condo suites are smaller than they used to be, so it pays to renovate to make the most of every inch and to make the space functional for eve...


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Easy Architectural Details You Can Add To Your Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

"Nothing jump-starts design envy more than walking into a home with stunning architectural details like interesting ceilings, textured walls, charming stained glass and more," said Apartment Therapy. "Dont despair if you dont have any built-in architectural details in your home; there are some ideas you can try that just might give your space a ...


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Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New Chinese Tariffs to Raise R...
Renovation demand has been growing as homeowners tap their home equity to make updates and i...

How to Deal with Cranky Toddle...
Moving is an overwhelming experience. It is difficult to say whether you are excited about t...

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