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Upgrade My Life, Alexa: 4 Great Reasons to Invest in a Home Smart Assistant

Upgrade My Life, Alexa: 4 Great Reasons to Invest in a Home Smart Assistant
In an age of rapidly changing technology, doing things like programming in temperature changes and monitoring your home security from afar are pretty par for the course. Fortunately, having a smarter home is even easier these days with Alexa, which was created by Amazon in 2014 as a smart home assistant. If you're looking for an instant home upgrad...
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Going Green(er): 3 Common Waste Items You Had No Idea You Can Recycle

Going Green(er): 3 Common Waste Items You Had No Idea You Can Recycle
It has never been more popular to abide by a green lifestyle and develop sustainable living practices that will help the planet. Fortunately, while you may be used to recycling cardboard boxes and giving away your clothes, there are probably a few household items you didn't even know you could recycle! If you're wondering what to do with some of yo...
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Understanding Your FICO Score and Why Small Credit Mistakes Can Cause Huge Headaches

Understanding Your FICO Score and Why Small Credit Mistakes Can Cause Huge Headaches
Many people all over the world are dealing with issues involving debt or poor credit history, but most aren't necessarily aware of what exactly makes up their credit score. Unfortunately, it might seem like it's the big stuff that counts when it comes to credit, but little things can have a significant impact on your financial health. If you're loo...
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Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here's What You Need to Know

Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here's What You Need to Know
Outside of the significant financial responsibility of delving into home ownership, there can also be a lot of other risks involved that you may not have thought about as a new homeowner. While the requirement of homeowner's insurance is well known and guarding your house against theft can be commonplace, if you happen to be living in an area that'...
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Budgeting 101: How to Plan Your Budget Around Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

Budgeting 101: How to Plan Your Budget Around Your Monthly Mortgage Payments
If you've decided to invest in a home, you might be wondering how to make all the expenses work from the groceries to your mode of transportation to all those little things that quickly add up. Fortunately, it's easy enough to ensure you have the money each month by calculating your expenses and ensuring there's a little wiggle room in the leaner t...
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Forget About the Bank of Mom and Dad -- Here's How You Can Save Your Own Down Payment

Forget About the Bank of Mom and Dad -- Here's How You Can Save Your Own Down Payment
Since you'll want to have approximately 20% of the purchase price of your home for a down payment, it can seem nearly impossible to come up with the funds. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can save a little over time and not have to borrow from the Bank of Mom and Dad. If you're looking to invest in a home in the short-term and are lookin...
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The Five Most Common Overlooked Expenses When Selling a House

The Five Most Common Overlooked Expenses When Selling a House
Most homeowners are so enthusiastic about putting their home on the market and getting the price, they're hoping for that the expenses involved in selling a home are forgotten. However, it's often said that one has to spend money to make money, and selling a home is no exception! If you're wondering what kinds of overlooked expenses will cut into y...
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3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent

3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent
Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agent...
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With Mortgage Rates This Low, Should You Lock In? 3 Reasons Why Now Might Be the Time

With Mortgage Rates This Low, Should You Lock In? 3 Reasons Why Now Might Be the Time
Whether you've just finished school or you're on the market for a new place to live, investing in a home can be one of the biggest investments of your life. As a result, it can be difficult to know what the right choice is and if you're in a good position to make it a solid financial move. If you think the time might be right for you, here are some...
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$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100
Whether you're trying to improve the look of your home or are getting ready to put it on the market, the idea of renovations can seem like a significant financial burden to take on. Fortunately, there are a variety of easy solutions for improving the look of your home without all the added expense. If you're wondering how you can spend $100 wisely,...
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Investing in a New Home? 3 Reasons You Can't Skip the Pest Inspection

Investing in a New Home? 3 Reasons You Can't Skip the Pest Inspection
There are so many small details involved in the final sale of a home that it can be easy to forget about all the things that need to be done. While you won't be able to forget about a home inspection, a pest inspection can be every bit as important before you sign on the dotted line. If you're wondering why you shouldn't forego this important step,...
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Living Under Water Restrictions? Transform Your Garden With These Succulent Plants

Living Under Water Restrictions? Transform Your Garden With These Succulent Plants
It can be difficult to deal with water restrictions if you're a bit of a green thumb and don't want your beautiful plants to go to waste. Fortunately, there are plenty of succulents out there that can be quite striking and will still be able to store the water they need to survive! If you're looking for some low-maintenance plants to weather the dr...
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Thinking About a New Home? 3 Reasons Why a Mortgage Will Be the Best Money You Ever Borrow

Thinking About a New Home? 3 Reasons Why a Mortgage Will Be the Best Money You Ever Borrow
In these days of low interest rates, it can be a great idea to get into the real estate market and invest in a home. Unfortunately, if you don't have the funds saved up for a down payment, it can seem like more of a burden than it's worth to buy now. While borrowing the money for your down payment might seem like the road backward, here are a few r...
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Selling Your Home This Summer? Here's Why You'll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help

Selling Your Home This Summer? Here's Why You'll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help
With the power of social media, it's easier than ever to use Twitter and Facebook and your own home website to sell your home online. However, there are a lot of different buyers on the market and that means it's important to keep all your options open when it comes to marketing your home. If you're wondering how you can harness the power of your n...
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Mortgage Tips: Answers to 4 Common Questions About Reverse Mortgages

Mortgage Tips: Answers to 4 Common Questions About Reverse Mortgages
There are many mortgage products on the market that work for all different kinds of homebuyers, but many people have not heard about reverse mortgages and how they can benefit their situation. If you're curious about this type of mortgage and want to know more, here are some questions that will get you on the road to understanding the ins-and-outs ...
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To Paint or Not to Paint Before Selling Your Home, That Is the Question. Here Are Some Answers!

To Paint or Not to Paint Before Selling Your Home, That Is the Question. Here Are Some Answers!
If you're planning some renovations before you sell your home, you're probably trying to determine what will boost its value best so you can get out the money you're putting in. Pulling out the paint for some touch-ups may be one of the most common things you'll hear about, but before taking on such a sizeable job, it's worth considering the needs ...
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Location, Location, Location: How to Ensure You're Buying a Home in the Right Community

Location, Location, Location: How to Ensure You're Buying a Home in the Right Community
When investing in a home, one of the most important things is buying a place that you and your family can feel comfortable in. However, while a place you can envision yourself in is important, it's not worth neglecting the neighborhood you'll be moving into for the perfect home. If you're wondering what you should be looking for in the neighborhood...
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Understanding How Mortgage Calculators Work and When to Make Use of One

Understanding How Mortgage Calculators Work and When to Make Use of One
Investing in a home is a big financial decision, and along with the decision to buy is the question of how much mortgage you'll be able to afford. While your debt-to-income ratio can be helpful in determining the range for your mortgage amount, a mortgage calculator can be a beneficial tool in coming to a potential price. If you're curious about ho...
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Family Matters: The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Home to a Family Member

Family Matters: The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Home to a Family Member
It can be a stressful experience to put your home on the market and wait for offers in the hope that you've priced it right. However, for those who are considering selling to family members, the sale of a home can be fraught with just as much stress before and after sealing the deal. If you're wondering if it's a good idea to sell to a family membe...
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Exploring Tesla's New Solar Roof Tiles - Are They the Ultimate Home Upgrade?

Exploring Tesla's New Solar Roof Tiles - Are They the Ultimate Home Upgrade?
Tesla may have become the famous brand it is for the creation of the electric car in 2008, but it has since burgeoned into a company that has diverse ambitions for how we utilize energy. Recently, Tesla has moved into the business of solar roof panels, which have become a hot commodity on the market with their green ethos and energy savings. If you...
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