Mortgage Goals: 3 Benefits of Adding Rental Property to Your Retirement Portfolio

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/13/15 2:40 PM

When it comes to building your investment portfolio, it’s a good idea to have a diversified amount of income-generators. For the second year in a row, Americans named real estate a better long-term investment over stocks, gold, savings accounts/CDs or bonds, according to a 2015 Gallup Survey. 

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Home Improvements: 10 Best Upgrades for Home Value

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/5/15 1:42 PM

If improving the quality and value of your home is on your to-do list in 2016, you should know that not all home improvements are created equal. According to Remodeling magazine's 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, the following mid-range home improvements recovered the most investment costs.

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8 Simple Home Improvements & Upgrades to Do Before the Holidays

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/22/15 1:13 PM

The holidays are just around the corner, as are holiday guests. If you're expecting company over the next month, these upgrades are quick, efficient and relatively budget-friendly.

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9 Ways to Use Shiplap in Your Home Design

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/7/15 10:43 AM

If you're a fan of any home improvement television shows, you've probably noticed the trend of using traditional building elements to enhance a home's character. Whether you're living in a newly built home or a fixer upper, shiplap is a great material to transform boring walls, ceilings, built-ins, and more into pieces of architectural interest.


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What the Perfect Home Looks Like According to Pinterest

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/16/15 2:33 PM

Pinterest is the modern homeowner's dream. A go-to catalog of thousands of DIY home projects and home designs, many homeowners use Pinterest as their first stop when considering home improvements, renovations, and interior or exterior design. Pinterest recently shared what the most popular home pins were with Tech Insider.

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Home Prices, Renting, Obstacles of Buying & Equity: Americans Weigh In

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/15/15 2:51 PM

More than 80 percent of Americans believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2015 National Housing Pulse Survey. Here are some of the highlights of the study, which show Americans' attitudes, perceptions and concerns of the U.S. housing market.

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Are You Underestimating Your Home Equity?

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/30/15 11:23 AM

As the U.S. rate of negative home equity dropped in the second quarter of 2015 and home prices in 20 major U.S. cities rose 5 percent in July from July 2014, a new study found that mortgaged U.S. homeowners could be severely underestimating their home equity.

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Location, Location, Location: How Location Affects Property Value

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/28/15 11:14 AM

There is good reason behind the real estate catchphrase "location, location, location". When it comes to determining property value, your home's location is one of the most important factors.

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7 DIY Ways to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/26/15 11:20 AM

Fall is officially here! Capture the essence of autumn with these simple DIY home decor projects.

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Which Home Type Is Right for You?

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/21/15 1:05 PM

Determining what type of housing is right for you can prove to be a difficult task when you factor in the possibilities of job promotions, budget fluctuations, out-of-state moves, a marriage or birth of a child, etc. It's important to choose a housing type that fits your needs and budget in the present moment and factor in what could happen in the next 5-10 years.

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