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How to determine the true value of home improvements
(BPT) - As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It&rsq ...
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Termites 101: What every homebuyer should know this spring
(BPT) - It’s a cruel coincidence that the spring’s real-estate buying season corresponds with another far less pleasant one – termite swarming season. When eager homebuyers emerge from winter hibernation to look for their dream homes, winged termites emerge, too, and swarms of them ...
5 upgrades for under $5,000 to put your home at the top of every buyer's list
(BPT) - It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home cou ...
This top garage trend keeps gaining momentum
(BPT) - The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe; classic style elements that never go out of fashion.At the dawn of the automobile age, those who were affluent enough to own a car kept it in the carriage house, where the h ...
What's up in roofs? Metal growing in popularity
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8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready
(BPT) - It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, accord ...
Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
(BPT) - Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances – what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island? Designers and builders across the country are pointing to the addition of a ...
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
(BPT) - If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.So why not make an improvement? In the last decade, the garage door industry has generated stunning new designs that can tr ...
How to secure the home loan you need
(BPT) - Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you’re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it’s important to figure out which path is right for you and ...
Busting first-time homebuyer myths
(BPT) - When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Without home buying experience, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.“Buying a first home can be exciting and stressful for most young buyers, especially the financing process,” ...
Plan now for your big move this summer
(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or n ...
The easiest resolution to keep: Upgrading your bathroom
(BPT) - Whether committing to losing weight, improving your health or furthering your career, New Year’s resolutions create stress and require time and hard work. This year, along with those admirable but difficult-to-keep resolutions, why not set a goal that’s easy to achieve and will l ...
What to look for in a new garage door - and why you should replace yours now
(BPT) - At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient ...
Bathroom bliss: Upscale touches top manufactured homes trends in 2015
(BPT) - The trend toward affordable luxury has resonated in the hearts of American homeowners, including those in the market for a manufactured home. Today’s manufactured homes deliver affordability and convenience, as well as the kind of designer elements found in site-built homes.The conveni ...
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