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Posted on 08/09/2020
A Well Maintained Deck is an Asset to Your Home
Photo by Jay Mantri via Pixabay A deck adds valuable outdoor living space to your home's square footage, but to be an asset, it needs to be well-maintained. If your deck has missed a few annual cleanings or is showing popped nails, splintered boards or water damage, consider resurfacing it instead of replacing it. The money you save...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
How To Use Less Water at Home
Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay Are you overpaying for water? You could be, if your home is not running as efficiently as it could, or if you have undiagnosed leaks or damage. Cutting your water consumption can help you save money every month, and in many cases, you won't have to change your habits at all. Try one...
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Posted on 07/31/2020
Another Property Sold - 131 Bluff View Drive #210, Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770
Highly desirable Port Belleair unit now available. This updated two bedroom, two bath unit has new electric service and is ideally located to shopping, dining and the world famous Gulf Beaches. Upon entering, the open floor plan allows for any furniture configuration. A newly installed kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances, center island with storage and new lighting. The new tile floor flows throughout the unit. The guest suite with attached full bath, walk in closet and Murphy bed also doubles as a den or home office. The master suite offers a walk in closet and renovated bath with huge walk in shower and rain...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
What is a FICO Score?
Image by David Pereiras from Shutterstock Your FICO score is a key factor used to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is the creator of the most common credit score used by home loan providers. The algorithm used to create your score is a closely-guarded industry secret. But in general, it factors...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
Mortgage Options for Luxury Properties
Photo by Vincent Rivaud from Pexels When you buy a luxury home, you have several options when it comes to paying for the home. While some luxury buyers invest fully in the home and purchase outright, most find that opting for a mortgage of some type keeps options open and reserves capital for other things. Mortgages can be...
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Posted on 07/12/2020
Preparing Your Home For a Successful Showing
Although all home buyers have different tastes, expectations, and preferences, there are several things you as a home seller can do to make your home more appealing. Three priorities worth keeping in mind are spaciousness (or, at least, the appearance of it), brightness, and cleanliness. Whether your home is a compact cottage or a large colonial, a feeling of...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Are You Prepared to Address Home Selling Hurdles?
The home selling journey may be perilous, particularly for an individual who is unprepared for potential pitfalls. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to quickly identify house selling hurdles and address such issues before they get out of hand. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you detect and resolve a wide...
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Posted on 07/04/2020
1100 E Bay Drive #16, Largo, FL 33770 is now new to the market!
Highly desirable Willowbrook ground floor unit is now available. Ideal as a winter retreat or a full time residence. Well maintained unit with assigned parking and large storage locker. Willowbrook is close to dining, shopping, golf, the world famous Gulf Beaches, the Largo Library and the Largo Cultural Arts Center. Tampa International Airport is a 30 minute drive. Enjoy the pool,fitness center,shuffleboard,car washing area and even a garage to work on your car. Willowbrook is a 55+...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Demand for Housing is Strong in Northeast Florida
Photo by Sean Burgess on Unsplash There are a number of ways for analysts to judge the strength of a housing market. And while these factors may not always be entirely accurate, it's helpful for homeowners to know before they decide to put their home up for sale. When the demand for home construction workers took a hit,...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
Tips for Marketing a Property as an Ideal Retirement Option
Photo by Designecologist from Pexels You love your home, but you want to make a change. In many cases, you’ll work with a real estate agent who can help you to market your home professionally to your ideal home buyer. Yet, for some properties, having a very specific target buyer in mind can work well. If you live...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
What Should You Do If You Suspect Identity Theft
Photo by Brian A Jackson via Shutterstock Identity theft is an issue that has become more common since the digital age has bristled and bloomed. Many people are victims of phishing scams – an online predator steals your identity by impersonating a respectable institution and takes your sensitive information, financial information being stolen from non-secured sites, hacking or...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
Key Moving Costs You Need to Know About
After you buy or sell a house, you may have only a short amount of time to relocate to a new address. As such, it helps to plan ahead for moving day. Because if you start preparing for your move right away, you can budget accordingly. There are many moving costs you need to account for as you prepare...
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