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Whether you’re looking to put your house on the market or have already done so, there are a few wonderful landscaping tips we offer that might add value to your property. By following these tips there’s a greater chance that prospective will be interested in such a lovely looking property.

You have control over your landscape! And that’s where you can augment the look of your house and increase interest. The tips to do such follow:

  1.      Match landscape to Home Style

Try to match the nature of your landscaping to the design of your house. For example, modern homes can entertain prairie or industrial styles; Victorian homes can flaunt a Japanese garden…Read the attached article to find other options for home correlation to landscape

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Former model home - this one has it all! Enjoy over 7,000 sq. ft. of luxurious living space.


Enter through the elegant foyer and be ready to fall in love. Convenient dual stairways, one located off the the eat-in gourmet kitchen features an arched entryway, a brand new top of the line stainless steel double oven and a generous granite island with seating is open to the great room making this home perfect for entertaining.

 House offers 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 2 half-baths. It was built in 2000 and has an attached 2 car garage. 

Enjoy 4800 square feet of upstairs living space with a 2200 square foot finished, walk-out basement!


Enjoy the convenience of the first floor laundry, two powder baths on the first

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When listing your house your agent will most assuredly need pictures of your home. Here are a few tips that you can help inform you what best needs to be done to create pictures that make your home most appealing.

LIGHT IT UP! Ensure that there are no shadows. No one wants to imagine themselves in a dark, dreary space. If you are using a professional photographer they will have the flash necessary to lighten even a dark space. If you are relying on your phone or camera, then be sure to lighten up the photos in edit mode. Makes the spaces look bigger!

CLEAN UP & STAGE! Homes should look staged not lived in. A staged home allows you to move furniture around to open up spaces and give potential buyers an idea of what to do with their new purchase.

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We’ve discussed over time a number of home repairs that can help you improve the attraction of your house to potential buyers. However, rarely do these articles have actual ROI (return on investment) estimates attached to such decisions. Well, look no further, we’ve found an article for you that has a thorough chart of various home upgrades and their ROIs. Knowing how much you’ll be investing in your home with an eye on what kind of return you’ll get is a critical variable in determining whether you wish to make a value-added investment or not.

Especially in this seller’s market there are some real numbers to understand when undertaking an upgrade versus a replacement. So let this list help inform you as to what kind of prioritization needs to happen

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Are you hoping to finally make that leap in becoming a homeowner…but you recognize that the MAIN component of that dream is financially rooted. Examining one’s finances can be overwhelming and anxiety inducing but there are some reasonable recommendations we’ve researched that might make your dream appear that much closer. So please, take a moment and see if any/all of these suggestions might make tough things a little bit easier.


  1. CREATE A BUDGET: It’s sounds sooooo tedious and like a task that easy to procrastinate, but most of us underestimate the true nature of our disposable cash. While we think we have a handle on what we spend, we often ballpark and the sooner you have some exactitude in this matter the sooner you can take steps needed to
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It’s natural for winter to bring a lull to the housing markets. People just don’t want to trudge out into freezing temperatures and go through the rigmarole needed to secure a new place. Like, bears most of us just want to hibernate. Despite those inclinations houses are still selling and people are still buying. So, we examine in the new year some critical ways that you can sell your house. Here’s a quick list of tips.



While you might be tempted to make a lot on your beloved home, after investing money etc., buyers are savvy today and they know if a house is overpriced. Additionally, if your house ends up sitting on the market too long, due to the pricing issue, that opens doors for folks to think there’s something

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Don’t Over-Improve:

If you find that there are some appliances that might need updating or some cabinetry that needs replacement those are valuable investments. Yet, looking to create a man-cave or to trick out the basement in a Studio 54 kinda way, probably won’t fly. If you don’t have those items in place at the time of putting your house on the market – Don’t go and invest thinking that those are value-adds. Knowing what potential buyers want is never easy, but trying to assume they will love what you love as a new addition can pose a problem for a sale.


Don’t Over-Decorate

While you might have a certain style that appeals to you and is already in place throughout your home that is one thing. However, if there is any way you can

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Do you worry about your water? Does it taste a bit mineral-ish to you? Well there are 2 quick and easy ways to rectify this situation.


First, you can buy a water-filter pitcher. There easy to find and easy to fill. The problem of course comes when having to refill it if you an 8 cups of water a day person. Regardless, the filters do a good job of removing additives and minerals from your water. Then you should have a cleaner, crisper taste to your water.


Another, option, however, is to get a faucet filter. These are pretty easy to install and do a phenomenal job of filtering water. We’ve done some research and found an article that presents the Top 10 Water Filters systems. They range in price, thus allowing you to meet your household

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Winter has come. Now it’s time to think about how to maneuver out of the cold and into the warm! We’ve done some research and found recommendations for the best places to buy a winter home. If it turns out you can’t purchase a house, then it just might be a good place to go visit anyway. So enjoy the views and check out the places perhaps one could be the site of your next dream home! 


Finger Lakes Region/Schuyler County N.Y.

Although it’s cold here now there are still a lot of local breweries, wineries and fine restaurants. You can snuggle up in the colder days, but enjoy the gorgeous views of the lakes surrounding you.

 winter home

Franklin County/Apalachicola, Fla.

This cute getaway is the least populated county in Florida. Thus, allowing some

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With the holiday season upon us so is gift giving, so what better gift to give ourselves than that of home savings! There are ways to find savings throughout the house. Why? Because there are aspects of your home that are wasting money and you might overlooking them. This list gives you a super overview of areas where you can shore of savings.


1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every

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