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4 Backyard Design Tips

April 29, 2013

Spring and summer are prime times for enjoying your outdoor spaces. Is your yard ready? Whether you’re moving into a brand new home or just ready for a backyard makeover, a professional landscaper can help you create an outdoor escape that’s just right for your family. Here are four things to consider before you start asking for estimates: 1. Set your budget. How much you want to spend is largely a personal decision, but a general rule of thumb is to spend five to ten…

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Buyers Find Affordable New Homes in Tolleson, Arizona

April 22, 2013

Many experts are saying the Phoenix housing market is on the upswing. According to REALTOR® Magazine, Phoenix saw a 29.3% price gain year-over-year, as of February 2013. That’s great news for the industry and the local economy, but what about Phoenix-area homebuyers? Many people who are now priced out of the market within Phoenix city limits are considering new homes in Tolleson, Arizona. The Stacey model home in Tolleson, Arizona More home for the money New homes in Tolleson can be a great option for…

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Pinterest for Real Estate

April 15, 2013

When you think of house hunting online, sites like Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com probably spring to mind. Our new favorite resource? Pinterest! Pinterest for homebuyers: One of the most popular categories on Pinterest is Home Décor. Homeowners and aspiring homeowners love to collect decorating ideas into a Dream Home board, whether they’re in the market for a new home or not. Even if this kind of hobby isn’t for you, you may want to try it out if you’re house hunting. Why? Pinning can help…

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3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Current Housing Market

April 8, 2013

Have you read the positive housing market news lately? From many accounts, the economy seems to be on the road to recovery. But the question remains: Is now a good time to buy a new home? There are positive aspects to every market. Here’s how to take advantage of what’s happening now: 1. Secure a mortgage before rates rise (even more) Interest rates are on the rise, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hold off. Rates are still much lower than in previous decades.…

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Best Places to Live: The Sunbelt

April 1, 2013

Is it time to hang up the snow shovel? If you’re planning to retire this year, or just looking for a second home somewhere sunny, this could be your last winter scraping windshields. Here are our four picks for escaping the frozen north: Tucson, AZ. Named one of the best (and sunniest) places to retire by CNN Money, Forbes, MSN Money, and US News & World Reports, Tucson is a natural choice. 350 days of sunshine a year, acres of golf courses, miles of trails…

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