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Buying a Home

Lesser Known Online Tools for Homebuyers

January 20, 2016

House hunting has gone digital in recent years. In fact, an overwhelming majority of buyers turn to the web at some point during the homebuying process, according to the National Association of Realtors®. If you’re in this camp, you have probably already visited a variety of homebuilder websites, along with the usual suspects: Realtor.com, Trulia, NewHomeSource and Zillow. But did you know that there are many other, lesser known online home search resources at your disposal? Following are a few sites to help with your…

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Buying a Home

Quiz: Which Floor Plan Are You?

October 6, 2015

Thinking about buying a new home? Check out the following descriptions and choose the best fit for you! You prefer two—or even three—floors of living space and don’t mind shared walls. After all, new neighbors are just friends you haven’t met yet! You don’t need a ton of bedrooms (4 or fewer will suffice!), and having the biggest house on the block doesn’t necessarily appeal to you (it’s all about the quality of the square footage, not the quantity!). Exterior maintenance doesn’t rate high on…

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What to Look for When Buying a Townhome

September 1, 2015

Does the idea of living closer to the city appeal to you? What about the idea of no yard, or maybe a smaller one requiring less maintenance? If so, a townhome might be a good option for your next home. But what do you look for when buying a townhome? Read on for our quick primer on townhome basics, floor plans and more.   TOWNHOME BASICS Townhomes are attached dwellings that share at least one wall with another home, typically near shops and businesses in…

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Buying a Home

New Home vs. Resale Home: Maintenance Edition

August 18, 2015

When you think about buying a brand-new home, advantages such as choosing your neighborhood, floor plan, options and homesite probably spring to mind immediately. However, buying new over resale boasts another big benefit that many buyers often overlook: less home maintenance. Don’t have the time, inclination or funds to remodel or repair a resale home? Here are some ways in which a brand-new build may require a lot less upkeep: Nice and new (and not just to you!) When you move into a never-been-lived-in home,…

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Striking Features That Could Be in Your Next Kitchen

April 16, 2015

Kitchens. We require they be as beautiful as they are useful—with appliances, countertops and, well, both the proverbial and literal kitchen sink functioning as tools for everyday living and stylish expressions of individuality. Art and utility combined in one central room. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some equally sleek and practical features to look for in your next kitchen. Butcher block countertops Cutting boards? No need for those when you’ve got a durable butcher block countertop made from expertly fashioned wood. Not only…

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