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How to Feel Proud of Your Home Again

Being a homeowner is great—until it isn't. Over time your home may become worn. Here are some things you can do to help you feel proud of your home again.

How to Prevent Damage to Your Walls

The condition of your walls changes the entire atmosphere of your home. Preventing damage to your walls helps your house look nicer, cleaner, and reduces the cost of fixing big problems later. Doing the things outlined in this post will help your house feel more like your home. Keep Water Away Water...

How to Stop Water Leaks Before They Happen

Water leaks in the home can cause severe damage and can be expensive to repair. Often these leaks occur unexpectedly and unpredictably. It’s important to stay on top of maintenance in your home in order to prevent water leaks from even happening. Keep Plumbing Maintained Be sure to monitor...

Effective Methods for Generating More Real Estate Leads

Real estate agents need to have a big network of people in order to generate the contracts that will keep them in business. Generating real estate leads can be tricky, and it is important to hone techniques and prioritize the methods that work well. Here are some tips on making the most of your time...

Skills That Will Carry Your Home Improvement Project to Success

Home improvement projects can be a labor-intensive endeavor, even for those who have done them before. They’re not for the faint of heart, and there are skills you will need to develop so that you can complete the project. Establishing proper communication, learning how to budget, and planning...

How to Reduce Costs for Your Home Improvement Project

A home improvement project can really make a difference in your house. It can completely change up the look and feel of the home you’ve lived in for years—and sometimes, a home improvement project is really needed for your home. But they can be expensive. How can you reduce the costs of your...

Home Maintenance Issues You Never Want to Neglect

Owning a home comes with a lot of responsibility—you are the sole caretaker of thousands of dollars of property. Homeowners may feel overwhelmed with this responsibility, especially when it comes to maintenance. But in order to keep your house in its best condition, you should pay special attention...

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew Growth in Your Home

Mold and mildew can be a nightmare for a homeowner. They thrive in warm, dark, damp environments.

Small Changes with Big Impact You Can Make to Your House within a Day

Ever feel like your house needs a bit of a makeover but you don't have much of a budget or lots of time to do one? Turns out there are little things you can do that can make a huge difference.

Unique Remodeling Ideas Introverts Will Love

If you're going through the process of remodeling your home, it's important that all that time, money, and effort go into turning it into a space that fits you and your needs better.

4 Surprising Ways Flood Damage Can Affect Your Life

It’s good to know and understand the different ways that a flood can affect you that you may not realize.

How to Solve Common Problems That Arise When Moving

While the new destination may be exciting, the actual process of moving isn’t that much fun. It’s hard work. It takes a long time, and there can be a lot of frustrating things that come up.

How to Attract More Vacationers to Your Short-Term Rental Property

With the increase of daylight hours, and the gradual and sometimes erratic increase in temperature, one can feel that summer is slowly approaching, with its freedom and relaxation and time upon the surf. But it also raises other concerns, especially if you own a rental property that you rent out to vacationers...

How to Make a Rental Property Pet-Friendly

After you’ve made the decision to allow pets on your rental property, it’s important to know how to protect your property for yourself, your tenants, and their pets. Although allowing pets to live on your property will help you earn more money as well as help your tenants be happier, there...

How to Use a Home Equity Line of Credit Wisely

A home equity line of credit (or HELOC) is a common form of borrowing that basically allows people to tap the equity they have built up in their homes. This money can then be used to deal with emergency expenses or to pay off already existing debt. While a home equity loan can be a conveniently accessible...

How to Prevent Your New Dog from Ruining Your House

Dogs often experience anxiety when left alone or new to the environment, so to combat the stress, they may start whining, pacing, and chewing your curtains, shoes, clothes, and even furniture. It is essential to deal with the problem before it gets worse, so here are ways you can protect your home from...

What Homeowners Should Know About Living With Humidity

Although it's impossible to escape the humidity in Florida, you can take action to reduce its potentially harmful effects.

How to Keep Your Boat From Flooding

Here's what you need to know if your boat springs a leak and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Property Before the Start of Hurricane

Hurricane season comes every year and it is wise to take precautions to protect your home.

Is Your House Ready for the Summer Heat?

You can ensure that you feel both safe and comfortable in your home throughout the heat of the summer by paying proper attention to a few vital points.

How to Mitigate Potential Threats to Your Property

Although your home is your safe haven, it also comes with its fair share of potential threats that can cause injury or significant property damaged.

Spring Activities That Will Get You More Time in the Sun

While activities are more restricted now than usual, there are still ways you can get out and enjoy the spring air before the summer heat and humidity arrive.

What to Know if You Want to Buy a Vacation Home in Florida

Purchasing a vacation home is an exciting step to take in life. When you have a vacation home, you have your own personal getaway, available whenever you want to take a break from the daily grind.

How You Can Help Keep Florida’s Beaches Clean

Our stewardship is vital to the health of this planet that sustains us. One way to exercise our responsibility is to volunteer to help clean the local beaches.

How to Treat Yourself After the Pandemic Passes

This pandemic is the one thing that nobody was expecting for 2020, and it’s easy to get down. So, what kinds of things could you do?

Top 3 Home Additions That Can Attract Families With Children

Here are three tips for making your home more attractive to people looking for child-friendly features.

Why Realtors Should Invest More in Their Own Listings

A growing number of real estate agents are using online platforms to conduct their businesses. Similarly, many home buyers do an online search for real estate related reasons. This means that investing in online listings is a goldmine. It even becomes better if the realtors choose to pay more attention...

3 Things to Make the Most of Your Property Sale

Listing your home on the market and selling a property can feel thrilling and exciting, especially in a great real estate market. Before you make the move of listing your home or you begin seeking out buyers, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help with maximizing your profits any time you place...

Common Buyer Concerns and How to Address Them

When you have a buyer, who is looking for a great home, you have to know how to handle concerns he might have. Offering answers and suggestions about a potential buyer's concerns will help him see the possibilities in a house. Here are a few ways to do that. A Sparse Yard The yard is one of...

How to Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Owning a home comes with its perks, but it also brings unforeseen responsibilities that you may not have thought about before buying a home. Once you own your home, it is up to you to make sure it is well maintained. Planning and being prepared if a problem like flooding occurs will protect your home...

5 Tips for Beautifying Your Backyard to Help It Sell

If you are looking to sell your home, you need to beautify your backyard. Thankfully, you can do this for very little money and exceptionally quickly. Improving the look of your backyard may help your home sell faster and for a higher amount. Water Features The addition of a water feature helps...

How to Provide More Options to Potential Homebuyers

One of the most common issues real estate agents have when it comes to their business is people walking away. Understandably, homebuyers have a lot of things to think about, and it can be very stressful. This is why you, as their real estate agent, must help them maneuver the confusing world of real...

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide     Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less...

What Is Florida Doing to Address Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is one of the most common forms of injury-producing accidents in Florida. In fact, distracted driving ranks up there with drunk driving and dangerous weather. To protect drivers from distractions and encourage safe phone use, Florida has put new programs in place. Safe Phone Zones The...

How to Get the Home You Want

Buying a new home is a very exciting time in your life. This is one of the biggest investments that you will make in your lifetime. While buying a home may be exhilarating, it’s a process that doesn’t come without a bit of stress. Being able to find a home that you love, getting approved...

4 Tips for Maintaining a Pool or Hot Tub

A swimming pool or a hot tub is the ultimate luxury. No longer will you need to get in the car and drive to a municipal pool of questionable cleanliness for your summer fun or hope you can score an invite to a pool party. Now, the swimming pool or hot tub are only a few steps away, and you are the ones...

What to Know Before Purchasing a Home for a Family Member

If you are looking to purchase a home for a family member, then there are certain things you should know before signing a contract.

How to Keep Your Patio Dry in the Wet Florida Climate

One of the best parts of living in Florida is the ability to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors nearly any time of the year. However, with all this warm weather also come frequent rainstorms, often hindering your ability to enjoy your patio. Here are three ways to keep your patio dry in the wet...

4 Tricks to Give a Property a Modern Aesthetic

Here are some tips on how to give the exterior of your home a modern touch.

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast     We’re in the midst of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, and economists think there’s still room to grow. A recent survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that experts believe the U.S. economy...

Fantastic Backyard Adaptations for Foodies

If you love to entertain and cook, your fun should not be limited to your indoor kitchen. With the right additions and creativity, you can transform your backyard into the perfect place to host friends and family while you enjoy your passion for cooking. Here are three ideas for what to add to your backyard...

Factors That Impact Your Mortgage Loan Qualification

Applying for a mortgage can be an incredibly stressful process. However, one of the things that can reduce the stress associated with it is fully understanding what kinds of circumstances will affect whether or not you ultimately qualify for a loan and at what interest rate. Indeed, this process is relatively...

4 Factors Which Can Increase the Cost of Building a Home

It's hard to get an exact estimate when you're building a home. Many factors can change your initial plans, and whenever there's a change, there's usually an added cost. Everything from time, design choices and weather conditions can add to the final expense of a project. Below are four...

Finding a Team to Work on Your House Before a Sale

Selling your home can be a very daunting experience. There are a plethora of tasks that not only have to be done but done correctly as well. However, this process can go a lot smoother if you have the right team behind you. Finding a team that will be honest and do the job correctly may also be a challenge...

Gifts and Gadgets for Every Room in the House

Gifts and Gadgets for Every Room in the House     Are you searching for new and innovative gift ideas this holiday season? If so, check out my list of the hottest home technology offerings. I’ve selected a few of my favorites for every room in the house.   These smart...

What You Need to Know About Shipping Art to Your New Suncoast Home

When it comes to collecting art, you soon realize that some pieces are quite rare. These can take many years and a considerable amount of effort to acquire. If you are preparing to move, the last thing you want to do is leave your precious works in the hands of some careless movers. Here are tips on...

5 Step Strategy For Downsizing Your Home

In our “bigger is better” culture, there’s an expectation that each home should be larger and grander than the last. But life changes like divorce, kids leaving for college, or even the simple act of growing older can prompt us to find a smaller home that better suits our shifting needs...

Everything You Need to Know About iBuyers and the ‘Instant Cash Offer’

Everything You Need to Know About iBuyers and the ‘Instant Cash Offer’

Amenities That Will Take Your Backyard to the Next Level

Make the most of the beauty of living in the Sunshine State by turning your backyard into an oasis. With the right additions, you can make your outdoor space the center of social activity among your circle of friends and family. Here are three amenities that will take your backyard to the next...

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Boat

  Although sea travel is no longer the de facto way to cover large distances, boating is still something that people love to do. If you like getting out on the water often and don't want to keep paying for rental fees, you should get a boat in your name. Before you make the purchase,...

How to Avoid Mental Health Struggles When You Have to Move

Moving from one place to another certainly counts as one of the most stressful events that you'll experience. However, it doesn't have to be this way.

Avoid These Major Real Estate Investing Mistakes

Investing in real estate can be rewarding for those that plan correctly. However, there are a variety of risks that people should know about as well.

How to Make Your Concrete Driveway Last

  A concrete driveway is a beautiful and useful addition to a home that really increases overall curb appeal. Since you have made the investment in a concrete driveway, it's important that you perform regular maintenance and repairs on it. This allows you to reap the benefits of your...

Tips for Selecting Patio Furniture in Florida

  When it comes to patio furniture in Florida, there are a lot of choices to choose from! What may first seem overwhelming is in fact not as hard as it appears. With the right understanding of materials, aesthetics, and colors the choices become much clearer. Humidity, sunlight and other...

8 Dog Breeds That Thrive in Florida

Florida is a state that is known for its warm weather, coastal beaches, and lively nightlife. The capital is Tallahassee, and it is currently estimated that a population of 21 million living across the state. Its most well-known cities are Orlando, Miami, and Tampa as well as Jacksonville too. Typically,...

How to Move Without Stressing Your Pets Out

Moving is a stressful time for pets. Learn how to lay out a moving plan that will make it easier for your pets by reducing anxiety and easing their transition. Make your move a fun adventure!

5 Steps To Finding Your Next Home

5 Steps To Finding Your Next Home     Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, shopping for a new home can feel daunting. In fact, 56% of buyers said that “finding the right property” was the most difficult step in the home buying process.   Buying...

Why Your Home Isn’t Selling

???????Deciding to put your home up for sale is a big decision. But if it isn't selling, you may have a problem. Check out these common issues.

8 Ways to Customize Your New Home Inside and Out

The purchase of a new home is often associated with some of the most rewarding feelings that people will ever experience. However, many new homeowners have purchased homes that were suited more to the family that lived there before them. The family who will now call the property home will now spend...

Top 15 Ideas for Creating More Space in Your New Home

Having a new home means figuring out how to get the most out of your space. You can easily create more room by following a few simple tips. It's even possible to literally add more space if you find that you need it. These changes will have a big impact, and they will make your house feel like...

How to Make Your Home Stand Out in the Neighborhood

Making your home stand out from the street means that you need to focus on the "face" of the structure. Features such as landscaping, paint choices and lighting can brighten the face of your home. In addition, these features of your home should be in line with the rest of your neighborhood. Invest...

Pro Tips for Designing Your Dream Home

Almost everyone holds a dream of one day designing and building their dream home. Some hope to create a custom home that totally suits their family's needs, and others are simply looking for the perfect retirement home. Regardless of the purpose, correctly planning every aspect and area of the...

3 Home Improvements You Should Never Do Yourself

  Homeowners, especially those that live in older homes, find that over time there can be quite a significant number of home improvement projects they'd like to do. Many jobs can be performed by the homeowner themselves, as they can be rather simple and safe to complete. However, some...

Organize the Chaos: How to Stay Organized During a Move

  Moving tends to be a stressful time filled with boxes strewn across the living room floor and odds and ends that you're not sure what to do with. If you want to make sure that your move goes smoothly, you have to figure out if you want to keep, sell, donate or throw away things that...

Dreading The Next Housing Recession? Don't.

We've had a great run in Florida housing since the "Great Recession" of the late 2000s. It's been over 10 years and the housing market has continued to stay at pace. However, there has been continuous speculation for several years that we are due for a "correction" in...

3 Tips for Protecting Your Florida Dream Home

Perhaps you've dreamed of this day for years, made regular visits during your vacations, splashed in the ocean and napped in a hammock, appreciated the mild winters and longed for the time you could just move here. Well, you’ve made it. After a long time and a lot of hard work, you have finally...

Renovating? What You Should Know About Unsecured Loans

If you’re getting ready to sell your home or one that you’re flipping, you’ll probably want to set up a budget to renovate it to make it look nicer before it sells. Professionals estimate that in 2019, it costs up to $19,000 to remodel a 1,000-square-foot space, and it can cost...

9 Smart Additions That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

Building a home addition is a great way to add space and features to your house without having to move to a new one. Although the construction process can be disruptive, the end result is worth the hassle. A new addition will not only make your home more beautiful, but it will also make it more valuable...

3 Things That Damage Your Home and Your Health

  When you’re getting ready to sell a home, you want to make sure that it’s in the best possible shape before it’s put up for sale. But even with proper cleaning, maintenance, and hyper-vigilance, there are often unseen factors that can affect a home’s structure and,...

If You Work in One of These 5 Fields, You Should Move to Florida

  When most people think of Florida, they think of amazing weather, sunny beaches, famous landmarks, delicious food, and great hikes and trails. However, there are also excellent financial reasons why Florida may be an attractive place to live. For starters, the strong economy and job market...

Why Suncoast Roads Are Some of the Best in the Nation

  Suncoast roads are home to near-perfect weather and beautiful scenery year-round, making them a coveted place to purchase real estate. No matter what you are looking for in a property, the areas near Suncoast roads have a lot to offer for anyone in the market for a new home. Here are just...

3 Ways to Protect Your Florida Home from Pests

  The long hot days and warm nights make Florida an ideal place to live for many people. Unfortunately, many types of pests think so as well. Unlike in other parts of the country, pests in Florida never rest. They don’t hibernate during the cooler season, so as a Florida homeowner,...

Attract More Buyers with These 7 Eco-Friendly Home Tips

Creating an energy-efficient home can pose as quite a challenge. Having some knowledge about what to shop for will only make your experience in energy efficiency easier. Here are 7 ways you can start creating the green energy home of your dreams. Solar Panels Solar panels are the backbone of...

Real Estate Investors Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Another Mortgage Crisis

The housing crisis that began in 2008 was a perfect storm for the economy that resulted in the greatest financial dislocation since the Great Depression. However, many safeguards have been put in place to keep this from happening again. Here is why real estate investors can invest in the market with...

3 Tips for a Successful Move

Moves can be extremely stressful if you’re not careful. Here are some tips to help you be more successful with a move of any size. As long as you take the time to plan, you will feel confident that everything is moved properly from one home to the next. Budget Your Time Wisely There are...

The Suncoast Life: Why Living in Florida is the Best

As one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, the Florida Suncoast boasts abundant sunshine, beautiful beaches, a diverse culture, and a host of recreational opportunities. When looking to relocate, the Florida Suncoast offers an exceptional opportunity to live the best life. Here are five...

How Do I Know I'm Getting a Good Mortgage?

  With so many different mortgage products available, it can be hard to know if you got a good deal on your home loan. However, there are some metrics that you can look at to figure out if your deal was in line with what other homeowners pay. Let's take a look at what makes a good deal...