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Going Exotic: Countertops With Personality

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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Granite, quartz, marble, concrete - there are so many relatively standard options for countertops. But what if you want something a little different? Go exotic, and you'll never be worried about someone coming over and pointing out that they have the exact same countertop in their bathroom. Make a smart choice, and even though your upfront cost may be greater, you just might get paid back in the end. "Indeed, unique kitchen countertops add a ‘wow' factor to your home,... [read more]

How Important Is Square Footage?

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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MLSs use it. Insurers use it. Appraisers use it. Tax Assessors use it. When it comes to real estate, there's no avoiding square footage as a measure of any home's value. But how much is square footage worth to you as a homebuyer? Knowing the square footage can be helpful, but it shouldn't be the main tool to determine your offer price. Square footage measurements aren't exact, nor are they taken the same way by every person. For example, your local tax assessor or... [read more]

How Older Homes Beat New Homes

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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For a society that likes shiny new things, the latest research could foreshadow a surprising trend -- homebuyers choosing older homes over new construction. Why? The prices and operating costs can vary widely. In August 2014, the median sales price of new homes sold was $275,600, while the median price of older homes was $219,000. Taxes and insurance may cost less for an older home. People are often wowed when they go into a builder's model and see how beautiful it is. It has the... [read more]

The Top 8 Ways To Save A Buck When Adding Granite Countertops

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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When it comes to redoing a kitchen, most people think there's not a steal or deal to be found. But, alas, there are ways to cut corners and take advantage of sales and promotions to redo, upgrade, update, or overhaul your kitchen. In this week's special edition of Steals & Deals, we run down the top 8 ways to save a buck when adding granite countertops. 1. Make friends with your salesperson No matter where you are buying your granite, your salesperson should be your ally. They... [read more]

Does Your Front Door Need A Makeover?

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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It's been proven that the No. 1 mot valuable makeover in terms of return on investment is a front door redo. A new front door returns 96.6 percent of the cost, according to Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report for 2014. But not just any front door will do. Choosing the right door, and, specifically, the right color, is critical for adding value, but also for enjoying your home. It's the first thing people see and the last one on many homeowners'... [read more]

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