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Winterize your home and prevent costly repairs later. Here our some simple tips to save you money.There are some terrific reasons to make sure a home is ready for colder weather. Comfort is one. Energy savings is another. Perhaps the most important reason, however, is ensuring this major investment is properly protected from the elements.

Winter weather can bring frigid temperatures, ice, high winds, rain, snow, and flooding. It can damage roofs and foundations. It can freeze and break water pipes and eventually lead to rotting wood and mold. These can be costly to remediate, so it is best to protect homes from damage by taking appropriate winterization steps.

Clear Gutters and Drainpipes

One major area of concern is in making sure gutters and downspouts are free from debris to allow for proper draining. If leaves, dirt, and twigs

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What to Expect from the Foreclosure ProcessMany people through changing circumstances cannot keep up with their home mortgage payments. Missing mortgage payments or not maintaining the insurance or paying the taxes on a property can lead to the lender starting the foreclosure process. Know what to expect and the options available when it comes to the beginning of the foreclosure process.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney before proceeding with any real estate transaction, including a home foreclosure.

What Is Foreclosure?

Foreclosure is a legal process through which the lender or mortgagee takes ownership of and may sell a property when the mortgage had been defaulted on. Upon purchasing a home and taking out a mortgage, the borrower has agreed to

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Replacing Your Siding? Check Out These 4 Must-See OptionsHomes have many different parts; the roof, appliances, walls and siding. And in today's homes, home technology is also playing a larger role. However, one important part of a home is its siding.

Though the roof and other parts of a home are important, a homes siding is as well. So no matter how well a home is built or how durable the materials, parts will need to be replaced eventually, and a home’s siding is no exception. When a home’s siding begins to break down, it can allow a lot of damage to be done to the home’s structure by weather and insects, so it’s important for homeowners to make sure that it’s ready to stand up to the elements to protect the home. When it comes time to replace the siding, there’s quite a few different materials that

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What You Should Know About Millennial Home Buying MythsMillennials have received a lot of press for any number of reasons. However, their real estate activity (or lack thereof) has led to a lot of misconceptions about what this young generation is looking for. This is a shame because it leads to stereotyping that doesn't always line up with the truth. It's time to separate fiction from fact when it comes to millennial home buying myths.

Millennials Don't Want to Own

It's true that, overall, millennials are renting property in staggering numbers in North America. However, it may not be for the reasons people think. It's not that millennials are against owning their own property. In fact, most would like to have a new Rutland South home in their name so they can watch their investment mature.

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How to Survive a Bidding WarBuying a home in a high-demand neighbourhood requires a calculated approach. Buyers who are organized and ready to meet sellers' needs are more likely to win a bidding war. It is also vital to keep calm and realize that home buying is short, but homeownership is long-term. People should not get swept up in the game, just because they want to win. Competition is sometimes unavoidable, but extra preparation and a quick decision could make all the difference.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Organize Financing

Although almost anyone can make a purchase offer, the guarantee of funding can set buyers apart from their competitors. People

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What You Should Know About New Home Building TechnologyMost homeowners know that home building and home tech has definitely made some advancements in the past few years. From robots to 3D technology, developers and construction foreman now have plenty of options if they're looking to upgrade their process. And while this progression may not be happening as quickly as burgeoning technology companies would prefer, the trends are already pointing to some rather notable achievements.

Virtual/Augmented Reality

Before a construction crew even gets started on a site, they first need to be informed of the specific hazards they'll face when working on the property. This isn't always easy to do—especially if the foreman hasn't first correctly identified all of the risks. That's why virtual or augmented

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Why You Should Never Sell Your Home Without the Help of an AgentA For Sale by Owner (FSBO) home sale may seem like the ultimate in DIY projects. With just a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, a seller can eliminate the real estate agent fees that cut into their potential profits. And yet, sellers who enter the process are often completely overwhelmed with the details they face. It may be easy for someone with a sales background to point out the original baseboards of the home as a sign of its integrity, but the endless paperwork may not nearly be so easy to navigate. See why hiring a real estate agent for the home selling process makes far more sense.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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Tools Homeowners Should PurchaseIn the midst of buying a new home, many buyers will start to make plans for home improvements. These plans usually require a lot of DIY work. In order to get the work done, homeowners must have tools. These tools are critical for the first year of homeownership.

Hammer and Nails

Hammer and nails are truly the most essential of all the tools. Without a hammer and nails, a new homeowner may find it impossible to do even the most basic tasks, like putting up pictures on the wall. Hammer and nails will come in useful when installing decorations, putting up shelves and putting together furniture in the new house.

Nails come in a variety of sizes, and homeowners who want to be prepared must have nails of all different sizes on hand. Over time,

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Marketing Tips to Sell Your Home FastA homeowner who is looking to list their property for sale often thinks that the individual features about their home are going to make it stand out on the market. They feel that their open floor plan might be appealing to a broader range of buyers, or the fact that their property is assigned to an award-winning school district will attract interested buyers in droves.

While these factors may help, it's ultimately the way that a real estate agent markets the property that will sell the home. Here's some ideas on how to market a home to sell:

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Take Photos—And Lots of Them

Nearly all home buyers spend

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How to Buy and Sell Raw LandVacant land can be a truly amazing investment because it sometimes only takes the initial cost of investment to generate profits. Owners don't have to build upon or adjust the land in any way, all they need to do is wait for the right buyer to come along. Hopefully, this happens as quickly as possible so investors can turn around and reinvest the profits. But it's not always that simple. Here are four suggestions to save buyers time and sanity.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Be Prepared to Wait

Vacant landowners may have to wait for quite some time before they get the offer they're looking for. As with any real estate purchase,

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