Smart Home Trends for 2017

Did you know that 25 percent of U.S. homeowners live in a smart home? Housing market analysts believe this figure may actually double over the next five years, particularly as real estate agents are seeing greater demand for such properties. What exactly is a smart home? Although no single format exists, these properties typically have some kind of automation built…

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7 Common Issues of Building a Custom Home

For many, a custom home in a suburban neighborhood might seem like a dream. You get to build a property to your vision, down to the exact features in every room. However, as the process unfolds, several issues may arise. To avoid finding yourself with a new home that's not quite what you imagined, consider these seven scenarios. 1. The…

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5 Ways Student Loan Debt Impacts Homeownership

As college costs continue to rise, so does student loan debt. In fact, the total amount of debt Americans carry in student loans is $1.3 trillion – the next-highest consumer debt behind mortgages. Once you divide this amount by the country’s population, the average comes out to $3,800 per person. Unfortunately, the largest percentage is placed on the shoulders of…

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Spring 2017 Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring 2017 arrived on March 20th and after a winter of winds, snow and ice wreaking havoc on your home, your property likely needs some maintenance. With your busy schedule, what’s essential and where do you begin the process? Start with this basic checklist. 1. Roof Repair Did a leak form in your roof during winter? There’s a very strong…

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