Pros And Cons Of Buying A Fixer

Home ValueHome prices continue to rise, which is keeping many a renter out of the market. But, fixer-uppers present a potential opportunity. For starters, the lower prices create the affordability that is lacking in other segments of the market. So should you be looking for one? We’re breaking down the pros and cons.

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Home Office Ideas That Increases Your Property's Value

home blog03About 43 percent of Americans work from home in one way or another, according to recent data from Gallup. Some conduct business from home offices only half the week. Others occupy them full time. Many are Freelancers while a growing percentage of home-based workers are actually employed by companies that include Amazon, Dell and Apple. The data makes it pretty clear that working from home is a spreading phenomenon, so having an attractive comfortable and functional office in a home when you're ready to sell, gives it even greater appeal. Not all home offices live up to the expectations of potential buyers who schedule visits, however. Here’s useful advice on how to increase the odds that yours will.

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5 Interesting Ways to Invest in Your Home

AdobeStock 78944559For most people, a home is their largest and most important investment. The good news for people around the country is that housing markets continue to appreciate. After the housing crisis several years ago, home values have increased every year. With additional equity in their homes, many people are starting to think about investing money back into their home. There are numerous ways that you can improve the value of your home.

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So, Your House Is Haunted ...

hel1There you are, winding down the evening on the couch, getting ready to turn off Netflix and turn in for the night when you hear something in the next room. Is the window open? Did a critter get inside?


If you’re freaked out and wondering if you could be in the presence of something otherworldly, you’re in good company. According to the New York Times, “Half of all Americans believe in paranormal phenomena.” A Harris Poll says, specifically, that “about 45 percent of people believe in ghosts,” and that “almost 30 percent of the respondents said they believed that they'd personally been in the presence of a ghost.”

To figure out whether what you’re experiencing is the real deal, first, use some expert tips to rule out other sensible explanations. “If your house is also home to a ghost, it should be somewhat easy to identify,” said Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure’s resident astrologer. Her “five ways you can tell whether your house is haunted” include: “unexplained temperature changes, strange technological glitches, unusual scents, object movement or unidentifiable sounds, and pets making contact.”

If you nodded your head to at least a few of those, well, congratulations—or, sorry—your house might actually be haunted. So now what do you do? 

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Ways to Save When Selling Your Home

AdobeStock 78944559Selling your home can be a thrilling and very lucrative experience. But for the first-time home seller, it can also be nerve-wracking and deflating. That’s because selling the largest investment of your life can be counterintuitively expensive. Getting your home ready to be scrutinized by strangers takes a lot of cash and elbow grease. As the saying goes, it takes money to make money.

However, there are some easy ways to cut down on your front-end expenses to make your home sale more profitable. Let’s look at three of the best.

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