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    5 things to discuss with your significant other before purchasing a home

    (BPT) - In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well.

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    Don't waste the refund: Invest in your house for long-term ROI

    (BPT) - Tax season means refunds for millions of Americans. Will you blow yours on a new TV, tech toy or weekend getaway? This year, consider spending that money on something that could save you countless headaches and have a long-term return on investment: your home.

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    Give homes custom curb appeal with exterior moulding and trim

    (BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don’t need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. With eye-catching details tastefully placed — from the front porch and windows up to the gables — you can distinguish new and remodeled homes and boost their value.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
Understanding the millennial home
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For years, consumer buying power and purchasing trends have focused around baby boomers. However, within the past several years, the spotlight has shifted to the 80-plus million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 known as millennials. Now the largest demographic group in history, this generation is undoubtedly the most studied. Significant research findings, speculations and predictions about shopping habits and motivators are driving the world to cater to this influential group.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
8 homeowner dilemmas solved with 1 simple fix
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Unless you are the latest lottery winner or Queen of England (thank you for reading, your Majesty), you try to make your home improvements really count, and sometimes have to choose one upgrade over another. What if we told you there is a rather quick improvement that will take care of eight issues around the house, all at once?

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Thursday 01/21/2016
What to Know about Applying for a Mortgage
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Although homeownership doesn’t make good financial sense for everyone, some experts say you may be qualified to purchase real estate without realizing it.

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Thursday 01/14/2016
5 smart upgrades for the most-used rooms in your home
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are typically the rooms in any home that get the most use, which could also be why homeowners, when surveyed, consistently cite those rooms as the ones they most want to renovate. It makes perfect sense to upgrade the rooms where you spend the most time, but in high-traffic areas, you can’t afford to make changes just for the sake of cosmetics. You want improvements that can enhance your enjoyment of a room and its functionality.

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
3 tips on choosing the right window for your kitchen or bath remodel
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Kitchens and bathrooms are not only two of the most highly used rooms in your home, they’re also two of the most popular rooms to renovate, according to home style experts and Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report.

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Thursday 12/31/2015
The quick guide to home financing
Updated: January 07, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mortgage, you build equity and increase your percentage of home ownership with each payment made.

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Wednesday 12/16/2015
4 futuristic bath upgrades to indulge in for 2016
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Are you planning a bathroom remodel in 2016? If so, you’re not alone; the National Association of Homebuilders predicts a 6 percent increase in remodeling in the coming year. Some of those remodeling homeowners will seek upgrades to transform their bathrooms into true oases of luxury, beauty and efficient functionality.

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Wednesday 12/09/2015
Make your new house feel like home to your family pets
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Moving into a new home is exciting for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your family to be as happy and comfortable as possible. Here are some tips to make your home more welcoming to your four-legged family members: 

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Friday 12/04/2015
5 tips to help you master the winter housing market
Posted: December 04, 2015

(BPT) - The leaves have fallen, there’s a jacket on your shoulders and the air is noticeably colder. Yes, winter is here—so does that mean your housing search is done for the year? It shouldn’t be.

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Thursday 12/03/2015
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Prospective Homebuyers
Updated: December 03, 2015 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Writing out your New Year’s resolutions? If you’re thinking of buying a home in 2016, it’s time to add these five resolutions to your list:

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