Monthly Archives: June 2014

Caring for Your Stone Surfaces


(Family Features)—Many homeowners install granite or marble countertops and vanities for their durability and to add more value to the home. But in the end, nothing beats the most visible benefit—that rich shine and luster right after the workmen install … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Avoid Getting Outbid on Your New Home


"Bidding for a new home can get pretty fierce in today's market," said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage bankers and brokers.  "In some cases, you may be competing with more than a … Continue reading

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Move Over Kitchen: The Backyard is the New Heart of the Home


As millions of Americans ready their outdoor space for the summer season, a new study from SABER Grills reveals just how enamored U.S. homeowners are with their backyards. Eighty-three percent of homeowners across the country say their outdoor living space … Continue reading

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Only Certain Home Improvements Pay Off


The Appraisal Institute encourages homeowners to exercise good judgment when deciding which home improvement projects to take on, saying that not all renovations enhance property values. "It’s very important that renovations stay within, but not exceed, community norms," said Appraisal … Continue reading

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