The Complete Survival Guide to Living With Friends

Whether you’re in the midst of your college years or living in the “real world” with your best pals, there’s so much to love about living with friends. You’re always surrounded with good company and a strong support system. But, no living situation is always perfect, and there are definitely some things that can derail friendships quickly when your friends are also…

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The Advantages of Living in the Suburbs That No One Talks About

City living is often romanticized — busy streets, walking around strangers, and living life with  a “hustle” mentality. But when it comes to living in cityside apartments with exceptional views, there are several hidden downsides that can make the experience less than glamorous. With the pandemic, we’ve seen more people flee cities than ever before, and they’re moving to suburbs to enjoy…

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Inexpensive Alternatives to Furnish Your Home

Within the past almost two years, the furniture industry has come to a slow crawl and it’s not due to a lack of furniture buyers. Many customers have placed orders only to be told it could take 6 months to a year to receive their orders. While other companies may have furniture items in stock, you could still end up…

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7 Ways to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle Without Getting Bored

You’ve heard of the phrase, “less is more,” right? Well that’s exactly what minimalism is — living a simplistic lifestyle while placing value on your ‘everyday’ necessities. It’s all about being grateful for the items that serve you best and saying ‘thank you’ by utilizing them to their fullest potential! Think of minimalist home styling as Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary’s…

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The Future of Community Amenities

It’s no secret that COVID disrupted everything last summer and essentially forced people to stay in the confines of their homes. What used to be a relaxing atmosphere quickly shifted to work-from-home offices, day cares and the only escape from the outside world. Sadly, this also meant people in multifamily communities couldn’t use amenities like pools and gyms, as community…

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4 Things People Say About Selling a Home Today That Just Aren’t True

You’ve heard the stories: Maybe your neighbors sold their fixer-upper as is for $100,000 over asking price. Or your friends were deluged with crazed homebuyers engaged in a bidding war within 24 hours of putting their house on the market. It’s no secret that today’s seller’s market is wilder and more competitive than it’s been in years, fueling sellers’ hopes of major profits if…

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The Hidden Costs Many First-Time Homebuyers Have Never Heard Of

Many of today’s homebuyers are suffering from sticker shock—and not just over astronomical home prices. Nearly half of homeowners, 44%, report they weren’t aware of the costs associated with buying a home, according to a ketonicprofi® survey in July of nearly 3,000 adults, including 1,800 homeowners. (About 400 of the respondents were buyers who purchased a home within the past…

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How Much Does a Home Appraisal Cost?

Congratulations, you’ve found a home that you’re ready to buy. From the days of saving for a down payment, searching the housing market for your dream home, homeownership is almost in sight. So whether you’re a seasoned homebuyer or a first-time homebuyer, you’ll need to plan for a home appraisal before you can get final approval for your mortgage.  You may be wondering…

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5 Ways to Win a Real Estate Bidding War without the Highest Bid

You may shortly find yourself in a real estate bidding war if you’re one of the many first-time homebuyers looking to buy in competitive markets like Austin, TX or Denver, CO. You may also think the only way to win the house is by putting in the highest offer. While this sounds like the right and possibly only strategy, you might be surprised when a…

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66 Questions to Ask When Buying a House

As a first-time homebuyer, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed even before you begin your homebuying journey. After all, this is a new process for you and, simply put, you don’t know what you don’t know. First off, there are no silly questions you can ask during any stage of the homebuying process. So always feel free to ask a question, no…

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