Strategies to Reduce Water Use

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With climate change and global warming hot topics in society today, you might be wondering if there are some ways you can reduce water use to help the environment. Reducing water use also helps you save on your monthly utility bills, which means you have more money to put elsewhere in your budget.

Here are some easy strategies you can implement to help reduce your water use.

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14 Fall Decor Ideas For Home

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From the first change of color in the foliage to the fragrance of home-baked pie, fall offers a lot to look forward to. The kids are back in school, holidays are around the corner, spiced lattes are the rage, and it is finally sweater weather. To enjoy the season to the fullest, it is important to maximize the coziness factor in your home. Read on for fall home décor ideas and tips!

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What It Takes to Enter the Real Estate Industry as a Commercial Developer

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Real estate is a general industry with many career opportunities. As a commercial real estate developer, you may find job stability and many lucrative opportunities. However, you will need to put in the time and dedication it takes to reach the top. This brief guide will help you better understand what it takes to become a real estate developer.

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Prepping Lawns & Outdoor Spaces for Fall

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The summer months are coming to a close, meaning fall is soon upon us. Some may be disappointed over the end of fun in the sun, while others celebrate cooler temperatures and seasonal delights such as Halloween and pumpkin spice lattes. No matter your stance, your lawn and outdoor spaces need some maintenance. Here are some tasks to check off to prep the outdoors for fall.

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Using Colored Concrete in the Home

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Concrete creates a solid foundation for your house, yet it doesn’t offer much pop in color. Naturally gray, you might wonder if there is a way for you to add some color to make pathways and other structures stand out. There are several affordable ways to implement colored concrete in your home.  Read on to learn more about methods to color your concrete, and how to integrate it into your home!

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Planning an Attic Renovation? Where to Start

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Do you currently have an attic space that you only use to collect unwanted junk? Turning your attic into a functional and livable space rather than a dark and dusty storage area is a great way to add value to your home and expand your living space. It may seem like a large undertaking if you’re starting with bare bones, but your project will go much smoother if you start with a solid plan.

Read on to learn about the steps you should take before tackling your attic renovation.

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RESPA- What Should You Know Before Buying a House?

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The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) was enacted in 1975. The federal statute was introduced to stop malpractice and restrict the usage of escrow accounts in the real estate settlement process.

Who regulates RESPA?

Once RESPA became effective in 1975, it was under the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) jurisdiction. Ever since its inception, the Act has undergone several amendments and changes. However, after 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau monitored RESPA due to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection legislation.

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How to Make Your Home Accessible for Aging Parents

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For many people, the idea of aging in place is appealing. The ability to stay in one’s own home as you age has numerous benefits. It can provide a sense of continuity and comfort, as well as increased independence and control over one’s environment. Plus, aging in place can often be less expensive than moving to a retirement community or long-term care facility. It also allows people to remain close to their family and friends, which can be especially beneficial as they age.

This style of living can allow people to age with dignity, in a setting that is familiar and comfortable to them. For all these reasons, aging in place is an attractive option for many seniors. As a result, we may find ourselves in the position of needing to make some changes to our homes to make them more accessible. This can be a challenge, but it’s important to do what we can to help our aging parents stay safe and independent. Here are a few tips on how to make your home more accessible for aging parents.

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8 Upgrades to Avoid When Selling Your Home

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Buying a home is exciting. It can also be nerve-wracking, complicated, risky, and keep you awake at night. The same can be said about selling your home. Both are important decisions that can potentially change your life.

Buying or selling a home requires a lot of preparation. We recommend that you research and consult a professional realtor to streamline the process. Additionally, use all the information available and look at other people’s experiences in selling their homes so you can avoid common mistakes. For example, many homeowners decide to do some remodeling prior to listing their home on the market. While this can improve your chances of sale at the best price point, there are some upgrades to avoid when selling your home.

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