Category Archives: Homeowners

6 Renovations That Can Add Value to Your Home

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A lot of people get excited at the idea of a home renovation. They have grand ideas of how they want their home to look. But one thing to keep in mind is how those ideas will affect your home’s value once it comes time to sell after a tenure of nine years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

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4 Features of an Energy Efficient Home

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When shopping for a new home, the importance of finding energy efficient digs might be high on the list. Energy efficiency helps reduce the amount of energy you use in your home and in turn can reduce your energy bills as well as your home’s environmental impact. But there are options for energy efficiency beyond  a roof covered in solar panels — and could lead to a higher resale value, too.

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Homeownership Tax Benefits To Take Advantage of in 2016

Homeownership Tax Benefits To Take Advantage of in 2016

A lot of people take advantage of more well-known tax breaks like deducting your mortgage interest from your taxable income. However, homeowners can take advantage of other benefits come tax time no matter where they own property in North America.

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4 Spring Cleaning Tips To Tidy Your Home

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You clean your living space all the time: fluff pillows, dust bookcases and wash those dishes that seem to multiply themselves if you leave them overnight. There’s a couple times a year, however, where those corners and cabinets and carpets you sometimes neglect could use a deep clean. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips for those forgotten spaces in your home.

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4 Feng Shui Secrets for Enjoying, Staging or Selling Your Home

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Peace. Serenity. Comfort. All of these are the things we’re searching for in our home. With REALTOR® Magazine reporting the number of Chinese buyers looking at U.S. property has surpassed Canadian shoppers and an Asian Real Estate Association of America survey revealing that nearly 8 out of 10 Asian-American shoppers would pay more for a home decorated with feng shui tenets, it’s clear that the there’s also prosperity in the practice.

Here are some feng shui touches suitable for any price point that can not only help you enjoy your house while you live there, but also when it comes time to move, help homebuyers choose your property above another.

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How to Fall In Love With Your Home Again

Whether it’s the neighbors or the wallpaper, there are usually a couple things about our homes we’d like to change. Here are four easy solutions to your common home woes:

Problem: My house needs more personality.

Solution: Paint the walls! An easy and cheap way to transform a room is to pick a new paint color. There has been a lot of modern research on the psychology of color and some argue that color can affect our moods, so there’s merit in brightening up your kitchen with a yellow accent wall or bringing calm into your bedroom with a soothing lavender. If you crave a color that’s truly bold or trendy, fear not. A quick neutral paint coat can save your resale value down the line. If you are shy about a full on wall treatment, even some paint on a prominent furniture piece or a unique, colorful, wall-sized art piece can spice up your space in no time.

Problem: My house feels tiny.

Solution: Mirrors and floor-to-ceiling designs are your friend. It’s not true that you have to only use one piece of tiny furniture and hope a room opens up. Be unafraid to take design around the whole room: place a mirror on the wall instead of an art piece to open the area, take that newfound paint color all the way up to the ceiling and accent it with floor-to-ceiling light drapes to give all your spaces a grandiose feeling. Continue reading