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Posted on 06/13/2021
3 Things Every Game Room Should Have
Image by THAM YUAN YUAN from Pixabay A perfect game room is a lot more than the games themselves. There are many elements that come together to enhance your experience, especially in console gaming. There are the three most important things that every game room should have: Optimized Lighting Lighting is important in any room design, but especially...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
What Should You Do If You Suspect Identity Theft
Photo by Brian A Jackson via Shutterstock Identity theft is an issue that has become more common since the digital age has bristled and bloomed. Many people are victims of phishing scams – an online predator steals your identity by impersonating a respectable institution and takes your sensitive information, financial information being stolen from non-secured sites, hacking or...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Key Components of a Real Estate Contract
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via PixabayBuying and selling real estate is a complicated process that takes time. Because you are making a life decision and dealing with strangers, you should always have a valid purchase contract. Real estate agents use a standard contract, but the buyer and/or seller may make changes to that contract. In making changes, be...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
Modified Open Floor Plans Increase Accessibility and Quality of Life
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels It may come as something of a surprise to prospective home buyers and contractors, but the open floor plan was popularized as far back as the 1950s. The open floor plan boom took off during the 1990s, and that’s when it evolved into a new construction norm. By its very nature, the open...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval: Two Different Steps
Photo by Tayeb Mezahdia via Pixabay When you start looking for your dream home, you need to know how much mortgage you will qualify for. Your real estate agent might ask you to get a pre-qualification letter. However, just because you are pre-qualified doesn’t mean that you will get the loan. You need a pre-approval for that, and...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
Sustainable Housing: Understanding the History and Simplicity of Eco-Friendly Homes
Photo by Marce Garal from Pixabay Eco-friendly homes may feel like a modern phenomenon, but the history of sustainable structures stretches further into the past than most people realize. In fact, in ancient times, nearly every residence or building was an environmentally friendly structure. Not because it was the trendy thing to do, but because it was the...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Why Should You Shop Around for a Smart House Device?
There are many state-of-the-art smart home devices at your disposal. At the same time, there is no shortage of vendors that sell smart home devices in cities and towns nationwide. Ultimately, it is a good idea to shop around for a smart home device. If you evaluate a variety of smart home device vendors, you can boost the likelihood...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
Building Your Home: 4 Concrete Ways to Keep Visualizing During the Process
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay When you build a new home, you want to see the house as clearly as possible even before it’s finished. Visualizing your new home throughout the building process isn’t only exciting, but it also helps ensure everything is constructed to your liking. Here are four concrete ways to visualize your new home...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
How to Get Along with Your HOA
Photo by Romakoma via Shutterstock Many modern housing developments share areas such as parks, pools and playgrounds. When this is the case, they need a homeowner’s association to tend to the needs of the common areas. The same is true for condominium complexes and townhome communities. Since hallways, elevators and the outsides of buildings require shared maintenance, the...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
Tips for Staying Aggressive During the Homebuying Journey
Buying a home may prove to be challenging, regardless of where you decide to search for a house. However, if you are aggressive in your pursuit of your dream residence, you could speed up your home search. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you stay aggressive during your quest to find your dream house. 1....
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Posted on 04/04/2021
How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After Removing Wood Paneling
Photo by Gerd Altmann via PixabayForty years ago every house had some paneling. Some more than others. Paneling can bring the look of natural wood and the great outdoors into a home. But unless your home is a cabin in the woods, chances are that's not what you're going for. Just like many home trends, paneling has fallen...
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Posted on 04/02/2021
Video Tour - 1731 Ellis Street, Concord, CA 94520
Welcome to 1731 Ellis Islandia Condominiums. This beautiful two bedroom, one bathroom top floor condo overlooks the central courtyard, containing the pool and a sitting deck. Home #53 comes with one car parking and additional storage. Islandia is a 2 level none elevator landscaped complex with an open walkway to each home. Ellis Lake and Ellis Lake Park are right across the street, and there are shopping and restaurants nearby. Concord Bart station, along with freeways, are close to Ellis Islandia Condominiums. You don't want to miss this during your...
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