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Posted on 09/26/2021
Combine a Planter & a Bird Bath With This DIY Project
Bird baths are a staple of garden decor that come with the added benefit of attracting local wildlife to your yard. One of the other great things about bird baths is how easy it is to craft them out of everyday items. While you can purchase pre-made bird baths at home and garden stores, choosing to DIY will...
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Posted on 09/19/2021
Updating Door Hardware Can Be a Décor Game-Changer
Sometimes the little things add up to major differences, and that idea holds true when updating door hardware. It’s not uncommon for relatively inexpensive doorknobs, locking systems and hinges to lose their luster prematurely. Repetitive use and age result in those once shiny finishes looking dull and worn out. Unattractive door hardware elements are like tiny blemishes in...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
Interiors: Do You Need an Architect or Designer?
When you’re having a home built, you’ll be working with a team of design professionals and builders. While you might already have builders lined up, who handles the design side of your project? Interior architects and interior designers are two different types of professionals you might end up hiring to help you design your dream home. While they...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
First Home: How to Plan Your Expenses
Buying your first home can be an exciting process, but with so many different expenses to account and plan for, it can also be overwhelming. Not sure where to begin with it comes to saving for your first home? There are a few expenses you won't want to overlook. Down Payment First, make sure you have enough money...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
3 Keys to a Colorful Garden All Year
The dream flower garden is lush and colorful all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not a simple dream to achieve in reality. With so many plants all with different internal timers and environmental requirements, putting together a garden can be like a puzzle even for experienced gardeners. Luckily, there are ways you can plan and care for your garden...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
Smart Home Technology: What Do Buyers Want in 2021
Photo by picjumbo.com from Pexels Are you thinking of investing in a new construction home? This is a great time to think about building it smarter. Unlike retrofitting an existing home with smart add-ons, new construction gives you the opportunity to integrate smart technology directly into the home's function and feel. Here are some top smart home technologies...
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Posted on 08/18/2021
Another Property Sold - 4818 Stacy Street, Oakland, CA 94605
Welcome to 4818 Stacy St. in Oakland. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath single level home features wood floors throughout, 2 car side by side parking, and space for entertaining family and friends. There are some rooms with peaceful views of a regional park. 4818 Stacy is close to parks, lakes, trails, a golf course, and even a zoo! Shown by appointment only, you won't want to miss this one during your...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
3 Benefits of Keeping Plants in Your Bedroom
Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels Keeping indoor plants is a hobby for some and a matter of decoration for others. However, all houseplant owners benefit from the many health advantages of having living greenery in the home. In particular, houseplants in your bedroom can have a positive effect on both the aesthetic and your overall health. Here...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
Reasons to Use a Buyer's Agent
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay It may be tempting to purchase your first home without the help of a real estate agent. If you want to risk not having professional help to buy your first house, you can, but you’ll be leaving a lot of benefits on the table and assuming all the risks. The Benefits of...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
Financing Your Home Loan through a Credit Union
Image by Burst from Pexels Buying a home is an exciting time. As you start to comb through listings and decide you’re ready to take the plunge to purchase, you’ll want to pursue getting pre-approved for a mortgage. This way, you'll know how much you're approved for and can shop for homes within your price range. Additionally, having...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
How to Make Your Backyard Feel Like a Resort
Image by Eric Simon from Pixabay Enjoying your outside spaces has never been more important. With canceled plans, limited travel and a complete upheaval of work and school schedules, it’s crucial to have an outdoor escape. While you might not be able to travel to a distant tropical resort, you can bring the resort home—specifically, to the backyard....
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Posted on 07/18/2021
When to Hold a Successful Open House
Photo by Paul Brennan via PixabayThe Open House is just a part of the marketing strategy to effectively sell a home, but it can be an important one. The number of people it attracts can strongly correlate with both the number and quality of the offers you receive. So while you may not have the luxury of selling...
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