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Popcorn Ceilings and the Trend to Remove Them

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by Lisa Merritt During the 1970s, home building picked up on the idea of a cheap but effective way to reduce sound travel from one floor to the next: popcorn ceilings. Essentially, after the drywall was installed, a finisher would come in with a plaster mix and spray on the ceiling drywall for a bit…

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Let’s Talk Hardwood: Tips on Flooring Upgrades

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Why Converting Your Home to Hardwood Flooring Will Boost Its Value by Lisa Merritt When a homeowner makes the decision to upgrade flooring in one area of the home or throughout the entire space, there are numerous materials that may be considered. While each material option has its unique benefits and advantages, many are drawn…

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Understanding Appraisals

Understanding Appraisals

…and what to do if your home doesn’t appraise for its purchase price by Lisa Merritt It can be a bit of a surprise if your home turns out to be valued at less than the purchase price offered, but this type of thing can occur in an appraisal situation. While this can change everything—from…

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Buying in a Seller’s Market

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Tips to get a leg up as a buyer by Lisa Merritt Home buying is often made either possible or unreachable due to the local and national economy. Fortunately, what goes up, must come down. So, for buyers who can wait, economic changes in supply and demand can create opportunities. These shifts in real estate…

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It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

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Kick Clutter To The Curb With These Home Cleaning Tips By Lisa Merritt Spring is around the corner, and it’s time to get your home in order! Spring cleaning can be fun and easy if you follow some general guidelines, which are sure to get your home ready for the nice weather and looking as beautiful…

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Ready to Buy Your First Home? A Quick Checklist

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An Easy List for First-Time Home Buyers by Lisa Merritt Buying your first home is a major milestone in your life, similar to graduating high school or moving out of your parents’ house. When you buy a property, you are making a long-term investment decision in your future and potentially taking the first step toward…

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When is the Best Time of Year to Buy Things for a Home?

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Shop in January When Home Goods Go On Sale by Lisa Merritt For those who are trying to buy things for their home, it is important to think carefully. Nobody wants to overpay; however, something cheap may simply end up getting replaced quickly. Here are a few highlights that explain why everyone should consider purchasing…

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