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Posted on 05/24/2020
Social Media Marketing Certification Resources
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Did you ever wonder how social media professionals and influencers grow their followings or increase engagement? Are you curious about how businesses and individuals use social media to make money? Or maybe you're considering adding social media marketing to your list of job qualifications. Fortunately, you don't have to leave home to...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Tips on Keeping Your Luxury Bathroom Warm
Photo by banksy07 via Pixabay Adding some extra warmth to your bathrooms boosts your home value while also ensuring that you’ll have a well-heated and comfortable environment for bathing and showering during winter. With these heating options, you can warm up your bathrooms as needed without having to turn up your thermostat, causing your furnace to run more...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Home Loan Perks for First Time Buyers
Image by Aline Oliveira from Pixabay If you've been dreaming of buying a home or have started looking at houses and mortgages, you've likely seen ads and information that directly targets the first time home buyer. Buying your first home is a significant milestone and one of the most financially beneficial things you'll ever do, and there are...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Helping Your Pets Adjust to Your New Home
Image by Roberto Nickson from Unsplash When you move to a new home, your pets will need some time to get used to their new surroundings. Some pets adjust easily, while others might be more stressed about being in a different environment. Whether you have easygoing or anxious pets, you can help them adjust to your new home...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Learn from Great Minds with The Great Courses
Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels With the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread, many of us are facing quarantines, curfews, stay at home orders or similar restrictions. Some are temporarily out of work or have lost jobs. Even those who aren’t mandated to stay home should be practicing social distancing as well, which greatly curtails social...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Dry-Stacked Stone Walls: Benefits & Allure
Photo by Jeon Sang-O from Pixabay Did you know that the terraced retaining walls that were built by the Incas at Machu Picchu date all the way back to the 15th century? There’s a reason that classic landscape design elements like the dry-stacked wall have endured for centuries. Not only do they look great, but they are designed...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Why It's Worth Your Time to Upgrade Your Residence's Curb Appeal
Bolstering your house's curb appeal is paramount if you want to achieve the best-possible results during the property selling journey. In fact, there are many reasons why you may want to dedicate time and energy to enhance your home's curb appeal, and these include: 1. You can differentiate your home from the competition. Your home only gets one chance...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Conserve Energy with Efficient Windows
Image by Petter Rudwall from Unsplash Older windows can end up costing you more on your heating and cooling bills. These windows can be drafty in winter and let in too much heat during summer. According to the Department of Energy, windows can account for up to 30 percent of energy usage in homes due to heat loss...
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Posted on 05/01/2020
Another Property Sold - 52 Wolfpit Avenue #2B, Norwalk, CT 06851
Check out this great, affordable 1 bedroom, 1 full bath Condominium. Why Rent When You Can Own and get Heat and Hot Water Included in the low Common Charges. Ideally located close to Route1 and all the amenities this offers, also convenient for commuting via I95 or...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Protect Your Home's Value With Regular Home Maintenance
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay Even if you love your home and never plan to leave it, there may come a point when you need to put it on the market. The home maintenance tasks you tackle today have a direct impact on your home’s value tomorrow. If you want to protect the value of your home,...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Is House-Flipping For You?
Image by Andy Dean Photography from Shutterstock In past housing markets, it was common for investors to flip houses. Unfortunately, when the housing bubble burst, many buyers couldn't update and sell the homes they'd bought. After a bit of a downturn, the trend has picked back up. However, savvy investors know that the housing market has much tighter...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Are You Ready to Hire a Home Appraiser?
A home appraisal is paramount for a house seller. If a seller enters the real estate market with an appraisal report in hand, he or she can use the report's property valuation to determine the optimal price for a residence. Then, this individual can set an aggressive price for his or her house from day one of the home...
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