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  • 35 Things To Do In Portland This Summer . . . And Which Are My Favorites

    Click on the Tram image to see 35 different attractions and things to do in Portland this summer, including a list of my five favorites.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Insulation

    Have you considered your insulation recently? The insulation you have may not be enough to be efficient throughout every season. What kind of insulation is best for your home? Click through to learn everything you need to know about insulation.

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  • Garage Organization 101

    Are you overwhelmed by your garage? Do you have it stuffed full of things that aren't your car? How do you even begin to organize your garage? Click through to learn some easy steps to better organize your garage space.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Is It Risky to Buy a New Home Before Selling My Current One?

    Should you stay or should you go? The answer depends on how much time and money you have available. Click through for information that will help you determine if now is a good time to move.

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  • Get Property Valuation Ranges -- and More -- with Our AVM Program!

    Do you want to know about how much your property is worth? Or the value range of a property you're thinking of buying? Click through for an AVM online program that will give you the results for any address instantly -- and a lot more!

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  • With N360, Get the Details on Any Home, Any Neighborhood

    Get all the details with Neighborhood360, an essential online program that provides a wide range of demographics, housing data, school info and neighborhood amenities. Take a deep data dive into 155 million street addresses. Click through and become a neighborhood expert!

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  • Using Natural Materials in Your Bathroom Renovation

    There’s no one right way to do a bathroom remodel. Most homeowners just want the space to be functional, durable and beautiful. Natural materials may be perfect for your bathroom renovation. Click through to read about some of the great natural options.

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  • Create That Farmhouse Feel

    Do you dream of a farmhouse design for your home? What are the basics that you need to be able to build a design around this charmingly rustic aesthetic? Click through to see how to create a farmhouse feel in your home.

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  • With New Online AVM Program, Uncover Property Valuation Ranges

    Maybe you want to know about that property you're thinking of buying. Or you just want to know the valuation range for your own property. Click through to access an AVM online program that will give you value ranges, and more, for any property you're interested in.

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  • Our Super Online N360 Program: Learn About Any Address, Any Neighborhood

    Get all the details with Neighborhood360, an essential online program that provides a wide range of demographics, housing data, school info and neighborhood amenities. Take a deep data dive into 155 million street addresses. Click through and become a neighborhood expert!

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  • Is This Your Situation: Is It Time to Sell Your Home?

    Selling your home isn't always an easy decision to make. However, moving is part of life, and there are ways to tell when the time is right. Click through for five signs it's time to sell your home.

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  • Quick Fixes You Can Do at Home This Weekend

    There are many household tasks that are a lot easier to handle than you may have expected, and the results can give you a lot of satisfaction. Click through for key repair jobs you can tackle now to improve your home right away.

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  • What Sold Down The Street and How's The Market?

    My friends are always asking me about the market and what homes sold for! Well now you can see what I tell them. When you click the Just Sold image you can access recent solds and other market insight. I have coverage for . .  .

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Much Money Should I Put Down on a Home?

    With so many types of mortgage loans and lender requirements, it’s hard to decide exactly how much you should be spending on a down payment. Is it advantageous to put the most money down? Click through to learn more about how much money you should really be putting down.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Worried About Overpaying on Your Next Home?

    We don't like to spend more than we have to, so why overpay on a new home? Use these six strategies to help you pay for what your new home is actually worth. Click through to learn how to avoid spending money when you don't have to.

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  • Garage Storage Enhancement

    Would you like to use your garage for more than just parking your car? It’s smart to use your garage for additional storage, but it’s also important to be efficient. Click through to learn about a few garage storage tips that could make your life much easier.

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  • Decorate with Winter Color Schemes — Year-Round!

    Winter is not just a season, it's a decorating scheme. No matter what time of year it is, no matter where you live, taking a winter approach to design can add warmth to your home. Click through to learn about incorporating winter themes into your home decor.

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  • 5 Steps to a Cleaner Kitchen

    Your kitchen is a high-traffic area that gets used several times a day, every day. It can feel like a chore to keep it spotless. How can you make cleaning the kitchen a little easier? Click through to learn a few easy-to-implement cleaning tips.

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  • Dramatic Bathroom Makeovers

    Can you take a plain bathroom and make it majestic? The transformation might be easier than you think. With some paint, accessories and imagination, you can do anything. Click through to learn about a few dramatic bathroom makeover ideas for your home.

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  • Bring the Outdoors Indoors with Plants and Natural Decor

    Nature is relaxing. But it’s not always feasible to be outdoors. Can you bring the outdoors in using plants and natural décor? Click through to learn how to decorate with natural materials to create an outdoor feel inside.

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  • Create Your Own Sustainable Garden

    Turn a green lawn into a garden full of edible plants. Click through to learn about the new trend for sustainable gardens instead of yards.

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  • Can You Lower Your Property Taxes?

    Many homeowners believe their property taxes are etched in stone and that the rates calculated in municipal offices cannot be changed. Click through to learn how your town arrives at your tax rate and how you may be able to change it.

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  • Is This Your Situation: You're Hiring a Real Estate Agent?

    When you're buying or selling a home, the right real estate agent can make the process much easier. But how can you identify the right agent? Click through for a few questions to ask before you hire an agent.

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  • Designing the Home Office

    Do you work from home? Or do you need a place to study if you've gone back to school? Whatever your reason, you have to make sure your space is right for your needs. Click through to learn how to design a great home office.

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  • Light Up Your Space With Outdoor Lighting

    Do you find your landscaping is lacking something? Maybe you wish you had some additional light for when you get home after dark. How can you use outdoor lighting to enhance your yard without overdoing it? Click through to see great ways to light up your outdoor space.

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  • Build That Game Room!

    Do you have an unfinished basement just begging to be turned into a rec room? There are a number of ways you can make a fun space in your basement — use your imagination. Click through to learn how to get started.

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  • How to Take Care of Your Fireplace

    A fireplace in your home may be a dream come true, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if not cared for properly. It is essential to maintain your fireplace to keep it safe and functional. Click through to learn how to properly care for your fireplace.

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  • Ideas for Displaying Your Favorite Art

    Whether you have a large piece that you want to display or a collection of your favorite art, picking a place is crucial for the look and feel of your living space. Click through to learn some tips for displaying your favorite art.

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  • Give Yourself a Spa-style Bathroom

    Your bathroom can be an amazing retreat in the center of your own home, and there's no need to spend hundreds of dollars to be pampered when you can just stay home. Click through to see ideas for designing your own spa bathroom.

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  • Houseplants to Create Serenity

    Plants in the home can provide a sense of calm and also add to your personal style — used correctly, they can become an integral part of your decorating scheme. Click through to learn about the best houseplants to maintain at home.

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  • Blending the New and Old

    When was your home built? If it's older, you may want to preserve the history of that era but keep the décor fresh and updated. You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Click through to learn how to blend old and new designs in your home.

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  • Welcome To "Life In The Northwest"

    Hello! Welcome to my new service: Life In The Northwest. This service will provide you late-breaking information and actionable resources to help you better manage your home and everything that comes with it. From tips and trends in home improvement, finance and tax information, to product recalls, home safety and technology, Life In The Nortwest has it all. I hope you enjoy this unique newsletter.

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  • Choosing Window Treatments

    Windows do a lot for your home, but can you do more for them? What window treatments do you want to use? Click through to learn about the different types of popular window treatments to help you decide.

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  • Property Estimates and More with Our AVM Program

    Have you stopped and wondered about how much you could get for your property? Or maybe you want a range for a vacation home you're thinking of buying? Click through for an AVM program that gives you value ranges for any property, plus a whole lot more.

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  • Portland Metro Home-Price Growth Slowest Since 2012

    Home price growth continues to taper in the Portland area, where May brought the slowest annual increase in seven years.  Click on the image to read more . . .

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  • Portland Area Real Estate: 15 Most In-Demand Neighborhoods!

    Some neighborhoods are seeing homes selling more quickly than others, particularly compared with the number of listings available.  Click on the image to see the 15 Most In-Demand Neighborhoods . . .

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  • Learn About Your Neighborhood -- Or One You're Moving To -- with N360

    Get all the details with Neighborhood360, an essential online program that provides a wide range of demographics, housing data, school info and neighborhood amenities. Take a deep data dive into 155 million street addresses. Click through and become a neighborhood expert!

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  • Is This Your Situation: Working to Get a Good Deal on a Home Purchase

    It's not always easy to know whether you're getting a good deal on a home -- there are a variety of factors to consider. Click through for 6 tips to help you get a great deal on a new home.

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  • 4 Tips for Refinishing Your Basement

    Remodeling your basement can be a straightforward and rewarding process or a costly headache filled with ongoing issues. Click through for 4 tips to make your basement remodeling a smooth, easy process.

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  • Home Security of the Future

    If you have a smart device in your home, like Google Home or Amazon Echo, you know that the future is already here. But how can these things, and others like them, make your home safer? Click through to learn about the technology you can use for home security.

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  • Hottest 'Hoods: The Places Around Portland With The Highest Home Prices

    This installment of Hottest 'Hoods could also be known as priciest precincts. After ranking Portland-area neighborhoods according to sales volume and days on the market, today's slideshow looks at the places in the metropolitan area with highest median sale prices in second quarter of 2019.  Take a look! Click on the image . . .

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  • Tom's Holiday Resources and Events

    There are many events around here that will hopefully add to your Holiday enjoyment.

    Click on the wreath for these events and also "finding the perfect tree".

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  • Is This Your Situation: Concerned About High Closing Costs

    There are some easy steps that you can take as a homebuyer to reduce your closing costs, whether it's your first house or your fourth. Click through to make the process easier on yourself and your checkbook.

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  • Using Tile in Your Kitchen or Bathroom

    Tile can be a fun and easy way to add a pop of color or style to your kitchen or bathroom walls or floors. But how do you know what kind of tile to choose? How do you install it? Click through to learn more about tile.

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  • Monitored Independence for Seniors

    The exorbitant costs of nursing homes and assisted living care are driving innovation in the technology market to make life easier and more affordable for senior citizens. Click through to discover "monitored independence."

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  • Tips for a Quicker End to Your Mortgage

    All homeowners look forward to the day when their mortgages end. With a little planning, you can make that day come sooner. Click through for some advice on how to pay off your mortgage sooner than you expected.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for a Home That Fits Your Needs and Budget?

    Found the home of your dreams? Now the negotiations begin. Click through to learn how you can find a home that fits all your needs while staying in your budget.

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  • Where Have Home Values Been...And Where Are They Going?

    Home Prices Up in June: 3.4% Year-Over-Year. The CoreLogic Home Price Index for June is out, and the news for homeowners is good. Click on the image to get the full story!

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  • Proper Care for a Perfect Deck

    A deck is the perfect place to entertain outdoors or enjoy your yard. But how do you maintain your deck to ensure that it will provide years of enjoyment? Click through for a basic guide to deck maintenance.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering If a Fixer-Upper Is a Good Investment

    Perhaps you've noticed the influx of fixer-uppers on the market. Are they piquing your interest? Click through for information on what you need to know before you make an investment in one of these homes.

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  • Empty Nest? 5 Changes Your Home Needs Now That It’s Kid-Free

    Kids off to college? Married or living in their own homes? You and your home deserve a little TLC now that your child-rearing days are over. Click through for five changes your home needs now that you’re an empty nester.

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  • Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft- Here Are All of the Popular Ones: A Very Share-able Article.

    Older adults are a favorite target for con artists. However, all consumers are now getting hit with scam and fraud attempts. Click on the Scam Alert image for a list of the most widely mentioned scams and then SHARE IT.

     

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  • Just Updated: Where Home Values Have Been and Where They're Going

    Wondering where home values are, where they have been and what it looks like for the future? The CoreLogic Home Price Index is out, and the news for homeowners is good. Click through to get the full story!

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  • Summer Is Here!

    I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the Northwest during this ever-so-special time of year.  In recent weeks mortgage interest rates have…… Click on garden photo to read more and to find out which Portland area garden this image is of.

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  • What has Changed?

    Sometimes we are so challenged by "The Now" that we don't reflect on where we have been or at least appreciate the times in which we live. So, What has Changed? Say, since your grandmother was young. Click on the Barn for more....

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  • Is This Your Situation: Do You Have a Good Scenario for Selling Your Home?

    Have you ever wondered if there is some secret to selling you home? Are there tried-and-true methods to getting a home on the market and selling it quickly and painlessly? Click through for the best times to sell a home. 

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  • 3 Important Tips for Selecting Bathroom Flooring

    Choosing the right flooring materials for your bathroom can be an easy way to give the space a complete makeover. Click through for tips on choosing a classy, up-to-date look that can help improve your home's value and visual appeal.

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  • Farm Dinners Around Portland!

    While Portland’s restaurants definitely take advantage of the nearby abundance of farms, orchards, and vineyards, many of these farms actually host their own dinners — bringing the table to the farm, as it were. Click on the photo to see locations.

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  • Here's How to Clean Your Most Beloved Furniture Pieces

    Oh, no! Is that red wine on your sofa? Don't worry, there are some guaranteed methods to get out those pesky stains. Click through to learn how to clean your most beloved furniture pieces.

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  • 3 Creative Ways to Hide Power Outlets in Your Home

    While outlets are a necessity for any modern family, they are not one of the most attractive parts of your home. Click through for 3 easy ways to help your outlets blend in with the rest of your home rather than standing out from the background.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Concerned About Preplanning?

    Preplanning can save you time, stress and even money when purchasing a home. Click through to learn the necessary steps you must take if you want to avoid disaster and save some green on your next home purchase.

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  • How to Create a Fabulous and Functional Laundry Room

    Your laundry room may be the most ordinary room in the house, but that doesn't mean you can't spruce it up. Click through to learn how to add some pizzazz to your laundry room and possibly increase your home's value in the process.

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  • 6 Kitchen Renovation Trends

    Is your kitchen the welcoming and inviting heart of your home? Or do you feel it needs an upgrade? If you need some renovation ideas, click through to see current kitchen trends that will make over your space.

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  • Portland Leads West Coast Metros In Rising Home Prices Amid Slowdown

    Home prices in the metro area grew! Portland leads the West Coast. Click on the Portland image to read more. . .

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  • Bored With Beige: Paint Tones for the Color-Shy

    Beige, white or off-white have long been the standby paint choices for rooms throughout the home. If you want to move beyond neutral tones but are afraid of offbeat hues, there are some in-between choices. Click through for some great color choices for the color-shy.

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  • The 10 Best Beach Towns On The Oregon Coast!

    Looking for the perfect Oregon beach town?  Click on the image to see if your favorites made the list . . .

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  • The 16 Most Beautiful Places In Portland!

    Have you experienced the 16 most beautiful places in Portland?  Curious?  Click on the image to see where and what they are . . .

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  • The Big Questions to Ask Before Starting Any Home Remodel

    Planning your home remodel ahead of time can make the entire process go as smoothly as possible. Click through to learn how to carefully consider your budget, timeline and lifestyle before you start to discuss the details with a contractor.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Thinking about the Advantages of Buying a Home?

    If you’re a longtime renter and thinking of biting the bullet and getting your own home, you may want to know what the advantages of homeownership are. Click through to learn what benefits owning your own home can offer you over renting.

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  • What's My Home Worth:

    It is one thing to pay attention to the overall market but it is entirely another to actually get an instant report that shows you all Active, Pending or Just Sold homes in your vicinity along with detailed info about each, including the sales price. Click the image to the right for that free report.

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  • Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Allow Non-FICO Score

    VantageScore is a newer alternative to the venerable FICO score. This may change the mortgage equation for many homebuyers. Click through to see how this may impact you when you're looking for a mortgage.

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  • Corn Maze!

    There’s nothing so quintessentially fall as an old-fashioned corn maze. In Portland, we’re surrounded by opportunities to get lost in the cornstalks, with family-friendly farms in just about every direction. Click on the Maze to see locations.

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  • Creative Lighting Options That Will Brighten Any Room

    Creative lighting not only adds to the overall aesthetic of your home, it also has a positive impact on your health. Click through to learn how to make lighting work for your home.

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  • Best 'Burbs: The 15 Best Portland Area Suburbs!

    City life is not for everyone, and Portland's and Vancouver's surrounding suburbs offer the qualities families look for when looking outside the city center.  Take a look! Click on the image . . .

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  • Fall Brings Tiny Cool Down to the Market

    Every autumn we revel in the beauty of fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of a chemical process that takes place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter. Click on garden photo to read more and to find out which Portland area garden this image is of. . .

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Can I Package My Home to Impress Buyers?

    After a full day of house hunting, even the hardiest shopper has difficulty remembering each home they visited. That's why you want to make a lasting impression when buyers view your home. Click through to learn how to package your home to sell.

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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Inspection

    Savvy buyers and sellers know that a home inspection serves their best interests. Click through to find out how a home inspection greatly improves the home-buying and selling process.

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  • The Internet of Things: Smart Appliances for Your Home

    It is a new era of digital communication and interconnectedness – and the gadgets they power. Have you embraced the internet of things? Click through to learn about the new technology smart appliances bring into your home.

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  • Portland's 25 Favorite Coffee And Tea Places, According To Yelp

    Maybe it is the rainy weather, but Portland loves coffeeshops. A Yelp search for Portland area coffee and tea businesses lists 3,107 results.  But not all coffee places are created equal. Take a look! Click on the image . . .

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  • Is This Your Situation: Should I Buy a Home That Needs Repairs?

    Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a home and its location but there are minor improvements that need to be made to the property. Is it worth it to buy? Click through to learn what it really means to buy a home in need of repairs, and if it’s the right choice for you.

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  • Save Money and Conserve Energy

    Energy conservation is at the top of mind for many people. But how can you save money and energy at the same time? Click through to learn more money-saving tips to help you conserve energy in your home.

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  • Homebuying Millennials Like Portland For Its Livability, New Study Says

    Three generations were recently quizzed on where they want to live, and Portland rose to the top, based on home affordability, low crime rates, reasonable commute times and community well-being. Read more! Click on the image . . .

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  • The Home Gym: Essential Equipment

    You want to make exercise more of a priority in your life. Having a home gym is a great solution — no traveling is required to access exercise equipment. But what do you need at home to get a good workout? Click through to learn more about the essentials for your home gym.

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  • Picking the Perfect Sofa

    A sofa is a sofa is a sofa, right? Well, there are a lot of similarities, but there are various design and comfort features that make a sofa right for you. How do you pick the best couch for your home? Click through to learn more about choosing this furniture piece.

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  • How to Hire a Home Contractor: Tips and Best Practices

    Looking for the best contractor for your home construction or renovation? Click through for tips and best practices when hiring a home contractor.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Should I Do Repairs on My Home Before Putting It on the Market?

    Not all types of updates and repairs are necessary before listing your home for sale. There are projects you should definitely invest some time and money into, and others that are less important. Click through to learn about which repairs to your home you should do before putting it on the market.

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  • Welcome to Oregon’s Largest-Ever Planned Community

    Reed’s Crossing, a massive planned community now being built in South Hillsboro (near the Tualatin-Valley Highway and Aloha’s giant Harvey the Rabbit statue) on land once owned by the Sisters of St. Mary.  Learn more by Clicking on the image . . .

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  • Winter Sports on Mt. Hood

    Just a 90-minute drive from downtown Portland, Mount Hood sits right in the city’s backyard and makes for a heck of a winter playground. In fact, there are a number of different ways to enjoy the mountain’s wonderland of snow. Your outdoor fun starts by clicking on the image . . .

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  • Easiest Plants for Maximum Curb Appeal

    Do you want to improve the look of the front of your home? Curb appeal is an important aspect of your home's value. How can you choose plants to enhance your home's look? Click through to learn about plants that will work for your landscaping.

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  • Oregon Population Grows By 41,000, Pushing The State's Total To Over 4.2 Million People

    The latest annual population estimate from Portland State University shows 41,000 more people now live in Oregon than last year, bringing the total population to over 4.2 million. Click on the image to read more . . .

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  • Can You Build or Convert an ADU?

    What is an ADU? It's an "accessory dwelling unit," and it's currently in the news across the country. Can you build or convert a building to be an ADU on your own property? Click through to learn more about ADUs.

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  • Mystery At The Cosmopolitan: Who Paid A Record $6.9 Million Price For Posh Pearl District Penthouse?

    Sure enough, title documents confirm that on Monday a 4,300-square-foot penthouse suite on the 27th floor of the Cosmopolitan building sold for $6,995,000. At $1,626 per square foot, it is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a condominium in Portland. Please click PHOTO to read more.

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  • Winter Walks in Portland

    Not everybody wants to try hiking up a mountain in the middle of winter, and we don’t blame you! Luckily, Portland offers plenty of ways to stretch your legs without crampons or ice axes — or even muddied boots. Take a stroll through the South Park Blocks and then slip away to the Behind the Museum Café for tea and other treats! Click on the image to find your Winter Walk matched with a Hot Coffee or Tea Café and more. . .

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  • Aging in Place: Modifications for Your Home

    What are your plans for aging? Do you want to live in your own home as you get older? How can you modify your home to make aging in place a viable option? Click through to learn about home modifications as you age.

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  • How to Go Green at Home

    Just because you're making a commitment to becoming more eco-friendly doesn't mean you're saving money. Click through for more on transforming your home without falling for gimmicks.
     

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  • What's Right for Your Roof?

    The roof you choose for your home may be one of the most important details you consider. But how do you know if you've made the right choice? Click through to learn about different roofing options, and see what might be right for your home.

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  • Here Are Oregon's Top 30 School Districts For 2020

    See how Oregon’s smallest school district made the list.  Click on the photo to read more . . .

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Can I Prepare for a Smooth Home Closing?

    There's more to selling a home than picking the right listing price and marketing the property. Sellers have to take a proactive role in the process. Click through to learn how to avoid 4 common mistakes home sellers make.

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  • Tour of Remodeled Homes™ - Design. Build. Connect.

    Whether you are just beginning to think about how you would like to live better in your home or are ready to dive into a project now, the Tour of Remodeled Homes™ offers ideas, inspiration, and advice for every homeowner.  Come see and feel what it’s like to live in a beautifully remodeled home! Click on the image to get started . . .

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  • 3 Things to Know About Property Taxes

    Whether you already own a home or are thinking of buying one, you may not know the full story on property taxes. Click through for some insights into how property taxes work, no matter where you live.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Thinking About Moving to a Bigger House?

    Are you planning to grow your family? Maybe you got a huge promotion and pay raise at work? Click through for 3 questions you should ask yourself to determine if now is a good time to buy a bigger house.

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  • Replacing Your Windows

    You may have noticed a draft that you didn’t feel last winter. Or perhaps your heating or cooling bill is a lot higher than you expected. Don't ignore these warning signs. Click through to learn more about why you may need to replace your windows sooner rather than later.

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  • Do You Want a Koi Pond?

    Your yard is your sanctuary. Within that space, you can have the calm serene beauty of your very own koi pond. But how do you build and maintain this fish habitat in your own yard? Click through to learn about building a koi pond. 

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  • Portland Dining Month

    Travel Portland is proud to bring you Portland Dining Month, our annual celebration of the city’s culinary scene. Since 2009, food-loving Portland has dedicated the entire month of March to celebrating our acclaimed dining scene, offering 3 courses for $33.  Click on the image to see a few of my favorite restaurants and all the offerings during Portland Dining Month . . .

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  • Hot Design Ideas for Your Home

    Incorporating design trends into your home can boost its luxe appeal. Click through to learn how to improve your home's overall aesthetic with the latest design trends.

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  • How To Replace Your Siding

    The siding you choose for your home will protect it from the elements, so it's important you make the right decision. How do you know you have the right siding for your home and climate? Click through to learn more about how to replace your siding.

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  • Is Wallpaper Really Making a Comeback?

    At one time, wallpaper festooned the walls of just about every new home. That trend faded, but wallpaper may be ready for its second act. Click through to learn more about new ways to use wallpaper in your home design.

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  • The Best Time To List Your Home

    The spring buying season has begun even though the actual season has not! Did you know that the best time to list a home is not actually May or June but rather is right now - late February and early March?  Click the image to see why and also to find out which Portland area park is in the picture. 

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  • Coronavirus: The Business Management Angle

    The coronavirus is a health crisis, but it has also become a business issue as well. Managers need to know what their responsibilities are regarding their employees. Click through for some essential workplace guidance.

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  • Many Questions: The Fed Funds Rate vs. Mortgage Rate

    Since the fed funds rate was lowered, we have received a flurry of questions. What does this mean for the home mortgage market? Are there opportunities? Click through for an explanation of what's going on.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Prepping Your Home for Sale

    Although it can be tempting to wash your hands of your old home when you put it up for sale, it's essential to create a good appearance. Click through to learn why you have to put time and money into fixing up your home before a sale.

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  • Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

    Most of us crave a bedroom space that makes us feel calm and relaxed at the end of a busy day. Are you ready to turn your bedroom into the perfect place to rest your head? Click through for simple ideas to create a bedroom sanctuary.

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  • Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate Mortgages: Pros and Cons

    Home mortgage loans come in two flavors: fixed rate and adjustable rate. Which is right for you? It's not always an easy answer. Click through to see the pros and cons, which are based on costs and your long-term plans.

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  • The Coronavirus: Get the Latest Information

    Whether you're listening to the radio, watching TV or scrolling through websites, there is no lack of information on COVID-19. But what is really helpful? Click through for the latest authoritative government information.

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  • 6 DIY Projects for Spring

    This time of year, we've all got a little spring fever. Now is a good time to start thinking about fun projects to do around your home for the coming season. Click through for six DIY projects for spring.

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  • Design Your Dream Nursery on a Budget

    You're excited about your impending arrival and now it's time to get serious about designing your nursery. How can you create a dream nursery without breaking the bank? Click through for nursery design ideas that work for every budget.

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  • Alternatives to Granite in Your Kitchen

    If you’re designing your kitchen, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into the surface you’ll use for your counter. Granite is still considered the gold standard, but this is not your only option. Click through to learn about alternatives to granite at a variety of price points.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Having Difficulty Navigating the Many Types of Mortgages?

    Finding a mortgage can be a strenuous process. Click through for some guidance in picking the right mortgage.

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  • The 5 Home Improvements That Give the Best ROI

    We all want to improve our homes as much as our budgets allow. But which improvements actually add to the home's value? They may not be what you think! Click through to learn how to think strategically about improving your home.

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  • 10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills During the Summer Months

    Summer means baseball and swimming and ice cream! But unfortunately, it also can mean high energy bills, thanks to air conditioning and having the kids at home. Click through to learn how to lower your utility bills and save money this summer.

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  • Tips for Keeping Your Garden Alive This Summer

    Everyone looks forward to summer fun, from enjoying swimming pools to taking naps in the hammock. But what about your garden? How will it fare in summer heat? Click through to learn how to care for your garden during the hottest months.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Is My Home's Lack of Curb Appeal Turning Away Buyers?

    The exterior of your home has a big impact on how fast your home sells. Avoid curb appeal mistakes before putting it on the market. Click through for 5 mistakes you might be making, which could be causing a slower sale of your home.

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  • Improve Your Bathroom Storage

    Home storage is always one of the biggest concerns for anyone moving into a new home. Specifically, many people worry about having enough bathroom storage. Click through to learn how to make your bathroom more efficient.

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  • Do You Need a High-Tech Toilet?

    Everyone knows about Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This same technology has made its way into home appliances, including bathroom fixtures. Click through to learn more about high-tech toilets.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Debating Over Whether to Buy a New or Old Home?

    There are pros and cons to both new construction and existing homes. Click through to take a look at the price differences, maintenance and operation costs, location and style of the home when making your decision.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Thinking About Downsizing After You Retire?

    Are you thinking about a change? Lots of elderly homeowners decide to downsize to make life a little easier. Click through to learn some of the reasons downsizing is a good option for elderly homeowners.

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  • Closing Costs on a Mortgage: What Are They?

    Closing costs are often just mentioned in passing as part of the home purchase process, but they can be substantial and you shouldn't ignore them when budgeting. Click through to understand what exactly closing costs are.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for the Best Home in Your Budget?

    You look around and see so many homes that are beyond your budget, however, there may be hope. Click through to learn how you can buy the most home for your money.

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  • How To Be a Part-time Landlord

    Think of it as a hands-on investment; real estate has long been an important investment sector. What if you added a twist: You're managing it yourself. Click through for an introduction to becoming a part-time landlord.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Buying Your First Home?

    Thinking about buying your first home? Make sure to take these four steps one year before you take the leap. Click through to learn how to make your home purchase process as easy as possible.

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  • How to Choose the Right Type of Barbecue Grill

    Want to have fun cooking outdoors? Click through to learn what your barbecue options are in terms of performance, cost, energy efficiency and overall convenience. You can find great deals on new grills as we get into backyard barbecue season.

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  • Home Office Design Trends for a New World

    Welcome to the new world of working at home, which may outlast the pandemic. You have choices to make! Click through to learn how you can create a CEO-style room right in your own home.

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  • Make Your Bathroom Design Fun

    Is your bathroom a fun and exciting space or do you want to keep it relaxing and serene? In either case, some decorating tips can help you hit just the right notes. Click through to learn how to make your bathroom design fun.

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  • Appraisers Struggle to Manage Skyrocketing Demand

    As record low mortgage rates prompt a wave in both home buying and refinancing, appraisers may be having a tough time keeping up: Lenders are reporting turnaround times for appraisals are increasing and, as a result, lengthening the underwriting process. Click on the image to read more. . .

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  • Pent-Up Demand Isn't The Only Thing Fueling Hot Market Realogy CEO

    Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider pointed to shifts in consumer behavior and low mortgage rates as additional reasons for the unprecedented rise in home sales over the past seven weeks. Click on the image to read more. . .

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  • Decorating with Fall Color Schemes

    The colors of autumn evoke a certain sense of comfort and calm. Rich browns, fiery reds, and subdued yellows make us feel cozy and warm. Click through to learn how to decorate with an autumn color palate.

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  • From Formal Dining Room to...a Home Office?

    Many homes have a formal dining room that never — or but rarely — is used. Just because a room like this exists in your house, it doesn’t mean it has to be used only for one purpose. Click through for creative ways to transform your dining room into useful space.

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  • Deep Clean Your Pantry

    Do you have a dedicated pantry in your home? Perhaps you just use the most convenient cupboard space. When was the last time you organized it? Click through to learn some innovative ways to clean and reorganize your pantry.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for the Right Destination to Enjoy Your Retirement Years?

    You work your whole life to retire with dignity and in style. Many retirees head south, but location is not the be all and end all. Click through for five other things to consider when choosing a retirement home.

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  • Decorate in Bold Monochromatic Color

    You can decorate your home in myriad ways. Color — for paint, furnishings and accessories — is the easiest way to style a room. If you want to make a bold statement, click through for ideas about monochromatic color schemes.

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  • Is Carpet In or Out?

    When you’re considering your next home, you probably have an image of the flooring in mind. Do you prefer carpet or a hard floor material like wood or tile? Click through to learn whether carpet is in or out in home design right now.

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  • Space-Saving Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

    If you are planning a laundry room remodel, you have plenty of options to make it more efficient — without spending a lot of money. Click through to check out these great space-saving solutions that will maximize your laundry area.

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  • Create More Multifunctional Spaces

    Whether you want to downsize to a smaller home or you’re just looking at utilitarian options for your open-concept design, multifunctional spaces are important. Click through to learn how to design spaces in your home that can serve many aspects of your life.

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  • Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

    Depending on where you are in the country, winterizing your home could be extremely important. Winter weather can be damaging, so the best defense is a good offense. How can you get your home ready for winter? Click through to get some easy winterizing tips.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Buying Your First House?

    Owning your own home has been part of the American Dream for years. Click through for some advice on how to make that dream come true.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Considering Purchasing a Vacation Home?

    Who doesn’t dream of a vacation home? But before you make an offer on your dream home in the tropics, take these seven issues into consideration. Click through to make sure you've considered all your options.

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  • Clever Nursery Storage Ideas

    Introducing a new baby into your life can be chaotic. Ensuring that your nursery is organized can help everyone adjust to this transition. Click through to learn about clever nursery storage ideas you can implement before the baby arrives.

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  • What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?

    Is your front door making the right statement about your home? Does it express your personality and complement your home's style? Click through to learn about color options for your front door and their hidden meanings.

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Much Will It Cost to Stage My Home?

    If you’re in the midst of selling your home and looking to attract potential buyers, home staging has become a popular sales tool for a successful showing. Click through for information on ways to stage your home and what costs are involved.

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  • Tasteful Seasonal Decorating

    It's the end of a rough year. More than ever, you may want to celebrate and add a little pop to the exterior of your home. You don't have to go overboard to make an impression. Click through to learn how some tasteful decorating tips can make your home a showpiece.

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  • Add Color Without Painting Your White Walls

    Do you want to add your personality to your home but don’t want to paint your walls? White walls have their advantages, but you also may want a pop of interest. Click through to see how to add color in your home without painting your white walls.

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  • Does Your Driveway Need Regular Maintenance?

    You think about a lot of maintenance when it comes to your house, like your roof and windows. But have you given much thought to your driveway? Click through to see how to keep your driveway in good repair.

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  • Kitchen Accessories the Professionals Use

    Do you have a dream kitchen? Whether you like to entertain or just cook for your family, a good kitchen can make all the difference. Many features can improve your culinary experience. Click through to learn about the kitchen accessories the pros use.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Considering Purchasing Raw Land?

    If you are planning to build a new home, selecting your home site is important to the completed home and the design of the structure. Click through for four things you need to know about buying raw land. 

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  • Sleep Well with These Bedroom Designs

    Do you find sleep to be elusive? Have you thought about how your bedroom design could affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep? It’s true — design and comfort go hand-in-hand. Click through for bedroom designs to help you sleep better.

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  • How to Plant Trees in Your Yard

    Landscaping and outdoor design is a big part of your home’s overall look. You can plant flowers and an edible garden, but you might feel something still is missing. Click through to learn more about planting trees.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Think You're Ready to Relocate?

    Moving to a new place can be exciting, but you should be sure that you’ve considered all of the pros and cons in advance. Click through to make sure you’ve thought about these 5 essential factors in your relocation plans.

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  • The Importance of Bathroom Lighting

    Your bathroom may be the smallest room in your house, but it also may be the most important room for lighting. When you need to see well, lighting must be perfect. Click through to see which types of lighting are best for your bathroom.

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  • What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

    There may be nothing worse than a plumbing emergency. A leak in your walls can lead to major damage. Trouble with your toilet can be especially problematic. Click through to learn how to handle plumbing emergencies.

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  • Build a Better Laundry Room

    The laundry room is a space that often is forgotten in the home’s overall design. But no matter where your washer and dryer are located, you can make the space much more user-friendly. Click through to see ways to build a better laundry room.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Worried About Overpaying for a New Home?

    Buying a home is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make. Click through to see three ways to avoid paying too much for your dream home.

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  • Caring for Your Lawn in 3 Easy Steps

    Before you know it, it'll be time to care for your lawn again! Lawn maintenance requires a lot of moving parts depending on your location and nature of your yard. How do you know what to do to keep your lawn lush and green? Click through for three easy steps for lawn care.

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  • Keep Your Fridge and Pantry Organized

    A lot of resources are available for home organization. But one area you might not think about is your food storage. If your pantry and fridge get unorganized quickly, click through to learn a few tricks to improve your food storage organization.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Worried About the Risks of Moving on Your Own?

    When it's time to move, the big decision is doing the packing yourself or hiring a moving company to do the work for you. Click through for a discussion of some of the risks – and work – involved in a DIY move.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Pool Care

    Do you dream of having a pool at home to relax in and enjoy? If you do, you need know what is in store — maintenance is required. Click through for an introduction to the world of pool care.

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  • Home Decorating Tips for Spring

    Spring is in the air. Mornings are still crisp and cool, but the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. There is nothing like the promise of springtime. So how do you reflect spring in your decor? Click through to see how to add a little spring flair to your home.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Considering Buying a Home Sight-Unseen?

    For various reasons, you may not be able to view a property before purchasing it. Use these five best practices for buying a home sight-unseen. Click through to "see" without visiting.

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  • Gardening Tips for Someone Without a Green Thumb

    For a lot of people, gardening is easier said than done. How can you improve your landscaping when plant care isn’t your strong suit? Click through for gardening tips when you don’t have a green thumb.

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  • 6 Easy Tips to Improve Your Bathroom

    For most people, the bathroom is the smallest room in the house. People often struggle to balance storage with aesthetics, but it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Click through to learn 6 easy bathroom tips that will improve your bathroom design.

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  • 7 Reasons You Need a Shed

    A shed can vastly improve your relationship with storage in your own home. There are countless reasons a shed will benefit you. Click through to learn about 7 reasons you need a shed.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Curious About Life in a Tiny House?

    Buying a tiny house might seem like a great way to save money, but there are a lot of factors to consider before making your final decision. Click through to learn if a tiny house will work with your lifestyle.

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  • A Complete Kitchen Checklist

    Your kitchen is not complete if you're always scrambling to find the right tool or making do with what you have. If you're looking to restock your kitchen essentials, where do you start? Click through to read our complete kitchen setup checklist.

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  • Green Initiatives You Should Consider

    It's always a good time to think about the ways you can improve your home to be more environmentally friendly. Click through to learn more about green trends you can incorporate into your home.

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  • Best Interior Colors for Springtime

    The season of growth is the perfect time to rethink your interior wall or accessory colors. After a spring-cleaning process, you may want to freshen up your space. So what colors are perfect for spring? Click through to get started thinking about a palette. 

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  • Is This Your Situation: Want to Know How Much Home Your Budget Can Afford?

    Every homebuyer should have a clear vision of how much they can afford when they start house hunting. Click through for buyer guidelines to ensure that you don't go beyond your budget when shopping for a new home.

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  • Using Concrete in Your Bathroom Design

    Bathrooms are moist environments and they work best if you can use nonporous surfaces to keep water damage and mold at bay. That’s why concrete can be a great choice. Click through to see how to incorporate concrete into your bathroom design.

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  • How To Pay Off a Mortgage Sooner

    More than two-thirds of American homeowners took out a mortgage to finance their home purchase. Click through to learn how a mortgage lessee can make their last mortgage payment sooner.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Scoping out Rural Properties for Sale?

    Buying property is a different ball game depending on what part of the country you live in. A home in the country is different from your typical suburban home. Click through to prepare yourself for buying a rural property with these six items to consider.

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  • 4 Ways to Save on Utility Bills in the Hot Summer Months

    Most of us love the summertime. The hot sunny weather comes as a welcomed guest after the cold winter season, but sometimes we all need a little help cooling off. Click through to learn how to adjust to the changes in temperature without escalating utility costs.

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  • Everything You Need to Grill at Home

    Whether you’re throwing hotdogs or hamburgers on the grill or smoking a pork shoulder, grilling is popular. But how do you know if you have everything you need to get started? Click through to see what you need to grill at home.

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  • Capital Gains and Home Sales

    Before you sell your home, it's important to understand the tax implications. The situation is complicated, so you need to review the details to make sure you get the full benefits. Click through to discover the tax code rules on capital gains and gain exclusions.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for a Way to Test a Property's Condition

    If you're considering buying a house that's more than a few years old, there may be some hidden problems that you'll want to uncover before making a purchase offer. Click through for 5 easy tests to check a property's condition.

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  • Making the Best Use of Your Basement

    Basements can either be amazing additions to your living space or dark, damp nightmares. You have several options to improve this often-overlooked area. Click through to see ways to make the best use of your basement.

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  • Top Trends in Window Treatments

    Covering your windows isn't just about the design of your room. Window treatments can also provide privacy and additional climate control. So how do you decide what's right for your windows? Click through to see some of the latest trends.

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  • Do You Need Flood Insurance?

    It's a common — but mistaken — assumption that a standard homeowners insurance policy covers damage from flooding. You typically have to buy it separately. Click through to learn whether you might need it and how best to get it.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Want to Try Your Hand at Landlording Now That You're Retired?

    Investing in a rental property can boost your retirement income. Click through to see how to create a landlording job for yourself.

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  • Installing Heated Floors in Your Bathroom

    Sometimes it's the smallest of luxuries that can make you feel rich. Have you considered using a heated floor in your bathroom? Click through to learn about radiant floor heating and how to install it in your home.

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  • Understanding Closing Costs

    First-time homebuyers can focus on saving money for a down payment, but there are other fees you'll need to plan for. Click through to learn how to budget for closing costs.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Thinking About Hiring a Real Estate Agent?

    Hiring a qualified real estate agent to help you buy or sell your home comes with countless benefits, including saving you time and money. Click through to learn 2 of the most important reasons for enlisting the help of a real estate agent.

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  • As Summer Ends...Prepare Your Yard for Spring!

    It’s never too early to prepare your yard for spring. What do you need to do in the fall and winter to ensure that your yard stays lush and green through the spring and summer? Click through to learn about 6 simple steps you can follow to maintain a healthy yard.

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  • Are Open Floor Plans Out of Style?

    For a long time, open floor plans seemed to be the No. 1 requirement for new homes. But lately, we've seen the trend reverse. What will take its place? Click through to learn more about the newest floor plan trends.

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  • Living Room Essentials

    The living room may be one of the most used rooms in the house, but it may be the last one you consider in your design. Living rooms, or family rooms, should be multipurpose and suit your lifestyle. Click through to learn the essentials of a functioning living room.

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  • Creating a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

    Summertime is perfect for outdoor cookouts — you don't want to be stuck in a hot indoor kitchen! And nothing is better than having the ideal setup for your grill. Click through to learn more about putting together a perfect outdoor kitchen.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for the Right Property for Your Next Home Flip?

    Are you in the market for a flip property? Click through to read about what you need to look for when selecting the perfect property!

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  • Creating an Indoor Garden With Houseplants

    Do you want to bring the outdoors inside? Whether you have a dedicated solarium or just a few plants around the house, houseplants are a great addition to your home. Click through to learn more about your indoor garden.

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  • 4 Trendy Bathroom Design Concepts

    Are you thinking of updating your bathroom? What are this year's design trends? You have more options than you think! Click through to learn more about several trendy bathroom design concepts.

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  • Fixed Rate vs. Adjustable: Which Mortgage Is Right for You?

    The first step when shopping for a mortgage is determining which type of mortgage is right for your needs. Click through to assess the pros and cons of fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages, so you can make an informed decision.

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  • What Is an Active Adult Community?

    If you're looking to move during retirement, or right-size after your kids move out, you'll find that there are several types of specialized options for older adults. Click through to learn whether active adult communities could be the right option for you.

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  • Where Should You Install Home Insulation?

    Whether you live in Maine or Texas, you need to keep your home insulated. Good insulation keeps your home from getting too hot or too cold. Click here to learn more about the places in your home where you should install insulation.

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  • Types of Fireplaces To Consider for Your Home

    Keeping warm in the wintertime is serious business. While you're deciding, it's helpful to consider the types of fireplaces most commonly found in homes across the country. Click through to learn more about fireplaces.

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  • Is This Your Situation: How Do I Price My Home Correctly Right off the Bat?

    There is an art to pricing a home to sell. If it’s too high, you might limit the number of potential buyers; if it’s too low, they may think something is wrong with the house. Click through for 3 ways to price your home right from the beginning.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Buying a Retirement Condo?

    Why are condominiums such a common choice for retirees? And what do you need to know if you're considering buying one? It's not exactly the same as a traditional one-family house. Click through for specific condo issues.

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  • Do You Need a Mudroom?

    Tired of wet or muddy footprints on your carpet or floors? You may need a mudroom entrance that keeps you, your pets and your kids from tracking dirt all over the house. Click through to learn more about how mudrooms can improve your home.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering What Your Buying Power Is?

    How can you calculate your buying power so you can determine how much house that you can afford to purchase? Click through to learn about the mathematics of making a home purchase.

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  • How to Paint Furniture

    Do you have old furniture that you'd love to use if it weren't for its terrible finish? Maybe you found something at a garage sale or thrift store that could get a new lease on life with a little TLC. Click through to learn how to spruce up furniture with a coat of paint.

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  • Should You Renovate Your Bathroom Yourself?

    Home renovations can be fun and rewarding but also can turn into a nightmare. When it comes to bathroom renovations, it is important to consider the smartest way to move forward. Click through to see the pros and cons of renovating your bathroom on your own.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Buying a House While Selling Another One?

    Buying your second home can be tricky. Figuring out how to manage a purchase and a sale at the same time, especially while juggling the mortgage, can get complicated fast. Click through to learn about some options for second-time buyers.

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  • Holiday Tablescapes for Hosting an Amazing Meal

    Is it your dream to host perfect holiday meals in your new home? One way to impress your guests is to create beautiful holiday tablescapes to accompany your meal. Click through for a few ideas to use this winter.

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  • How To Keep Your Junk Drawer Tamed

    There may not be a house in the country without that untamed junk drawer, but that doesn't mean you can't strive for organization. If you have a drawer, or multiple drawers, stuffed full of mismatched items, how can you even begin to organize it? Click through to learn a few organizational tips.

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  • Make the Most of Your Living Room

    Your living room is probably the most significant space in your home, but are you using it to its full potential? Click through to see more ideas for making the most of your living room.

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  • When Is It Time To Refinance a Home?

    You can refinance a home to save money or make it easier to pay your monthly bills. But it can be tricky to figure out when a refi makes sense. Click through for details that will help you make the right financing decision.

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  • 5 Fun Home Upgrades for Your Pet

    There is no denying it: Americans love their pets. It's currently estimated that 38% of households are shared with dogs and 25% are shared with cats. How can you make your home an excellent place for your furry friends? Click through for five fun home upgrades for your pets.

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  • Keeping Your Hardwood Floors Looking Great

    When you bought your home, did it have beautiful hardwood floors throughout? Or did you find hardwood "treasure" hiding under old carpeting? Whatever the case, you want to make sure your floor stays pristine for years to come. Click through to learn ways to keep your hardwood floors looking great.

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  • Should You Refinance for a Shorter Term?

    If you refinance a 30-year mortgage to a 10-, 15- or 20-year loan, you can pay off your home faster. Click through to find out whether you've selected the best payment plan for your situation.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Trying To Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal?

    When you're selling your home, first impressions are everything. You want potential buyers to be awed by your home from the moment they pull up to the curb. Click through for some tips on putting your house's best metaphorical foot forward.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Looking for a Great Deal on Temporary Storage?

    You're thinking of moving but are concerned because you don't know what to do with all your possessions. We can help you with this first step. Click through to learn about solutions that let you save and protect items before you even make an offer on your next residence!

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  • What's the Deal with Fences?

    You have a huge number of choices for a fence on your property. The right fence for your yard will make a big difference for several factors. Click through to learn some basics about fences.

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  • Room Design Ideas for Kids with Curious Minds

    We all know that a kid’s favorite question is “Why?” How can you design a child’s bedroom with exploration in mind to encourage them to develop a sense of curiosity? Click through to discover new ideas for decor for kids.

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  • Minimalist Versus Maximalist Design

    Do you like clean lines and sparse décor? Or do you prefer lots of accessories and rich textures and colors? This is the eternal debate between minimalist and maximalist design. Click through to see examples of these design styles to decide which you prefer.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Thinking About Buying a Fixer-Upper?

    When you want to own a home but are priced out of the market, one option is to seek out an old home that needs a bit of work. But do you have the time, skill and patience to do the work? Click through to weigh the pluses and minuses of a fixer-upper.

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  • Creative Kid's Bedroom Ideas

    Your kids deserve bedrooms that work with their personalities. They should be able to think of their bedrooms as special places where they can relax. Click through for a few creative bedroom designs for children.

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  • Get Your Yard Ready for Spring

    Spring is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to get your yard ready for the change of season. What are the best first steps? Click through to learn more about preparing your yard for spring.

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  • 5 Essential Steps to Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen

    Whether it's a spring cleaning or a pre-move cleaning, a thorough scrub of your kitchen should get rid of all the grime and grease your kitchen accumulates. Click through for some steps you shouldn't neglect when you're deep cleaning your kitchen.

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  • Kitchen Floor Options: Best and Worst Choices

    Moving into a new home sometimes means reevaluating the design choices. Have you thought about your kitchen floors? What are the best and worst choices for flooring? Click through to find out more about kitchen floor options available today.

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  • 4 Home Decorating Tips for Summer

    When summertime is finally here, it’s time to celebrate. The long, warm days mean more outdoor entertaining and a sense of freedom. How can you decorate your home for the summer? Click through to see these four home decorating tips for the season. 

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  • Is This Your Situation: You Need To Learn the Basics About Mortgages?

    You'll probably take out a mortgage loan to buy your first home. But as soon as mortgages come up, homeowners and lenders start spouting acronyms like APR and DTI. What does it all mean? Click through for a guide to the basics.

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  • Fun Home Tech Gadgets

    Technology is ever-evolving, so it's always fascinating to explore high-tech gadgets that are currently on the market. Many of these gadgets can significantly improve your homeowner experience. Click through to take a look at three fun home tech gadgets that are sure to upgrade your life. 

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  • Tips For a Good Garden

    Gardening is an art form, and if you’re just getting started as a gardener, it’s important that you learn about the best tips for a good garden. Click through to read a handful of tips that will help you put together an impressive garden. 

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  • The Complete Bathroom Checklist

    When buying, building, or renovating a home, what do you need in your bathroom to ensure you’re most comfortable? Have you given thought to all the options? Click through to see our complete bathroom checklist. 

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  • How To Do a Home Office Makeover

    So many of us are working from home today. Even if we’ve gone back to the office, some workplaces have a hybrid approach. So how can you make the most of your home office? Click through to see more ways to improve your work-from-home space.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Buying a Home and Expanding Your Family?

    Welcoming a new baby to the family is an exciting experience. So is buying a new home. Click through for some insights on what to do if you're combining both these blessed events!

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  • How To Prepare for Multigenerational Housing

    Many people are taking a fresh look at the time-honored practice of multigenerational housing. How can you incorporate family members of different ages under one roof? Click through to learn a few ways to make your house welcoming to multiple generations.

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  • Storage Solutions That Will Enlarge Your Kitchen

    When you're remodeling your kitchen, it's important to provide enough storage for all your needs. But what do you do when you have only a small space to work with? Click through for some suggestions for built-in storage solutions.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Not Sure What to Expect With an HOA?

    There are countless examples of disgruntled homeowners suing their HOAs, from disputing property improvements to arguably violating noise rules. Click through for tips on what to look for before you buy.

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