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9 Dishwasher Placement Solutions for Your New Kitchen

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Although every kitchen layout is different, there are reliable guidelines to help you plan where to place everything. And when it comes to appliances, the placement of the dishwasher is key. Ideally, it should be located somewhere that makes loading and unloading quick and easy. But it also pays to ensure that your dishwasher door…

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The First-Time Homebuyer’s Guide To Grown-Up Furniture

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

You just bought your first home. Congratulations: You’re an adult! Now it’s time to fill it up. But if you were planning to pack up those ratty old beanbag chairs and the bed that awakens you with a morning backache and move them to your new place, we have a few suggestions. It’s time for…

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Easy Ways to Make Your Patio Look Great This Summer

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Summer is the perfect time of year to be outside with family and friends. The cold weather, snow and rain are gone, and you see bright, sunny days ahead of you. If you’re getting ready for a season full of pool parties and barbecues, here’s everything you need to make your patio look great: Update…

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How To Buy A House Without Going House Poor

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

How To Buy A House Without Going House Poor How much house can you really afford? Is it the amount the bank tells you when preapproving your loan? That’s what most people go by, oftentimes spending up to their max approval amount to get as much house as possible – or to be able to…

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How to Get Denied for a Mortgage After Preapproval

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

How to Get Denied for a Mortgage After Preapproval You’ve done the work to clean up your credit score, scrape together a down payment and pry a preapproval letter from your mortgage lender. Cheers! Getting preapproved is a smart move, especially in a seller’s market characterized by tight inventories and, in some regions, bidding wars….

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Passive Income Is Great, But Are You Really Cut Out To Be A Landlord?

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Passive Income Is Great, But Are You Really Cut Out To Be A Landlord? The idea of buying an investment property to rent out and collect some passive income sounds good, does it not? After all, being a landlord is one of the greatest and most time-tested ways to build long-term wealth. Especially when rents…

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11 Essential Summer Home Maintenance Tips

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Another summer is here, and if you endured a couple seasons of harsh weather conditions, or if you have some deferred maintenance to take care of, it’s time to get started. Rain, wind, and other weather fun may have wreaked havoc with your roof, your fence, or your yard, but the “obvious” fixes are only…

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6 Ways To Easily Update And Upgrade Your Bedroom

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

It happens. You look around one day and think, “When did my bedroom get so blah?” In the room that almost no one sees but close family, it can be easy to give all the attention to other, more public, spaces of the home. The good news is that you don’t have to redo the…

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Three Things Home Buyers Should Never Do

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Three Things Home Buyers Should Never Do Talk to a home buyer who just lost out in yet another bidding war and you’ll hear genuine disappointment and frustration. Listen to a buyer who found the perfect starter home, then asked probing questions only to discover undisclosed deal-breaker problems like UFFI, a significant foundation crack or…

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