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(BPT) - Finally! The economy is improving, interest rates are low and many consumers now find themselves in a great position financially to become a first-time homeowner. There’s a small problem though for some locations around the country — the booming real estate market is resulting in rising home prices and increased competition for the most desirable properties.

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Monday 06/27/2016
3 Home Upgrades that Offer Bang for Your Buck
Updated: June 27, 2016 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Putting dollars into a home remodeling project should be done with care. After all, your decisions could affect your home’s value if you sell it in the future.

Friday 06/24/2016
First-time homebuyers: You're closer to a down payment than you think
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it's a common misconception that you need 20 percent down to buy a home.

Thursday 06/23/2016
Turn your empty attic into new living space with 3 smart moves
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 4:32 am

Tuesday 06/21/2016
Golden rules for an easy summer move
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - The nicer weather and longer days of summer make it the ideal season for moving. In fact, an estimated 17 to 20 million people move during the summer months. While it’s exciting to settle into a new home, the logistics and process of moving can feel overwhelming.

Thursday 06/16/2016
Separating fact from fiction: A closer look at American hardwoods
Updated: June 24, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As home improvement projects take center stage, the search is on for products that will enhance, rather than jeopardize the health and well-being of our families and loved ones. Products made from American hardwoods have been the natural choice for healthy home and work environments for generations. Today is no different.

New home improvement trends that strengthen your property investment
Updated: June 24, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When you’re in the process of buying or building a home, you’re constantly researching trends and technology that will set your home apart. Fast forward a few years and you probably don’t have your finger on the pulse of home advancements like before.

Wednesday 06/08/2016
Top energy-efficient housing features every new homebuyer should know
Updated: June 23, 2016 - 4:32 am

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Thursday 06/02/2016
5 Tips to Get More Cash Out of Your Rental Property
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 4:39 am

(StatePoint) If you own a small rental property -- now, more than ever -- it’s good to be you. For the better part of a decade, a robust multifamily market has delivered low vacancies and higher rents.

Thursday 05/26/2016
Cool summer renovation ideas keep homes more comfortable when the heat is on
Updated: June 03, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Once spring cleanup is done, you may feel ready to tackle some renovation projects this summer. If so, you’re not alone: 62 percent of homeowners plan to undertake a home improvement project this year, according to a Harris poll. Homeowners will renovate to improve their home’s appearance, livability and energy efficiency, the survey found.

Wednesday 05/25/2016
Where there's a will - and more - there's peace of mind
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - What’s the state of your estate? Robert Fishbein, a vice president and corporate counsel in Prudential Financial's Tax Department, says now's a good time to find out.

Tuesday 05/24/2016
Moving? 5 tips to keep your valuables safe
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the school year and retirees are looking for an easier, more maintenance-free living situation. If you are among those about to start the next chapter in your life with a new home, here are some valuable tips that go beyond choosing the right size box or the appropriate padding.

Monday 05/23/2016
Home improvement investments that pay you back
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Homeowners are looking for value in every home improvement project they take on — whether they are upgrading for resale or their own pride of ownership. With new technologies and products on the market, it is easier than ever to add value to your home with projects that ultimately pay you back in numerous ways.

Monday 05/16/2016
5 interior design trends to step up your style game
Updated: May 24, 2016 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - As the temperatures continue to warm up outside, you may be ready to embrace the adage "out with the old and in with the new" when it comes to your home’s interior design. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer looking for ways to upgrade your starter home or a seasoned homeowner seeking a refresh, these tips will give you ideas to work with on any budget.

Monday 05/09/2016
Real estate insight: Hot tips for buying a home in a competitive market
Updated: May 17, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - As the weather gets warmer and school comes to a close, the real estate market also heats up. If you’re planning on buying a home, you’ll likely find more properties on the market during the summer months. However, increased competition could present challenges on the path to landing the home of your dreams.

Thursday 04/28/2016
Real Estate in the Digital Age: Why you still want an agent by your side
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Homebuyers and sellers today can instantly check listings, monitor price fluctuations, research their credit scores and find lenders — all from their smartphones.

4 ways to get the character of historic window architecture in a new house
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - History tends to repeat itself.

Trending real estate investment: Land ownership
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Smart investors know a diversified portfolio is the best way to weather any storm. Considering the volatility of the current stock market, the desire for better options has never been greater. Rather than gamble on the next buzzworthy stock or bond and hope it lives up to expectations, there’s an alternative that’s gaining traction: land ownership.

Wednesday 04/27/2016
10 moving mistakes to avoid for a safe and productive moving day
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the turn of seasons means it’s time to tackle the big move. Whether you’ve purchased a new home or are changing apartments, moving is a lot of work — both physically and mentally. By planning ahead, packing smart and moving safely, you can avoid some of the most notorious moving day mistakes.

How to Make Your Dream Home a Reality
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) Spring is peak home-buying season, but for some, a low credit score may make it difficult for their dream home to become a reality.

Saturday 04/23/2016
Home-buying tips for renters and move-up buyers
Posted: April 23, 2016

(BPT) - The spring home buying season is in full swing all across the United States.

Wednesday 04/20/2016
More Home Buyers are Taking Advantage of Today's Low Mortgage Rates
Posted: April 20, 2016

(StatePoint) If you're in the market to buy a home, today’s historically low average mortgage rates are something to celebrate. Mortgage rates play a significant role in how much home you can afford -- and when rates are low, a home that was once unaffordable may now be within reach.

Monday 04/18/2016
5 essential spring home improvement projects
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - The arrival of spring means new beginnings and a fresh chance to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for the last several months. Get your home ready for summer and make it more beautiful, efficient and functional than ever with these five seasonal projects.

Wednesday 04/13/2016
Why attic to bonus room conversions are tops when it comes to useful home improvements
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Open floor plans, mini-mansions, micro homes — some home design styles and elements shift with the currents of consumer tastes. However, others stand the test of time because they’re enduringly useful. Attics or lofts, for example, are a staple of American home design, remaining in demand even as the way we use them has evolved.

4 tried and true tips for any kitchen redesign
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Tackling a home improvement project can be a really daunting task – whether it’s a simple redecoration or a full kitchen renovation. You may feel like you're the only homeowner, ever, to have questions. Renowned designer and LG Studio Artistic Advisor, Nate Berkus, has answered design questions from homeowners for more than 20 years, and he's found that the same ones keep cropping up.

Monday 04/11/2016
Improve your home's energy efficiency with these tips
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is. Homeowners should ask themselves, "How much energy is being lost through inefficiencies in my home and how much is this energy loss costing me each month?"

Protect your home from fire and storms with tough-as-nails exterior products
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - Investing in your safety pays off, whether you live in a coastal region prone to hurricanes or in a place fires can occur and storms inevitably strike. Preparing your exterior with fire-resistant, water-resistant siding and hurricane storm-rated shutters can ensure your home stands up to nature’s harshest elements — and weathers them beautifully. Fortifying your home exterior to resist fires and ride out storms is doable when you choose durable and innovative Grayne Engineered Shake & Shingle siding and Atlantic Premium Shutters.

Thursday 04/07/2016
Homebuyer insights report [Infographic]
Posted: April 07, 2016

(BPT) - Homeownership remains an important goal for consumers, especially for those looking to buy for the first time. While most are willing to make some lifestyle changes to make their first home possible, many are looking to bypass a typical starter home in search of a place that will suit their future needs. Learn about current trends among modern homebuyers in this infographic.

Wednesday 04/06/2016
Still green and still great: National tree program marks 40 years of greening U.S. streets
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:22 pm

(BPT) - Apple computers, the rock band U2, “Rocky” and two national football teams — of all the things that turn 40 in 2016, none have transformed the American landscape as definitively and beautifully as the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. Since its inception with partners from the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Forest Service in 1976, the program has supported and recognized tree sustainability programs in more than 3,400 American cities, inhabited by more than 135 million people.

Monday 04/04/2016
Know what's below before you dig this spring
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - With the snow gone and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country are rolling up their sleeves and reaching for their shovels to start projects that require digging this spring.

Save big on home heating, cooling costs with this building method
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you are planning to build a new home or add on to your existing home, you likely take for granted that it will be constructed with “sticks.” For more than 100 years, homes in North America have been built using hundreds of individual pieces of lumber, wall studs, floor joists and similar framing pieces.

Friday 04/01/2016
Sell your home fast with these 3 often-overlooked home-staging tricks
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’ll be selling your home this spring or summer, your Realtor will probably talk to you about staging the house to maximize its appeal to buyers. Staging is a simple process that can have a big impact on how quickly your home sells and, Realtors say, how much buyers are willing to pay for it.

Thursday 03/31/2016
Create a 'wow-worthy' home entry using fun and free online design tools
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Entire TV shows are dedicated to it, and real estate agents say it is essential when selling your home. So what is “curb appeal?” More importantly, how do you create it for your home?

Tuesday 03/29/2016
2 expert tips for selecting the best garage door design for your home
Updated: April 06, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Today’s garage doors come in so many different and attractive designs that the biggest challenge for homeowners is to find the right door that looks best with their home’s unique features. While it’s great to have options, sometimes too many options can be overwhelming. And a garage door purchase is an important one.

Thursday 03/24/2016
Design the perfect deck: 5 must-ask questions before you start
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - A backyard should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. But all too often, homes lack enticing outdoor living areas. One way to give your outdoor space a retreat is to add a new deck. A well-designed deck can extend your living space, make your yard more functional and, best of all, provide a comfortable space for family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors.

Tuesday 03/22/2016
7 easy tips to create the serene bedroom of your dreams
Updated: March 30, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - As life gets busier, a bedroom becomes more than a sleeping space — it’s an escape to a calmer, more serene world that rests the mind as well as the body. To create your own in-house getaway, use these easy tips to “calm-ify” your bedroom and transform it into a more beautiful and restful retreat.  

Monday 03/21/2016
Don't skimp on safety when planning your deck: Expert tips for creating a safe outdoor space
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When dreaming of your at-home outdoor oasis, safety may not be top-of-mind. But when making decking decisions, a key element to enjoying your retreat for years to come is ensuring it is safe and structurally sound.

Mythbusting the adjustable rate mortgage
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - In pop culture, myths can sometimes be mistaken for truth. Common ones, like, “don’t swim for a half hour after eating,” or “we only use 10 percent of our brain,” are false even though they’re widely taken for fact.

Friday 03/18/2016
Smart ways to boost your home's energy efficiency
Updated: March 26, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - You wouldn’t know it with the mild weather we’re having this winter, but spring is fast approaching. Building industry experts say now is an ideal time to carefully consider and prioritize home renovation plans. Most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project to add comfort and value. However, it’s often what you can’t see that can have the biggest impact.

Tuesday 03/15/2016
Money-saving moving tips for newlyweds
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes moving into a new house.

Monday 03/14/2016
Professional or amateur? 5 qualities of an expert contractor
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Are you one of the more than 3 million people planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom this year? Or perhaps you’re adding on a room or finishing your basement. If you’re going to hire a contractor for any home remodeling project, make sure you know the difference between a great contractor and an “OK” one. In other words, learn what separates a professional from an amateur.

Wednesday 03/02/2016
Five home-buying trends for this year's market
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new house this year, don’t be fooled by the brisk chill in the air — the spring house-hunting season is actually closer than you think. That means now is the perfect time to start your planning. Space requirements such as bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage are essential, but a house is more than just shelter, it’s your home, and the great ones not only have everything you need, but everything you want.

Home-Hunting Tips in a Seller's Market
Updated: March 04, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Are you on a serious hunt for a new home? Whether it’s your first time as a real estate buyer or you’ve done this many times before, you may experience a learning curve. After all, the market is forever in-flux, and experts advise that, these days, there are some distinctive challenges involved in becoming a homeowner.

Wednesday 02/24/2016
Selling your home? Let the bidding wars begin
Updated: March 03, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - No wonder you’re thinking of selling your home — it’s a “seller’s market” right now. The housing supply has dwindled, creating more demand for fewer homes.

The financial solution you've been looking for might be right under your roof
Updated: March 02, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - What would you do with a little extra money? Chances are, you thought of something pretty fast — and you probably had more than one idea. Whether you’re looking to improve your home, pay off outstanding debt or take a vacation, a little cash can go a long way and you can find the money without changing jobs or cutting expenses. The answer lies within the walls around you in your own home.

Monday 02/22/2016
Create stress-free living with this single kitchen upgrade
Updated: March 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Home is all about entertaining — barbecues, parties, pool parties, family dinners and the like. All of a sudden, your kitchen is the nexus of activity as family, friends and neighbors grab drinks from the fridge while you’re prepping those burgers and mixing up the fruit salad. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a little more space — prep space for you, more chairs for them, more floor space for all the through traffic to the backyard and throughout the house?

Sell or stay, these home improvements pay off in the long run
Updated: February 29, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Homeowners undertake home improvements for two basic reasons: to please themselves or to please others who may one day buy their home. Some types of improvements are for the sake of a speedier sale, such as planting a row of shrubs between your backyard and a busy street behind your home. Others are for your own enjoyment, like painting your rec room your favorite shade of neon pink.

Thursday 02/18/2016
A New Remodeling Trend is Adding Resale Value to Homes
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re looking to sell your house or just want to make a smart update that’s worth your time and money, consider a design trend that is both attractive and proven to add value to your home: manufactured stone.

6 Tips to Get Ready for Buying a Home this Season
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Buyer-friendly 30-year fixed mortgage rates and an improving job market are good news for spring homebuyers this season.

Wednesday 02/17/2016
5 ways to improve your outdoor space with retaining walls
Updated: February 25, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - When you picture a retaining wall, do you imagine it holding back dirt? That’s the most common use for retaining walls — to address elevation changes and prevent erosion. But concrete segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are multi-purpose landscaping tools with many more uses.

Tuesday 02/16/2016
6 smart ways your tax refund can help you get into your first new home
Updated: February 24, 2016 - 4:33 am

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