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REALTORS: Make More Powerful Gestures of Gratitude

’Tis the season to show your appreciation, and sometimes the simple words “thank you” don’t seem like enough.A public display of thanks can show your appreciation. Offer thanks to a colleague on a companywide channel or post an Instagram story that mentions your client.Consider hosting a client appreciation event over the holidays, such as a special dinner or even visits with Santa Claus for children. Need ideas? Read about what other rea

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Perform a ‘Home Inspection’ while Hanging Holiday Lights

Holiday decorating is in full swing, and as homeowners deck their halls, they may want to also use the festivities as an excuse to inspect several out-of-sight ares of their home.Groundworks, a basement and foundations firm, offers up tips to spot needed repairs in the home while also hanging your holiday decor. Here are the top seven home issues they suggest looking for:Electrical outletsIs a plug no longer working? Outdoor outlets are exposed t

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5 Home Design, Building Trends to Watch in 2022

Home design is getting more personal. More homeowners are using their homes to show their individuality and design freedom, according to home design experts at The Plan Collection, an online home design firm.“It makes sense as people have gone from having to be home to wanting to be at home in an environment that expresses their personalities and individual tastes,” says Laurel Vernazza, home design expert at The Plan Coll

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3 Unrealistic Expectations of First-Time Home Buyers

A first-time home buyer may need to be educated about the realities of the housing market before they fall in love with a home and then quickly lose out to another bid. To prevent heartache, real estate professionals can have frank conversations with their buyers about the realities of the competition and the amount of money it takes to become a home buyer in today’s heated market.No home will be perfect.Housing inventories are ultra-low. Any h

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Property Values Fall 30% from Poor Landscaping

A new study aims to put into perspective the impact curb appeal can have in a home sale. An Oct. 13 study by Trees.com shows property values can decrease by up to 30% due to poor landscaping alone. The website surveyed 1,250 real estate professionals for its study.Seventy-eight percent of real estate professionals say poor landscaping and hardscaping negatively affect a home’s value.“Landscaping provides potential buyers with a

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REALTORS: Tech Tools Real Estate Pros Most Commonly Use

Real estate professionals are rapidly adopting technology for closing transactions or for marketing. Most home buyers start their hunt online so agents are casting a wide net.Forty-one percent of more than 6,000 executives and senior management at real estate firms surveyed say one of their biggest challenges over the next two years is keeping up with technology, according to the 2021 Real Estate in a Digital Age report produced by the National A

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Ultra-White Paint Could Cool Homes Better than Air Conditioning

Scientists at Purdue University have created the whitest paint in the world, and their research, published in April, shows that the ultra-white color could drastically reduce or even eventually eliminate the need for air conditioning.The stark white paint works by reflecting 98.1% of sunlight away from the building. It also emits infrared heat, which means it absorbs less heat from the sun than it emits. “A surface coated with this paint is coo

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Lender Offers Mortgage Discount to the Vaccinated

Neat Loans announced that clients who get a COVID-19 vaccine will receive a $500 discount on home financing through the company. The discount applies to $500 on closing costs for residential purchases or when refinancing a mortgage loan.More companies are requiring their employees to get vaccinated prior to returning to the office. But now some firms are extending that to clients with enticing offers to motivate more people to get vaccinated agai

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5 Emerging Home Design Trends to Watch

With more time spent on activities in the home, flexible design is becoming increasingly important to homeowners. Also, they want to bring more outdoor elements inside. These are among the latest home trends, according to Houzz, a home design and remodeling resource. Houzz researchers identified the top emerging home design trends based on search insights from homeowners and home professionals at its site.Here’s an overview of the five emerging

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How Homeowners May Reduce Insurance Premiums

The price of homeowners’ insurance is on the rise, and many owners may be looking for ways to reduce their high premiums. While discounts can vary greatly based on location, size, and age of the house, some credits may be available that could reduce some homeowners’ premiums by as much as thousands of dollars per year, The Wall Street Journal reports.The average premium for a homeowners insurance policy increased 3.1% to $1,249 in 2

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