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4 Ways to Reduce Risk Amid Multiple Offers

Across the country, listings are being scooped up so quickly that there’s little inventory accumulation. Contract signings increased 23.3% year over year in March, according to the National Association of REALTORS® Pending Home Sales Index. Buyer demand has indeed created a hot market, but it’s also putting pressure on agents to help their clients compete amid multiple offers.Unfortunately, multiple-offer situations can lead to some bumps in

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Brands Builders Favor Most

New and advanced product features, along with product quality, price, availability, and green or sustainable features are top priorities for contractors and builders in choosing which products to use in new homes or remodels. Builder Magazine released its annual Brand Use Study, which lists the top products used by builders, developers, and contractors.More than 750 respondents nationwide shared their brand use practices within 52 building produc

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Where Termites Tend to Be the Worst

Watch out in Miami, Los Angeles, and Tampa, Fla.: These places can be hotbeds for termites, according to Orkin’s 2021 Top 50 Termite Cities List.Orkin, a national pest control company, reports an uptick in termite treatments across the country over the past year.“With people spending more time at home in 2020, termites and termite damage were likely observed more frequently than in previous years,” Orkin said in its study. “Parallel to th

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4 Simple Updates to Refresh the Home Office

Homeowners across the country have transformed their kitchens and living rooms into temporary workstations. But have they created an optimal setup for remote work? Kelsey Stuart, CEO of Bloomin’ Blinds, offers the following tips to make a home office more inviting and motivational.Give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Whether you have a designated home office or plan to repurpose a spare bedroom or basement, try a quick and fresh paint job to t

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Green Hues a Popular Option to give Kitchens a Natural Feel

Green has become a popular color in kitchens. Appliance manufacturers are reporting an increase in demand for new, custom-colored appliances in green, Forbes.com reports. Also, many designers are calling cabinets that have been painted green a rising trend to watch in 2021, whether the hue is displayed on all the surrounding cabinets or reserved for the kitchen island.The appliances aren’t quite matching the likes of the 1970s avocado-green cra

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3 Telltale Signs of an Amateur Paint Job

Painting is one of the easiest DIY tasks with often some of the best results when preparing a home for sale. But homeowners shouldn't forget that technique is important. A botched painted job can make a room stand out in the wrong way.Apartment Therapy recently highlighted several telltale signs of an amateur paint job. Make sure your listings don’t have one of these signs, including:Inconsistent coverage. Homeowners may be tempted to go s

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Melting Snow Poses Flood Risks in Homes

Many areas of the country are experiencing melting snow and ice, and when it melts too quickly, it can cause costly and damaging flooding to basements and homes. Rapid melting creates more water pooling around the foundation of homes, putting basements at risk.“The best way to keep your basement from flooding is by shoveling the snow at least five feet away from the foundation before it has a chance to melt,” Lifehacker.com suggests in a rece

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Most Common Home Inspection Issues

No home is perfect. About 86% of home inspections will find something that needs to be fixed, according to a study on home inspections from Porch.com, a home improvement website.A home inspection can cost around $300 to $500, but studies estimate it could save the buyer an average of $14,000. A home inspector will evaluate the roof, ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors, major appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and elect

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50 DIY Home Improvement Projects Under $50

Take your home from builder-grade to custom-made with low-cost home upgrades you can tackle in a weekend or less.Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.Paint the Front DoorThe front door is usually the first thing people see when entering your home. Make a great impression with a bright, welcoming front door color. Not sure what hue to choose? Take our quiz, then follow the step-by-s

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How to Protect a Home’s Pipes from the Freezing Cold

Subzero and Arctic temperatures across a dozen states this week are putting homes' pipes at risk of bursting. As water freezes, it expands. That can put pressure on metal or plastic pipes, prompting them to burst and leading to costly repairs and home destruction.Homes in the northern parts of the U.S. may be at less risk for frozen pipes since many homes are built with water pipes within a home’s building insulation to help protect them from f

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