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The Galveston County Daily News: Real Estate

September 24, 2016

Real Estate

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3 things to look for when buying a new home

(BPT) - Purchasing a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful experience. Whether you’re moving to a new town or looking to upgrade from your current space, finding a new home requires patience, expert guidance and a keen eye for detail.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Tips to stop drafts, save money and improve your home
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Can you imagine keeping your windows open all winter long? The heat loss, cold drafts and all that money spent on wasted energy would be staggering. But if your home has folding pull-down attic stairs, a whole-house fan, a fireplace or clothes dryer, you may be doing the equivalent of leaving the windows open every day.

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Lights out: 4 ways to prepare for a long outage after the storm
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As winter storm season arrives, homeowners should be ready for power outages that last for days or even weeks. 

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Monday 09/12/2016
Secrets to marrying style, eco-sense and luxury in any bathroom
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you’re improving a bathroom, do you assume that luxury upgrades may look good but aren’t always good for the environment? Or that sensible, eco-friendly fixtures, finishes and materials will lack the aesthetic of more luxurious ones? Just a few decades ago, the assumptions might have been accurate, but today a plethora of luxury bathroom options perfectly marry good sense with great style.

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Friday 09/09/2016
6 simple ways to freshen your home inside and out
Updated: September 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it’s the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don’t need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable, yet high-impact DIY projects will do the trick.

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Buying a Home? Don’t Underestimate ‘Location, Location, Location’
Updated: September 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) If you are in the market for a home, you are probably weighing a range of factors, including size, amenities and architectural style. But experts say that the old adage “location, location, location” should never stray from one’s thoughts.   

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
5 ways to reinvent your garage
Updated: September 08, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Smart tips for buying a first-home that will be easy and affordable to personalize
Updated: September 08, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Site-built, manufactured or modular: What's the difference and what does it mean?
Posted: August 31, 2016

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Budgeting basics for first-time home buyers
Updated: September 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Sponsored Ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
What to look for when buying a garage door for your home
Updated: September 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The most important factor that garage door buyers consider is not the price! 

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Tuesday 08/09/2016
Practical remodeling tips for modern multi-generational families
Updated: August 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Parents, grandparents and children all living happily together under one roof — it’s an iconic American image you may associate with “the good old days.” In reality, more Americans are now living in multi-generational households than at any time in the past 75 years, according to Pew Research Center. The growing number of multi-generational households means homeowners, remodelers and builders are rethinking what it takes to make a home livable for multiple generations.

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Friday 08/05/2016
Fast fixes to boost curb appeal for a quick home sale
Updated: August 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It takes just seven seconds to form a first impression after meeting someone new. The same psychology applies to the first impression people get when shopping for a new home. Within seconds of arrival, home buyers are forming positive and negative opinions about the property.

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Friday 07/29/2016
The science of lawn care made simple
Updated: August 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - America has home renovation fever. At one time, a handful of home improvement shows were on late at night or during the day, but now entire networks are dedicated to showcasing remodels, flips, additions and new constructions.

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Thursday 07/28/2016
Make Homeownership Affordable for Your Family
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) If homeownership feels like it’s beyond your reach, don’t throw in the towel just yet on the American dream. In the face of an ever-widening housing affordability gap, there are options you may not have considered, say experts.

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Friday 07/22/2016
Election update: Americans want action on housing and credit [Video]
Updated: July 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 07/20/2016
Tips for creating a multi-purpose home office space
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Monday 07/18/2016
Relocating in 2016? 6 tips for a stress free move
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Does the prospect of moving have you buzzing with excitement? Or are you left with worries about packing and clutter? This moving season, an estimated 40 million Americans will move or relocate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Monday 07/11/2016
Get unhinged: 3 ways to create visually striking doors in your home
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Think of a door opening and closing.

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Houses: Building them better than they used to
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The phrase, “they don’t build them like they used to,” has been applied to nearly everything from cars to footwear, but most often it seems people say it about houses. In fact, this sentiment has become so common, that many believe the homes today aren’t built to the standards they were 60 or 70 years ago.

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5 interest rate terms every first-time homebuyer should know
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - You’ve saved enough for a down payment, your budget is looking good and you’re earning steady income. You’re at the point in your life where you feel confident you’re ready to buy that first home. Congratulations! Buying a home is one of the most exciting and rewarding purchases you’ll ever make. However, if it’s your first time shopping for a mortgage, you may not be super knowledgeable about some of the financing terms you’ll hear, including “interest rates.”

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Simple summer home improvement: Upgrade your curb appeal
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Summer is a great time to complete your home improvement projects, but deciding which ones to tackle can be overwhelming. Here are a few simple curb appeal projects you can tackle this summer to welcome your family and friends into your home with style.

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Thursday 07/07/2016
What to Look for in a New House This Home Buying Season
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Mortgage rates have remained low, and home prices are stable or rising in most communities.

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Helping first-time home buyers get from 'I can't' to 'I can'
Updated: July 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(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 - 2:31 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.

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Friday 06/24/2016
First-time homebuyers: You're closer to a down payment than you think
Updated: July 02, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Thursday 06/23/2016
Turn your empty attic into new living space with 3 smart moves
Updated: July 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 06/21/2016
Golden rules for an easy summer move
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 2:30 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.

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Thursday 06/16/2016
Separating fact from fiction: A closer look at American hardwoods
Updated: June 24, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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New home improvement trends that strengthen your property investment
Updated: June 24, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Wednesday 06/08/2016
Top energy-efficient housing features every new homebuyer should know
Updated: June 23, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content by Clayton Homes

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Thursday 06/02/2016
5 Tips to Get More Cash Out of Your Rental Property
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Thursday 05/26/2016
Cool summer renovation ideas keep homes more comfortable when the heat is on
Updated: June 03, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Where there's a will - and more - there's peace of mind
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Moving? 5 tips to keep your valuables safe
Updated: June 01, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Monday 05/23/2016
Home improvement investments that pay you back
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Monday 05/16/2016
5 interior design trends to step up your style game
Updated: May 24, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Monday 05/09/2016
Real estate insight: Hot tips for buying a home in a competitive market
Updated: May 17, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Real Estate in the Digital Age: Why you still want an agent by your side
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

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

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4 ways to get the character of historic window architecture in a new house
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - History tends to repeat itself.

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Trending real estate investment: Land ownership
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
10 moving mistakes to avoid for a safe and productive moving day
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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How to Make Your Dream Home a Reality
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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Friday 04/22/2016
Home-buying tips for renters and move-up buyers
Posted: April 22, 2016

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

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Monday 04/18/2016
5 essential spring home improvement projects
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 2:30 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.

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More Home Buyers are Taking Advantage of Today's Low Mortgage Rates
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 2:30 am

(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.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Why attic to bonus room conversions are tops when it comes to useful home improvements
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 2:30 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.

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4 tried and true tips for any kitchen redesign
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 2:30 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.

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Monday 04/11/2016
Improve your home's energy efficiency with these tips
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 2:31 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?"

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Protect your home from fire and storms with tough-as-nails exterior products
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 2:31 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.

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