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The Galveston County Daily News: Real Estate

January 20, 2017

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4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle

(BPT) - Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities — a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Is it any wonder that association members report the average cost of remodeling a bath is between $10,000 and $30,000? However, you don’t have to spend that much to update your bathroom stylishly and easily.

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Monday 01/16/2017
Plumbing the power of a powder room addition
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Never underestimate the power of a powder room to make your home more livable and increase its resale value. Having more and nicer bathrooms consistently scores high in surveys on homeowners’ wish lists. What’s more, extra baths deliver more than just convenience; a National Association of Realtors study found each extra bathroom boosts home sale prices approximately 24 percent.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Where there is a will - and more - there's peace of mind
Updated: December 29, 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 12/20/2016
4 statement pieces to elevate your bathroom to a work of art
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Investing in a bathroom upgrade is in the cards for nearly a quarter of homeowners planning to renovate within the next 12 months, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. Improving a bathroom is rewarding on multiple levels; if you’re selling, buyers love great bathrooms. If you’re staying, a luxurious bathroom can be a relaxing oasis where you’ll be happy to begin or end a busy day.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
Beyond the front door: The benefits of working with a mortgage banker
Posted: December 15, 2016

(BPT) - So you’ve found your dream home. Before you start packing up, you’ll need to make some big decisions first, like finding the right mortgage. Mortgage decisions can be overwhelming, especially if you try to do it on your own. Your neighborhood mortgage banker can help you navigate this process, answering questions in real-time and offering personalized advice.

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Monday 12/05/2016
New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017
Updated: December 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Bathroom renovations even the pickiest in-laws will love
Updated: December 09, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While the approach of the holidays has many people focused on gift lists and celebrations, you’re thinking about the guest bathroom. More specifically, you’re thinking about your mother-in-law’s commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law’s judgment of the archaic toilet that uses gallons of water per flush, and your sister-in-law’s reaction to the total lack of natural light.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
4 tips to help keep your home warm, comfortable and energy efficient this winter
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With winter comes the holiday season, a time that’s supposed to be associated with “comfort and joy.” But how joyful will it be if pests invade your house, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can make your home feel uncomfortable.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
DIY projects to increase the resale value of your home.
Updated: November 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whatever you’re passionate about, you know hobbies cost money. People who haven’t shaken the travel bug need to negotiate time off work, pay for lodging, airfare and more. If you’re a big football fan, the amount you spend on food, snacks, game tickets and clothing adds up during the course of a season. Even simple hobbies like fishing can require a seemingly endless number of gadgets and electronics.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
How to get the most out of your lawn and snow tools
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Remember when you actually had to leave the house to do things?

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Thursday 11/10/2016
3 reasons why winter is a smart time to buy a home
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Don’t give up on buying a home as winter nears. In fact, December through February may be better for buyers than the busy season in spring and summer.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
6 holiday-friendly home design features
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Friday 11/04/2016
An affordable way to qualify for a home loan without that big down payment
Updated: November 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For many Americans, the biggest hurdle in buying a home is the 20 percent down payment they think is required for mortgage approval. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors, 34 percent of respondents believe they need more than 20 percent. Meanwhile, low down payment mortgages account for a significant amount of home buying annually.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Autumn and early winter: The best times to be a homebuyer?
Updated: November 09, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The long-held belief that summer is the only time to buy a home is fading fast. Savvy home-buyers are learning that when temperatures drop, numerous benefits emerge that simply aren't available other times of the year.

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
5 ways to reinvent your garage
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

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Smart tips for buying a first-home that will be easy and affordable to personalize
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

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Site-built, manufactured or modular: What's the difference and what does it mean?
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

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Friday 10/21/2016
How New Buildings are Going Green
Updated: October 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) One of the elements that can greatly enhance the value and enjoyment of a home is beautiful landscaping. But with certain parts of the country facing water restrictions, and many others simply wanting to go green, both residential and commercial property owners are finding it increasingly difficult to keep lawns and hedges thick, green and free of dead zones.

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Wednesday 10/19/2016
The rise of the basement: Top tips for a better space
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With fewer homes for sale and good returns on the remodeling investment, more homeowners are reclaiming their lower levels and remodeling their basements.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
5 residential design trends in hardwood
Updated: October 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Hardwood may be one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet architects, designers and homeowners are always finding fresh ways to use it in the modern home. What’s the appeal? Flexibility and variety, for starters.

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Thursday 10/06/2016
4 DIY projects for your first home
Updated: October 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - “Where should I start?” It's a question many homeowners ask themselves.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Tips for creating a virtually self-cleaning bathroom
Updated: October 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Americans may be spending less time on housework, but that’s probably not much consolation when you’re scrubbing the toilet for the third time in a week. Meanwhile, hours spent working are taking more of our time, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. Factor in other time demands like taking care of the kids, your in-laws, your spouse and yourself, and it’s easy to see why products that improve cleanability are gaining ground in bathroom design. 

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Saturday 10/01/2016
Fall: Best season for planting trees that boost home and community value
Updated: October 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Planting a tree is an investment in the future, according to a Greek proverb: “A society grows great when old men plant trees under whose shade they never expect to sit.” But did you know planting trees around your home is also an investment in your real estate value and the value of your neighborhood? Or, that it’s one best made not in the season of new life, spring, but in the fall as winter approaches?

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
How to Make a Successful Offer in Today’s Housing Market
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Prospective homebuyers can get encouraged by the current market. Nearly 68 percent of homes sales today are to individual buyers compared to 53 percent in 2011 when investor and cash deals were at their peak. Still, competition for housing is hot.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
3 things to look for when buying a new home
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

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

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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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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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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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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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Wednesday 04/27/2016
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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Monday 04/18/2016
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 03/02/2016
Home-Hunting Tips in a Seller's Market
Updated: March 04, 2016 - 2:30 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.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
A New Remodeling Trend is Adding Resale Value to Homes
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 2:30 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.

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6 Tips to Get Ready for Buying a Home this Season
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 2:30 am

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

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Thursday 01/21/2016
What to Know about Applying for a Mortgage
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Although homeownership doesn’t make good financial sense for everyone, some experts say you may be qualified to purchase real estate without realizing it.

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