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Don't waste the refund: Invest in your house for long-term ROI

(BPT) - Tax season means refunds for millions of Americans. Will you blow yours on a new TV, tech toy or weekend getaway? This year, consider spending that money on something that could save you countless headaches and have a long-term return on investment: your home.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Give homes custom curb appeal with exterior moulding and trim
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes to home exteriors, the beauty is in the details. Custom homes have rich, unique exterior elements, including decorative moulding and trim, which enhance architectural aesthetics and create captivating curb appeal. But you don’t need a custom home to enjoy custom looks. With eye-catching details tastefully placed — from the front porch and windows up to the gables — you can distinguish new and remodeled homes and boost their value.

Understanding the millennial home
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For years, consumer buying power and purchasing trends have focused around baby boomers. However, within the past several years, the spotlight has shifted to the 80-plus million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 known as millennials. Now the largest demographic group in history, this generation is undoubtedly the most studied. Significant research findings, speculations and predictions about shopping habits and motivators are driving the world to cater to this influential group.

Wednesday 01/27/2016
8 homeowner dilemmas solved with 1 simple fix
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Unless you are the latest lottery winner or Queen of England (thank you for reading, your Majesty), you try to make your home improvements really count, and sometimes have to choose one upgrade over another. What if we told you there is a rather quick improvement that will take care of eight issues around the house, all at once?

Thursday 01/21/2016
What to Know about Applying for a Mortgage
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 4:34 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.

Thursday 01/14/2016
5 smart upgrades for the most-used rooms in your home
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are typically the rooms in any home that get the most use, which could also be why homeowners, when surveyed, consistently cite those rooms as the ones they most want to renovate. It makes perfect sense to upgrade the rooms where you spend the most time, but in high-traffic areas, you can’t afford to make changes just for the sake of cosmetics. You want improvements that can enhance your enjoyment of a room and its functionality.

Wednesday 01/13/2016
3 tips on choosing the right window for your kitchen or bath remodel
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Kitchens and bathrooms are not only two of the most highly used rooms in your home, they’re also two of the most popular rooms to renovate, according to home style experts and Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report.

Thursday 12/31/2015
The quick guide to home financing
Updated: January 07, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mortgage, you build equity and increase your percentage of home ownership with each payment made.

Wednesday 12/16/2015
4 futuristic bath upgrades to indulge in for 2016
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Are you planning a bathroom remodel in 2016? If so, you’re not alone; the National Association of Homebuilders predicts a 6 percent increase in remodeling in the coming year. Some of those remodeling homeowners will seek upgrades to transform their bathrooms into true oases of luxury, beauty and efficient functionality.

Wednesday 12/09/2015
Make your new house feel like home to your family pets
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Moving into a new home is exciting for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your family to be as happy and comfortable as possible. Here are some tips to make your home more welcoming to your four-legged family members: 

Friday 12/04/2015
5 tips to help you master the winter housing market
Posted: December 04, 2015

(BPT) - The leaves have fallen, there’s a jacket on your shoulders and the air is noticeably colder. Yes, winter is here—so does that mean your housing search is done for the year? It shouldn’t be.

Thursday 12/03/2015
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Prospective Homebuyers
Updated: December 03, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) Writing out your New Year’s resolutions? If you’re thinking of buying a home in 2016, it’s time to add these five resolutions to your list:

Monday 11/23/2015
Sell your home this winter, reduce competition, stress
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Stop waiting — go ahead and put your home on the market. Even now, with temperatures dropping, airports bustling and retailers prepping Black Friday deals, it’s a good time to sell.

Wednesday 11/18/2015
4 ways to improve your home's curb appeal
Updated: November 25, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This steadfast advice isn’t just for interviews and first dates; it’s also applicable to your home.

Friday 11/13/2015
Camden Preserve Offers Opportunity for Developers
Updated: November 14, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - As the population nationwide grows and uncharted areas are increasingly few and far between, those looking to purchase or develop land have fewer and fewer options. Is developing new, high-quality land an American dream of the past?

Wednesday 11/11/2015
What Factors Influence the Price of a Home?
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 4:34 am

 (StatePoint) While curb appeal, structural integrity and a brand new set of appliances can impact a home’s value, there is one factor that seems to reign supreme.

Friday 10/16/2015
Looking to buy a home? 5 mortgage steps you need to know
Updated: October 23, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The home loan process can seem intimidating, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It is not a simple process, but it doesn’t have to be too complicated. There are many resources available to help you prepare for your home buying journey, and your mortgage lender can answer the questions you have throughout the process.

Monday 10/12/2015
4 approachable modern home design ideas
Updated: October 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Once limited to simplistic, clean lines and cool color schemes, modern design has evolved to include sleek, minimalistic looks with gentle, warm, organic elements. The new “approachable modern” design schemes emphasize the grace of nature, respect the strength of simplicity and can be effortlessly incorporated into any home by choosing the right accents.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Renting your home to vacationers? 5 tricks to help you prepare
Posted: September 29, 2015

(BPT) - Wouldn’t it be awesome if your home could make money for you, instead of costing you to pay the mortgage, utilities and upkeep? Many homeowners are making their homes pay with short-term and long-term vacation rentals. The vacation rental industry generates more than $85 billion annually in the U.S. and Europe, according to Radius Global Market Research. In 2014, 54 percent of vacation property owners said they were able to cover three quarters or more of their mortgage with rental income, according to HomeAway. Popular websites like HomeAway make it easy for anyone to rent out their house, condo or townhouse to vacationers from around the world.

Friday 09/25/2015
Design tips for a chef-centered kitchen
Updated: October 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades can be incorporated to create the ideal kitchen that combines ultimate functionality with sophisticated style.

Thursday 09/24/2015
Data shows home fires burn hotter, faster than ever: How you can reduce risks
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 1977, deaths occurred in .8 percent of home fires, and in 2013, that rate was .7 percent. One possible explanation for this discrepancy: home fires now burn hotter and faster than they did 40 years ago, meaning victims have less time to escape a burning house.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Keep the heat in and the cold out this winter: Tips for a cozy home
Updated: September 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Winter this year promises to be harsh across much of the U.S. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts conditions will be “bitter cold,” “unseasonably cold,” “very chilly” and “frigid” for states east of the Mississippi River. In a word, brrrrrr!

Wednesday 09/16/2015
Ceiling revamps: Leave the popcorn to the movies
Updated: September 23, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Calling all DIY enthusiasts: Those popcorn ceilings have to go. They don’t get much love from homeowners or homebuyers, and they can really bring down the overall look and feel of an otherwise attractive room.

Thursday 09/10/2015
Fall: The best season for home improvement
Updated: September 17, 2015 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement.

Thursday 09/03/2015
Selling Your Home? How to Get Buyers in the Front Door
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Looking to sell your home? Then improve its curb appeal. That's the advice of realtors who say that many home buyers won't even get out of their cars unless they like the way the house looks from the street.

Wednesday 09/02/2015
Avoid expensive energy bills with this hot new housing trend
Updated: September 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Imagine being able to heat your home with no more energy than used by a hair dryer turned on low, or even going off the grid altogether.

Tuesday 08/18/2015
5 tips for settling into your new home
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Though summer is winding down, for many families, hectic moving schedules are still underway. Whether you are moving this season or planning for a move in the near future, consider some helpful guidelines on packing up, moving out and settling in without a hitch — plus, the latest technologies to turn your new house into a home.

Thursday 08/13/2015
Top Home Improvements that Help Sell Your Home
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) While certain home upgrades provide obvious aesthetic enhancements, it’s important to ensure the projects are worth the expense.

Monday 08/10/2015
3 steps to prepare your credit for homeownership
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Homeownership is a dream for many Americans, and maybe it’s one of yours as well. Making this dream a reality requires hard work, dedication and the proper preparation. You must figure out where you want to live, what type of home you desire, what you can afford and also how your credit rating may impact your home-purchasing goals.

Tuesday 07/14/2015
August is National Curb Appeal Month: Tips to Give Your Home a Facelift
Updated: July 14, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Want to get your home noticed? There are many ways to add value and design appeal to your house’s exterior, and doing so is important, say experts.

Monday 07/06/2015
Thinking of Buying a Home? What to Know Now
Updated: July 06, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Better employment prospects, rising home values and historically low mortgage rates are driving improvements in housing markets across the country. If these facts are tempting you to take the plunge, you’re not alone.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
More Millennials Entering Housing Market
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Millennials sometimes get stereotyped as indifferent social media addicts who shun the traditional nine-to-five, but new statistics suggest they might be maturing.

Thursday 05/07/2015
Smart Ways to Spruce up a Small Space
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

Getting Set to Sell: Which Home Upgrades Matter Most?
Updated: May 07, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re preparing to sell, or just looking to increase your home’s value, it’s important to think about strategic upgrades -- and not just how; but where to remodel. 

Monday 04/06/2015
Will Your Home Withstand Storm Season? Six Tips to Help You Prepare
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) Year after year, Americans from Tornado Alley to the Gulf Coast to the metropolises of the Eastern Seaboard witness storms that cause millions in damage and loss of life. However, no matter where you live, or what type of extreme weather you may face, there are things you can do to protect your home and family from the worst.

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