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Finding Your First College Apartment

Apr 24, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Finding Your First College Apartment

Freshman year is over, and you’re ready to move off campus. For college students, it’s important to find an affordable apartment in a good neighborhood, and also give thought to nearby amenities. Read on to learn more about what to look for in your first college apartment.

Live Within Your Means

Forget what you’ve seen on TV. Most college apartments are modest. Don’t expect a sweeping staircase to your sky lit loft, or a state of the art kitchen. Instead, look for options that are within your budget. Since much of your schedule will be filled with work and study, choosing a small space will eliminate the need to spend extra time cleaning. Look for an apartment that is well maintained and in close proximity to work and school.

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Make Your Spring Neutrals Sing

Apr 22, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Make Your Spring Neutrals Sing

Chase away the winter blues by sprucing up the neutral palette in your home this spring. Learn how to use color, structure, texture and pattern to breathe fresh air into your decor.

Splashes of Color

Use a neutral color scheme to highlight your favorite colors. Pastel colors lend a subtle glow, while brighter shades pop against a blank background.

Pastels

Pastels create a relaxed, romantic ambiance. The soft hues have enough color to shine without overwhelming the room. Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report features several naturally inspired pastels. For a nautical theme, pair Aquamarine with crisp whites and rugged finishes like jute or burlap. Use Toasted Almond to lend warmth to bisque finishes, or Custard to create a golden tone on tone look.

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Finding a Family Friendly Neighborhood

Apr 20, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Finding a Family Friendly Neighborhood

Whether you’re starting a new family or relocating the one you have, it’s important to find the right neighborhood. Determining how family friendly a neighborhood is comes down to a combination of six key factors: top-rated schools, low crime rates, nearby amenities, homeowner occupied single-family homes, the demographics, and well-educated adult residents. You’ll also want to consider your daily commute when choosing where you will raise your children. Here’s the scoop on how to find a family-friendly neighborhood in your future hometown.

Find an Experienced Realtor

Good real estate agents know the lay of the land and are invaluable in helping you find the right place to make your home. They know what parks, grocery stores, restaurants and family entertainment locations are nearby, as well as which areas have the best schools. For best results, choose a realtor who lives and works in the same town or district where you’re planning to move.

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How Secret Real Estate Pocket Listings Help You Sell

Apr 17, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

How Secret Real Estate Pocket Listings Help You Sell

In a buyer’s market, real estate listings sometimes sit on multiple listing sites (MLS) for months, resulting in lower sale prices. Off-market “pocket listings” are used to premarket homes and drum up interest before the property is officially listed. Read on to know how and when to use pocket listings to sell your property.

When to Use Off-Market Listing

There are typically three reasons for using a pocket listing.

  1. Privacy. High-profile homes, such as those belonging to celebrities or those with notorious histories, may not want to invite extra attention to the sale. This avoids open houses with curious sightseers and narrows the buying pool to genuinely interested parties.

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Using Social Media to Market Your Property

Apr 15, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Using Social Media to Market Your Property

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s harder than ever to keep an audience’s attention. Smart real estate agents know that the days of simply posting a property on the MLS and sticking a sign in the yard are over. In addition to your agent’s efforts on social media, leverage your own accounts to sell your home faster. Here’s how.

Link Your Accounts

Most social media sites have the option to integrate with other platforms. For instance, it’s possible to link Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter directly to your Facebook account. Once the accounts are associated with each other, anything you post on the alternate sites will be shared on Facebook. It’s twice the exposure for half the effort.

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