Monthly Archives February 2015

Tips and Tricks for Selling Your Home

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Selling your home can be both an exciting and stressful experience. While the prospect of starting a new home somewhere else is great, trying to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers can put a lot of strain on an individual.

Selling a home
involves many different elements. To start, you need to know your demographic. In 2014, research showed that the average first time home-buyer was approximately 31-years-old and repeat buyers were about 53 years old.

Additional research also shows that 65% of recent home buyers were actually married couples. You should try to apply this information in the way you pitch your home. Highlighting the “family friendly” aspects is a great way to go with selling luxury ho

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How Kim Kardashian Chooses Her Real Estate Agents

Choosing a real estate agent

Whether you are selling your home, looking to purchase a home, or doing both, it is of the utmost importance that you work with a Realtor. Buying a home can be mired in complication and selling a home and can take much longer than anyone wants. If you are considering not choosing a real estate agent and doing it by yourself, just ditch that idea right now. Here are the things you need to know to make a savvy decision when choosing a real estate agent.
Wait for a good fit.
The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials says that there are mor

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3 Tips for Finding a Good Preschool

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Just as education is the foundation for success in our lives, pre-school is the foundation for education. Finding a good preschool for your child can lead not only to success in their future education, but also success later in life. Choosing the best preschool is a difficult and potentially life-changing task, so knowing what to look for is key to ensuring your child’s success.

Public or Private?
The first step towards finding a good preschool is to decide whether or not you want to send them to a public or private preschool. While private schools may cost more, many times, the benefits can outweigh the cost.
Many private schools focus on wellness and physical activity, which can help children to stay active throughout the day.

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Are Your Parents at Risk?

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As elderly people age, they become more susceptible to many hazards, such as falling and getting lost or disoriented. One of the most common hazards facing seniors today is elder abuse. Whether they live at home or in assisted living facilities, many seniors are at risk of being abused by their caretakers. While the abuser will probably not abuse the elder in front of you, there are still some tell-tale signs to look out for.

Signs of physical abuse or neglect often manifest as repeated unexplained injuries, or bruises and welts on wrists and arms. The senior may be dismissive of the injuries, or unwilling to visit the same doctor for treatment of multiple injuries. Broken glasses

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Three Excellent Reasons for Donating Clothing to Charity This Winter

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Winter can be the most difficult time of the year for anyone but especially for people who are unable to stay warm and comfortable. For those without adequate food, shelter, and clothing, the winter months can be some of the longest of the year.

Fortunately, however, there are charity organizations that focus on helping families in need when the temperatures drop below freezing. One thing that charities look for during this time of the year is clothing because it can help just about everyone. If it’s been some time since you cleaned out your closets, here are three reasons you may want to consider donating clothing to charity:

    1. Donating clothing help

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What First Time Home Buyers Should Understand About the Real Estate Market for a New Home

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For home buyers, the real estate market today offers more choices than ever before. From options for first time home buyers to the many modern home design choices offered by master planned community developers, there are now more options for home buyers. In fact, some may say that the current market is a “buyer’s market,” meaning that now is the time to purchase a home.

Part of the process for many first time home buyers comes from understanding the real estate market for a new home. For example, a home that has many offers from buyers will likely go to the highest bidder with the fewest seller concessions. Location also factors into the real estate market for a new ho

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Donation Pick Ups Donate Your Used Clothes to Charity

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Homelessness in the United States may seem at times like a negligible problem. However, the figures tell a different story. As reported by a 2013 study from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are more than 600,000 homeless people in the country; people of every race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, and faith. Of the 600,000, nearly 25% are children and nearly 15% live together as families. For a country that is the richest in the world, the U.S. has a heartbreaking and rampant homelessness problem.

Despite the enormity of the problem, there are many people and organizations dedicated in fighting homelessness. One way the average citizen can help is by donating clothes to charity.

The Ever Increasing Popularity of Renting

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Back in the day, the American Dream included a 9-to-5 job, a homemaker wife, 2.5 kids, a dog, and a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence. Oh, how times have changed!

Although the real estate market has made a strong comeback in the some 8 years following the Great Recession, Americans still aren’t convinced, which means that home in the suburbs has been replaced by lofts and apartments.

Rental rates in both metropolitan and suburban areas have continued to steadily increase in recent years, as more and more Americans are defining what the American Dream means to them. In fact, the entire idea of the traditional American Dreams seems grossly outdated.

Millennials — those born starting in the 1980’s and beyond — have reinvigorated the rental market with their energy and deman

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Considering an Investment Property? Read This First

House appraisal

Growing your wealth through investment properties is a promising and exciting way to invest your money and create the opportunity for ongoing income. Real estate is one of the least volatile investment strategies, often safer than stocks or mutual funds, because no matter the general health of the economy, people will always need housing. If you are interested in owning an investment property, here are 5 things you will need to know before you jump in.

1) House Appraisal. Before getting started with an investment property, you need to understand one of the most important aspects of real estate: house appraisal. House appraisal determines the price a home will likely sell for, given the current market and unique features of the home. Understanding the house appraisal process is importan

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