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Sellers: How to Attract Millennial Buyers

Millennials – who are those born between the 1980s and the early 2000s – currently make up the biggest population of homebuyers in the real estate market across the US. In fact, they make up a whopping 68% of first-time homebuyers.

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5 Focal Points to Create a Fabulous Interior

Without a focal point in a room, there’s no visual starting point for optimal flow. Highlighting a striking feature will help set the mood for a space, and will give something for the eyes to rest on as soon as you enter the room. Establishing a focal point is a key component to smart interior design, and when done right, it will balance the design and won’t necessarily make all other aspects of the room go unnoticed.

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4 Ways to Keep the Value of Your Investment Condo Up

Buying and renting out real estate is a tried-and-true way to develop wealth over time. Not only can you build equity in the property simply through appreciation over time, the rent collected can cover the carrying costs.

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Patio This Summer

As the mercury on the thermometer continues to rise heading into summer, you’ll want to make sure that your patio is ready. Outdoor space provides homeowners with the chance to expand their living area, and what better way to enjoy life than amongst the gifts of Mother Nature? Here are a few easy and affordable ways to make sure your patio is ready for endless summer days and nights.

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Bathroom Renovation Trends to Consider This Year

Thinking of giving your bathroom a makeover but not sure where to start? Consider looking at current trends in the world of bathroom remodels to get some inspiration. Updating your bathroom is a sure-fire way to add some value to your property, and tapping into what interior designers are doing to their clients’ homes is a great way to get some ideas and insight into what’s trending in the world of bathroom renovations.

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The Ins and Outs of Private Mortgage Insurance

Can’t come up with 20% for a down payment? Be prepared to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). Borrowers who are applying for a conventional mortgage and aren’t able to come up with a sizeable down payment towards a home purchase will have this additional fee tacked onto their mortgage payments. This is in addition to others like interest, escrow and taxes.

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Understanding Capital Gain Taxes When Selling Real Estate

You’ve probably heard the term “capital gains” float around when it comes to selling real estate, by do you know what it really means? More specifically, are you familiar with the taxes that may have to be paid on these gains, and how they can affect how much money you wind up with?

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Kitchen Trends Making a Splash in 2016

Just about every room in your home could be spectacular, but if the kitchen is ho-hum, there’s lost value there. The kitchen truly is the center of a home. It’s not just where dinner is prepared; it’s also where people tend to gather. Property values are largely dependent on the quality of the kitchen, so if yours needs a little TLC, now’s the time to bring it up to par.

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California’s Housing Affordability is Recovering

Finally, some relief is on the horizon for homebuyers in California. According to the California Association of Realtors (CAR), 22 out of 29 counties in the Golden State experienced an improvement in housing affordability over the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same time last year, thanks to higher wages and a slight decrease in home prices.

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