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Smart Upgrades for Decks

A few cost-effective add-ons can give a modest deck an edge and deliver a handsome payback should you sell your house. A deck is one of the most cost-effective of all home improvement projects. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, a wood deck project returns an average of 87.4% of…

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Money Experts

What you need to know about rates & down payments… According to Freddie Mac: A person “can get a conforming, conventional mortgage with a down payment of as little as 5 % (sometimes with as little as 3 % coming out of their own pockets)”. Freddie Mac’s purchase of mortgages with down payments under 10…

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Summer Seasonal Maintenance Guide

If you live in the Midwest, here are maintenance jobs you should complete in spring and summer to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in top condition. Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each season to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. What maintenance tasks are…

Connected Homes in Neighborhoods

HOAs: What You Need to Know About Rules

Lobbying for change in your homeowners association’s rules requires procedure, compromise, and perhaps joining the board. If you live in a newer suburban community or planned unit development, you — like some 63 million other Americans, according to the Community Associations Institute — are probably a member of a homeowners association. It’s also a good…