Moving in to a New Home? Do These Things First!

The prospect of moving conjures up a seemingly endless to-do list of chores. But the prospect of moving into a new home got me wondering – of all the moving in chores, which should you do first?

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6 Easy Steps to Efficiently Declutter Your Home

Does your home look like a storage locker or a pack rat’s dream? If so, it’s time to purge, declutter and refresh. It may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some quick, effective ways to declutter your home without feeling overwhelmed:

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5 Pros and 5 Cons of Homeowners Associations

Across the U.S., homeowners’ associations are on the ascent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59 percent of newly constructed homes in 2014 were part of a homeowners’ association. That’s up from 46 percent in 2009.

So, what’s the draw of homeowners’ associations? By the same token, what are the drawbacks?

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Housing Starts Fall 11% in October, Building Permits Up

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for October 2015:

Privately-owned housing starts in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,060,000. This is 11.0 percent (±13.5%) below the revised September estimate of 1,191,000 and is 1.8 percent (±11.2%) below the October 2014 rate of 1,079,000.

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Consumer Trends Shaping the Future of Home Amenities

When selling a home, you need to understand the current consumer expectations and lifestyles. Appliance companies have tracked these for a while, and while some trends come and go, others remain popular for years. Recent consumer demands for energy efficiency and for connectivity via a smart phone are shaping the future of home amenities these days.

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