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Designer Lookbook Jessica Helgersons Authentic MidCentury Remodel

A mid-century Portland gem by an esteemed local architect gets an update true to his original vision.When Portland interior designer Jessica Helgerson faced the daunting task of renovating

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3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big

With tiny homes and personal decluttering trends taking the world by storm, many people are learning to do more with less.Do you have a small space in your home that you’re unsure what to do with?

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10 Modern Floating Homes That Offer An Aquatic Lifestyle

These bobbing houses are a fun and stylish alternative to traditional single-family homes.In recent years, there’s a been a surge of interest in floating homes for many reasons — mainly because

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These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans

Forget the rug — it's the flooring that really ties the room together.Some trends come and go, and others are mainstays. But when it comes to flooring, classic styles with a refreshed twist become

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Whats The Difference Between A FixedRate And An AdjustableRate Mortgage

With today’s mortgage interest rates still clinging to historic low levels, it’s a very good time to buy or refinance a home. You want the lowest possible rate you can get when it comes to

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Industrial Style For Any Home

You don't have to live in a renovated loft to get this ultra-hip look.Modern, raw, and super stylish, the industrial look is totally in.Whether your home is traditional and tailored or sleek and

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9 Signs Its Time To Update Your Bathroom

Is your washroom past its expiration date? Here's how to tell if it's time for an update.A bathroom should be a place of comfort — the optimal environment for a relaxing soak or getting ready

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Everything You Need To Know About Cooling Your Home

Chilling out this summer will be a breeze with these tips for getting the most out of your air conditioner and fans.Summer may be lazy and hazy, but in many areas of the country, it’s also a time

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DIY Updates That May Boost Your Homes Value

Complete these projects and you may love your home so much you’ll want to hold onto it.Boosting your home’s value doesn’t have to mean a complete remodel. In fact, quite a few home

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Why Being Outbid On A Home May Sometimes Be A Great Thing

It’s no secret that signing over your life savings to buy a home is stressful. But these days, when aspiring owners battle it out over an ever shallower pool of available

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6 Surefire Signs Its Time To Sell Your Home

Most people don’t plan on living in their first (or second or maybe even third) home forever, but knowing when the time is right to put that baby on the market can be tricky.In fact, it can

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Is It Worth It To Stage Your Home When You Put It On The Market

When it comes to improving your looks (outside of diet and exercise) you can use plastic surgery or makeup. And when it comes to your selling your house, home staging is definitely in the makeup

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The Worst Mortgage Advice Home Buyers Actually Believe

Getting a mortgage is a daunting prospect, which explains why so many people seem eager to pat your hand and say, “Let me give you a little advice.” Sure, those pearls of wisdom may

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Cosmetic Improvements For CrushWorthy Curb Appeal

Whether or not you plan to list your home this season, it’s a good idea to step outside and take a close look at the exterior. Chances are you’ve neglected it during the cold

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5 Ways To Refresh Your Space For Spring

With springtime comes a sense of renewal, and a desire to clean, organize and start anew. There’s nothing quite like breathing fresh air and sunshine with beautiful colors and textures all around

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Secrets Of A Tiny Home Kitchen

The popularity of the tiny home movement is no secret, but what remains a mystery to most people is how tiny home dwellers actually make their space work in their daily lives. One

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Tiny Home Traits 5 Features Every Small Space Needs

Tiny homes appeal to many people, whether as a solution to surging rents or because of the freedom they can lend your lifestyle. But if you decide living in 400 square feet (or less) is for,

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10 Home Design Images Everyone Loves

Cooking with creamThis traditional cream kitchen, designed by Custom Kitchens by Martin, features a stand-out Carrara marble backsplash.Courtesy of Custom Kitchens by Martin.Beautiful

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Before After Ditching Desperately Dated Design

So you’ve fallen for a house that has great bones, but some off-putting 20-year-old design. Not to worry — giving a home a modern update isn’t as hard as it sounds.In fact, it can feel

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Open Shelving Solutions For Every Room

You’ve sought out all types of storage solutions for your home. You’ve used hooks and bookshelves, storage containers, etageres, and even the tried-and-true tension rod.Now that you

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What Is A Home Warranty And Do You Need One

TIPS & ADVICE / STORY / BY BRENDON DESIMONE ON 4 JAN 2016First-time homeowners may be in for a shock when their water heater breaks on a cold winter morning, or

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The 5 Most Common Home Insurance Claims

By Shannon IrelandHome insurance is necessary to protect one of the largest investments you’ll likely make in your lifetime. Homeowners purchase coverage to protect their homes and belongings

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LA Penthouse For Real Housewife Yolanda Foster

In the face of her battle against Lyme Disease and recent divorce from music-industry titan David Foster, Yolanda Foster has traded that amazing Malibu beach mansion for a new condo at The

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Report Kardashians Land Los Angeles Condo

CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE / GALLERY / BY MELISSA ALLISON ON 17 DEC 2015A Kardashian family trust just snagged a remodeled condo in Los Angeles for $1.655 million, the 

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Should You List In January Or Wait For The Spring Selling Season

TIPS & ADVICE / STORY / BY BRENDON DESIMONE ON 30 NOV 2015Thousands of homeowners speak to their real estate agent this time of year to consider their sale options —

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Your Guide To Online Real Estate Auctions

TIPS & ADVICE / STORY / BY AUCTION.COM ON 14 DEC 2015By Peter MillerReal estate auctions, long a staple of commercial real estate, are gaining popularity in the

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Why Mortgage Rates Dropped After The Fed Rate Hike

TIPS & ADVICE / STORY / BY JULIAN HEBRON ON 21 DEC 2015This month, the Federal Reserve System hiked rates for the first time in nine years. In the days since the

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Bidders Checklist 5 Ways To Win Online Real Estate Auctions

By Peter MillerLook around your neighborhood and increasingly you may see homes being sold through online auctions. Long a staple of the commercial real estate marketplace, antique sales and high

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5 Tips For FirstTime Home Sellers

Selling a home is nothing like buying one. Whether you’ve been in the home for four years or 40, first-time sellers need to consider some important points before getting started.You

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5 Common Misconceptions About Real Estate

Popular misconceptions about real estate make many people hesitant to get into the home-buying or -selling game. And that’s a shame.If you’re considering buying or selling a home, don’t let

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Should You Buy A Home While Carrying Student Debt

It’s challenging for first-time buyers to break into the housing market as rents keep rising and the inventory of low-value homes remains scarce in most areas. Add thousands of dollars of student

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Dont Be A Scaredy Cat About Selling Your Home

Selling a home is one of the most challenging activities we undertake in life. It’s a huge transaction with financial, emotional and practical implications. Not unlike meeting with your CPA or

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10 Houseplants You Cant Kill

HOME IMPROVEMENT / STORY / BY STEVE ASBELL ON 29 OCT 2015A home packed with healthy houseplants says a lot about the person who lives there. They’re nurturing,

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In The Wake Of Strong Cubs Season Wrigleyville Teardown Lists For 98M

The Chicago Cubs have a special shine to them these days, and the longtime owner of a home near Wrigley Field hopes it rubs off on her property — to the tune of $9.8 million.“The

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10 Gothic Homes Worthy Of An Addams Family

UNIQUE HOMES / STORY / BY MELISSA ALLISON ON 29 OCT 2015With a cup of tea in hand and her pinky finger alert, Morticia Addams would doubtless approve of these Gothic&

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Easy Effective Ways To Save Water At Home

Whether you live in a part of the country suffering from drought or just want to lower your next water bill, here are some simple tips to cut down on your water waste. Most of these

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What Happens If A Home Is Damaged During Escrow

Occasionally, a home that’s under contract will be damaged by fire, natural disaster, or some other issue. Significant damage can derail a real estate purchase and add a remarkable

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Will The New Mortgage Disclosure Laws Delay Your Home Purchase

Beginning October 3, 2015, home buyers applying for a mortgage will receive new rate and fee quote forms from lenders.These federally required consumer disclosures, which go by

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Should You Try A Peer To Peer Loan

For many people, coming up with thousands of dollars takes more than dipping into their savings account. One option is taking out a peer-to-peer loan. What are these loans all about?Here’s what

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How To Make Your Small Space Work For You

By Erica SooterDo you have a small space in your home that you’re unsure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to be creative in your living arrangements? You’re not alone

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3 Home Upgrade Options For A 1000 Budget

Whether you’re hoping to make your home more comfortable to live in or trying to broaden its appeal for a quick sale, small updates can be a win-win. But home improvement projects can be

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Staging Strategy 5 Reasons Every Room Needs A Clear Purpose

When staging a house for sale, it’s crucial to consider every space with the buyer’s perspective in mind. Once you’ve accomplished the five basic staging steps, make sure every room

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Open House 1335 SE Waddell Way Waukee IA

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4 Tips For Getting Value From Your Home Inspection

TIPS & ADVICE / STORY / BY BRENDON DESIMONE ON 29 JUN 2015Many buyers assume that the home inspection is their opportunity to pick the home apart and find its flaws.

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Before After Modern Colonial Style

Perhaps no architectural style says “America” more than Colonial. And while we love the classic Americana look, it sometimes requires updates to reflect the way modern families live.That

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Landscaping Cheat Sheet 4 Smart Timesavers For Your Yard And Garden

From curb appeal up front to a little piece of heaven out back, gardening pays off in pleasures aplenty — resale value among them. Of course, to maximize enjoyment, you’ll want to minimize the

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Its A Catio Daddio Safe Outdoor Access For Frisky Felines

Anyone interested in feline enrichment knows how much cats love the outdoors. They also know how risky it is for cats to be free-roaming — they can be hit by cars, trapped in garages and just

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Call It A Comeback For Risky Home Buyers

More Americans who recently went through foreclosure or bankruptcy are getting home loans.A new wave of nonbank lenders is bringing these risky buyers back into the housing market some seven years

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We Get Salty About Popcorn Ceilings The Faux Finish For The Unfinished Ceiling

Hey, remember when the popcorn ceiling was a-poppin’? The embarrassing, weird-memory-inducing, spray-on, paint-on style treatment was wildly popular from the late 1950s to the 1980s. Some called

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5 Questions To Help You Find The Right Buyers Agent

The relationship between buyer and seller is one that could last a very long time. The dynamic home-buying process can take unexpected twists and turns, so having the right agent by your

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Winning Tips For Buyers And Sellers In Sellers Markets

In a market with limited inventory and lots of willing and able buyers, we find a hot sellers’ market. Phrases such as “bidding wars” and “non-contingent offers” are music to sellers’

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How Much Rent Can You Afford

The oft-noted rule of thumb is that you should try to stick with spending a maximum of 30 percent of your income on rent. However, that rule of thumb rarely indicates whether or not that should be

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Does Your Realtor Do Internet Marketing

Does Your Realtor do Internet Marketing?Does your real estate have an aggressive internet marketing campaign?  We're not talking about how a realtor markets their business on the internet - we

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3 Negatively Cashflowing Assets That Devastate 20Somethings Finances

As I look around at my peers and friends maturing throughout their twenties, I find that many of them are unable to correctly distinguish between and asset and liability. Some of my buddies are

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The Power Of Passive Income How To Free Yourself From Your 9 To 5

The Definition of Passive IncomeAccording to Wikipedia (one of my favorite go-tos!), Passive Income is defined as:Income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to

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Urbandale New Construction Home

Open House Sunday from 1-3 Come check out this beautiful new Cornerstone home located in Urbandale. Features 3cm thick granite throughout the home with over 3000 sq feet of finished living.

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