5 Landscaping Tips to Elevate Your Home’s Value

It’s never a bad idea to change and renovate your house to increase its curb appeal. Spending a few hundred dollars can give you back by increasing the house value by thousands of dollars. But it all depends on what and how you carry out things. Renovating kitchen cabinets or finishing an attic can be a good idea, but taking advantage of these landscaping tips increases the house value to 15-20 percent.

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The house’s exterior casts the first impression. So, any valuable touch to its exterior enhances its value. Who doesn’t loving a beautiful landscape? The good thing about landscaping is that it never goes out of fashion.

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Sunrooms and More: A Guide to Additions for Your Home

Like life, it gets to a point where we need to revamp ourselves by doing something different to look or feel good. The same applies to our living spaces. Most homeowners get to a point where they think they need to make some changes to the “normal home look” that has always existed. We present this guide to additions for your home to help you view the whole picture accurately.

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Unlike what most think, these additions don’t have to be exhaustive. It could be a simple replacement of curtains with some window blinds. However, large home additions require proper planning and multiple considerations, especially large renovations that add value to your home. Listed below are the six things to think about before doing that home addition.

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8 Ways to Invest in Real Estate Without Big Money

As children, some of us had our eyes set on a profession in teaching, medicine, or technology. Others have always been drawn to the idea of real estate. But one big barrier remains. It takes money to get into real estate investing. And that money has to come from somewhere. Most of us aren’t born with money in the bank. This piece will outline eight ways to invest in real estate even if you don’t have a giant bank account.

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While you certainly have to spend money to make money, it’s hard to tackle this hurdle so that you can put that money to work. When faced with this dilemma, there are some practical strategies you can apply to invest more with less.

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Louisville Real Estate Prices by Area

I’ve been writing a “Best Bang for Your Buck” article since 2014. (If you’re interested, I’ll link them at the bottom of this piece.) Somehow I missed writing last year’s article. Something must have interrupted my thinking *cough* *Covid* *cough*. Well, I’m not going to let that disrupt me again! So without further ado, here’s the most current data you can find on Louisville real estate prices by area.

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Springhurst continues to be a great value for its prime location.

So a bit of the explanation first. What we’re doing is comparing the sold price per square foot for single-family homes, not condos, to arrive at our metric. But these numbers alone don’t paint the whole picture.

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2021 Home Staging Trends

Preparing your home for sale is a serious task. It involves several steps and may take away some of your time, but it’s worth it. It can help you find a buyer much faster, but also get a better deal. But the question that bothers sellers the most is – how to make a home attractive for the potential buyer? An important factor centers on current home staging trends.

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Minimalist interior design is most often the best choice for staging a home to sell. | Photo by Francesca Tosolini

The answer depends on the target buyer but also the time of putting a home on sale. That’s why we wanted to share some home staging tips for 2021. As the trends are constantly changing, and it’s good to know what will make buyers want your home at the moment. And this list will help you with that – let’s make your home a star in listing databases. 

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Can You Spend Too Much on a Kitchen Renovation?

Most agree that kitchens are the most important room in the home. But is it possible to spend too much on a kitchen renovation? There are so many costly items that are needed for a great kitchen but real estate experts can help you identify where your money can go the farthest.

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Spend your money smartly and you can have a gorgeous kitchen without breaking the bank. | Image by ErikaWittlieb

Home improvement in the past two years has been skyrocketing! Newbies are joining the ranks of DIYers by the droves. It’s satisfying to tackle simple projects that require a long weekend to finish. In fact, we strongly believe that it’s one of the best ways to spend your free time during these not-so-pleasant circumstances because it’s super productive and can help appreciate your property’s value if you ever plan to list your home for sale.

Sadly, though, one major misconception that continues to fester among both newbies and seasoned veterans alike is the idea that kitchen renovations are inherently expensive. While these certainly incur more expenses than your typical weekend DIY, it’s not impossible to cut down your kitchen renovation budget with a few tweaks to your perspective.

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4 Ways to Decorate Your Walls with Portraits

Artwork, portraits, and paintings can transform not just the bare walls of your home, but they also add personality. The way you decorate your walls can deliver the “Wow!” factor to any room by becoming the focal point that draws the eye. Portraits and art talk about your interests and the important people in your life.

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Interior design is all about taste. But, before your start picking out your favorite pictures and ordering frames, you might want to learn how to blend the pieces with the appropriate backdrops and spots around the house. Here are some quick ideas to get you started.

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8 Key Things to Know about Florida before Moving There

While many tourists visit Florida for its beautiful beaches and sunny weather, there are those who have been drawn in by the charms of the Sunshine State and decide to stay here permanently. And it’s no wonder, considering that Florida has great weather practically all year round, no state income tax, amazing cultural diversity, and so many other things going for it. But what do you need to know about Florida before moving there?

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If you are considering moving to the Sunshine State, there are a lot of preparations that need to be done. A big part of this involves the logistics behind the actual moving process. Of course, you can always inquire about moving services Tampa residents trust and choose one that can help you. You can also inquire about their packing services for your convenience. 

Aside from taking care of the moving process, there are other things you need to prepare for as a resident before moving to Florida.

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Real Estate Marketing Tools That Will Grow Your Business

The real estate business has always been a very competitive market. And unless you’re a veteran realtor, it can be very difficult to start a business in this field. There are many things that need to be considered. Success isn’t guaranteed. But there are a few things you can do to help with this matter, especially when you get your hands on the right real estate marketing tools.

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Technology advancements have made things simpler for real estate agents. There are now many applications and tools that can be used to help them sell more homes, in a shorter period of time. Let’s take a look at a few of the best real estate marketing tools.

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Making Money: 8 Great Investment Tips

Investment is one of the best ways you can ensure you meet your financial goals and retire in comfort. However, people aren’t investing their money. According to one study, as many as 47 percent of Americans are not putting their money into investment opportunities. So how do we find them? This article outlines eight great investment tips.

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Top investors always have a goal and a strategy to reach that goal.

There are many barriers to investment, but the greatest one is fear. You may be afraid that you don’t know enough to start investing. But you don’t need to know how much is a shilling or the difference between NASDAQ and Nikkei to start investing. You only need some money, a little courage, and some advice.

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What Does it Mean If a House Isn’t ‘Up to Code’?

Many homeowners, reeling after a year locked away at home thanks to COVID-19, are wondering how they can make the most of things now. What can people do to make some gains after a year of financial hardships? Thankfully, they don’t have to look far, as the housing market is primed for sellers to take advantage. But what if your house isn’t up to code?

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Because the housing market is so hot right now, people who weren’t considering a sale are definitely thinking about it now. According to HomeLight’s Spring 2021 survey, 97% of real estate agents would dub the market a seller’s market, while 93% of agents say home prices are on the rise in the market.

You really couldn’t find a better time to sell your home. Due to the high demand and low inventory, there’s not much that can get in a homeowner’s way thanks. Well, not much, except code violations, of course. 

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4 Life-Changing Home Improvement Tips

Contrary to popular belief, upgrading your home doesn’t mean you have to break the bank or spend years planning everything. In fact, it’s never been easier to give your home some touch-ups and fancy additions. Plus, improving your home can be done on a budget. This is great, as times are tough for a lot of people financially. Whether you’re someone who lives alone or is in the middle of raising a family in a 4-bedroom house, here are some life-changing home improvement tips.

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Having a stellar home office is easier than you think! | Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians

Of course, once you’ve read through them all, you won’t be able to contain your excitement! 

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Top 3 Ways to Be an Awesome Landlord

One of the best ways to be financially independent is to own real estate. Renting your own property makes money each month but also reduces debt. And don’t forget, your property increases in value over time! Most millionaires in the world today made their money via real estate. So what are the best ways to be an awesome landlord?

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Rental properties come in all shapes and sizes. How you treat your clients can also be customized. | Photo by Tre Pryor

Being a landlord isn’t always easy. But it is an excellent, proven business strategy. The key is to be a great landlord, and that way, your tenants will stay longer, plus they’ll take better care of your property. Here are the top three ways you can do exactly that. 

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6 Popular Luxury Condo Trends in Real Estate

The real estate market is an area that will never be without peaks and troughs. There are a plethora of interesting trends to keep an eye out on, especially if you are involved in the luxury condo market. These luxury condo trends are often aimed towards a more affluent demographic. They have more disposable income, but also higher expectations with their living accommodations.

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Smaller spaces are becoming more acceptable today than in the past.

A luxury condo unit is considered desirable by many people. While it may seem out of reach to some, these are fantastic places to live in if you can afford them. To ensure you find the best condos, always be on the lookout for various trends. These trends will help you find the best luxury condos that the real estate market has to offer.

Check out these six popular luxury condo trends in real estate:

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6 Tips to Find the Real Estate Experts

Buying or selling a home can be stressful or even confusing, especially if it’s your first time doing so. In fact, even if you’ve done it all before, you might still not be familiar with all of the processes and documentation involved. Thus, if you want a smooth and hassle-free transaction, it’s best to work with the best—the real estate experts.

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The best Realtors for first time home buyers have these five qualities.

The thing is, choosing a real estate agent can also be a challenge simply because there are too many to choose from. To help you decide, here’s a list of the things you should look for to find a real estate agent that can meet your needs:

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