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    August 26, 2014

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    August 25, 2014
    Living In A Home On The Market

    Living in your home while you’re trying to sell it is a strange experience. It can be stressful, of course. All the cleaning, decluttering, staging, and shuffling things around is exhausting. And don’t forget, making time for open houses and showings…. you have to make sure everyone is out of the house for them! It’s difficult if you have a large family. But, more than the extra work, living in a home on the market can feel weird. It’s like being in a kind of peculiar limbo state. It’s your home, but it might not be soon. You’re living there, but who knows when you won’t be? It belongs simultaneously to you, and potentially many other people. For tips on how to deal with living in a home you’re trying to sell, read this article by Brendon DeSimone at Zillow:

    -Start packing, organizing, and discarding as soon as you decide to sell.

    -Invest in a storage unit to make your life easier

    -Kitchens, bathrooms, and main living spaces matter- always be ready to get the home in showing condition

    -Have a plan in place for showings

    Photo Credit: Images of Money 

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    August 22, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Unique Tiny House Made From The Land

    I’d love to go on a vacation to somewhere like this…. Not sure if I could live there full time though!

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    August 21, 2014
    Guide For The College Bound: Moving Into Your First Apartment

    Moving out of your parents’ house is one of the most exciting parts of growing up. It can also be scary. At eighteen, you’re officially an adult, but you’re probably still clueless about a ton of things. How do you apply for a lease? What’s a cosigner? What’s a credit score? Do they check it? How much is rent…and how much can you afford? Well, fear not! This excellent guide by Steph (a real college student who has been through it) at Norbly will lead you through the process:

    Figure out your budget: Sit down, get a pen and paper and do it. Over estimate all your expenses and under estimate your income. 

    Make your “Need” List: When you move out, especially into your first apartment (or dorm), you’re going to need a lot of stuff. Furniture, appliances, technology, cleaning supplies, grocery items like flour, sugar, spices. 

    Okay, now you can start looking: There are a ton of sites that can help you find an apartment but these are some of my favorites:

    Photo Credit: Jess Pac 

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    August 20, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Romantic Cottage With Unique Ceiling

    Photo from Homebunch

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    August 19, 2014
    Old Buying Myths That It’s Time To Retire

    If it’s your life goal to own a home, you shouldn’t let anything stop you. Instead of planning my wedding from age thirteen, I’ve always been planning on my dream home. I had an insane checklist (in ground pool, at least one turret, bay windows, baja-themed kitchen, in home library…. it was pretty extensive) that has since grown up with me, but it’s still always been a huge dream of mine. However, some people only buy homes because of (wrong) advice they’ve been given. These are some real estate myths that have been going around for awhile, and while they may have been true at one point, most them are no longer accurate. Check out this post by Les Christie at CNN Money:

    Myth #1: Buying a home is a great investment If the housing bust taught us anything, it’s that the housing market can be just as risky as the stock market — if not, worse.

    Myth #2: Buying is always better than renting Now that the housing recovery has taken hold, some markets have become way too expensive for homebuyers.

    Myth #3: Buy the worst home in the best neighborhood. The advice seems sound: You can fix up a bad home but you can’t clean up a whole neighborhood. Those bad homes, though, can come with some pretty huge flaws.

    Photo Credit: Ethan Lofton 

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    August 18, 2014
    A Bad Reason Not To Sell: Fear

    Even though it is definitely a seller’s market– bidding wars are popping up everywhere– there is still a massive shortage of home inventory on the market. A big reason for this, I believe, is the recession and housing market collapse that we are still coming out of. People are clinging to their homes, even if they are considering selling, worried that they might lose out on their investment. Add that to the fact that they might not have anywhere to go, since no one else is selling, and you’ve got a pretty bad recipe. However, the folks at the El Dorado Chicago Real Estate urge you to take the plunge, especially if you need to move:

    One way sellers can protect themselves is to make the sale of their home contingent upon their ability to find another one to move into.

    Patrick Matson and his fiance, Margarita Munoz, insisted on such a clause when they put their Anaheim, Calif. home up for sale. Up until last Friday they had an offer on their home, but their own search did not go well.

    It was not an easy decision to make, provided that we knew the folks who had an offer in on our home were going to be disappointed and it wasn’t what we wanted either,” said Matson.

    Photo Credit: Freddie Peña 

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    August 15, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Kitchen Drawer Organizing Tips

    It’s the perfect lazy weekend to do some organizing! I’m working on my closet now, then moving on to the kitchen. All of our drawers look like her “before” example, hahaha. The battle against clutter never ends.

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    August 14, 2014
    What To Look Out For When Buying A Flipped Home

    There are plenty of television shows about them: home flippers. They buy old or fixer-upper homes at a discount, gut them, remodel them, and sell them for a profit. While most contractors and home flippers take pride in their work and do a thorough job, sometimes, they get in a hurry and will make mistakes. More houses = more money for them. So, if you are looking to buy a flipped home, be sure to read this article by Brendon DeSimone at Yahoo Homes first:

    Be vigilant- Cosmetic mistakes could be an indicator of larger issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

    -Get an inspection

    -Double your due diligence- When buying a flipped home, it is more important than ever to review the disclosures.

    -Learn all you can about the flipper- Is the flipper an experienced contractor with a good reputation in your local town/community?

    Photo Credit: Real Estaging 

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    August 13, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Gallery Wall Inspiration

    Photo from I Love Bokkie

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