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Stay Away from Homes with Chinese Drywall

During the housing boom from 2004 to 2007, certain materials were in high demand, and there was a shortage of drywall. In an effort to alleviate this scarcity, drywall was imported from China. This importation, however, caused its own huge set of problems. You see, Chinese drywall is linked to the seepage of sulfide gasses that – aside from smelling …

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Various Architectural Home Styles

The world is full of choices…chocolate and vanilla, long or short hair, domestic or imported beer…even houses come in a wide array of style choices. In Florida, we often see large, looming luxury condos and townhouses which are typically of two-story, rowhome design in the more urban areas. Neighborhoods and single-family waterfront homes tend to be single-level ranch style here. …

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HOA Fees and What They Cover

HOA stands for Homeowner’s Association. The purpose of an HOA is to manage and maintain a planned community. For instance, HOA’s maintain common areas, such as swimming pools, clubhouse, fitness area, security gates, sidewalks, parking garages and building exteriors. They also take care of landscaping and pest control. Sometimes HOA fees can cover certain city services, such as trash removal, …

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Research Your Neighbors Before Buying a House

Know anyone named Bubba who enjoys sucking moonshine through his missing teeth, shooting guns in place of fireworks in a less than sober state, parks his never-to-run-again dilapidated truck in his front yard, lets five of his unwashed, shoeless children play in the street , and then has raucous parties with his similar friends? Of course you don’t! Nor would …

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Add Accents to Your Home to Raise the Value

You don’t have to break the bank to increase the value of your home. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can matter most. That is true in real estate too. Fresh paint, edging around your driveway and walkways, neatly trimming your trees and bushes and planting pretty flowers, as well as little decorative touches around the house like …

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Changing Air Filters Regularly in Your Home Regularly Can Improve Your Health

Want to improve the health of your family and your wallet? Change your air filters in your home on a regular basis. It’s a small, inexpensive thing to do, but the benefits can be pretty big. Changing air filters regularly in your home can lessen allergy symptoms and actually keep your family healthier. Cleaner air filters result in cleaner air. …

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Riverside vs. Oceanside Living

A riversider or oceansider…which one are you? Do you wake up before dawn itching to get out on the water; hop in your kayak and glide through a tranquil estuary teaming with wildlife and framed by Spanish moss draped from century old oaks? Or maybe you wake up just as early to beat the bass to the hottest fishing grounds …

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Investing in Your Home Can Secure Your Future

Home is where the heart is, but it is also usually the largest investment we will ever make. That’s why it is important to buy a good home in a great neighborhood. So, if you ever want to sell, the money you invested – and hopefully much more – will come back to you. When you are looking for a …

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Riverfront or Oceanfront Home vs. Condo Living

Looking for a dream home where you can enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the water right in your backyard? Thinking you might like your own swimming pool within a sprawling lanai and your own fishing pier situated on beautifully landscaped riverfront acreage? Maybe a dock with a boat lift and direct access to the ocean is your priority. Or possibly …

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Riverfront or Oceanfront Home vs. Condo Living

Looking for a dream home where you can enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the water right in your backyard? Thinking you might like your own swimming pool within a sprawling lanai and your own fishing pier situated on beautifully landscaped riverfront acreage? Maybe a dock with a boat lift and direct access to the ocean is your priority. Or possibly …