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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Real Estate

Black Is the New Black: Black Makes a Comeback as a Home Improvement Trend

Four reasons why black shingles are resurging in popularity

(BPT) Grays, browns, taupes - after decades of neutral-colored shingles dominating entire neighborhoods, homeowners are turning to the dark side. Home improvement experts agree black roofs are making a comeback, offering a

Tips to Step Up Your Patio Experience This Season

(StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.

When updating your outdoor living areas, focus on additions

Uniquely You Hues: Decorating With Your Personality in Mind

(BPT) Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products - such as appliances and electronics -

The Disposable Economy

These days, it seems like the “great recession” is but a distant memory. The stock market is soaring, the economy is growing, and employment is on the rise. Similarly, in the world of real estate, Americans are buying houses again - from new construction, to renovations - homeownership continues to increase, along with the

How Much Extra?

Does a low credit score cost you?

As we all know, mortgage rates fluctuate on a daily basis, so the goal, as a borrower, is to lock in the best rate you can. Keep in mind that locking in a rate, in and of itself, may not necessarily guarantee that you wind up with that rate, especially

Spring Into Home Fire Safety

(BPT) As spring fever takes hold, it is important to seize the opportunity to do more than cleaning around your home. The spring season marks the perfect time to evaluate your home’s fire safety quotient and make necessary updates to ensure you are prepared!

Follow these three fire safety

Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!

(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

To help aspiring homeowners gain confidence in the homebuying

Home Financing Magic: The Reverse Mortgage

I want to tell you about one of the greatest mortgage financing tools we have today in this country and it’s called a reverse mortgage. Many lenders advertise through direct mail and on the radio, and you see pictures of people walking on the beach holding hands. The truth of the matter is that this mortgage is a great

It Makes Absolutely No Sense To Me

A few weeks ago a friend of mine called up asking a few detailed questions about a mortgage scenario. Knowing his personal financial situation, I quickly understood that he was really “asking for a friend.” A colleague of his, was in the midst of attempting to refinance their mortgage, and started discussing the details with my

Seven Ways to Make Your House a Home

Reprinted with permission from Linknj.com

What you put inside your house can make the difference between whether you enjoy spending time there or not. No matter the size or style of your home, incorporating your personal style matters the

Personalize Your Home’s Curb Appeal With an Eye-Catching Front Door

(BPT) At its core, the desire to create a home with curb appeal is a desire to make a home uniquely one’s own. After all, no matter how beautiful they are, rows of homes that look the same inherently fail to capture attention. Using personal touches, people want friends and family to know which home is theirs.

Among the dozens of affordable ways you can

Add Living Space to Your Home With an Easy Patio Makeover

(BPT) Everyone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars.

Now’s the time to take advantage of a golden opportunity right outside your door. Celebrate summer and all it offers by recreating your outdoor space. Whether it’s a balcony, a patio or a deck, a few touches