Are You Torturing Your Trees?

Trees are stuck with you. They can’t run away when you make life tough for them. Trees have no voice and must suffer in silence.

The worst thing is that many well-meaning, even tree-loving, property owners unwittingly torture their trees.

Whether you inherited trees when you bought your current real estate or you’ve planted trees yourself, their value to your property, your lifestyle, and the community is numerous: privacy, greenery, reduction of air pollution, lessening of soil erosion, shade, wildlife habitat—and the list goes on. (Click here to read.)

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Don’t Get Sidelined

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Renovating With Your Kids: Projects You Can Do Together

Renovating your home? Why not make it a family affair, getting the kids involved in projects that can make them feel included and proud of their work.

Not every job is going to be right for your kids.

But there are several tasks they can do with supervision, and a few they might be able to handle on their own, depending on their age and maturity level.

The first step is to properly explain the tasks at hand and identify any risks. (Click here to read.)

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The Essentials

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Is School Improvement Part of Your Ownership Strategy?

Neighborhoods with good schools often carry higher valuefor home buyers with children, so if you want to raise values in your neighborhood, supporting school improvement may be a valuable undertaking.

Improving the ranking or reputation of local schools involves community investments on many levels, and it generates benefits for everyone that extend well beyond real estate value. Obviously, “school improvement” is a larger undertaking than redoing a kitchen or adding a second floor to a home, but it may be more achievable than many realize. (Click here to read.)

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7 Rules for Choosing The Right Area Rug

You just moved into your new home. You’ve purchased the perfect furniture and accessories. You even found the perfect area rug to add to your hardwood floors, but you’re totally stumped on which size to buy.

There are so many questions: Should the furniture be placed on or off the rug? Does the rug go underneath or next to the bed? How big should a dining room rug really be? It can seem overwhelming, but here are seven simple tips to help you choose wisely. After all, a good rug is an investment, and you don’t want to make any costly mistakes. (Click here to read.)

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School is Cool

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4 “Big Regrets” to Avoid When Buying a Home

Fear of making The Wrong Decision can be the great immobilizer when it comes to buying real estate.

• Fear that this is “the wrong time” to buy has kept many would-be homeowners on the sidelines and unnecessarily out of equity-building markets.
• Fear of buying the “wrong real estate” can take many forms: fear of buying the wrong location to gain status or long-term value appreciation, the wrong size for family dynamics, the wrong price for financial security, or the wrong functionality for future family needs. (Click here to read.)

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5 Finance Tips to Know When Buying a New Home

Buying a home is a massive financial risk, no matter how prepared you might be. Purchasing a home comes with liability, increased cost of living, unexpected stress, and more time commitments; however, the rewards for buying a home are just as great. Real estate ownership is an opportunity to build wealth in many ways. So be sure to get started on the right foot for a more successful real estate adventure using these 5 basic financial tips below: (Click here to read.)

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Don’t Go Solo

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