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By Kara Masterson If the mountains are one of your favorite places to visit on vacation, you may consider purchasing a cabin there for yourself. Whether you use it as a second home for vacations only, a rental property that you will also use occasionally, or your new home outside the city, you must think carefully before committing to your first cabin purchase. Cabins...

The year is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your business should slow down. This is the perfect time to ramp up for the coming year. Use the next week to look back on 2017, learn from mistakes and successes, and put together a plan for 2018. Keeping what works and getting rid of what doesn't will ensure that you are even more successful in the year to come. Analyze...

It's the holiday season! As a special thank you to all our loyal readers, we're giving you a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! Every day, over the next 10 days, you'll have the chance to enter to win. Just describe your holiday traditions or, even better, share a photo of how you and your loved ones celebrate to our Housecall Facebook page over the next 10 days...

By Megan Wild The New Year has arrived, and if you’re looking for a house, you might be down to the wire. Should you go all in and purchase now or wait until the spring? There are multiple things to consider before purchasing a house; location, square footage and style are just three of the many factors. Whether or not to buy a home during the winter or wait...

By Peter Kernan Today’s homebuyers want to know what they’re buying—and how much it’ll cost them after they move in. In today’s market, that means going beyond monthly mortgage costs and budgets for repairs. Buyers also want to know how much energy a home will use, what that energy will cost them, and how efficient it is. Home energy bills are a major cost,...

By Brentnie Daggett The holiday season is underway with weekends full of friends, family and food. In between your celebrations, take some time to make sure your rental properties are ready for winter weather. This time of year can be hard on homes, and winter maintenance is an essential step of property management and one of the most important preventive tasks you...

The ultimate day of shopping is almost upon us. Black Friday deals have already been announced all over the internet, and Cyber Monday isn't far behind. But how can homeowners benefit from these deals? Well, many of the discounts this year are on smart home devices. Tech is taking over today's household—connecting phones, lighting, thermostats and more with speakers...

Over the course of Oct. 26, Amazon's stock price rose dramatically. In the morning, it was valued at $972 a share, and by the end of the day, it had skyrocketed to just over $1,100. This soar in price—more than 7 percent in after-hours trading—was no coincidence. Earlier in the day, Amazon released its third quarter financial results (not including Whole Foods’...

By Mikkie Mills Moving can be a daunting task for many people. There is a lot of packing involved and unpacking once you get to your new home; however, with proper planning, you may even find yourself enjoying the moving process...unless you get stuck. This guide serves to offer you simple ways to move into your new home. Get Prepared It is advisable to plan at least...

By Monica Thomas Once a trend, open floor plans have become a staple of most modern homes. An open floor plan generally means the living room, kitchen, and dining room are combined into a large space or great room. Before taking a hammer to all interior walls, it's important to know the structure of your home, as well as the benefits and ways you can accomplish an...