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By Anita Ginsburg When you're ready to start a renovation or demolition project, the first step is to get prepared with all the equipment, tools, materials and supplies that will be needed. This includes renting items that you don't own. A debris receptacle is essential for collecting all the waste that'll be removed from the structure, including old drywall, damaged...

Last year, Zillow announced the launch of its own brokerage: Zillow Homes. Due to this, starting this year, rental listings syndicated through the MLS are no longer feeding directly to Zillow. Agents and brokers who would like their rental listing on Zillow, must now do so through Zillow's Rental Manager, a contract-based service that starts at $9.99 weekly, per...

Do you want to build your own home? Are you wondering how construction loans work? When it comes to real estate and mortgages, there isn't a one-size-fits-all choice. It all comes down to circumstances, and in this case, if you're constructing your own home, you're going to need a particular type of loan: a construction mortgage loan. Here, we'll discuss what construction...

By Anita Ginsburg The electricity that flows through your home is controlled through circuit breakers. Each individual outlet in your home is connected to a circuit breaker, which controls the power to it. If your power goes out, you probably head for the circuit box to see if the breaker tripped. Usually, a tripped circuit breaker is nothing to worry about. However,...


With many people in the U.S. concerned about their personal safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, now seems a fitting time to report on the safest cities in the country. Over the course of 2020, personal finance site WalletHub conducted a study to look at which cities Americans feel most protected from dangers, including non-physical threats. People...

Investing in a waterfront property is a way to ensure a maximum return while also providing you with a unique opportunity to enjoy a luxurious and exclusive view. If you're thinking of purchasing a waterfront property, here are a few things to keep in mind to prevent overspending and to ensure your investment is sound. Set a Budget Have a budget in place before you...

2021 is finally here, and as we continue to conduct business in this ever-changing landscape, many agents and brokers alike are relying on remote tools. As technology advances and social distancing guidelines are still in effect, real estate professionals are utilizing virtual communication and digital marketing tools more than ever before. Thankfully, smartphones...

By Jennie Norris Real estate agents need to look for ways to differentiate themselves from their competition. One of the key value‐added services that accomplishes this goal is home staging. Statistics provided by both The Profile of Home Staging from the National Association of REALTORS® and The 2020 Home Staging Industry Report (IAHSP) state staged houses can...

By Evette Champion Homeowners focus so much on the interior of their homes that they may often neglect the outside—or at the very least do the bare minimum like keeping the lawn mowed. However, if you're thinking about selling your home or want to one-up the neighbors, here are a few ideas that'll put other yards to shame: Update Your Walkway When folks come to...

By Lizzie Weakley Successful real estate agents understand the importance of consistently recruiting new clients to coordinate home purchases and sales. During times of economic uncertainty or community transitions, agents need to be proactive in finding new clients. Here are some helpful tips for how to target new niches which you can build or add to your client...