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Advice for First Time Home Buyers

Buying-Home-PittsburghFrom evaluating your finances to visiting homes, there is a great deal of footwork involved in buying a home. Here are a few tips for the first-time home buyer to consider.

Owning your own home is the dream of many people who are still living in rented homes or apartments. Having your own house means that you have a lot of freedom in terms of creativity, and you also have a lot more privacy than before. Houses in the right areas of the country can also make good investments, since when you live a house for a few years, the value typically goes up. Continue reading

Fall: The best season for home improvement

Fall-Home-Improvement-Real-Estate-Tips(BPT) – The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement.

This fall promises to be particularly popular for home projects. Lower gas prices are boosting people’s discretionary income and Metrostudy’s latest Residential Remodeling Index points to a continued rise in activity.

Like many trends, there isn’t one particular reason fall has emerged as a popular time for home improvement, several factors play a role. Continue reading

5 tips for settling into your new home

5 Tips for settling into your new home(BPT) – Though summer is winding down, for many families, hectic moving schedules are still underway. Whether you are moving this season or planning for a move in the near future, consider some helpful guidelines on packing up, moving out and settling in without a hitch — plus, the latest technologies to turn your new house into a home.

Here are five tips to help you minimize moving stress and settle in quickly:

Make a list, measure it twice. After celebrating the signing of your new home (congratulations!), it’s time to begin the moving process. Even before you start packing, it’s important, if possible, to visit your new home with a tape measure. Carefully measure and take note of the square footage and dimensions of every room in your new home. Do the same with any existing appliances and furniture you plan on relocating to your new home to ensure that everything fits through the door and in the space. LG’s moving guide ( is designed to help and includes tips on measuring your current appliances to make sure they’ll fit. If you’re purchasing new large appliances or furniture, be sure to measure everything in the store or take note of each item’s dimensions online to make sure it fits. Removing or replacing a refrigerator, for example, is a time-consuming and expensive task that can be avoided with careful planning. If you aren’t able to visit before moving in, ask your broker or real estate agent for a copy of the floor plan.

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Stone Crazy for Turquoise

Turquoise beaded strands and tiles are whipping up a home design frenzy. Whether used in vintage, boho or modern looks, this gemstone that’s been prized since ancient Egyptian times is boasting renewed popularity and versatility. Dot or douse your home in turquoise stones and hues with this seductive collection.