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    Thursday, June 25, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Dodge the 7 Most Common DIY Mistakes

    Armed with a library of how-to books, you’re confident that you can tackle your home’s repairs and remodeling yourself – and pocket the money you’d have spent on professional labor. Hold up.

    David Dorman of CENTURY 21 Professional Group in Orlando, Florida, says many DIYers make critical mistakes that can decrease their homes’ salability.

    Avoid these seven common mistakes:

    1. Overestimating your skills: “Some people are handy, and some think they’re handy,” Dorman says. Be honest about your abilities. “Buyers can tell when things aren’t in the proper position, when light sockets aren’t vertical, and laminate flooring is bowed,” he says. “It comes down to quality of work.” If you can’t do it right, you’ll have to pay to have it fixed.

    2. Underestimating the value of your time: You may, in theory, be capable of laying new bathroom tile. But between your job demands an ...

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    Thursday, June 25, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    INTRO TO FINDING A GOOD DEAL ON A HOME ...Snag your dream home before someone else does

    You probably know how to find good deals on clothes, flights, and maybe even a used car. But a house? That’s uncharted territory. Fear not, future homeowner?we sat down with Trenton Hoggard, a CENTURY 21 agent at Wright-Pace Real Estate in Jonesboro, AR, for some tips on finding the home that’s right for you at a price that won’t burn holes in your pockets.


    Finding your home sweet home is a process that begins with knowing your credit score, finding a lender, and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. One surefire way to ensure your credit score is acceptable is maintaining a low debt balance?it should be no more than 30% of your available credit limit. Hoggard says, “show me what you think your credit score is, and this kind of tells me if a lender or two are suited towards you.” Getting pre-approved for a mortgage puts you at an advantage because it means that the lender is confident you can make th ...

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    Thursday, June 25, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    CREDIT SCORE FUNDAMENTALS ...How to build and maintain a good score

    A credit score may only be three digits, but that number is a big deal—it can sometimes determine the course of your life. From a lender’s perspective, your credit score indicates how likely you are to repay debts in a timely manner. We spoke to Farnoosh Torabi, host of the popular financial podcast So Money, for valuable tips on getting ahead of the game and establishing and preserving good credit.


    Your credit score is a major personal financial indicator that ranges anywhere between 300 points (the lowest) and 850 points (the highest). Torabi suggests aiming for a score in the mid-700s and up. Higher credit scores will earn you the best interest rates on loans. Additionally, you should pay close attention to the major factors that can harm your credit score:

    Paying bills late

    Racking up too much debt

    Applying for several credit cards within a short period of time

    It& ...

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    Thursday, June 25, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    5 Home Projects to Complete in 10 Minutes or Less

    You probably have a laundry list of projects you’ve been meaning to complete around your home. Luckily, there are tips to help you complete some of these tasks in ten minutes or less. Your home can feel more organized (almost) instantly.

    Organize your kitchen pantry: Start by sorting out expired items. Now organize your shelves by function. Separate snacks, baking necessities, spices, and more. Take inspiration from your favorite grocery stores. This ten minute task can save you time when you’re cooking your favorite recipes or making a quick midnight snack. As an added bonus, it reduces the chance of adding salt instead of sugar or vice versa.

    Make natural cleaning products: Skip the store. Make your own cleaning products using things you probably already have on hand. You can save money, have a clean home, and be more environmentally friendly. Get started by making these natural cleaning solutions.

    Organize your closet: Set a timer and o ...

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    Thursday, June 25, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvement Projects Have the Highest ROI?

    Home improvement projects can seem attractive as summertime comes around, but not all upgrades are equal. Remodeling magazine recently released its 2019 Cost vs. Value report, comparing costs for 22 of the most popular professional remodeling projects in 136 U.S. markets. The report outlines how much real estate professionals believe the various types of investment will improve a home’s resale value.

    According to Remodeling, “curb appeal” projects, which enhance the appearance of a home, provide some of the highest returns because they improve a buyer’s first impression.

    The five home improvement projects below specifically yield the highest returns on investment across the country.

    Garage Door Replacement (97.5% ROI): Removal of an existing double-car garage door and installation of a new insulated door with windows.

    Average cost: $3,611

    Average resale value: $3,520

    Window Replacement (V ...

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