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Create your urban oasis (with help from an HGTV design pro)

Think about the perfect calm corner of your favorite city. Envision a quiet place where you can collect your thoughts, put your feet up and unwind from that busy metropolitan lifestyle. Sound like a dream? That’s exactly what top HGTV interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn was envisioning when he designed the HGTV Urban Oasis® 2022. […]

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Six wallet-friendly home decor strategies to beautify on a budget

To really make a house a home, it’s essential that it’s decorated to showcase your unique personality. Whether your style is chic, boho or minimalist, the right furniture and decor can transform a room into space that inspires and comforts you. Think you need to spend a fortune to make your home truly shine? Think […]

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Home Renovation Costs to Keep in Mind Before Your Next Big Project

Whether you’re looking to increase the value of your home in advance of a sale or hoping to spruce up your spaces to make them more your own, chances are there might be a renovation project in your future. The home remodeling market has never been hotter. In fact, home renovation spending has grown 15% […]

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7 Upgrades to Make Your House a Home for Your Pets

Looking for the purr-fect pet project? Considering making a few pup-grades? Looking to make some pet-friendly updates to your home? Well, you’re not alone. During the pandemic, 23 million households welcomed either a cat or dog. Not only is pet ownership on the rise, but so is consideration for our furry friends’ needs when home […]

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How to Handle Home Repairs as a Couple

Buying a home as a couple means agreeing on some things, but not everything. For example, you both might be in favor of buying a fixer-upper and making repairs to save money. But you may differ on which fixes to tackle first or which ones to outsource to a pro. Home repairs can sometimes be […]

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Fannie Mae RefiNow Expands Mortgage Refinancing Options

Home refinance interest rates dipped near historic lows in 2020, but not every homeowner took advantage of them or had the ability to do so — creating a missed opportunity for savings. And it’s something the Fannie Mae RefiNow program is attempting to change by making refinancing more accessible — and more appealing — for […]

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What Is Home Equity and How Can You Use It?

Scrolling through Zillow is a great way to get a sneak peek at the beautiful floor plans or not-so-stylish kitchen concepts of houses nearby. But even real estate websites can’t tell the full story of a property. And just like a home’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a home’s value lies in […]

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5 Home Improvement Ideas That Lower Your Homeowner’s Insurance Costs

As a homeowner, the idea of remodeling your home to create your little slice of paradise can be exciting. But before you dive headlong into picking out appliances for your kitchen redo or new tile for a bathroom remodel, you might want to consider an upgrade that is more structural in nature. That’s because the […]

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How to Declutter Your Home (Tips for Each Room)

Few feelings compete with the serenity (and sense of accomplishment) that comes from a freshly tidied home. When the laundry is done and folded, kitchen drawers are organized, and bathroom shelves are in order, relaxation comes naturally. But sometimes, getting to that point isn’t always so simple — the thought of a major home clean-out […]

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Need a Home Refinance Appraisal? Your Top Questions Answered

Headlines about low interest rates may entice you to apply to refinance your house, but did you know a home appraisal is key to getting the interest rate you want? A home refinance appraisal determines your property’s current market value, and in turn, influences the terms of your new loan. Read on to learn how […]

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