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home : oak ridge living : real estate May 30, 2017

5 steps that can improve your credit score in 100 days or less
(BPT) - Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to t... Click to read more


7 'little' upgrades that can mean a lot to homebuyers
(BPT) - Anyone who's ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home's price and how attractive it is to ... Click to read more


A smarter way to buy a home
(BPT) - Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddi... Click to read more


2017 Homebuyer Insights Report [Infographic]
(BPT) - Younger buyers understand the long-term benefits of homeownership. In fact, millennials who have become homeowners are buying what they can afford now, and are planning to purchase their dream home in the future. Learn more about current trends among modern homebuyers in this infographic.Sa... Click to read more


5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)
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10 tips to save money, cut stress when buying or selling a home
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Want to catch homebuyers' eyes? Follow 5 easy steps to a lush lawn
(BPT) - When it comes to selling a home there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home's interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it's the exterior of the home that often makes or breaks a sale.Curb appeal is necessary for that vital first impression. Muc... Click to read more


How to use color psychology to influence the mood of your home
(BPT) - Looking to make a few changes around the house? A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference on the look of your home and how you feel living in it. But unless you're a color expert, it's hard to know what colors are best among the endless array of options. A great place to start is by u... Click to read more


Easy DIY projects to prepare your home for sale
(BPT) - If you're looking to sell your home quickly and for more money, CBS News recommends listing when the market begins to heat up in May. To accomplish these goals, it's essential to make popular areas of the house look appealing to potential buyers. Fortunately, with a little DIY effort, you d... Click to read more


Black is the new black: Black makes a comeback as a major home improvement trend
(BPT) - Grays, browns, taupes - after decades of neutral-colored shingles dominating entire neighborhoods, homeowners are turning to the dark side. Home improvement experts agree black roofs are making a comeback, offering a sleek alternative that boosts curb appeal and enhances design elements.Dec... Click to read more


Don't sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving
(BPT) - Summer isn't just vacation season, it's also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You'll need ... Click to read more


Add living space to your home with an easy patio makeover
(BPT) - Everyone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars.Now's the time to take advantage of a golden opportunity right outside your door. Celebrate summer and all it offers by recreating your outdoor space. Whet... Click to read more


Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured
(BPT) - The U.S. has experienced significant shifts in the frequency, severity and locations of natural disasters - including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires - during the past decade.As a result, more than 800 emergency or disaster declarations were made in the U.S. from 2005-2015, acco... Click to read more


Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential
(BPT) - Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It's above you, it's below you and in many cases you don't realize how much it can do for you.According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., 'Americans have a staggering amount of untapped equity in their homes.' How much? Altogeth... Click to read more


Survey: African-Americans passionate about homeownership, but fewer own homes
(BPT) - More than any other demographic group, African-Americans perceive homeownership as an integral component of the American Dream, and a way to build security and wealth for their families, according to a recent survey.The poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted on behalf of Wells Fargo, found... Click to read more


Big-impact ideas for small patio spaces
(BPT) - Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can't do much with the space due to its size? There's probably a lot more potential than you think.From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United ... Click to read more


5 green home improvements that can help sell your home for more
(BPT) - Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the su... Click to read more


Hardworking kitchens can still have style
(BPT) - Years ago, the kitchen served a very utilitarian function - a place to prepare food and clean the dishes. Today, it's truly the nerve center of the house where people eat meals, discuss the day's events, plan calendars, do homework, check e-mail and entertain guests.With that increased dema... Click to read more


3 ways to personalize your home's curb appeal with an eye-catching front door
(BPT) - At its core, the desire to create a home with curb appeal is a desire to make a home uniquely one's own. After all, no matter how beautiful they are, rows of homes that look the same inherently fail to capture attention. Using personal touches, people want friends and family to know which h... Click to read more


3 ways to quickly and economically save big bucks on home heating and cooling costs
(BPT) - What would you rather do: Pay your utility bill or take a much-deserved vacation? With an endless stream of bills each month, you might wonder where you can find the money to jet off to the beach or mountain resort of your dreams. Read on for the solution. The average U.S. household spends ... Click to read more


Don't suffer the pain of high energy bills in your next home
(BPT) - Do you cringe each month when your utility bill arrives in the mail? If high energy costs are getting you down, don’t blame your electronic devices. Heating and cooling are the largest energy expense for most homes, reports the U.S. Department of Energy.If you dream of building a new, custo... Click to read more


Instilling garage logic in your kids
(BPT) - It's a long-standing tradition performed at the workbench of American garages - passing garage logic to the next generation. From hammering that first nail to changing a car's oil, the garage is a living laboratory where parents teach their kids life lessons, self-reliance and problem-solvi... Click to read more


Plumbing the possibilities: Kitchens, showers and baths highlight outdoor living spaces
(BPT) - The trend toward outdoor living spaces that mimic the look, comfort, convenience and functionality of indoor spaces doesn't have to stop at the backyard grilling station. A growing number of homeowners are exploring new additions to their outdoor spaces, including outdoor showers and powder... Click to read more


Top 6 home decorating trends
(BPT) - If you're planning to tackle a home decorating project this year, here are the top trends you should consider:1. Marble wallpaper: A lot of the 2017 trends are about going back to classic styles, and it doesn't get much more classic than marble. Few materials evoke high-end living as simply... Click to read more


How PMI can make your dream of home sweet home a reality
(BPT) - In the 2017 housing market, those who choose to pursue the dream of owning a home face several important decisions, such as how much to put toward a down payment. Twenty percent down is typically recommended by most lenders.While 20 percent is not a requirement, paying less can have a big i... Click to read more


5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring
(BPT) - We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly!Before you tackle that long list of spring cleaning tasks, try some of these cleaning hacks designed to make these chores faster and easier. When cleaning is fun an... Click to read more


5 mistakes to avoid when buying your first home
(BPT) - Buying a home for the first time is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn about how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really won't know the ins and outs until you actually sit down on the bicycle and start riding.Like most beginners, fi... Click to read more


Your HVAC can conserve energy and cost less money
(BPT) - The majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you're already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling sys... Click to read more


Small nest egg, big dreams? Tips for buying your retirement home
(BPT) - Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you'll stop working, how much you'll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you'll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they'll love and live in for all their golden years... Click to read more


Spring home improvements you can do in 24 hours or less
(BPT) - For most of us, the idea of spring cleaning probably sounds refreshing after a winter of bundling up against the cold. Now that spring has arrived, it's finally time to get started! Sprucing up your home doesn't have to take lots of time, and is a great way to leave you feeling reinvigorate... Click to read more


The lowdown on low down payment mortgage
(BPT) - You would like to buy, but you can't manage that 20 percent down payment. Does this sound familiar?The down payment is the biggest impediment to buying a home according to surveys, but in reality many individuals can qualify for a mortgage with as little as 3 percent down.It is important to... Click to read more


7 home improvements to tackle before you move in
(BPT) - You found the perfect home, so it's not surprising that you want to move in as quickly as possible. However, there are some projects that are best done when the house is still empty.So, consider completing the following seven items before the moving trucks arrive.* Painting. A fresh coat of... Click to read more


What would Americans do to make their move in 2017? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Owners.com, an innovative online brokerage, recently commissioned a survey of consumers considering a home purchase in 2017. As real estate prices continue to increase and inventory remains low in some markets, the study found that consumers are making significant compromises to purchase a ... Click to read more


4 hot, high-tech bathroom upgrades
(BPT) - Americans love luxury and technology, so it's no surprise that the two are meeting and thriving in one of our favorite places - the bathroom. Just as technology is transforming every other area of the house, inside and out, it's recreating our concept of what constitutes a luxurious bathroo... Click to read more


Home sellers: 6 last-minute cleaning tasks to do before every showing
(BPT) - Real estate experts agree: dirt and clutter are the anti-staging elements that can send buyers running for the door before they ever think of making an offer. Prior to staging your home, invest some time in deep cleaning it, paying attention to everything from the front walk to the garbage ... Click to read more


Thoughtful home design: 4 tips to transform any small space
(BPT) - During the 1950s, the average-sized American home was just around 1,700 square feet. Fast forward to today, and the average size has increased to about 2,600 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many Americans think the bigger the better, there is a growing trend of homeo... Click to read more


How trending home colors achieve their 'hot' status each year
(BPT) - You see it every year - a 'hot' new color begins appearing on phone cases, walls, ceilings, furnishings and accessories. Soon, virtually everyone who's doing any kind of renovation or design work is incorporating that color into their project. Have you ever wondered how home color trends ha... Click to read more


Self-employed? Tips to help you navigate the mortgage process
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortga... Click to read more


Make a striking focal point the foundation of your spa-like bathroom
(BPT) - American homeowners' desire for spa-like bathrooms shows no signs of waning, says the latest Design Trends report by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). From freestanding bath tubs and floating vanities to LED lighting and soothing color schemes, some of the most-requested bat... Click to read more


Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?
(BPT) - We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It's easy to forget about how powerfully destructive wate... Click to read more


Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows
(BPT) - Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here's a hint: step outside.You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don't return 100 percent o... Click to read more


Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools
(BPT) - DIY projects are surging in popularity right now and it's easy to see why. A successful DIY project can fix a problem or make a much-needed improvement to your home, while also providing you with the satisfaction of a job well done. Best of all, it allows you to save money over hiring a pro... Click to read more


Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave
(BPT) - A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like.Some of the most-loved aspects of modern design - o... Click to read more


4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility
(BPT) - When you’re ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it’s no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a bathroom w... Click to read more


What you should know about rising interest rates
(BPT) - Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what's in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. Rates can change direction fast, and when they rise-as they have recently-it can cost borrowers... Click to read more




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