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Benefits of Vinyl Siding on Your Home Benefits of Vinyl Siding on Your Home

By Ben Levy

There are many benefits to having vinyl siding for your home. It holds up against nature's wrath protecting your home against the wind, sun, and rain. It is also recyclable, for all those who are going green. It is durable, and demands nearly no upkeep. It is energy efficient, and can even increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell.

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What is a Multiple Listing Service What is a Multiple Listing Service

By Ben Levy

Multiple Listing Services are databases of homes for sale put together by real estate brokers. The primary purpose of an MLS is to make buying and selling a home as quick and easy as possible.

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Housing and Apartment Listings: Decoding the Lingo Housing and Apartment Listings: Decoding the Lingo

Listings for apartments or houses can be daunting: they often seem like nothing but short descriptions packed with strange abbreviations and cryptic phrases. If you're new at the game of homebuying or apartment renting, then you may not be familiar with the catchphrases and "codes" that people commonly use when advertising their homes. Here are some resources to help you out!

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Why Everyone Should have Homeowners Insurance Why Everyone Should have Homeowners Insurance

By Ben Levy

Homeowners insurance, though costly, has the potential to save you millions of dollars over your lifetime. Many people think that they do not need home insurance because they are careful and responsible owners. Unfortunately, there are many bad things that can happen to your home that are completely out of your control.

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Home Inspection How-To's: Inspecting Stairs, Steps, Walks, and Decks Home Inspection How-To's: Inspecting Stairs, Steps, Walks, and Decks

By Rick Daniel

We will continue our inspection with the stairs, steps, walks and decks. Here are some notes, tips, and solutions regarding stairs and walkways in your home:

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How to Prepare Your Home For Selling How to Prepare Your Home For Selling

By Chris Piraino

How to make your house look like it's worth more money!

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Home Inspection How-To's: Inspecting the Roof Home Inspection How-To's: Inspecting the Roof

By Rick Daniel

When you inspect the ceilings and walls at the interior of your home, you may notice water stains. The stains could be due to a leaking roof. The roof is the first line of defense from inclement weather. If your roof leaks, the building below is in jeopardy.

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Some Benefits of Renting Some Benefits of Renting

By Chris Piraino

To many people, buying a house is a sign of adulthood, a permanent marker of one's success in the world. The alternative is renting, which is a more temporary arrangement. However, renting a house can in fact be very beneficial, and is in many circumstances a better option. Make sure to weigh the pros and cons of each as you venture out into house-hunting.

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Home Inspection How-To's: Remedies for Interior Walls Home Inspection How-To's: Remedies for Interior Walls

By Rick Daniel

Walls always have a story to tell. They may seem to be just flat surfaces, but they can be the first indicators of larger structural problems. The interior walls may be made of: drywall (sheetrock); lath and plaster; wood paneling or planks; exterior siding materials; logs and masonry products including brick, concrete, concrete blocks or adobe.

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Home Inspection How-To's: Inspecting Windows Home Inspection How-To's: Inspecting Windows

By Rick Daniel

One important component of any home inspection is windows. If you can inspect them yourself, you will save a lot of hassle later and can fix small problems before a home inspection.

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