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Buy vs. Rent: Are You Prepared to Buy a Home or Should You Rent?

Buy vs Rent for HomeownershipA lot of renters set their sights on homeownership. In fact, it's said that 80% of millennial renters in the United States plan to own a home someday. People who have always rented often have a hard time judging when it's time to buy. Purchasing property takes time, commitment and most of all, money. Knowing what's needed can help renters determine when they're ready to buy a house.

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5 Essential Packing Tips For Moving To a New Home

5 Essential Packing Tips For Moving To a New HomeMoving is a big job that takes a lot of effort, and it can easily seem overwhelming to homeowners who aren't ready for it. But just how does someone get all of their possessions ready to move to a new home without getting stressed out? Having a plan of attack can be extremely helpful to have in mind when getting ready to move, so here are five essential steps all homeowners should use when packing up for the big move.

Start Packing Before the Home is Sold

While it might seem a little premature to start packing before the home is sold, it really isn't. Packing...

How to Choose the Best Home Siding For Your Home

Let Location Guide Your Choice of the Best Home Siding MaterialThere is no single best choice for home siding. The architectural style of a Bee Cave home, the regional weather, and community standards play into the decision as much as initial price and maintenance concerns.

Types of Siding

Here are some basic facts to help you make the right choice for your home:

  • Wood: Real wood siding is still in use in some locales, although it has been discouraged in other areas because of home...

What is the Cost of Living in Austin, TX?

A Look at Austin Housing Costs and Other ExpensesAs the capital city of Texas, Austin offers many compelling reasons to call this city home. A gorgeous climate, booming job market, and fun attractions all around are just a few things to love about this region. And people are obviously paying close attention, as they are moving to this area in droves.

In order to make the most of their move, however, it is important for them to look at the cost of living in Austin, Texas. Otherwise, they might not be ready for how much expenses can vary from other places across the United States and beyond....

Understanding VA Loans: A Guide to Alternative Home Financing for Military and Veterans

What to Know About Military Home LoansVA loans are perfect for those in the US military who want to purchase a home without breaking the bank. These loans don't require the potential home buyer to make a major down payment, which is usually the biggest hurdle in purchasing a home. VA loans may be made through private lenders, but they're backed (up to a certain amount) by the VA, provided the applicant meet all of the requirements.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan...

4 New Building Technologies Home Buyers Should Know

4 Building Technologies Making Their Ways Into Your HomeBuilding techniques and materials have been evolving for thousands of years, and they show no sign of stopping. Today, building technology is more high-tech than it’s ever been, and breakthroughs in this technology are being made every day. Round Rock home buyers who are looking for a new construction home should be familiar with the different types of building technology out there. Here are some pieces of cutting-edge technology being used in homes and why home buyers should know about them.

Solar-Thermal Cladding

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Top Things to Know About Buying and Selling Land

A Look at Buying and Selling Vacant LandAlthough it seems similar, buying and selling vacant land is quite different than other real estate transactions. In fact, the differences can feel quite jarring at first, wiping out confidence in navigating that process. Thankfully, all it takes is learning just what to expect to restore confidence and navigate this process with ease. Here's what everyone needs to know to get started.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real...

What to Know About Residential Sustainable Technology

5 Trends Homeowners Should Know About Sustainable Residential ConstructionSustainability trends are everywhere today. From media to local businesses, it seems as though everyone is urging people to pay attention to their environment and how they can affect it. However, one thing that isn't always so evident is how these trends are affecting the new homes being built or old homes being retrofitted.

Unless people are interviewing the local construction teams in their neighborhood, the overall progress may feel like a mystery. For Kyle homeowners who want to know more, now is a good time to note the larger...

Insulation Options: Which Should Your Home Use?

5 Insulation Types You Should KnowIn order to keep a Georgetown home cool during hot summers and warm during cold winters, it needs reliable insulation. However, there are different types of insulation to choose from - just go down to the nearest local hardware store for confirmation. Unfortunately, there’s no one type of insulation definitively as the best. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the different types of insulation and why they can be a good choice for a home.

Fiberglass Insulation

For homeowners who don’t want to get fancy, fiberglass...

How Homeowners Can Manage Unpermitted Work

5 Things to Do After Discovering Unpermitted WorkGetting permits before starting a home improvement project on a Cedar Park home seems like a small step. However, a lot of people end up with unpermitted work in their homes. There are many reasons homeowners have house upgrades without the proper permitting. For many people, problems arise when they try to sell the home only to discover they must make major renovations in order to satisfy buyer expectations. By learning these five things, homeowners will...

The Most Common Roofing Materials for the Home

How to Choose a Roofing Material for Your HomeWhile the whole of the roof is not usually visible to a Bee Cave homeowner, its materials will make a difference to the home and the people who live within it. Along with its effect on the overall style, the roof can protect the home and residents from any natural and man-made threats alike. Learn how the common materials of the roof function over time. Having an idea of each one can make it easier to replace or construct a roof (long before there's an immediate need to).

Metal

Most people don't think of metal as a common roofing material for a residential...

Selling a Property? Here's Why It Pays to Bring in a Professional Photographer

Top Reasons to Acquire Professional Photos When Selling a HomeUpon deciding to sell their property, Round Rock homeowners have to decide if they are going to bring in a professional photographer to take pictures for their MLS listing and other ads. Many will skip this step in favor of just having their real estate agent handle it rather than shelling out the extra cash.

Although real estate agents can simply take a few photos of the property for the listing, professional photographers are the ones who can really do it justice. Here's why hiring this expert is a wise investment...

Signs of Common Pests

Signs of Common PestsHomeowners are often surprised by a pest infestation, as they are not always aware of the signs of a pest problem. The extent of the problem can grow quickly before a person decides to call an exterminator. From musky smells to droppings, there are ways homeowners can deduce that a pest issue may be forming. Understand more about signs that pests may be lurking in a home and what to do about it - especially if you are considering selling your home in a buyers market.

Termites in a Home

Some traditional and rustic homes may be more susceptible...

4 Common Types of Home Security

What Type of Home Security Is Best for Me?Home security on a property is defined by the personal values of the homeowner, which is why there are a variety of systems available. Whether a person wants to merely lock their doors at night or hire a private 24/7 guard for their home, keep the following points in mind.

Common Sense

Much of a Spicewood home's security is just thinking through potential scenarios. While some criminals are masterminds who will stop at nothing to get into a house, most are just looking for a quick fix. They'll consider how much they can do given the location and condition of the home. For example,...

How to Remediate Mold In Your Home

How to Get Rid of Mold in My HomeMold can happen in any property, even though it's more likely to occur in high-humidity areas, like kitchens and bathrooms. Mildew can be easily vanquished with a few cleaning products from the store, but mold is a serious problem that can linger in the walls and under the floorboards. Find out more about how to prevent, treat, and remove mold before it threatens the home's integrity of the health of those who live in it.

Inspecting the Home

Georgetown home maintenance starts with learning the ins and outs of the property. It's not enough for owners to notice a problem when it's so severe they...

Room-By-Room Home Lighting Guide

Personalize your home with layers modern & efficient lighting optionsGetting the light right in your home can be more challenging than at first glance. This is especially true if you aren't familiar with the amount of various lighting products available. Like most aspects of home decorating and improvement, the more you know, the more likely you are to be successful. And great lighting always helps sell a home. Here are some general tips followed by a room by room lighting guide

Forms of Lighting

There are three basic forms of lighting. They include:

  • Ambient Lighting....

Understanding the Role of Credit in the Homebuying Process

How Credit Influences Home Loan DecisionsAs Georgetown TX home buyers work toward getting a mortgage, their creditworthiness will come up many times throughout the process. By analyzing credit scores and their underlying factors, lenders can assess risk and determine if the homebuyers qualify for the mortgage loan. The credit scores also come into play as lenders calculate the terms of the loan for qualified homebuyers. Understanding the role of credit in the homebuying process can help everyone navigate this process with much less stress and frustration. Here's what everyone needs to know.

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Selecting Home Insurance? How to Pick the Best

How to Pick the Best Home Insurance When Buying a HomeHome insurance is a requirement if you're going to get a conventional mortgage when you buy your home. The home insurance you choose can have a big impact on how quickly you're able to recover from a disaster like a wildfire or tornado.

Knowing how to pick the best home insurance is important. If you're in the middle of the home buying process and are trying to decide what kind of home insurance to choose, these tips can help.

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Closing Cost Guide for New Home Buyers

Everything You Need to Know About Closing CostsIf you're thinking about buying a home, one of the things that you should be aware of are the closing costs. If you haven't properly budgeted for the closing costs, or if you're not clear on what the closing costs are, you could have trouble buying a house. Knowing about closing costs, how much you can expect to pay and when they're due can help you decide if you can afford to buy a home soon.

For informational purposes...

How to Design an Outdoor Living Area

How to Set-Up the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen and Living RoomNo matter how a backyard may look after a homeowner has purchased a new constrcution home, it is easy to overlook it entirely after a few months. But as easy as it is to stay indoors, residents are giving up a piece of their property if they don't take advantage of it. Here are a few tips to constructing an outdoor living area that will make it easy to transition from indoors to out.

A Different Living Room

Patio furniture can be used to construct an outside second living room that is ultimately...

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