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The Home Buying Costs You Haven’t Considered

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Buying a home is 38% cheaper than renting in most cities, so it’s no surprise that more and more renters are considering buying a home. If you’re among this new crop of prospective homeowners, as you crunch the numbers for your down payment and mortgage, be aware that there are a few other costs that catch you by surprise. While shopping for your first home, a few of these costs:

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How to Decorate Your Tiny Balcony

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As more people choose to reside in apartments or smaller homes, it’s hard to not feel frustrated with the lack of interior decorating options. While it may seem impossible to visualize a great way to utilize your small space, it’s definitely doable. There are plenty of ways to make the most of, and turn your tiny exterior space into something usable, particularly for the late summer months. Just because you’ve lost out on space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design and comfort.

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How to Personalize Your Home Decor

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There are so many great things you can easily do to your new or existing home to make it unique to you. As an Interior Stylist, I am a firm believer that a home should be a beautiful reflection of those living in it. When someone walks into your home they should be able to learn more about you, your personality, and what is important to you. There are a few steps I would start with in creating a home that is personalized to you.  

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How to Start Saving for a Down Payment for your First Home

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These days, pursuing the American Dream of owning your own home isn’t so easy. However, despite the challenges associated with saving for a down payment, and the high cost of housing in certain markets, most Americans still want to own their own home. Some call it a biological urge, based on our human desire to nest.  According to former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Americans are still determined when it comes to home ownership. “Americans continue to want to be homeowners and they want to do it in a more careful and responsible way given the crisis that we’ve been through, but there is no evidence that we’re going to abandon the home ownership society.” And as American’s interest in home buying inches up near 2006 levels, the biggest hurdle is saving for a down payment.

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Backyard Renovations by ROI

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For many, backyards can be a place of comfort and peace, a place to retreat to when the hectic energy of your house gets to be too much. And as important as the front and curb appeal is, the back exterior plays an important role in the value of your home. As top Realtor Holly Henbest adds, “Your backyard can essentially add square footage to your home and draw in buyers envisioning a lifestyle.” Depending on the project you had in mind, some backyard renovations can bring in a return as high as 200%. We ranked the list of backyard renovations from highest to lowest return.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving

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Whether it’s for work, school, adventure, or simply because of wanderlust, odds are you are going to move at some point. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, most people in the United States move 11.7 times in their lifetime. With all of this mobility, you could pick a place and hope for the best or, with a bit of forethought and planning, you can significantly increase your chances at picking a place you’ll love. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you move:

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