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7 Reasons Why Condo Living Is The Best Option for Newlyweds
7 Reasons Why Condo Living Is The Best Option for Newlyweds

7 Reasons Why Condo Living Is The Best Option for Newlyweds

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By Patricia Evans Your marriage is a contract like no other and starting your life together has its challenges. If you’re searching the market for your first home, condo living is an option you should consider. It takes out many of the headaches and conflicts that a single home ownership might introduce into the relationship.…
Infographic: 50 Ways to Save Energy
Infographic: 50 Ways to Save Energy

Infographic: 50 Ways to Save Energy

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By Justin Barisich The beauty of condo living is that you get the benefits of both home ownership and apartment renting. You have a prime location in the area of your choice, community living with nearby neighbors, a reduction of unused space and costs, and most of the unwanted home chores taken care of by…
Condo Owner’s Dilemma: How to Deal with Problem Neighbors
Condo Owner’s Dilemma: How to Deal with Problem Neighbors

Condo Owner’s Dilemma: How to Deal with Problem Neighbors

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By Emily Harper Are you having problems with your new condo neighbor? Unlike in a rental, moving out at the end of the lease is not an option so you have to learn to deal with the problem neighbor. If left unresolved, neighbor issues can make everyone’s life stressful but many new condo owners may…
How to Prepare Emotionally for Buying Your First Condo
How to Prepare Emotionally for Buying Your First Condo

How to Prepare Emotionally for Buying Your First Condo

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By Dan Bergman Buying a condo or co-op is exciting, but there’s also a deeply emotional element to the process, especially for first-time buyers. However, if you know what to expect, you’ll be better able to deal with the ups and downs. Here’s how I counsel my clients. Prepare to Compromise Keep in mind that…
7 Easy Tricks to Give Your Condo a Budget Facelift for Spring
7 Easy Tricks to Give Your Condo a Budget Facelift for Spring

7 Easy Tricks to Give Your Condo a Budget Facelift for Spring

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By Alisa Helly Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? We are here to help you do so on budget with a few simple but effective tricks. 1. Rearrange Your Furniture and Accessories One of the best ways to better your home is by smartly rearranging the stuff you already have. Begin by piling…
All About Roofs: An Infographic
All About Roofs: An Infographic

All About Roofs: An Infographic

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Sponsored post Your roof. It’s arguably the most important structure of any home.  Every condo owner should know some basic facts about roofs in order to understand if a problem might be developing that needs attention. Did you know that a standard roof is made from up of 13 different components? The first word, or…
Know Before You Owe: How The New Mortgage Rules Will Affect First-Time Condo Buyers
Know Before You Owe: How The New Mortgage Rules Will Affect First-Time Condo Buyers

Know Before You Owe: How The New Mortgage Rules Will Affect First-Time Condo Buyers

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On Oct. 3, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implemented a major new revision to the mortgage process. The new program, known as “Know Before You Owe”, might mean headaches for banks and loan lenders, but the increased transparency is good news for everybody in the market for a new home, including first-time condo buyers. What…
Buying a Condo: How to Start Your Research Online
Buying a Condo: How to Start Your Research Online

Buying a Condo: How to Start Your Research Online

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By Ali Donoghue Contrary to what you may have heard, real estate isn’t immune to the information age. Beyond cat memes and up-to-the-second sports scores, the internet offers access to information that previously was not easily available to home buyers. For example, my brokerage, Redfin, has a website with home listings updated every 15 minutes…
Save Big Money by Remodeling with Reclaimed Building Materials
Save Big Money by Remodeling with Reclaimed Building Materials

Save Big Money by Remodeling with Reclaimed Building Materials

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Every second, one-and-a-half acres of rain forest are cut down, according to statistics from the Save The Rainforest foundation. This is in spite of the fact that copious amounts of potentially re-usable building materials go to the landfill each year. As of 2002, 36% of residential and commercial waste was made up of construction and…
How Much Should Interest Rates Affect Your Decision to Buy?
How Much Should Interest Rates Affect Your Decision to Buy?

How Much Should Interest Rates Affect Your Decision to Buy?

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By Ali Donoghue Like it or not, if you need a mortgage to buy a condo, you need to understand interest rates. Your interest rate – together with the size of the the loan – determines the amount of monthly payments when you take out a mortgage on your home. So, for example, if you…