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Second Home vs. Investment Property: What’s the Difference?

skynesher / Getty Images You hear these terms thrown around all the time: Second home, investment property, vacation home, rental property. But is there any real difference among them? And does it even matter what you call it? As it turns out, there are some very big differences between second homes and investment properties, especially if you […]

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What You Can Expect Your First Year In A New Home

Moving can be exciting, and it can also be scary. It can be smooth sailing or so wrought with silly (or serious) issues that your cat peeing in the box of towels because you haven’t unpacked his cat dish yet sends you into the kind of rolling-on-the-ground, slapping-your-leg, crying-big-fat-tears laughter that makes your family wonder […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Home

Making a New Year’s resolution is nothing new. Most of us have done it at one time or another. Making good on that resolution is another thing. “The statistics on how many people actually follow through and accomplish their New Year’s resolutions are rather grim,” said Forbes. “Studies have shown that less than 25% of people […]

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5 Kitchen Design Rules You Should Definitely Break in 2021

photoman/Getty Images The kitchen is a major focal point of a home—after all, it’s where meals are made to nourish your family, and where guests (when you can host them safely again) tend to gather, no matter how carefully you’ve arranged your living room. Because of that, the kitchen is a key selling point, which […]

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Pro Tips for Hosting Your First Virtual Holiday Party in Your New Home

The halls are decked, the punch is poured, the festive scent of wintry pine hangs in the air. You may have just moved into a new house, but you’re a pro—and you’re already ready to host your first holiday party. Your first virtual holiday party, that is. If you’re disappointed that you can’t physically welcome […]

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New-Home Construction Surges to Post-Great Recession High in October, Driven by Rise in Single-Family Starts

sculpies/iStock The numbers: U.S. builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.53 million in October, representing a 4.9% increase from the previous month’s figure, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday. Permitting for new homes occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.545 million in October, unchanged from September. Economists polled by MarketWatch had […]

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Why This Winter’s ‘Slow’ Home-Selling Season May Be Hotter Than Ever

BackyardProduction / Getty Images Winter is traditionally real estate’s slow season. Between the cold weather and the holidays, the housing market typically plunges into a hibernation of sorts, with both buyers and sellers shelving any major real estate moves until spring. This winter’s real estate market, however, is shaping up to be unlike any other before […]

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