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March 22nd, 2017

How to Start a Renovation and Where to Begin

Written by Josh Scott

  Working on your home can be a daunting prospect. Your mind may be flooded with ideas. You may be overloaded with advice from family and friends. You may be grappling with big questions, such as: Should we stay or should we move? Should we extend or simply tweak the space we already have? The biggest obstacle can …

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March 16th, 2017

Six Key Factors That Affect the Sales Price of Your Home

Written by Josh Scott

Pricing a home for sale is not nearly as simple as most people think. You can’t base the price on what the house down the street sold for. You can’t depend on tax assessments. Even automatic valuation methods (AVMs), while useful for a rough estimate of value, are unreliable for purposes of pricing a home for …

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March 13th, 2017

3 DIY Renovation Ideas You Might Want to Steal

Written by Josh Scott

Our series on reader renovations of kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms has garnered many comments, with plenty of readers chiming in about the features they love. Here, we round up some of the brightest ideas from the Reader Projects featured so far. Perhaps you’d like to try them in your own project.   Reader …

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March 8th, 2017

Real Estate Seller Tip: Home Updates for the Best ROI

Written by Josh Scott

Are you thinking about selling your home? Making home updates is usually a part of the process. Windermere Real Estate agent, Julie Hall, shares her expert tips on what home updates will yield the best return on investment, and they may surprise you.   …

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March 6th, 2017

5 Stunning Siding and Brick Combinations

Written by Josh Scott

We love brick. Who doesn’t? The building material of choice for ages, it is revered for its rich, organic texture, color and visual interest. And it only gets better with time, the color having more depth after baking in the sun for years.   Related: Hire a Siding and Exterior Expert Here   If you’re …

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March 3rd, 2017

Your Story is Our Story: A Forever Home in Tucker Gulch

Written by Josh Scott

Newlyweds Zach and Sam weren’t looking for the typical three-bedroom, two-bathroom home; their list was, let’s say, unique. So, what was important to them? At the top of the list: a claw foot bathtub, wood burning fireplace, acreage close to town, and lots of trees.  Windermere agent, Mary Ahmann Hibbard, …

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March 2nd, 2017

Read Across America Day: Supporting Literacy Programs in Our Communities

Written by Josh Scott

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~Dr. Seuss   Today is Read Across America Day! What started out in 1997 as a move to create a day to celebrate reading by the National Education Association, turned into an official day of observance in 1998.  Read …

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March 2nd, 2017

Read Across America Day: Supporting Literacy Programs in Our Communities

Written by Josh Scott

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~Dr. Seuss   Today is Read Across America Day! What started out in 1997 as a move to create a day to celebrate reading by the National Education Association, turned into an official day of observance in 1998.  Read …

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February 28th, 2017

Real Estate Buyer Tip: How to Find a Deal

Written by Josh Scott

If you are ready to buy a home in a seller’s market, don’t despair. Windermere Real Estate agent, Michael Doyle, shares how you can find a good deal on a great home, even in the hottest housing market.   …

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February 27th, 2017

3 Design Ideas to Try in Your Bedroom

Written by Josh Scott

As far as design goes, bedrooms are pretty straightforward. Pick the typical necessary components — bed, nightstands, dresser — and you’ve got a bedroom. But too often homeowners stop there. The designers for these three bedrooms didn’t. They took a holistic approach, embraced built-ins and celebrated …

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