• December 26, 2014

Real Estate

  • Real Estate

    Get the Low Down on Low Down Payments

    (StatePoint) You may have heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20 percent of the purchase price. However, today’s home buyers have many choices when it comes to the size of the down payment.

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    New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs

    (BPT) - When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep” can apply to any home, especially if you’re considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.      

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    Add a signature style to your home

    (BPT) - To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

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Monday 12/22/2014
Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.

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How to Wow Guests This Holiday Season
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to go all out for your guests. From decor tips to hosting secrets, it only takes a few special tweaks to make your party the talk of the season.

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Set the Scene for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Enjoy The Sun—Inside
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sunlight streaming through the window and onto your skin may feel fine when the weather’s cold but it can damage your skin—unless you take certain steps.

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Afternoon Project
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you’re looking to instantly transform a piece of wood furniture or your kitchen cabinets, try a one-step stain and clear finish product to change the look and color of your wooden piece. You can update a tired room by making over one item without removing its existing finish or replacing the furniture.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Conserve Energy This Winter by Choosing the Right Windows
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Winter is upon us, but the window hasn't closed for homeowners to keep their heating bills from going through the roof.

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4 Tips to Make Home Maintenance Easier
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Some home maintenance jobs require a significant investment of time and specialized equipment, but there are many projects you can accomplish efficiently with basic tools and the right approach. Follow these tips to get started:

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Friday 12/12/2014
Five Quick Ways To Upgrade Your Home For Resale
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re considering cashing in on your equity, downsizing, trading up, moving for a change of scenery or relocating for better prospects, a few smart investments and improvements can help your home stand out from the competition so you get top dollar. Even if you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, these strategies can maximize your home’s value and increase its marketability:

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Simple Safety Tips
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane-powered appliances for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. To help them stay safe and comfortable in cold weather, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers some advice.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
How To Purchase Your First Home In 2015
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The American dream of homeownership may not be as hard to attain as many people seem to fear. A few intriguing facts and hints can help.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Expert tips to make your new house feel like home
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Factors that Impact a Home's Value
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) It may seem like the size of your home is the be-all and end-all of your home’s value. But there are many other factors that come into play when determining the listing price of a particular home.

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Monday 11/10/2014
6 steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:

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Monday 11/03/2014
Millennials: How to make your home ownership dreams a reality
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 10:14 am

(BPT) - Owning a home is part of the American Dream, yet standards on income, credit and debt are making it tougher to buy a home than it was 10 years ago. Even though requirements are relaxing, only three out of five borrowers get approved.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Putting Your Vacation Home to Work for You
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - If your vacation home has started to become more of a financial headache than a refuge, it might be time to consider renting out your property.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Timeless interior design - perfect for protecting your kitchen investment
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Kitchens are the heart of the home. It’s where you prepare meals, help your kids with homework and entertain guests. It’s the room in the house where everyone gathers, where memories are made, and, with solid investment, can single-handedly increase the value of your home and help you build more of a nest egg. Even if you’re considering selling your home, all eyes of prospective buyers will inevitably be on the kitchen.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Are you spending home improvement dollars on the wrong door?
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - How often do you use the front door? Not often, right? When Americans come home from work or school, the front door now takes a back seat to the garage door.

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Monday 09/08/2014
4 questions to ask before purchasing a new home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Buying a new house is an exciting time in your life. Because it is one of the most important investments you’ll make for yourself and your family, there are many important factors to consider. Before making a purchase, take these four questions into account. Having the answers will allow you to enjoy your new home now and in the years ahead.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Singles finding their way to homeownership without making lifestyle compromises [Infographic]
Posted: August 20, 2014

(BPT) - With the average American getting married later than they have in a century, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, more and more singles aren't waiting for wedding bells before they take the plunge into homeownership. A new CENTURY 21 Real Estate survey shows that while singles are less willing to make lifestyle sacrifices in order to purchase a home, they still value homeownership. Find out how these determined buyers pull it off with the help of agents who understand their unique needs.

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Killeen cancer support group cancels today’s meeting
Posted: December 23, 2014

Today’s Killeen cancer support group meeting was canceled. The next meeting is Jan. 13.

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Mission offering free holiday meal to those in need
Posted: December 23, 2014

Jesus Hope & Love Homeless Mission is offering a free Christmas Day meal for those in need from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at 818 N. Fourth St., behind H-E-B, downtown Killeen.

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