• January 25, 2015

Real Estate

  • Real Estate

    Busting first-time homebuyer myths

    (BPT) - When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Without home buying experience, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

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    What to look for in a new garage door - and why you should replace yours now

    (BPT) - At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient garage door.

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    The easiest resolution to keep: Upgrading your bathroom

    (BPT) - Whether committing to losing weight, improving your health or furthering your career, New Year’s resolutions create stress and require time and hard work. This year, along with those admirable but difficult-to-keep resolutions, why not set a goal that’s easy to achieve and will leave you with long-lasting satisfaction? Start the new year with a new bathroom, and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.

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Monday 01/19/2015
5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When temperatures begin creeping up again, it signals time for an annual tradition: spring cleaning. While big projects like windows are hard to overlook, don’t forget smaller areas that need attention, too, such as your home office.

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Ways to Recycle at Home
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Though recycling may seem like a chore, it is an important key to managing the waste in your family’s home.

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Create Your Own Bathroom Retreat
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With so much time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 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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Friday 01/09/2015
Give Your House A Fresh Start: Get The Ductwork Cleaned
Updated: January 10, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—While professionally cleaned ductwork can be like a breath of fresh air to many houses, there are a few facts you should know when it’s time to have your home’s air ducts cleaned.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Three Ways To Save Money In 2015
Updated: January 08, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for some homeowners looking to save money: Utility costs are your biggest housing expense after the mortgage, but there are more ways than ever to save on energy bills. Homeowners who act now can save thousands in the years ahead.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Small Fixtures Make a Big Design Impact
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - When considering lighting design, chances are you picture major fixtures like ornate chandeliers, groupings of colorful pendants or elaborate track lighting. However, even small fixtures, such as portable lamps, can transform a room, according to the American Lighting Association (ALA).

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Monday 01/05/2015
Tips To Stay Warm And Reduce Energy Costs
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s no doubt that heating and cooling your home is the largest energy expense in your home. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for about 56 percent of the energy used in a typical U.S. home, which makes efforts to reduce energy costs that much more important.

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What’s Your Kitchen Style?
Updated: January 09, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With so many styles of kitchens and cabinets, it can sometimes be hard to decide on a favorite. You may see kitchens in each style and agree that they are all beautiful in their own way. But which is the style you would choose for your own home?

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Clear the Bathroom Clutter
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Due to their small size and heavy usage, bathrooms can become a messy, cluttered area for many families.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Get the Low Down on Low Down Payments
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 2:32 am

(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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Friday 11/21/2014
New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 2:31 am

(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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Thursday 11/20/2014
Add a signature style to your home
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 2:31 am

(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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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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Information sought in Belton homicide
Posted: January 23, 2015

BELTON — Crime Stoppers and the police department are asking for the public’s help to solve a case involving the Dec. 19 death of John Hayes Hill Jr., 62, of Belton, a Crime Stoppers news release said.

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Wet roads, speeding drivers cause accidents
Posted: January 23, 2015

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY — A string of accidents Thursday morning on Interstate 35 near mile marker 318 in McLennan County not only delayed traffic but also caused minor injuries to Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean and totaled his vehicle.

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