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    4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle

    (BPT) - Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities — a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Is it any wonder that association members report the average cost of remodeling a bath is between $10,000 and $30,000? However, you don’t have to spend that much to update your bathroom stylishly and easily.

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    Plumbing the power of a powder room addition

    (BPT) - Never underestimate the power of a powder room to make your home more livable and increase its resale value. Having more and nicer bathrooms consistently scores high in surveys on homeowners’ wish lists. What’s more, extra baths deliver more than just convenience; a National Association of Realtors study found each extra bathroom boosts home sale prices approximately 24 percent.

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    Where there is a will - and more - there's peace of mind

    (BPT) - What’s the state of your estate? Robert Fishbein, a vice president and corporate counsel in Prudential Financial's Tax Department, says now's a good time to find out.

Tuesday 12/20/2016
4 statement pieces to elevate your bathroom to a work of art
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Investing in a bathroom upgrade is in the cards for nearly a quarter of homeowners planning to renovate within the next 12 months, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. Improving a bathroom is rewarding on multiple levels; if you’re selling, buyers love great bathrooms. If you’re staying, a luxurious bathroom can be a relaxing oasis where you’ll be happy to begin or end a busy day.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
Beyond the front door: The benefits of working with a mortgage banker
Posted: December 15, 2016

(BPT) - So you’ve found your dream home. Before you start packing up, you’ll need to make some big decisions first, like finding the right mortgage. Mortgage decisions can be overwhelming, especially if you try to do it on your own. Your neighborhood mortgage banker can help you navigate this process, answering questions in real-time and offering personalized advice.

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Monday 12/05/2016
New neutrals dominate the color trends of 2017
Updated: December 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Bathroom renovations even the pickiest in-laws will love
Updated: December 09, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - While the approach of the holidays has many people focused on gift lists and celebrations, you’re thinking about the guest bathroom. More specifically, you’re thinking about your mother-in-law’s commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law’s judgment of the archaic toilet that uses gallons of water per flush, and your sister-in-law’s reaction to the total lack of natural light.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
4 tips to help keep your home warm, comfortable and energy efficient this winter
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With winter comes the holiday season, a time that’s supposed to be associated with “comfort and joy.” But how joyful will it be if pests invade your house, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can make your home feel uncomfortable.

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Thursday 11/17/2016
DIY projects to increase the resale value of your home.
Updated: November 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whatever you’re passionate about, you know hobbies cost money. People who haven’t shaken the travel bug need to negotiate time off work, pay for lodging, airfare and more. If you’re a big football fan, the amount you spend on food, snacks, game tickets and clothing adds up during the course of a season. Even simple hobbies like fishing can require a seemingly endless number of gadgets and electronics.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
How to get the most out of your lawn and snow tools
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Remember when you actually had to leave the house to do things?

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Thursday 11/10/2016
3 reasons why winter is a smart time to buy a home
Updated: November 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Don’t give up on buying a home as winter nears. In fact, December through February may be better for buyers than the busy season in spring and summer.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
6 holiday-friendly home design features
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Friday 11/04/2016
An affordable way to qualify for a home loan without that big down payment
Updated: November 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For many Americans, the biggest hurdle in buying a home is the 20 percent down payment they think is required for mortgage approval. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors, 34 percent of respondents believe they need more than 20 percent. Meanwhile, low down payment mortgages account for a significant amount of home buying annually.

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