Category: Real Estate Focus

Home sellers can improve bottom line by reducing costs
Home sellers can improve bottom line by reducing costs

Home sellers can improve bottom line by reducing costs

RealEstateSellingTips.jpg ARA photo Sellers need to think of their bottom line when selecting service companies in order to maximize profits on their home, and consider pitching in to keep costs down. The proposition of selling a home is getting better with each passing day, according to a recently released report from the National Association of Realtors. If you need to […]

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Insulated garage doors can reduce energy loss and save you money
Insulated garage doors can reduce energy loss and save you money

Insulated garage doors can reduce energy loss and save you money

  RealEstateGarageDoor1.jpg ARA photo Depending on the specifics of your home and attached garage construction, a well-insulated door can help keep your unheated garage 10 to 20 degrees warmer on a cold winter day. A leaky, un-insulated garage door may not be an obvious culprit in rising monthly utility bills, but it?s worth a second look if you have an […]

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Creative touches can bring bland wall to life
Creative touches can bring bland wall to life

Creative touches can bring bland wall to life

  RealEstateBlandWalls2.jpg ARA photo ?Fall is a great time to redecorate because as the weather cools people start heading indoors again,? said Jonathon Fong, a Los Angeles-based interior decorator and author. When the weather cools and the bright sun of summer fades into autumn?s grayer skies, bare bland walls can feel like an ugly mark on your home?s decor. Suddenly, […]

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House on Kennedy transformed into bed & breakfast
House on Kennedy transformed into bed & breakfast

House on Kennedy transformed into bed & breakfast

KennedyLodge406.jpg The Kennedy Lodge at 315 S. Kennedy has received a face lift both inside and out, including a new cedar shake-shingle roof. KennedyLodgeInterior401.jpg Breakfasts are served in the dining room, which opens off the kitchen. The door from the dining room leads to the deck and Jacuzzi and landscaped backyard. A brother-sister duo are combining their talents and experience […]

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County offers escrow program to ease payment pain
County offers escrow program to ease payment pain

County offers escrow program to ease payment pain

REAL-ESTATEESCROW06.24.jpg ?We have had this escrow program for many years, but recently the county purchased software that automates everything,? said Jeannine Bateman, Marion County treasurer. Patty Decker /Free Press Homeowners who either have paid off their house or are electing not to pay taxes with a mortgage could benefit from an escrow program offered by the Marion County Treasurer?s office. […]

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Here are five essential tips for a first-time homebuyer
Here are five essential tips for a first-time homebuyer

Here are five essential tips for a first-time homebuyer

RealEstateBuyHouse.jpg After you determine your home buying budget, think about where you want to live. Are you going to stay in your current neighborhood, or do you want to start fresh? With the first-time homebuyer federal income tax credit currently in effect, now is the perfect time to consider making that big purchase, your first home. ?Buying a home is […]

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Simple maintenance may save major dollars at home
Simple maintenance may save major dollars at home

Simple maintenance may save major dollars at home

RealEstateCleaning.jpg Some of the costliest home repairs are ones that could easily be prevented with simple maintenance steps. Spring cleaning season meets a recession?what better time to take care of some often-overlooked household cleaning tasks that can save you big bucks in the long run? Some of the costliest repairs are ones that could easily be prevented with simple maintenance […]

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SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT-Geothermal heating, cooling making more cents today
SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT-Geothermal heating, cooling making more cents today

SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT-Geothermal heating, cooling making more cents today

Geothermal-03.25.jpg Merle Flaming (left), president and in charge of sales and management for Flaming?s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. (left) and Joel Thomas, technical expert, service technician and sales, stand next to a GeoComfort system. Flaming?s is the only dealer installing this high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the Marion County area. SCHEMATIC-Geothermal-325.jpg This schematic illustrates how a geothermal unit […]

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If credit is good, it?s a good time to buy

Motivated sellers, builders offering deep discounts and incentives, historically low mortgage rates, plenty of inventory and fierce competition for qualified borrowers?it?s actually a great time to buy a house. If your credit score is good, you?re in an even better position to negotiate the loan on the home of your dreams this spring. Spring has always been a popular time […]

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Hire an inspector before signing for that ?dream? house
Hire an inspector before signing for that ?dream? house

Hire an inspector before signing for that ?dream? house

RealEstateInspector.jpg Homebuyers aren?t the only ones who can benefit from a home inspection. If you?re selling your home, having it inspected before you list it may help sell your home in less time and for more money. You found your dream deal on a foreclosed home, but will that great price tag come with a different kind of higher cost? […]

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