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Newsweek Amplify - Real Estate for Beginners

Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever-increasing in value with time. Even at a very small scale, real estate remains to be a proven method for building cash flow and wealth. With well-chosen assets, real estate investors can enjoy excellent returns, value appreciation, leverage, and diversification of their investment portfolio. For those who are worried about the current recession, there are stricter regulations to protect the housing market now, unlike the crashes experienced before. Due to the low correlation that real estate has with other asset classes, adding real estate to your investment portfolio can lower its volatility and provide a higher return per unit risk. One of the disadvantages of real estate investments, however, is the

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Sheltering in place and staying closer to home as restrictions start to ease can be an opportunity to put down deeper roots in the community where you live. From small actions like introducing yourself to neighbors to larger ones like lending a hand or organizing a (socially distanced) block party can all add up to help create a vibrant and resilient community. If you’re looking for somewhere to start or want to keep the momentum going, take a look at the following ideas and see if any resonate with you and would work in your neighborhood.

1. Hang Out on Your Porch or in Your Front Yard

Just being outside can signal to neighbors…
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If things go wrong and you need to back out of a home purchase, you may wonder if you can get out of the deal without penalty.  

You have house hunted so extensively that you believe you should have your own HGTV series. You find the home of your dreams, sign a purchase agreement, pay an earnest deposit, snag a great mortgage, and cannot believe your good fortune. And then, something goes wrong, and you wonder if you should pull out of the deal. 

Can you back out of a home purchase agreement? 

Yes, but the wording included in the purchase agreement makes all the difference. Purchase agreements usually include contingencies, which are situations in which you can back out of the contract without penalty.

If the reason you pull out of buying

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This week during our HRG team meeting, we were discussing what the real estate market looks like right now for our current buyers. After a slower spring market due to the pandemic, we saw an increase in the number of buyers who were ready to take advantage of the close to 3% mortgage rates to purchase a home.

However, while many sellers decided that now was the right time to sell, others have continued to wait - essentially creating a seller's market, making it more difficult for buyers to take their time to find their next home.

What does a seller's market look like?

What we're seeing is less homes on the market creating a 'sense of urgency' with our buyers. Gone are the days of having time to 'sleep on it' ... buyers are now being forced to

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It’s not as easy as home-improvement shows make it look.

Anyone who is as obsessed with HGTV as we are could be forgiven for indulging in fantasies of quitting your day job and reinventing yourself as a Fixer Upper–style home-improvement superstar. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be the next Joanna Gaines or Leanne Ford? But if your reveries are quickly outpacing your reality, you might want to think twice before diving head first into the house-flipping market. Shows tend to gloss over some of the less glamorous parts of the process (hello HVAC repair work), bend the constraints of time and space (you’re doing this all in a week, you say?), and price labor and materials at rates typically unseen in this century.

And did we mention that

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A pool’s impact on your property value depends on these variables.

Installing an in-ground pool costs upward of $30,000. It’s an eye-catching addition to your landscaping, and it makes your house the go-to hangout spot among friends and family. But is it worth the investment? Will a pool add value to your home? Like any home improvement, a well-designed pool should increase your property value, but the reality depends on several factors. Here, experts explain four things that affect the monetary worth of a backyard pool.

Buyer Characteristics

Any sale requires a buyer. If all the people viewing your property specifically want a pool, yours becomes more valuable. If none want a pool, it becomes less valuable. It all comes down to one question:

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Listerine is known for killing germs that cause bad breath, but winning the war against halitosis is hardly its only triumph. Antiseptic mouthwash can take on all sorts of tough tasks — here are 12 unexpected and amazing ways to use it.

1. Clean your garbage disposal. It's a brilliant but disgusting concept, really — a blender made especially for grinding up and flushing food refuse, built right into your kitchen sink. But after a while, you might notice it start to stink like a bowl of leftover chili that's been sitting in the sun for two weeks. Pour in a half-cup of Listerine and give the disposal a quick spin — the stench will be gone in no time.

2. Deodorize trash cans. Soak a paper towel in a little Listerine and place it

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Paint isn’t just for walls. Here’s how to breathe new life into old stuff (like your worn-out vinyl floor).

Did you know that a little paint can perk up carpets, appliances, and even vinyl floors? With proper prep, you can paint just about anything in your house. Here are seven of our favorite house paint ideas to give new life to old things:

#1 Paint Door, Drawer, and Cabinet Hardware

Spray paint can turn builder-grade brass locks and hinges into fashion-forward hardware with an oil-rubbed bronze, pewter, or stainless look.

  • Insert the door lock’s spindle into a square of Styrofoam, which will hold it upright while you spray around the knob.
  • Before you paint, insert a tiny strip of painter’s tape into the keyhole to make sure paint
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Your "do-it-yourself" attitude is commendable, but at some point, you’ll need to hire a home repair contractor and pay someone to fix something in your home. There are going to be situations when you don’t have the time, inclination or skill to make a particular repair or do some of the work you need to be done. We all hire someone to fix something in our house at some point. What you'll find here is some guidance on when and how to select a home repair or maintenance contractor.

Types of Home Repair Contractors

When you need repair work done on your home, you will usually hire a specialty type of tradesman called a “subcontractor” which is different than a general contractor (GC) or builder. A general contractor or builder is a company

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1. The simplest way to assess the curb appeal of your house is to walk to the curb—or to the street—and view it with the critical eyes of someone who has never looked at it before. Enlist the help of a friend whose opinion you value, sense of style you admire, and who will be honest. Take pictures of the house and front yard, along with close-ups of the door, path, landscaping and other details.

Know your home's architectural style. Is it Midcentury Modern, Colonial, Georgian, or maybe Spanish? Get smart about your region's climate and local environmental issues that might affect your landscaping choices, like water rationing in a drought zone or planting annuals that will have to be changed out every couple of months.

Look at it through the

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