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For homeowners and renters lucky enough to have backyards, these outdoor spaces have become more important than ever in recent months. And since summer is officially here, it should come as no surprise that many residents are sprucing up their patios, decks, and backyards to make them comfortable oases for relaxing and spending quality time with loved ones.

But with so many choices in terms of furniture, accessories, and other outdoor elements, it can be overwhelming to decide what exactly to splurge on — especially if you’re working with a blank slate or a tight budget.

1. A dining set

Eating al fresco is one of life’s simple pleasures, so you’ll never regret investing in a sturdy dining set for your

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Keep your neighbors on your good side by avoiding these bad habits.

 

Never Taking Down Seasonal Decorations

It's July, but your mailbox still has a Santa hat on it and your holiday lights are still dangling from your roof. Your excuse? You'll have to put them up again soon anyway! No matter the holiday, when it's over, it's over. No one wants to see the Easter Bunny or rotting pumpkins from Halloween on your lawn months after the fact. 

Abandoning Old Furnishings In Your Yard

You may think that tossing your old couch in the woods behind your house is an easy way to avoid hauling it to the dump, but if your neighbors see it, it becomes an eyesore and your neighbors will think you're lazy! 

Letting Paint Get Ratty

An old, historic

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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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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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The most common mistake homeowners make is believing that their homeowners insurance is all inclusive. They think it will cover everything and anything that goes wrong in the home.

It isn’t and it won’t.

Let’s look at what a home warranty covers compared to what homeowners insurance covers. We’ll then look at why having both is the best way to protect your home.

What does a home warranty cover?

Here are some of the most commonly covered systems and appliances under a Home Warranty Service Agreement.

  • HVAC systems
  • Plumbing and electrical systems
  • Major appliances: washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, oven range, disposal

A Home Warranty Service Agreement from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW) is an annual service

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1. Do not have anything else financed. That debt will affect your Debt to Income Ratio and can prevent you from qualifying for a home. It will most certainly reduce the amount of money you can borrow for a home. 

2. Do not apply for credit anywhere until the home transaction is CLOSED. If you do, your credit score may go down short term & the Underwriter will ask you for a letter explaining why you applied for additional credit.

 

3. Any amount financed outside of a mortgage will decrease the amount of money you can borrow for a mortgage. EXAMPLES: No furniture, no cars, no boats, no debt consolidation loans, no additional credit cards or lines of credit. 

4. Do not put any "one time" or unusual deposits into your bank account except

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Whether you’re self-employed or applying for an FHA or USDA loan, here’s the pre-approval paperwork you need.

If you're serious about buying a home, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a critical step. It’s also a tedious one. Lenders seem to want a mountain of documents and have so many {{ start_tip 124 }}requirements.{{ end_tip }}

Yet the payoff is worth it. Most agents recommend mortgage pre-approval because it strengthens your offer. Sellers like to know the buyer already has financing secured.

Plus, you're going to need that same hefty stack of paperwork for your official mortgage application once you've got a contract on a home, so you're really knocking out two tasks at once.

To help, we've created a documents checklist for each

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Thinking of moving soon? Whether you’re sick of your job or sick of your neighbors, there are plenty of reasons why it could be time for a change. Here are 11 common signs that it’s high time to move.

#1 Things are getting tight

Look around. Are things getting a bit tight in your household? If so, it may be time to move. One of the most obvious tell-tale signs that it’s time to move is when you no longer have room for anything. Maybe you had a baby. Maybe an aging parent is moving in with you. Maybe you need an extra guest room. Or maybe you just can’t turn around without tripping over all your stuff. Whatever the reason – when space is tight, you know it’s time to move to a bigger place.

#2 You’re ready for an upgrade

If you’re ready to

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Give your home a curb appeal makeover and get your neighbors thinking someone else moved in.

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1. Repave a Driveway: Before

A well-maintained driveway keeps the front of your home looking good and is one of he first things guests and neighbors notice about your home. Weather beat on this driveway to the point that it deteriorated and needs repaving.

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2. Repave a Driveway: After

Repaving your driveway is going to take the better part of a weekend but the good news is that it typically only costs around $100 to $150 to do it. Check out how to prepare for a driveway repaving job and learn the questions to ask if you choose to hire the job out.

3. Before: Dull Exterior

Dullness is pervasive in

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