Pay Off Your Mortgage Early: Easy Tricks Anyone Can Use

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There are two ways to own your home. Either you can pay cash upfront or you can pay little by little, year after year. For most us, monthly mortgage payments are the most feasible option. While we continue to chip away paying off our homes, some of us may wonder how we can speed up the process. Whatever your reason … Read More

Introducing the Redfin Owner Estimate!

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New Feature Combines Machine Learning with Homeowner Input for a Smarter Home Value Estimate Today we announced Redfin Owner Estimate , a tool for homeowners to create an estimate of their home’s value that combines the best of machine learning and human insight. We created the Redfin Estimate to provide an instant answer to homeowners’ most important question: “What is … Read More

6 Steps for Preparing Your Home for Winter

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The winter months can be cruel on your home no matter where you live. Gusting winds can batter plants. A snowstorm could stress an older home’s roof. Even a few days of heavy January rain could wreak havoc on clogged gutters and downspouts. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you just want to keep your house intact this … Read More

How to Select Fixtures for Your New-Construction Bathroom

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If you’ve never remodeled a bathroom before, you might not have given much thought to bathroom fixtures. You will quickly learn that the faucet is not a utilitarian piece of hardware like you might have imagined — it is considered a design focal point . Choosing a faucet is one of the first major decisions you’ll be asked to make in … Read More

5 Ways to Boost Neighborhood Safety As a Community

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Image via iStock Crime can happen to anyone at any time—in fact, the 2016 Crime in the United States Report , from the FBI, found that there 327, 374 robberies in 2015 and total property crimes resulted in $14.3 billion in losses. These numbers don’t guarantee you’ll be the victim of a crime in your life, but as a homeowner, … Read More

Residential Microgrids: What You Need to Know About Going Off the Grid

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Image via iStock Natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, encouraged the development and installation of residential microgrids in the United States. Microgrids offer increasing benefits to homeowners and small communities as interest in energy independence from power companies continues to grow in response to affordable renewable energy options. What Are Microgrids? A microgrid is a local energy grid. … Read More

Preparing for the Heat: Your HVAC Summer Checklist

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Ah summer. The picnics, the lemonade, the barbeques—and the high energy bills. It may seem idyllic now, but in just a few short weeks, you’ll be peeling yourself off car seats and working the dial on your thermostat so hard it’s a wonder you don’t give yourself carpal tunnel syndrome. Electricity consumption spikes during the summer and winter—the Energy Information … Read More

How to be a Good Neighbor (No, Seriously)

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they exist.  Sometimes you wave, or smile and nod to them as you leave your home. Other times you hear them through your walls. Hopefully you get along with them. I am speaking of that part of real estate and homeownership known as neighbors. The Mrs. and I are pretty easy going, but we’re also … Read More

The Best and Worst Plants for People With Allergies

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There’s no better way to turn a house into a home than adding luscious plants and beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, people who suffer from allergies may struggle to find plants and flowers that won’t lead to a runny nose, burning eyes and uncontrollable sneezing. Which plants should allergy sufferers avoid? Which should they welcome into their homes? Here’s a look at … Read More

Water Bill Drowning You? Here Are 11 Ways to Lower It

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While utilities like internet and cable TV may seem like obvious targets, your water bill can also run much higher than necessary. Missing water bill payments could eventually hurt your credit. While most utilities don’t report on-time payments to the to credit bureaus, many will report accounts that go into default or collections, which will cause your scores to take … Read More