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    Monday, December 17, 2018   /   by Michael O'Neal

    Kingwood landed TOP neighborhoods for retirement

    A new study ranks the top spots for retirees — all in or near major U.S. cities — based on median home prices, weather, crime and other factors.
    The neighborhoods at the top of the list offer the biggest bang for the buck without being too far from downtown.

    The personal finance website ranked the top spots for retirement — all in or near major U.S. cities — based on median home prices, concentration of other retirees, crime rate, weather and proximity to amenities such as restaurants, shopping, coffee shops, public transportation, libraries and parks.

    The spots at the very top of the list offered the biggest bang for the buck without being too far from downtown. That makes it possible for retirees to enjoy all the benefits of living close to a major metropolis without sacrificing their hard-earned savings.
    "The idea is that you can have city amenities and still live in a neighborhood," said Gabrielle Olya, a senior writer at GoBankingRates.

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    Sunday, December 09, 2018   /   by Michael O'Neal

    10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

    Selling Secret #10: Pricing it rightFind out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

    Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closetsStorage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

    Selling Secret #8: Light it upMaximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut ...

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    Sunday, December 02, 2018   /   by Michael O'Neal

    How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind

    Finding your dream home is an exciting adventure that, at times, can also feel all-consuming. On a good day, it's fun to swipe through listings and whiz through every open house in your area, but after umpteen hours of it—and perhaps a lost bidding war or two—it can almost drive you mad.
    If you sometimes feel like you're spinning your wheels and wandering aimlessly from property to property, we get it. House hunt burnout is real. Yet there are also plenty of smart ways to keep your stress levels and sanity on even keel.

    Get pre-approved for a mortgage before you even start
    Do not pass Go, do not even look at online listings until you have your mortgage pre-approval lined up.

    “Not only will a pre-approval make it easier to eventually make an offer as a serious buyer, but it will also help you narrow down your property search criteria so you can focus better,” notes Jackie Hinton, a real estate broker for Center Coast Real ...

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    Sunday, November 25, 2018   /   by Michael O'Neal

    Easy Winter Home Maintenance & Repair Tips

    Every winter, homeowners run the risk of spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on home repairs due to the extreme winter conditions. It’s extremely important to prep your home ahead of time and avoid these dangers. To keep your home safe, warm and in good working order we recommend these quick and easy winter home maintenance projects:
    #1 Weather-Strip Your Doors and Windows
    Doors and windows are an often-overlooked source of air leakage, but it’s important to weather strip them to keep warm air in and cold air out. Weather stripping presents two options: call a professional to install weatherstripping or do it yourself. If you do it yourself, you can use either caulk or expanding foam. It will cost about $20 to $30 to cover 10 feet.
    #2 Upgrade Your Thermostat
    If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance you have an outdated thermostat — the kind on which you move a bar between 50 and 90 degrees. These thermostats regulate heat inefficiently compa ...

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