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Giving Your Fireplace a Facelift

By Danielle Braun / March 9, 2018
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Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity Who doesn’t love a warm fire on a damp New England night? I’ve always loved my fireplace, but the stone was too rustic and yellow for my taste—and what I really wanted was to upgrade from…

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Fast Facts About the Housing Market: January 2018

By Mary Mack / February 28, 2018
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At the end of 2017, we were able to look at the past year and see that existing-home sales were up 1.1% from 2016—and it was the best year for sales since 2006. January 2018 looked a little bit different,…

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DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

By Danielle Braun / February 9, 2018
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Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Energy, Creativity I’ve been upcycling and repurposing since I watched Grandma paint salvaged stands for her spider plant collections when I was a girl. We used to call it “yard-sailing” or “junk shopping”—and while we may have upgraded…

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Fast Facts About the Housing Market: December 2017

By Mary Mack / January 31, 2018
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Now that we’re almost a full month into 2018, we can look back at the end of 2017 and get some perspective on the year. Overall, 2017 was a great one for existing-home sales. It was up 1.1% from last…

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Thinking Long-Term: How to Add Value to Your Future Home Sale 

By Aly Yale / January 8, 2018
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Unless you plan to be in your home forever, you should always be considering its value—particularly when you choose remodeling projects, upgrades or even just go about the regular care and maintenance of your property. The right projects, upgrades, and…

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How to Know If You Are a Good Candidate for a Mortgage Loan

By Aly Yale / January 1, 2018
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For a first-time buyer, the thought of applying for a mortgage loan can be daunting. Will you qualify? What sort of rate will you get? What type of mortgage should you apply for? Are you even a good candidate in…

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Fast Facts About the Housing Market: November 2017

By Mary Mack / December 28, 2017
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Was the U.S. housing market something you said you were thankful for at the Thanksgiving table? If not, it should have been! According to Realtor.com, sales in November were 3.8% higher than a year ago and were at their strongest…

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Holiday Gift Guide: The 5 Best Gifts for New Homeowners

By Aly Yale / December 14, 2017
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Have a friend, family member, or colleague who bought a home this year? Don’t phone it in with their holiday gift. Being a new homeowner is expensive, and you can bet your loved one could use a helping hand this…

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Fast Facts About the Housing Market: October 2017

By Austin White / December 12, 2017
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In September, we saw existing home sales rise for the first time in three months. Then, in October, the market got even hotter with existing home sales increasing to their strongest pace since earlier this summer. However, supply and demand weren’t quite in sync—there were fewer closings on an annual basis for the second straight month due to supply shortages.

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Could Getting Married Affect Your Ability to Get a Mortgage?

By Aly Yale / December 7, 2017
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Marriage is a big deal, both personally and financially. Once you say those “I dos,” everything changes. Your lives are intertwined forever—and that includes your money, your credit score and your financial history. As such, marriage can have a huge…

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