Author Archives: Brittany Icayan

Staying calm after the NAR settlement…

“The Truth About the NAR Settlement Agreement. There’s much the media has gotten wrong about NAR’s settlement, which would require the association to pay $418 million over four years. Some outlets have suggested that NAR previously set or guided commissions … Continue reading

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How Much It Costs to Keep Up with the Joneses

They’re making a pricey remodeling mistake. You don’t have to. KEY TAKEAWAYS The more time you plan to live in your home, the less risk a remodel is.Scroll to: Is This Your Forever Home? Very few remodels are worth taking out … Continue reading

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How Smart Home Technology Can Be a Selling Point

Home technology smarts are the new area for real estate bragging rights. You often judge a house by it’s good looks. But guess what? Now you can also judge it by its IQ. Long-buzzed about smart home technology — think … Continue reading

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Home Insurance and Mold: Is Mold Covered?

Whether you’re covered often comes down to the source of moisture and the wording of a policy. Mold strikes fear into the hearts of those who’ve heard horror stories about toxic mold, expensive mold remediation, and denied home owners insurance … Continue reading

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Sharp Homeowners Know June Is the Best Time to Do These 5 Things

Like cleaning your siding — just be sure to start from the bottom and go up. Could it really be summer?! Tackle these five summer maintenance tasks during June’s longer days and better weather — and save yourself time and money this … Continue reading

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Smart Home Security Gets Even Smarter — and Easier

Smart home security can give you a (virtual) lock on protecting your home and peace of mind. Once upon a time, installing a smart home security system was complicated and expensive. To get one, you had to call a professional … Continue reading

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How Much Will It Cost to Finish an Attic?

Decide whether converting your attic is a smart financial move and practical for you. An attic bedroom (or home office or other functional space) reclaims an area previously devoted to high school yearbooks and nesting sparrows. Optimizing every bit of livable space … Continue reading

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Tree Falls On Property Line: Who Pays? Who Picks Up the Pieces?

Who pays depends on numerous factors. When a neighbor’s tree falls over your property line, yell TIMBER, then call your insurance company. Home owners policies cover tree damage caused by perils like wind and winter storms. Most policies cover hauling … Continue reading

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5 Tips That Will Protect You from This (Expensive) DIY Mistake

DIY home remodeling is great — until it isn’t. Here’s how to keep it great. It was their first plumbing project. “It was just a small crack in a pipe,” says Karah Bunde. She and her husband, Joel, had just … Continue reading

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