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October 6, 2017

Things You Should Know About Public Paths and Trails

David and Susan Durovy consider the public running and biking path at the back of their new home an unexpected bonus. “It wasn’t a deal breaker,” David said. “But it was definitely a big plus.” Susan, a nurse, and David, founder of the Love More Institute, an educational portal that teaches people how to connect with each other in a more positive, loving way, see the trail as an opportunity to meet and engage with their community.

The two moved from a very rural area with acres of land that backed up to a forest, into town last July. Instead of having only one neighbor 200-yards next door, they now have neighbors only yards away on each side of [...]

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October 2, 2017

Flood Insurance 101: What Homeowners Need to Know

The fact is – any property can flood. Your home doesn’t have to be under five feet of water from hurricane flood surges to suffer flood damage. Normal amounts of rainwater can drain under your home, and flood your basement or the lowest floor level, causing flood damage. This kind of flooding can cause mold, increase the risk of termites and cause electrical problems.

More than 75% of homeowners devastated by flooding unfortunately discover they should have had flood insurance. The sad thing, experts say, is that flood insurance is not that expensive – typically $450 to $600 a year for the average home. When you weigh the cost of flood insurance against replacing [...]

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September 28, 2017

This Season’s Hottest Trend: Fire Features!

Whether it’s a fireplace, fire pit or fire table, fire features are the hottest trend in the exterior living industry right now.

“We have landscapers who tell us they’ve installed more fire features this past year than in all the years they’ve been in business combined,” said Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals. “Fire is the biggest fall trend this year. People are looking for things they enjoy inside their home that they can take to enjoy outside.”

Fire is the perfect backdrop for socializing, but depending on what kind of feature you select, the feature can [...]

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September 27, 2017

The Best Indoor and Outdoor Trends For 2017-2018

If you consider your home an investment – something you want to sell quickly – then it’s important to understand what future home buyers are looking for. According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) September trends study, this is what homebuyers are looking for in a home:

The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of over 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. According to AIA, “Residential architects are design leaders in shaping how homes function, look, and integrate into communities and this survey helps to identify emerging trends in the housing marketplace.”

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August 24, 2017

Backyard Bomb Shelters Are Making a Comeback! What You Should Know

Bomb shelters are the quintessential home add-on for those who tend to expect the unexpected. The 1960s were a time of unprecedented concern regarding the threat of nuclear war and that hysteria hasn’t gone anywhere. Bomb shelters are still popular among many homeowners and the need for one is still booming. “There’s always been a demand for underground shelters,” said Dave French, a survival expert and business owner of a bomb shelter company. “Most people consider them a must have for weather events, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, financial collapse and that sort of thing.” But shelters specifically for bombs?

“People are concerned [...]

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August 23, 2017

What’s Trending in Outdoor Spaces?

Whether you simply build or buy a fire pit or picnic for your backyard, or drop thousands of dollars into a high-end outdoor kitchen or patio, increasing your outdoor living space can pay high dividends.

“Nearly 70 percent of the design and build firms taking our quarterly home designs trends survey report an increased demand for outdoor living space,” said Matt Tinder, a spokesperson for the American Institute of Architects (AIA.) While many homeowners consider any level of outdoor living a plus, Tinder says the AIA is seeing homeowners investing significant funds into their homes.

“Our survey found people want to stay in their homes longer. With the [...]

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August 22, 2017

Do You Have the Personality It Takes to Be a House Flipper?

You’ve seen the reality shows, and probably thought you have what it takes to quit your day job and start flipping houses, but do you? Companies throughout the housing industry, including Home Depot, along with mortgage companies and lenders say they’re seeing an uptick in millennials buying fixer-uppers for themselves or to flip. It’s a healthy trend with the potential for huge profits, but it’s not without its risks.

via Matthew Hurst

Brian Augsberger, a Rehab Financial lender who provides rehab loans in fifteen states across the US, said “not everyone is cut out to be a [...]

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August 18, 2017

Seven Things to Check Before Buying Property for a Wedding Venue

Being the general manager of a hotel in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, and a hospitality consultant living in Asia before that were more than jobs for Eric Fulton. They gave him the experience and background he needed to start a family agri-tourism business, a bed and breakfast (B&B), and a wedding venue in Culpepper, Virginia. Fulton is co-owner of Walden Hall, a B&B and wedding venue on 11 acres of land in Reva, Virginia, just outside Culpepper, Virginia. The B&B is named after Henry Thoreau’s “Walden.” The theme extends to the “Poet Suites” of the B&B, five luxury suites named after famous poets. He wanted a family business, and he [...]

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