Archive for May, 2012

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Surviving Horrible Neighbors

Surviving Horrible Neighbors

Unfortunately, at some point during our lives we are going to run into a bad neighbor or two. Maybe it’s a drug dealer, someone who makes an ungodly amount of racket, or maybe just a unique individual that has no idea what the words “common courtesy” mean. In any case, it’s important that you have [...]

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5 Mistakes New Homebuyers Make

5 Mistakes New Homebuyers Make

Even if you’ve done your research (a lot of research), buying a home can be a very tricky process. From what to look for in a home itself (number of bedrooms, yard size, location, etc.) to shopping for a home loan, to hiring a real estate agent, to negotiating a final price, there is a [...]

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How to Tell if You’re a True New Yorker

How to Tell if You’re a True New Yorker

New Yorkers are notoriously prideful about who they are and where they come from. And why shouldn’t they? New York is a one-of-a-kind city with over 19 million people calling it home. But just because you’ve attended NYC or waited tables in a NYC café for a few years (ala Rachel Green), doesn’t mean you’re [...]

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3 Places You Shouldn’t Buy a Home

3 Places You Shouldn’t Buy a Home

When looking for a home, there are many factors to consider, and location should always be at the top of the list. Whether or not it is close to good schools, public transportation, or recreational activities ranging from the downtown bar scene to the open ocean, where your home is located is obviously a determining [...]

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Rules to Owning a Home

Rules to Owning a Home

Congratulations, you’re a homeowner! You’ve gone through the seemingly endless stacks of paperwork, crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s, stayed cool during negotiations and are finally holding the key to your brand new home. The hard part is over, right? Well…not exactly. As many experienced homeowners will tell you, getting the home isn’t the [...]

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Cheap, Underestimated Home Renovation Ideas

Cheap, Underestimated Home Renovation Ideas

When it comes to buying a house, first looks can be deceiving. As a home buyer who just recently moved into a home that had graffiti inside the house (yes, go ahead and read that again…graffiti inside the house…), I had to literally drag my boyfriend to let me take on the project of fixing [...]

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How to Spot a Predatory Lender

How to Spot a Predatory Lender

Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them. Scratch that; everyone usually thinks every crime won’t happen to them. The fact is, when it comes to being taken advantage of, most people like to think they’re one step ahead of the game. Well, as many folks have found out over the last decade, it’s much easier [...]

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3 Deal-Breakers When Buying a New Home

3 Deal-Breakers When Buying a New Home

You know the drill; you’ve been shopping for a new home for quite some time, you find what you think is the home of your dreams and you begin the necessary steps. Since you’ve already been preapproved for a home loan (smart move doing that ahead of time), you hire a home inspector to come [...]

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Empty Nest Syndrome: Spare Room Ideas

Empty Nest Syndrome: Spare Room Ideas

Let’s paint a little picture; the kids have moved out and you’ve got 2 extra spare bedroom in the house. After the appropriate amount of time where you leave the bedroom untouched (your kids move back home, you’re not past the mourning stage of the kids moving out of the house), you need to figure [...]

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Keeping Cool without Air Conditioning

Keeping Cool without Air Conditioning

Summer is rapidly approaching, and we all know what summer in New York often brings: heat. And not the dry, somewhat manageable heat that Vegas lays claim to, but humid, sticky, oh-my-god-what-did-I-ever-do-to-deserve-this heat. And what’s worse, sometimes air conditioning isn’t an option. Whether you just can’t afford to install Central Air (or just a window [...]

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