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Hot Tips to Selling Undeveloped LandSelling land can be a different experience than selling improved land featuring homes and other structures. Sellers need to create a vision of the potential of a parcel and may need to exert some creativity to attract potential buyers. An awareness of the different groups of individuals that may want to use and improve the property, such as those who need tracts for agriculture, hunting or recreational purposes, can help sellers target their audience. What should individuals selling land for the first time know to make the process easier?

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Make the Parcel Attractive

Sellers need to take an objective view of the property and make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers, even if traditional curb

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The Basics of Home InsulationUnless the cost of utility bills has recently skyrocketed, homeowners may not think about the state of their insulation very often. They may think that their home is new enough that they don't need to replace or install their current insulation. Yet, old and new homes alike may not be nearly as energy efficient as the homeowners would like to believe, and that lack of energy efficiency may be costing them money. Find out more about how to tell if you need additional insulation for your home.

Perform an Energy Audit

Full energy audits may cost several hundred dollars to perform, but they will show a homeowner where and how they're losing air. This allows the owner to focus only on the problem areas, rather than adding insulation to a part of the

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5 Things Every Outdoor Living Room NeedsAn outdoor living room could be an excellent space for relaxing or entertaining. These fundamental components play an important role in the cohesiveness, function, and comfort of a yard's design.

Create Shade in Your Outdoor Living Room

Although some regions of the country will support outdoor living at any time of year, most people will spend the bulk of their time outside during the summer. This makes adequate coverage a necessity. Sitting in the baking sun for hours is the biggest driver for appropriate shading, but protecting furniture and other equipment also calls for shade. Homeowners might decide to build an awning or canopy to cover the living area during the hottest parts of the day. Adjustable shades can make it easier to open up the

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Construction News: Robots, Wearable Technology, and Augmented RealityWaste reduction and Timeline consolidation on the construction site are both vital if homes of the future are to remain affordable for buyers and cost-effective for builders. In addition, state-of-the-art technology may help compensate for labor shortages that still plague the industry following the housing meltdown of the last decade.

Here is a sample of new technologies that show promise in residential real estate construction. Some of them are available today; others should become mainstream in the not-far-distant future. All are based on high-tech options and improvements that were not even on the horizon as recently as a decade ago. Improvements in protective gear have boosted the comfort quotient for construction workers and, in some cases,

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What You Need to Know About Sustainable ConstructionSustainable home construction is important to many new home buyers. For those home buyers who set out to build their homes instead of buying a pre-existing home, there are many things that they can do to make their home more environmentally friendly. This guide will help new home buyers to make an environmentally friendly Indian Springs house suited to their needs.

Choose Sustainable Materials

Sustainable materials are the foundation of eco-friendly construction. There are many different types of sustainable materials. Home buyers who are building their own environmentally friendly homes may choose from a variety of different environmentally friendly building materials.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is wood that has been taken from one

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How to Sell a House in a Buyer's MarketIn a buyer's market, there are more homes for sale than the number of buyers interested in them. Generally, this means that buyers have a more powerful negotiating position, and home prices are lower than normal. This is good news for those who want to purchase property, but sellers are often overwhelmed at how to market and sell their home in a market inundated with buyers ready to offer less than asking price.

Luckily, home sellers who hire an experienced real estate agent will still be able to get a worthwhile return on their investment. These tips can help home sellers who are facing a buyer's market:

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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The Breakdown of Closing Costs (and How You Can Pay for It All)Real estate terms like closing costs are not exactly specific, which can ultimately lead to confusion for both home buyers and sellers alike. Closing costs are made even more complicated by the fact that definitions can vary from state to state. To get a better handle on how closing costs will affect the home sale (and how buyers can get the best deal), see how the costs break down for better budgeting.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Basic Percentages

Budgeting for closing costs isn't always as simple as it sounds because some homeowners in Homewood will pay about 2% of the cost of the home, while others will pay up to 5%. Plus, there are certain

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Understanding the Effects of Your Credit Score on a Home LoanA credit score may be just a few numbers, but those numbers can have a huge effect on practically every financial decision a person makes. The problem is that those effects aren't always clear until a person has signed an ironclad contract. Lenders have a way of subverting their fears of default with fees and charges of every variety. Hopeful homeowners need a solid handle on what their credit score means before they can pick a loan that works for them.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Conventional Lenders

Buyers will ideally want a credit score of 760 or higher to secure a conventional loan, even though most lenders will accept those at 700 or over.

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5 Strategies for Buying a Home in a Competitive MarketIn a seller’s market, there are fewer homes for sale than there are buyers looking for new homes, which means there can be a lot of competition to buy one of those homes. While a seller’s market is a great time for the seller, for a buyer, it means having to work quickly in order to find the right home and still have a chance at purchasing it. For buyers looking for the best ways to  purchase a home in a seller’s market, here are X tips and strategies that can help.

1. Get Pre-approved For a Home Loan

Any sort of paperwork takes time to complete, and getting approved for a loan is no exception. In order to save time later on when the buyer has found the home they want to offer on, get preapproved for a loan before even starting to look for a

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Which Roofing Material Is Best? Roofing materials can vary in appearance and functionality. In fact, there are so many different types of roofs and roofing materials that many homeowners have a hard time choosing the right material for them. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each type can help.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles may be the most common residential roofing material in the country. Shingles are durable, fire-resistant and versatile. They come in a variety of colors and can be designed to mimic other types of roofing materials, like wood shakes and slate tiles. They're also very affordable. At about $4 per square foot, asphalt is more affordable than most other types of roofing materials.

So what's the down side of shingles? Service life. Most asphalt

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