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Choosing an Eco-Friendly Flooring for your Home

Today, homeowners are becoming more and more cautious when it comes to renovating their properties. One thing’s for sure, people want to pursue healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyles. No doubt, this has resulted in an increased demand for sustainable home materials.

If you are going to make your home more eco-friendly, it’s always best to start with your flooring. Currently, there are a lot of options to consider when upgrading your flooring.

Bamboo

Aside from giving your home a more exotic look, a bamboo floor is also great for cooling the interior of your home. It’s also highly durable and can take a longer time to wear down than most hardwood materials.

Cork

Like bamboo, cork is also a highly sustainable material you can use as flooring. Not only is it eco-friendly, but cork is also a great way to absorb sound. As much as it is durable, cork is also comfortable to the feet, making it an ideal alternative to laminate flooring.

Recycled wood

Every year, countless trees are cut down to produce furniture and of course, flooring for many suburban homes. By using recycled wood from old structures and furniture, you are also taking part in preserving precious forestland. So, when buying wooden materials for your floor, you can ask the supplier about where these materials came from and whether or not these were made from recycled wood.

Other recyclable materials

Aside from wood, you can also recycle other materials for your flooring. For instance, you can look around for used tiles and glass panels you can install around the house. This will definitely help you reduce waste and save a great deal of money in renovating your floor.

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Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years. And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third of the country’s homes, with particular demand for multi-family units, including apartments and condominiums.

At the same time, the short-term, or vacation, rental market is also booming. The popularity of online marketplaces like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO has helped the short-term rental market become one of the fastest-growing segments in the travel industry.

Now, more than ever, there is an abundance of opportunity for real estate investors. But which path is best: leasing your property to a long-term tenant, or renting your property to travelers on a short-term basis?

In this post, we examine the differences between the two investment strategies and the benefits and limitations of each category.

WHY INVEST IN A RENTAL PROPERTY? The Top 5 Reasons

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Reasons Why Your Home is Not Selling

It’s always a pain when you can’t sell your property as quick as possible. Are you too worried that you may not be able to move until you sell it or are you still paying monthly mortgages while the home is still on the market?

Here are the Top Five reasons why your home is not selling:

1. Overpriced

A lot of homeowners will sell their property at a high value thinking it’s a good idea, but waiting for that potential buyer may take some time.

Think of the buyer’s perspective-they will always look for a home that offers great value.

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Essential Tips Every Home buyer Needs to Know

Buying a home can be an exciting milestone, but it’s also a complicated process that involves a lot of steps. If you are not careful enough, you will be spending beyond your budget or settling in a property that doesn’t meet your expectations.

Here are five of the best tips that can make the home buying process easier, from the search right down to the closing.

  1. Buy what you can afford
    A home doesn’t come cheap. So, if you’re planning on buying a luxurious seaside property, make sure you have the budget for it. If you don’t, then take a more practical route with a house that’s affordable. You also need to check your credit score and have a mortgage broker assess your financial capacity. That way, it will be easier to find a home that won’t break the bank.
  2. Know what you need
    If you are shopping for a home, you might have prepared a checklist of the amenities you wanted. Although you are tempted to get your very own indoor swimming pool, you still have to ask yourself one important question: “Do I need it?” Setting your priorities is crucial if you want every cent in your budget to count, so it’s best to consider the most important things first such as healthcare and education.
  3. Assess the community
    The buying process doesn’t only involve finding the right house. It also involves knowing if the community around it is right for you and your family. Take time to explore the neighborhood and check the facilities that are easily accessible, such as clinics, police stations, recreational centers, and parks.
  4. Look at the bigger picture
    As a home buyer, it’s fine to focus on the design and feel of a house. However, you also need to examine the more intricate details of owning it. Consider the monthly maintenance costs and property taxes you need to cover. You might also want to renovate certain portions of the property, so it’s important to consider home improvement costs as well.
  5. Invest in professional home inspection services
    A home inspection is a critical part of the process. It allows you to take a closer look on the property and identify issues that could impact its value. Although, hiring a home inspector can be costly, it will certainly help you avoid problems after sealing a deal.

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Client Appreciation Movie Morning

It was an action-packed weekend! We had our Client Appreciation Movie Morning with The Incredibles 2, a SUPER fun movie for the whole family! Thank you to everyone who participated and Tylor Volk of Mortgage Architects for sponsoring the concessions, you all made this event a success.

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5 Easy Tips to Ace your Kitchen Makeover

The kitchen is a valuable part of every home. It is where meals are prepared, cooking skills are tested, and conversations over coffee are held. Still, remodeling the kitchen is no piece of cake, it is both a tedious and costly process to begin with.

Fortunately, there are easier ways to revitalize the kitchen without completely overhauling its design. Use any one of these tips and you will be cooking all of your meals with style.

Tip #1 Make your color scheme stand out

Changing the color of the walls will definitely give your kitchen a fresh look. But it is the choice of a color scheme that makes the most impact. A good rule of thumb is to use light colors. Also, let in a good amount of natural light from the window to make the room appear larger.

Tip #2 Replace your cabinets

If your cabinets are still in good shape, consider having them cleaned and repainted instead of changing them. Older cabinets, on the other hand, can be refurbished with a new coat of paint or varnish. Add finishing touches such as replacing broken doors and knobs.

Tip #3 Get good lighting

Update your lighting fixtures if they have been used for more than ten years. Aside from being brighter, new lights consume less energy than older ones. You can also install accent lights to emphasize certain areas such as the countertops.

Tip #4 Upgrade your flooring

When it comes to your kitchen floor, it is always best to choose materials that give it a cleaner look. You can choose laminated wood or sheet vinyl. If you want your flooring to be more durable, go with ceramic or porcelain tiles.

Tip #5 Update your appliances

Older appliances should be replaced if they are not functioning normally like they used to. Doing so will give your kitchen a brand new look as well as bring energy costs down.

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