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Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017


Relaxing Designs For Your Lakefront Backyard
Written By: Realty Times Staff

According to Wallace J. Nichols, in his book "Blue Mind," our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Our predisposition to embrace water might be the reason being near it can actually calm us.But water lovers probably donrsquo;t need to be told how >Create a Waterside Sitting AreaTo maximize your time outdoors, create a waterside sit...


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How Green Can You Go? Eco-friendly Solutions For Every Commitment Level
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Its hard to ignore the influence of big oil in Texas. Thirty-five miles to the Southwest of Frisco, TX, this years second-fastest-growing city in the nation and home to thousands of suburban families like my own, whose electric bills climb up into the 300-plus range while cooling their 3,000-square-foot house, Irving-based Exxon is the biggest o...


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The Top-Three Considerations When Starting a Home-Based Business
Written By: Realty Times Staff

If yoursquo;re considering starting a home-based business, youre in good company. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of all businesses are run out of the ownerrsquo;s home.If yoursquo;ve already weighed the pros flexible life>1. Setting Up Your WorkspaceSetting up your home office is priority No. 1 for your home-...


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Enforcing Long Unenforced Rules In Your HOA
Written By: Richard Thompson

It may come as little surprise that quite a few homeowner association boards fail miserably in rule enforcement, especially in self managed HOAs. Lets face it, confrontation with neighbors is not something most people look forward to. So when certain members play fast and loose with the rules, these boards turn a blind eye or run for cover. If t...


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Tenants Rights During a Foreclosure
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: My wife and I and our two teen-age children have rented a nice house near the high-school for many years. We have >Answer: Pete, this unfortunately has become a common problem in the past few years. There is always the possibility that you will be asked to leave, but there are some things you should do -- and do immediately.You receive...


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Real Estate Professional Dertrez Pressley Makes Third Generous Donation on Behalf of His Client with the Agent with Heart Program
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Las Vegas, NV June 20th, 2017 -- PinRaise, the company that connects real estate agents with local clients and nonprofits, announced today that Dertrez Pressley of Simply Vegas Real Estate in Las Vegas, Nevada recently closed a transaction and made a special donation to the Beyond the Dream Foundation on behalf of his client, Adrienne Richmond."...


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When Is A Listing Commission Earned?
Written By: Bob Hunt

Of course, different listing contracts may contain unique or unusual conditions, but, for many years in many parts of the country, listing agreements have held that a commission had been earned if a buyer was procured who made an offer that matched the price and terms specified in the listing agreement, or on other price and terms the seller mig...


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Are You Prepared for Coaching Success?
Written By: PJ Wade

Two demanding forces may be holding real estate professionals back by creating gaps that need attention:If you invest most of each day concentrating on what your clients want, need, and aim to achieve, you can shortchange yourself by overlooking these same gaps in your own lifemdash;professionally and personally.Technology enables you to pack mo...


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7 Top Design Tips for a Small Backyard
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Long to be a land baron, with acres of lush grounds to create the ultimate outdoor paradise? That may be a dream for another time. For now, a smaller space is your reality, but that doesnt mean it cant be amazing. These 7 tricks will help your small yard live large.Dont be scared of treesWhile a towering live oak may not be the right choice for ...


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What To Expect When Visiting Chip And Joanna Gaines Magnolia Market
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Chip and Joanna Gaines havent just taken over the airwaves on their uber-popular HGTV program, Fixer Upper. Theyre taken over the city of Waco with their Magnolia Market at the Silos. Those of us who live in Texas within a few hours drive of Waco can get in the car and be at Magnolia easily to shop and soak in a little of that Gaines magic. But ...


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9 Dishwasher Placement Solutions for Your New Kitchen
Written By: Anne Ellard, Houzz Australia Contributor

Although every kitchen layout is different, there are >Place it next to the sink. As a kitchen designer, I usually recommend that a dishwasher be positioned next to the sink. There are two reasons for this: The first is that it will make plumbing much easier and less costly, and the second is behavioral. People generally use a "scrape, rinse, lo...


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5 Tips to Clean and Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Making it through the summer without a working air conditioning system isnt feasible in some parts of the country. Even if you live in a temperate climate, your AC system will make you and your family much more comfortable at home.So before the weather really gets hot, take the time to clean and prepare your air conditioner. Use these 5 tips for...


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Real Estate Professional Jason Isley Makes His Agent with Heart Donation Debut with Two Very Generous Donations on Behalf of His Clients
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Las Vegas, NV June 14th, 2017 -- PinRaise, the company that connects real estate agents with local clients and nonprofits, announced today that Jason Isley of Seven Gables Real Estate in Tustin, California recently closed two transactions and made special donations to the Assistance League of Santa Ana on behalf of his clients, Jane Martinez, Ju...


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The Dos And Donts Of Tapping Your Rising Home Equity
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If you bought a home recently, it may already have increased in value. Equity growth goes hand-in-hand with pride of ownership and fun stuff like tax breaks when it comes to homebuyer goals, so say a big, "Yay""Nearly 91,000 homeowners regained equity in the first quarter of 2017, according to real estate data firm Co>But, before you go making p...


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The Homeowners Summer Maintenance Checklist
Written By: Realty Times Staff

New season. New tasks. As summer approaches, make sure your home is set with this home maintenance checklist.Inspect Your Air ConditionerAs temperatures warm, yoursquo;ll want to stay cool. And in order to enjoy the benefits of cooled-air yoursquo;ll need to make sure that your air conditioner is running properly. Throughout the winter and sprin...


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Losing Your Earnest Money
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: The contract I just signed to purchaser a house contained the following language: "If the buyer defaults, the earnest money will be forfeited to the seller. This is to be considered liquidated damages and not as a penalty". Can you please explain what this means? Beth.Answer: Shame on you, Beth, for signing a contract without fully und...


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Ask the HOA Expert: HOA Volunteers
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: Volunteers are an important part of HOA living. But how does a board deal with owners who are totally negative, derail attempts to reach agreement, disrupt meetings and yet want to serve on committees?Answer: HOAs are designed to work like a representative democracy. That means that the board is elected and given authority to make deci...


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Designing Condos For Kids
Written By: Jim Adair

The idea that cities are no place to bring up children -- that somehow every kid should grow up on a farm or in a suburban home with a huge backyard -- has always been challenged by City of Toronto planners. More than 100 years ago, the city developed the Playground Movement to build inner-city playgrounds for children.By 2011, 30 per cent of fa...


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