September 2018

Found 4 blog entries for September 2018.

Fast Facts for First-Time Pool OwnersA home swimming pool is often considered a sign of luxury, especially when the summer sun refuses to hide its head. MacDonald Highlands home buyers imagine weekend barbecues and playful water fights as they enjoy their backyard in all its glory. However, there's more to pool ownership than the chance to take a dip whenever the mood strikes. Before adding an in-ground or above-ground pool, it's time to consider the following facts.

How Much Will the Pool be Used?

It's not always obvious to homeowners whether or not they'll use the pool until they actually have the pool for longer than a few months. The initial novelty usually means plenty of use at the beginning but after a while, the pool may see fewer and fewer swimmers and more and more

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What You Need to Know About Installing A DeckDeck additions are a popular home improvement among Southern Highlands homeowners trying to boost their home's property value. This is because decks are relatively inexpensive to install, and home buyers will pay more money for a home with a backyard deck. Decks add space for entertaining and can help make the yard more functional at the same time.

Choose the Right Materials

The material a homeowner chooses for their deck construction will affect how much maintenance the deck needs and how well it will weather.

Natural Wood

Some decks are made from natural wood. The least expensive type of wood that a deck can be made from is pressure treated lumber. Other types of wood include redwood and cedar. Pressure treated wood is very

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A Guide to Using Your 401k for Your Down PaymentA substantial down payment is usually beneficial for the average home buyer. Not only does it reduce the principal of the loan and thereby lower monthly payments, but it can also help a homeowner avoid having to pay for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). However, not everyone has the recommended 20% of the price of a home sitting in their savings account. That's why some people will take funds from their 401k in order to pay for their home. How does a potential home buyer draw down a 401k to make a down payment on a home?

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

How It Works

There are typically two different ways, through a loan or hardship withdrawal, that

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Popular Architectural Styles for HomesMuch like the residents in the United States, the home architectural styles that can found throughout the country are diverse and varied. Each style offers insight into the time period during which it was built and the distinct culture of the region. These are a few of the common home architectural styles that can be found throughout the United States:

Craftsman Style Home

During the dawn of the 20th century, the Arts and Crafts movement took hold of Americans across the country. This movement emphasized the importance of handmade products made with natural materials, and followed in the footsteps of the Industrial Revolution. During this moment in history, the Craftsman home architectural style was born. Simplistic floor plans are common in

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