October 2014

Found 21 blog entries for October 2014.

greenhouse_buchachon_450realtor.com - Although spring lawn care gets all the attention, fall lawn care is the make-it or break-it season for grass.

“I’m already thinking about next year,” says John Dillon, who takes care of New York City’s Central Park, which features 200 acres of lawn in the middle of Manhattan. “The grass I grow this fall is what will be there next spring.”

Fall lawn care is no walk in the park. It’s hard work, and Dillon guides you through the four basic steps.

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box_3dfoto_450realtor.com - When it comes time to move from the old place to the new one, everyone could use a few handy moving hacks … even MacGyver.

Sometimes, there are things about moving that we don’t consider until it’s too late: duct tape, bubble wrap, etc.

We’ve got your back, so you’re ready when you’re hit with the unexpected. We’ve got a list of moving hacks here that would make even MacGyver say, “Hey! I never thought of that!”

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homealexanderstulov_450You’ve made the decision to buy a home, and congratulations are in order.

But entering the market and looking for your dream home is just the first step. After you’ve identified a home you love, you’ll need to make an offer.

As you make your way through the buying process, remember that your home offer works both ways: It can help you stand out from other buyers—or lead to a quick rejection from a seller.

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interest_alexandrgordeev_450realtor.com - After dipping below 4% last week, fixed mortgage rates hit fresh lows for the year—and analysts predict more of the same in the near future.

At 3.92%, the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since June 6, 2013. Last week, it averaged 3.97%, and a year ago at this time, it trended at 4.13%.

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houseinfingers_lehui_450money.cnn.com - Big purchases often come with big expectations.

So it's no wonder that in a recent survey of 2,000 homebuyers, a whopping 80% said they regretted at least one thing about their home.

The number one complaint: The home just isn't big enough, mortgage information site HSH.com found. Others complained about a lack of closet space or that the place didn't have enough bathrooms. Bad neighbors were also a problem, as was a substandard school system.

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bank__olegdoroshin_450realtor.com - The mortgage rate first proposed by your lender isn’t guaranteed to be the rate you receive at closing. Mortgage rates change daily, and it takes time for the mortgage process to finish.

If you don’t lock in your rates during the closing process, they will change. But that doesn’t mean you should always lock-in on the first proposal.

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househill_sellingpix_450zillow.com - While other times of year call for a fast-acting liquid fertilizer, it’s best to apply a slow-release granular fertilizer in autumn.

Autumn is generally seen as the season of winding down before winter dormancy. But when it comes to lawn care, fall is a busy time. What you do now will go a long way in safeguarding the health your grass, not only for the immediate future, but also for the next growing season. While on the surface your fall lawn may look a bit bedraggled, the roots below ground are still hard at work, storing up the reserves they’ll need to survive the winter and thrive come springtime.

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housekeys_voronin_450money.usnews.com - For first-time homebuyers, the whole homebuying process may look a bit daunting. You’re going into what could be the biggest purchase of your life with no experience to fall back on. The good news is a little preparation can go a long way and help you approach this major decision with confidence.

Many things have changed in recent decades about the way Americans buy and sell homes, but one adage still matters, a lot: location, location, location.

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money.cnn.com - File just one property claim to your insurer and you can expect to see your premiums soar by hundreds of dollars in some states.

On average, filing a single claim -- for anything ranging from a stolen bicycle to tornado damage -- will result in your monthly premium being raised by 9%, according to a report released by InsuranceQuotes.com. File a second claim and premiums climb by an average of 20%.

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moneyhouse_oleg-doroshin_450realtytimes.com - There's one piece of advice that every real estate agent on earth will tell you - "If you overprice your home, it will take longer to sell and sell for less money."

Yet, sellers ignore them, and overprice their homes anyway, hoping their home will be the one to defy market physics. Why do they do it?

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