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Family Home Restoration is a Labor of Love

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 30, 2015

In my early twenties, I had a dream. My beloved maternal grandmother had recently passed away and I longed to live in her old home, nestled in the mountains of upstate New York. I had...


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Understand Home Inspection

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 19, 2015

When you're looking to buy a home, your head may be full of visions of handsome hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, and alluring landscape. Yet however tempting it may be to make a purchase...


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Restoring Your Home after a Storm

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 22, 2015

Anyone whose home has ever been hit by a ferocious rain shower, hail storm, or snow fall, or felt the impact of a hurricane, knows the havoc these forces of nature can wreak. In the...


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Remodeling Your Attic: Find Out Before You Start

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 09, 2014

So you're thinking of remodeling your attic? Great! You'll add valuable living or working space to your home without increasing its footprint or impinging on your yard. But before you...


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Mortgage Insurance: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 17, 2014

Owning your own home used to require a substantial down payment … at least 20 percent. These days, you can obtain a home loan even if you have less than that amount in hand....


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11 Ways a Surface Remodel Can Save you Money

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 11, 2014

Surface "remodeling" is a great way to give your home a lift without investing a huge amount of time and cash. This type of work is really renovation, a cosmetic refinishing process,...


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Yes, You Can Remodel on a Tiny Budget

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 16, 2014

If your home no longer fits your needs, it may be time to think about remodeling. Even with a limited renovation budget, there are a number of very practical ways that you can improve...


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203K Home Buyer Loan: What Is It and Who's Eligible

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 11, 2014

The 203K is a home-ownership loan program originated by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is a division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This...