Calling All Ladies! Here’s the Best State for Women to Live—and the Worst By Judy Dutton via REALTOR®.com/ Mar 5, 2018

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Calling All Ladies! Here’s the Best State for Women to Live—and the Worst By Judy Dutton | Mar 5, 2018 AndreyKrav/iStock With the #MeToo movement gaining steam, women’s concerns have been in the national spotlight, including shoutouts during the Academy Awards. So it seems fitting to wonder: Is there a certain place where women can flourish? It turns out there is: Minnesota. That’s according to new research …

Do I Need an Accountant This Year? 5 Signs the Answer Is Heck, Yes! By Margaret Heidenry via REALTOR®.com/ Mar 5, 2018

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Do I Need an Accountant This Year? 5 Signs the Answer Is Heck, Yes! By Margaret Heidenry | Mar 5, 2018 AndreyPopov/iStock “Do I need an accountant?” might be a question weighing on you as you prepare to file your taxes this year: Even if you typically whiz through TurboTax or some other online software package, this year’s different. In fact, it’s shaping up …

Catch an Early Wave! Buy a Home in the World’s Best Affordable Beach Towns By Lance Lambert via REALTOR®.com/ Mar 5, 2018

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Catch an Early Wave! Buy a Home in the World’s Best Affordable Beach Towns By Lance Lambert | Mar 5, 2018 azrudin/Getty Images Somewhere between whipping up batches of fresh (and medicinal) mint mojitos in your cramped city apartment after work and getting sunburned on exotic beaches during your two measly weeks of vacation a year, a lightbulb switches on. Why not live …

What Are the Fastest-Gentrifying ZIP Codes in the Nation? By Sharon Churcher REALTOR®.com/ Mar 1, 2018

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What Are the Fastest-Gentrifying ZIP Codes in the Nation? By Sharon Churcher | Mar 1, 2018 Google Maps The downtown area of Los Angeles, which borders the district long known as “Skid Row,” may have been one of the last places where upwardly mobile buyers would have thought of property shopping a scant decade or two ago. But urban pioneers who bought in the 90014 ZIP code, …

The 20 Hottest Real Estate Markets for February 2018: Get Ready for the Spring Thaw! By Cicely Wedgeworth via REALTOR®.com / Mar 1, 2018

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The 20 Hottest Real Estate Markets for February 2018: Get Ready for the Spring Thaw! By Cicely Wedgeworth | Mar 1, 2018 xavierarnau/iStock Although some parts of the country are still experiencing snow, in the region of real estate, things are definitely beginning to thaw, according to a preliminary analysis of realtor.com® data for February. Coming out of their winter doldrums, listing prices …

7 Home Decor Trends to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home By Audrey Ference via REALTOR®.com Feb 28, 2018

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7 Home Decor Trends to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home By Audrey Ference | Feb 28, 2018 ExperienceInteriors/iStock There’s a huge difference between decorating for your own pleasure and spiffying up your home to sell. If you’re staying put and pining for a purple bathroom, go for it! The resale value of your eclectic tastes don’t apply. However, if you might put your place on the market in …

Can a Handyman Handle That? 5 Ways to Tell By Cathie Ericson | Feb 20, 2018 Via REALTOR®.com

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Can a Handyman Handle That? 5 Ways to Tell By Cathie Ericson | Feb 20, 2018 Ridofranz/iStock All hail the handyman. They’re just so … handy! And yet, these jacks-of-all-trades are also masters of none, which means they have their limits. As such, you might often wonder whether certain home repairs or renovations could be handled by a handyman, or whether it’s best you call in …

Selling Your Home? Don’t Neglect These 6 Maintenance Tasks—or Else by Wendy Helfenbaum VIA REALTOR®.com

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Selling Your Home? Don’t Neglect These 6 Maintenance Tasks—or Else By Wendy Helfenbaum | Feb 1, 2018 iStock; realtor.com If you’re a homeowner, you already know that keeping your property in tiptop shape requires dedication and patience for ongoing maintenance. But what if you’ve put your home on the market, or even accepted an offer? Perhaps you’re thinking: Not my problem anymore. Sorry, folks, we’ve …

The 3 Best Reasons to Buy a Home in 2018 (but You’d Better Hurry) by Holly Amaya via REALTOR.com

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The 3 Best Reasons to Buy a Home in 2018 (but You’d Better Hurry) By Holly Amaya | Jan 4, 2018 cherezoff/iStock; realtor.com Figuring out when to plunge into the real estate market can be quite intimidating—especially when prices are high, choices are limited, and history urges restraint. “We’ve seen two or three years of what could be considered unsustainable levels of price appreciation, …

How to Build a Fence Without Ending Up in a Feud With Your Neighbors

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By Julie Ryan Evans | Oct 4, 2016 Timothy Masters/iStock Good fences make good neighbors, but how do you make a good fence, exactly? After all, it’s not just a question of marking the division between two pieces of property. Do you and your neighbor both have a say on the height, style, and color—and should you split the costs evenly? If you’re facing any of these …