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TIP: Add Greenery to Reduce Stress, Studies Show

House plants are growing in importance in the pandemic, touted for bringing in cleaner air and absorbing carbon dioxide and for boosting productivity, improving mental health, and making rooms look more inviting, Forbes.com reports. “Plant therapy isn’t just a buzzword—it’s the real thing,” Melanie Berliet, general manager for The Spruce, a lifestyle, home, and food site, told Forbes.com. “Research has shown that th

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Bids that Stand to Lose in a Multiple-Offer Situation

The term “bidding war” lends an adversarial tone to multiple-offer situations, and pitting one side against the other is the wrong way to handle such a transaction, Greg Glosson, managing broker at Fast Track Realty in Memphis, Tenn., said Tuesday at a session called “Multiple Offers = Multiple Confusion” during the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. “We need to be very cooperative with one another because we are al

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TIP: How to Troubleshoot Spotty Wi-Fi

Tech problems have taken on greater significance in 2020 as more people work from home. One of the biggest complaints is a bad internet connection. Sometimes even the best internet connection can stall. What can you do? As a first step, restart. Power down your router and modem. On your device, close any apps you don’t need to make sure other background systems aren’t draining your device. Then run an internet speed test to che

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TIP: 4 Yard Updates that Boost Curb Appeal

The need for curb appeal continues to increase, especially as many local buyers hesitate to enter unfamiliar homes and distant buyers narrow their home-shopping lists from afar in the pandemic. A dismaying front yard may prompt them to move on, whether in person or on the internet. “You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it happens when a potential buyer sees the exterior of your home,” Kate Rumson, interior designer and

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Benjamin Moore's 2021 Color of the Year - Aegean Teal

Paint firms are continuing to release a range of colors as their picks for the hottest hues of 2021. Benjamin Moore is the latest in announcing its choice: “Aegean Teal,” its top color pick for the new year. The blue-green midtone, with gray undertones, is “rooted in the elegant, hand-spun textures of the home,” Benjamin Moore says. The color evokes a sense of comfort, craft, nourishment, and inspiration, the paint company says.

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5 Ways to Stage a Cozy Outdoor Space for Cooler Weather

During the pandemic, outdoor space has become a premium consideration. Homeowners are sprucing up their spaces to maximize every square inch of their properties, and home buyers are reportedly giving more weight to the outdoor appeal of homes. But as the weather cools, how can you continue to take advantage of these spaces? You can still stage an outdoor space to show off its appeal in any season, designers say. Here are few tips fr

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5 Potential Bathroom Problems Buyers can Miss in Virtual Tours

Bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces, making it easier for house hunters to miss things during a virtual tour. Potential problem areas may require further inspection. Sometimes real estate pros need to be the in-person eyes during their buyers' search for properties online. Realtor.com® recently highlighted several bathroom problems that can be “hidden” during a virtual tour. Here are a few things to look for: Under the sink. It's

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Yard Work that Sets Up Spring Benefits

Autumn is no time for homeowners to ignore their lawns and landscapes. In fact, what they do now will determine the quality of their family yard next spring and summer. During the pandemic, homeowners have been rediscovering the importance of connecting to the outdoors. That has translated into record sales in yard and garden equipment and supplies, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. Tell your homeowner contacts they can

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The Top Stressors when Selling a Home

The toughest part of the homeselling process: trying to simultaneously sell a current home while buying the next one, according to a new survey from LendingTree of 964 consumers about their top sources of stress in the homeselling transaction. The transactions must be coordinated perfectly to go forward at both ends without a hitch. But preparing the home to sell and getting it ready for showings bring another common stressor. It can be price

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Hot Kitchen Trends According to Instagram

What’s cooking in kitchen design in 2020? White kitchens, granite, and modern designs still reign supreme, according to a new study of 500,000 Instagram posts in the U.S., conducted by Wren Kitchens. Instagram has emerged as a popular place to share home design pictures and offers insights into trends based on the most Insta-worthy kitchen styles, features, and colors, according to Wren Kitchens. Overall, the modern kitche

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