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Posted on 05/16/2022
Understanding umbrella insurance
Umbrella insurance is a policy that can cover the gaps in many other types of insurance policies by answering some of life’s major “what if” questions. While it’s common to have many types of insurance policies, umbrella coverage can provide financial assistance for a variety of outlying situations. Here is a basic guide to umbrella insurance to help...
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Posted on 05/09/2022
3 Home renovations for maximum ROI
Home renovations can do more than improve the aesthetics and functionality of your space. The right renovation can also improve property resale value, making it an excellent investment of your time and money. But which renovation projects are worth the work? Here are some home renovation ideas with the highest return on investment: Garage door upgrade When it...
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Posted on 05/02/2022
Pros and cons of installing a steel door
The primary entrance to any house deserves an attractive aesthetic with reliable security. Property owners often select thick, hardwood materials because they provide curbside appeal and durable strength. Steel doors remain something of an afterthought because they are more closely associated with commercial buildings, which may not appear to have the same design prowess. But the advanced technologies...
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Posted on 04/29/2022
252 Swett Road, Woodside, CA 94062 is now new to the market!
Enjoy living in this peaceful oasis nestled among redwood and Douglas fir forest, with plenty of walking/hiking trails along Skyline Boulevard and trails to the coast. Or just relax on one of the balconies and enjoy the spectacular views of Half Moon Bay/Princeton, the Mavericks, the Farallon Islands, the Golden Gate, and Point Reyes (Depending on weather, of course!) New kitchen installed in 2018, both bathrooms have been updated. Bedroom and bath on main level plus 2 more bedrooms and a bathroom on lower level. One bedroom on the lower level also has a separate entry. Each floor has a full width decks that offer lots of room to entertain...
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Posted on 04/25/2022
How to Combine Plants for Your Container Garden
Mixed planters are an excellent way to add color and visual interest to your porch, patio or even indoors. Choosing and arranging which plants to add together in a container is a creative endeavor all on its own and the reward is always stunning and unique. However, if you don’t have any specific ideas for a container garden...
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Posted on 04/19/2022
Another Property Sold - 116 Dunsmuir Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Lusciously landscaped 4 bed, 3 ba located on spirited street in Suburban Park. Front door flanked by custom-designed, leaded glass windows. Two-story entryway. Family room w/ over 9 ft. ceiling, wall of windows & recessed lighting. Main level bathroom w/ stall shower. Remodeled eat-in kitchen w/ lovely garden window. Room converted to pantry w/ under stair storage. Move over, Harry Potter. South facing dining & living area flooded w/ light. Fireplace w/ gas-starter. Open the French door to outdoor Connecticut Bluestone patio, perfect for your next gathering or outdoor dining. Bright & airy main level bedroom. Venture upstairs...
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Posted on 04/18/2022
Your Pre-Home Search Checklist
Buying a house is a complicated financial and logistical process. The right preparation can make a huge difference in making the process go as smoothly as possible. Here is a list of the most important things to do before buying a home to help you prepare: Check Your Financials There are a few financials you should check on...
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Posted on 04/11/2022
3 Tips for Better Mudroom Storage
In many homes, the mudroom is the gateway into the house. In homes without a mudroom, a dedicated entryway space serves the same purpose. While it's easy to let things clutter and accumulate in these spaces, it's just as easy to find storage and organization solutions that work--no matter how much space you have. Here are some tips...
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Posted on 04/04/2022
Understanding Who Is Eligible for a VA Loan
A loan from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs can be an excellent choice for financing a home purchase. While VA benefits are generally reserved for veterans, there are a few exceptions with mortgage programs. Here are some other ways you could be eligible for a VA loan: Active Duty Fortunately, you don't have to have served in...
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Posted on 03/28/2022
Accents to Consider for Any Kitchen Decor Theme
Whether you have recently renovated your kitchen or you are simply trying to give your existing kitchen a fresh look, you will find that accent pieces are a welcome addition to your decor theme. The kitchen is a room that needs to be both practical and functional as well as pleasing to the eye. While you likely aren't...
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Posted on 03/21/2022
3 Ideas for Adding Planters to Your Patio
Container planting is an excellent way to enjoy gardening without a lot of outdoor space. You can grow flowers, greenery and even vegetables in planters on your porch or patio. While you can find a wide variety of traditional pots and planters at your local garden store, it’s not always clear how best to arrange them. Here we’ll...
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Posted on 03/14/2022
Potluck for Breakfast? Try These Easy Dishes
Not every potluck is a lunch or evening event. Breakfast potlucks are common in workplaces, schools, churches and many other places where people gather. While it might seem difficult to come up with shareable breakfast foods, there are many simple things you can bring to a breakfast potluck. Here are some ideas: Easy Egg Muffins Egg muffins are...
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