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5 Instagram Stars Share Their Best Home Photography Tips - Taking a beautiful photo of your home is more complicated than it looks. Natural or artificial light? Wide lens or standard? Wait, should I take a close-up of the front door? Luckily, Nashville’s top Instagram influencers know a thing or two about taking photos in the home. Scroll through these pros’ social media feeds and you’ll likely see bright morning rays from a bedroom window or an inspired chalkboard wall in the kitchen. Here...

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7 Household Products to Clean Driveway Oil Spills - As with any stain, the key is to act fast. Otherwise you’re left with an unsightly stain on your rug, clothes or even your driveway. If you notice a recent stain on your driveway, we’ve gathered seven methods for removing it. And if you have an old stain, these methods can help diminish its appearance.     For each method, begin by soaking up the excess oil and gathering the materials you’ll need. That includes a stiff scrub brush (or push...

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Do You Qualify For Refinancing? - After crunching the numbers and weighing the costs of refinancing your mortgage, you’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge. But just because you’ve decided refinancing your home mortgage is the best move for you doesn’t mean you’re done with the prep work. You still have to convince lenders that you’re a prime candidate for a new mortgage and they’ll decide if you qualify for refinance. The process is the same whether you have Portland, OR real estate or ...

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9 Tips for Cleaning Pet Hair From Your Home - Pet hair. Gets. Everywhere. There’s no rhyme or reason how it ended up in the fridge, or even inside the package the mailman just delivered. Any pet owner knows to just accept it as a fact of life, but we don’t have to lay down and take it: we can fight back.     We wouldn’t trade our pets for anything, and their adoring attention and companionship is worth the furballs. But, there are actions you can take to reduce the fuzz and easy ways to cle...

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Renters’ 5 Biggest Nightmares - Forget Michael Myers, Jigsaw and Jason – your biggest rental fears are what really keep you up at night. From creepy-crawlies to scary neighbors, renters face unique challenges in their homes that are sometimes out of their control. Here are a few tips to help you face your biggest renting fears, and prevent things from going bump in the night in your home. 1. Your home has been infested with roaches and/or other pests. Unfortunately, pests can be an all-too-...

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When Should Renters Become Buyers? - Renters today face the highest monthly charges in history and costs just keep rising month after month. In fact, U.S. renters pay 30 percent of their monthly income on rents while homeowners pay just 15 percent on mortgages. The steep cost of rent makes buying appealing, but many renters don’t have enough disposable income after their rent charges to save for a down payment. So what are renters to do when faced with the choice to keep paying astronomical...

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14 Festive Fall Decorating Ideas - What you see, smell and feel right now all points to the changing of the seasons. You don’t even need a calendar. The leaves turning colors, scents of apples and pumpkins and the cool, crisp air all announce the coming of winter. Embrace the transformation by embellishing your home inside and out with the traditional colors and themes of autumn. We divided fall decorating suggestions into five categories. Whether you turn to expert DIYers, buy what you wan...

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8 Important Questions About Building Permits - Building permits can seem like an annoying legal hoop you have to jump through, but really, the upfront effort will save you from a huge headache and hefty penalty in the end. Not only is building without a permit illegal, it can cost you a lot more and potentially even make your house unsellable.     When in doubt, contact your city’s building department to be sure if you need one or not, and continue reading below for more information on buil...

How to Compost Fall Leaves - The days are growing short, and the piles of leaves in your yard may be growing larger. And while one might think it’s time to bag them up and haul them away, it’s actually better for your yard—and the environment—if you compost them.     Fallen leaves contain 50-80% of the nutrients that a tree extracts from the earth. By composting them, we’re helping the earth replenish itself. When yard waste goes to landfills, methane gas is released, a greenhouse gas that ...

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WARNING: 5 Major Credit Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them) - Maintaining good credit can pay off in a tangible way when you’re ready to cash in on some major financial goals — and not just when you’re ready to buy a home. If you rent, healthy credit can boost you to the top of a landlord’s tenant application pile, especially if you’re searching apartments for rent in Boston, where competition can be fierce. (But it definitely won’t hurt you in any rental market!) Your credit can be a useful c...
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