Corey McDonald's Blog Posts

Who Pays The Buyers Agent When You Buy A Home You Might Be Surprised

Do you ever wonder if you need to pay your real estate agent when you buy a home?If not, then how do they make money?Or, do you know they get paid somehow…but just aren’t sure how

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4 Reasons You Should Sell Your Starter Home Right Now

When buyers are ready to purchase their first place, most are in the market for something relatively small and economical — in other words, a starter home. These diminutive dwellings are a smart

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Why Do Real Estate Agents Ask If Youre Preapproved

Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage?If you haven’t, then

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12 Things Sellers Do That Drive Realtors Nuts

 For most people, their home is the largest asset they’ll ever own. That means that when it comes time to sell it, many experience a welling of emotions that makes them eager, anxious, and

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When And Why You Should Refer A Real Estate Agent

 You probably know a real estate agent or two.Are you constantly thinking about them?Are you constantly on the lookout for people you can refer to them, who are buying, selling, or renting real

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How To Buy A House Even If You Have A LessThanPerfect Credit Score

 Buying a home is, for many people, an essential part of the American dream. But for people with a checkered financial history – and a less-than-perfect credit score – it can feel like a

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Coreys Neighborhood Drive By Reunion Country Club Hoschton Ga

 Corey's Drive By Riverbend at Mulberry Braselton Ga Neighborhood ReviewA weekly | Daily review of a local neighborhood in North.

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Episode 1 Coreys Neighborhood Drive By Riverbend At Mulberry Review Braselton GA

Episode 1 of Corey's Neighborhood Drive By!!!!Corey's Drive By Riverbend at Mulberry Braselton Ga Neighborhood ReviewDon't Miss it! Reviewing Riverbend at Mulberry In Braselton GA Today. The

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Should You Offer A Bonus When Selling Your House

Sometimes people wonder whether offering a bonus to the buyer’s agent will help their home sell faster or for more money. Good question. Even real estate agents are divided about it. Some

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Home

 Deciding whether you’re ready to purchase your first home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in life. Buying is a huge (not to mention expensive) commitment and isn’t a decision

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Can A Real Estate Agent Pay You A Referral Fee

 You’ve done a real estate agent a solid. You hooked him/her up with a client.That agent is going to make a nice chunk of change. You also saved him/her the time, effort, and money of finding

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Do Old Property Reports Have To Be Disclosed

 Any real estate transaction contains lots of paperwork, much of which are disclosures. A “disclosure” is a fact about a property. A property seller has an affirmative duty to disclose

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7 Mistakes To Avoid When Remodeling Your Home

 Spring is coming soon, and with it comes the opportunity to begin remodeling projects! Because there are many things that could go wrong with any remodeling project, it pays to have some help

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How To Handle The Biggest Real Estate Deal Killers WellIntentioned Parents

Your parents want the best for you. And buying a home is one of the major investments you will make in your lifetime. So, of course, your folks want to be by your side and offer you the benefit of

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4 Ways To Rock As A Real Estate Client

 Why do you care if your Realtor considers you a good client or not? Because the better client you are, the better results you will have. No, you and your Realtor do not have to be in love with

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Real Estate Agents Are Like StayAtHome Moms

 Ahhhh, to be a stay-at-home mom.Hanging around, playing with the kids all day. Taking naps. Watching TV. Eating snacks… perhaps some bon-bons. And then they get to have Mother

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How A Mother Of 6 Built The Most Efficient Laundry Room Ever For Only 400

 Ronda Batchelor, mother of six, was sick of her laundry room so she decided to streamline the process. Using only about $400 (and her vivid imagination), she whipped her tiny wash room into a

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6 Open House Tips To Get Your Home Sold

 An open house is a great tool for taking your home from “for sale” to “sold.” But not all open houses are created equal, and if you want your open house to drive buyer inquiries and

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4 Summer Backyard DIY Projects And Crafts For The Whole Family

 Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re a parent, that means the end of school is right around the corner as well. Having the kids home for the summer is a fantastic opportunity to

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5 Decorating Tips To Get Your Home Summer Ready

 Summer is one of the best times of the year. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the mood is more fun and cheerful. And if you want to make that fun summer mood part of your

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5 Adjectives You Should Look For In Your Real Estate Agent

Who you choose to represent you when you buy or sell your home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during your move. Your real estate agent can make the process easy, quick, and–

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These Trendy Stock Tank Pools Are Popping Up In Back Yards Everywhere

 How would you like a soaking pool that is big enough to comfortably fit the family, easy to maintain, and costs around $440 to get started?Whether you live in a place like this…Or this, you

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4 Tips For Buying A Home From A Distance

Chances are, if you’re looking for a new home, you’re ready for a change of scenery. And while that might mean just a new property or a new neighborhood, for many potential homebuyers, that

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5 Tips For The Perfect Gallery Wall

 Gallery walls are a fun and trendy way to showcase photos, art, and decor and are a great way to add a personalized touch to a living room, entryway, hallway, bedroom, or just about any other

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24 Ways To Disguise Your Homes Ugliest Eyesores

 When it comes to selling real estate, the one thing most commonly missed by sellers are the random little things that add ugly points to the showings. Even if it has nothing to do with the

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4 Signs Its Time To Find A New Real Estate Agent

 Buying or selling a home is a huge life event, and your real estate agent is the most important person you’ll work with during the transition.A great real estate agent is an invaluable

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How To Tile With Style

 The choices in tile today are simply astounding. You can find tile that looks like wood for bathrooms, cork tile, translucent glass tile, colored cement tile, tile that looks like tin, tile

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21 Hilarious Tweets That Only HGTV Fans Will Truly Understand

 Television is a fun break from reality. Coming home, kicking your shoes off and flipping on the boob tube is a great way to get away from your horrible job, family, life… unless you love the

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6 Reasons Your Agent Wants You PreApproved Before Showing You Homes

 Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because they’re mean, or they don’t value your business… it’s actually because

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How To Get A HighEnd Look With A LowEnd Budget

 If you’re designing on a budget, you may feel at a standstill when it comes to making your space look upscale without spending your every last dime. There’s good news, though! You can

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4 Staging Secrets To Get Your House SOLD

 When you’re selling your home, one of the keys to successfully finding a buyer – and getting the best price for your home – is effectively staging. Staging refers to setting up your home

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5 Natural Home Fresheners You Can Make

 Making your home smell delicious isn’t something you have to spend a lot of money on. Especially if you’ll be showing your home to potential buyers, or having an open house, you’ll want

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Why You Shouldnt Let A Website Tell You Your Homes Value

Picture this…There’s an inexperienced real estate agent in your town.He hasn’t sold any homes yet.He wants to drum up some business.So, he climbs up onto your roof and paints what he estimates

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15 Hardwood Floor Tips Every Homeowner Needs To Know

 Kids, pets, family: all wonderful treasures that make every day worth living. That is unless you have nice wood floors. Then they’re all hell-spawn sent to destroy your floor to the point

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Getting A Handle On Your Pruning Schedule

 When it comes to pruning, when is the right time? Spring? Fall? Anytime? And that’s the problem…there are so many options for so many different types of plants, bushes, and shrubs that it

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The 8 Hour Top To Bottom Deep Clean

 The last thing you want to do when the weather turns nice is clean, right? You want to be outside grilling, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the warmth after a long, cold winter. That’s why

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9 Pet Peeves Of Every Real Estate Agent

 The real estate agent lifestyle isn’t for everyone. We usually love what we do, but some people would be horrified if they spent a day in our shoes. Our lives involve lots of traveling,

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10 Cheap And Easy Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

 Planning to sell your home? Want to enhance its overall appeal quickly and inexpensively? Check out the DIYs below that will help you do just that — for just pennies on the dollar vs. hiring

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Beware The Bandwagon Real Estate Agents

 You’ve probably heard the saying, “Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s day.”Lots of people who aren’t Irish love to celebrate on Saint Patrick’s Day. Why not?! There’s nothing

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3 Tips On Timing The Sale And Purchase Of A Home

  If you’re like most people, you’re probably concerned about selling your house before having one lined up to buy. You don’t want to sell your house first, not having somewhere to.

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Why Your Home Isnt Getting Shown As Much As You Think It Should

 Why Your Home Isn’t Getting Shown As Much As You Think It ShouldShare to FacebookGet URLCopiedGet HTML Picture having your house for sale, and you feel like it isn’t being shown

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Help Improve The Real Estate Industry By Doing This One Simple Thing

  What’s your impression of a “typical” real estate agent? Among other traits, you probably picture someone who’s extremely outgoing (in the least), but maybe even more along

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Do You Hate When Real Estate Agents Ask You This Question

  Have you ever gone to an open house? Or called a real estate agent about a listing you see? Maybe e-mail an agent about a property he/she has listed? You just want to check out a.

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4 Reasons You Should Hire Your Friend Or Family Member As Your Real Estate Agent

  Should you work with a real estate agent who’s your friend or a family member? This is such a common question. And it can be a touchy, awkward subject when you know a real estate agent

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Real Estate Agent Was Not Expecting To Be Robbed By Hairdresser

Image via: DreamWorks PicturesEast Hanover, NJ –Local real estate agent, Robert Frapple, was the latest victim in an ongoing crime spree within the real estate industry, which has spanned

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Your Mattress Is MUCH Filthier Than You Realize Heres How To Deep Clean It

 Mattresses themselves are often overlooked when it comes time to clean a bedroom. But to do so is to overlook all the things that get them dirty. Sweat, dandruff, skin shedding, spills,,

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9 Comics That Show What Its Like Being A Real Estate Agent

  1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Corey McDonald Realty Realtor® / Branch ManagerThe HomeStore Braselton, Georgia 6789365391We follow

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Cheapskate Husband ShrinkWraps Home To Preserve Its Value Wife Not Impressed

 What would you do to keep your home clean? Some people tackle their cleaning chores on a daily basis to fight back the growing mess, while others do just enough to keep their home off of an

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3 Ways To Give Your Kitchen A Mini Makeover

  Your kitchen is often the heart and soul of your home. It’s where many homeowners spend a significant amount of their time – preparing meals for friends and family, trying out new

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5 Smart Appliances For The Kitchen Of The Future That Are Available Now Buford

 Smart appliances are at the top of the list for 2017 kitchen remodels. Adding a few of these amazing appliances and gadgets to your kitchen will increase the value of your home as well as make

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Will A Home Warranty Ease Your Worries

  You know that old phone prank… Someone calls and says, “Is your refrigerator running?” The person on the other end then says, “Yes. Why?” And then the caller says

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8 Signs That You Were Destined To Work In Real Estate Flowery Branch

  Via bigstockphoto.com Very few people are lucky enough to know what they want to do from a young age and even fewer are fortunate enough to see their dream through. You might

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Estate Sales The Good The Bad And The Ugly Gainesville

   It is a familiar story: one of your family members passes away and something must be done with their possessions. They had A LOT of possessions. If it was a senior citizen, they often

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6 Reasons Why I Fell In Love With Real Estate Johns Creek

  It’s Valentine’s day again and everyone is either proclaiming their love for another, or grudgingly treating themselves to a personal pizza, a pint of ice cream, and a bottle of wine.

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8 Best Decorating Ideas For Creating Your Dream Home Suwanee

 No matter the time of year, it is always a good time to add some fresh, new looks to your home. Whether you have a country cottage in New England, or a condominium in Manhattan, these design

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Managing Your Mulch Making The Right Choice For Your Garden Braselton

 You may still be in the clutches of Old Man Winter, but for many areas of the United States, spring is just around the corner! Who knows. a seed catalog or two may have already made their way

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How To Make It Up To Your Pet After A Move Braselton

  You have read all the advice on moving with pets, and you have plans in place to make the transition as easy as possible for your dog and/or cat. We will call them Butch and Fluffy (Butch is

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A Simplified Guide To Your Home Inspection Part II Buford

  If you have recently gone under contract to buy a home, you may be planning for your physical inspection. A lot of information will be thrown at you in a very short period of time, and a

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A Simplified Guide To Your Home Inspection Part 1 Buford

  If you are under contract to purchase a home, congratulations! Of course, you are excited and a little nervous, too. Your physical inspection can be especially nerve-wracking. In a short

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21 Satisfying Ways To Step Up Your Stair Game Braselton

With the myriad of home improvement shows on HGTV, and mavens of DIY decorating out there like Martha Stewart, home decorating and home improvement have become a serious business. And with any

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24 Tiny Bathroom Ideas That Are Big On Storage And Style Corey McDonald Realty

As anyone who has ever purchased an older home knows, small bathroom spaces come with their own unique set of challenges. First is storage. There are a lot of things that need to be stored and used

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3 Ways To Make Your Home More Koselig Cozy This Winter Corey McDonald Realty

On cold and dark winter days, there is nothing better for the soul than nestling with friends and family in a home that’s cozy, warm and welcoming. No one knows this better than the

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4 Shows Every Homeowner Should Record Corey McDonald Realty

Home improvement shows have exploded in popularity in the last few years, and while you certainly don’t want to spend 24 hours a day in front of the tube, TV can be a helpful and educational

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5 Sites With Amazing Deals On Things For Your Home

Many people think of the holiday season as the time to shop, but real bargain hunters know the best time for shopping is AFTER the holidays. Because spending significantly drops off after the

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Sold A First Timers Checklist For Selling Your Home

As a homeowner, the selling process can be an overwhelming experience – especially for first timers. Since they’ve never been through the experience of selling a home, many homeowners feel a bit

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6 Books You Should Read Before Buying Or Selling Your Home

Buying a home for the first time or selling a home for the first time are both huge endeavors. And most homeowners go into the process blind. Having never experienced the process of buying or

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What Does MLK Have To Do With Real Estate

Fill in the blank… “I have a _________…” It doesn’t take a psychic to know what word you chose. Was it “dream”? Good chance it was. We all know this line from Martin

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Do You Believe In Any Of These Real Estate Superstitions

Tons of people think the number 13 is unlucky. Some don’t. But pretty much everyone has at least heard that the number 13 is unlucky. With Friday the 13th upon us, I thought it’d be fun

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5 Bedroom Design Trends For 2017

 With each new year comes a new opportunity to update your space, refresh your decor and create a new feel for your home. And while there are many rooms in your home where you could focus your

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19 Unique Doorways That Would Give Any Guest A Memorable First Impression

 Having an appropriate home entryway can create quite the impression for yourself and your guests. Be it the material, the paint used, or the sculpting of the surroundings, your doorway can

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5 Decorating Tips For People Who Hate To Decorate

Every homeowner wants their home to look polished, pulled together and reflect their personal style. But not every homeowner wants to put in the effort to get it there. Some people just

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5 Design Ideas To Update Your Space In 2017

With the new year just a few short weeks away, many homeowners are thinking about ways to spruce up their space in 2017. And while major renovations and overhauls are exciting, you don’t

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What Or Who Are Fannie And Freddie Anyway

Photo by Flickr user futureatlas.com | CC BY 2.0 If you are a home buyer or seller, or pay any attention whatsoever to the housing market, you have probably heard about “Fannie”

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17 Smart Storage Solutions For Small Spaces

a Small houses, micro-homes, studio apartments… with the trend these days toward smaller living spaces, and the cost of real estate once again on the rise, it pays to know how to live small

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Will Your Homes Value Be Affected By President Trump

We all heard the threats… “If Donald Trump is elected President, I’m moving to Canada.” (Or whatever other country…) Mostly it was celebrities saying that, although you

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3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent WANTS You To Bother Them

Real estate agents hear this all the time… “I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…” …after it is too late. There are

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Do This ONE Thing To Get The Best Return On Your Braselton Home Improvement Project

Before we get to the “one thing”, answer this question: Do you know which home improvement will bring you the best return on investment? Don’t look at me. I can’t tell

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Panel Of 3 Real Estate Brokers Speculate What The White House Is Worth

Determining a home’s value is far from an exact science. It’s even more nebulous when there’s a lack of comparable sales, and it’s downright impossible when the value is so heavily tied to

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Date Or Marry A Buford Real Estate Agent

Having a real estate agent as your significant other definitely comes with perks. So if one asks you out on a date, or for your hand in marriage, you should definitely say yes! Here are the

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Its Time We Had A Realistic Discussion About Your Homes Value Feb 2 2017

When you go to sell your house, there’s a good chance you’re not going to agree with what a real estate agent suggests for a list price.It’s one of the most common issues real estate agents

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A Cautionary Tale About Love Scorn And Buford Real Estate

This story isn’t new, but it’s epic. Although its origin and authenticity can’t be verified, its message shouldn’t be ignored. So that you don’t miss it, here are the three main:

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14 Creative Home Bars To Inspire Your Inner Party Thrower

When you come home, do you like to treat yourself to an occasional bottle of wine, or have a nice cocktail to lessen the stress that work can create? Or are you the type that likes to host all your

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Dear Real Estate A Valentines Day Love Letter

Dear Real Estate,Remember when we first got together? People didn’t think we’d last. Maybe they didn’t always say it, but they thought it.“You could do so much better. Why would you be a

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THIS IS WHAT THE PERFECT HOUSE LOOKS LIKE (ROOM BY ROOM), ACCORDING TO PINTERESTThis Is What The Perfect House Looks Like (Room By Room), According to PinterestPinterest has become an amazing place

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