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What challenges do historic homeowners face?

For many people, owning a historic home is a dream come true. The classic style and old-world charm attracts homeowners all across the country, ready to get their hands dirty rebuilding that Victorian-style beauty on the corner or that old west-style ranch across town. But many historic homeowners quickly discover that owning a historic home is much more complicated than you might think. From zoning regulations and historical society rules to structural damage, old homes can really throw you for a spin. How can you be sure you haven’t bitten off more than you can chew? We asked our experts …

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Top 10 Tips for Manufactured Homes

In our modern world, housing options are quite varied. From condos to apartments and permanent homes to manufactured homes, it is important to choose what is right for you and your family. This week we looked to our housing experts to learn more about the option of manufactured homes. We’ve generated a list of the top advice our experts have on manufactured homes.

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The Pros and Cons of Older Homes

One of the most important decisions that prospective homeowners need to make is whether to buy new or pre-owned. Just like used cars, older homes can represent a better value for homebuyers when small repair needs and outdated designs help drive down overall cost. Older homes may also have unique benefits, including superior build quality and distinctive style. The question is, what can you do to ensure that an old home still represents a good value? Inspection Our experts unanimously agreed that a thorough inspection is a necessity when considering an older home purchase. When getting an inspection, look for …

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Home

Your new home will probably be the biggest purchase of your life, so it’s important to get it right. But with so many things to consider, sometimes buyers can get overwhelmed, and overlook important things. But eLocal is here to help! We polled our panel of experts for the most important (and least-remembered) things to do during the buying process, and were impressed by the wealth of information! We present the ultimate guide to what home buyers need to do to make the best decision: 1. Equip yourself with a dream team of professionals. • Home buying is not a …

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What Renovations Have the Best Resale Value?

Homeowners and buyers look at a home very differently. Neglecting to look at a remodeling project from a buyer’s perspective can result in money lost when it is time to sell your home. Which projects will have the biggest bang for the buck? Our experts outline which renovations will improve your home’s resale value, no matter your budget…and what projects to stay away from. Before You Begin a Renovation In general, the top two areas to renovate include the kitchen and bath. The third most important involves adding energy efficient upgrades to your home. However, these projects can be very …