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All Blog Entries by Renee Dekroub

Found 19 blog entries published by Renee Dekroub.

Don't let your house get snowed In


The temperatures have changed and we are officially in winter with actual snow on the ground. Maybe you want to add life to your house for your own sake. OR you want to list your house now while the market is warming up, but need help to bring the buyers; your house needs to pop, to not blend in with the bare trees, white or dirty snow, lack of flowers and life outside.

Not all home buyers are shopping in the summer, there are many who need to buy or sell in the winter months as well. Think of marriage, divorce, empty nesters, apartment leases that are up, change of jobs or school, etc. We always focus on the outside more in the warmer months because we can be enjoying the weather at the same time. But winter

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Get Moving! 



Making the decision to move can be an exciting time. Moving across the country, across town, for the first time or the tenth time. But it can also be surrounded by uncertainty; did I budget right for the new place? Will I like my neighbors? Will my kids be able to adjust to the new school? 

According to the US Census , 11.2 percent of Americans moved in 2016 (the most updated report), relating to housing, family and employment reasons. There's one question that most people who are thinking of moving asks; How much does it actually cost to move?

There are all kinds of moving expenses to keep in mind, including changes in cost of living, balancing two mortgages (rent or mortgage) during the transition for one place to

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The Ugly (and Filthy) Truth About Wearing Shoes in the House

Renee Dekroub reposted  By Stephanie Booth | Oct 22, 2018   shoes-insideSchulteProductions/iStock

"Shoes off, please." A reasonable request? Or are them fightin' words?

Arguably, no other three monosyllabic words have ever led to more irritated house guests, resentful homeowners and thriving sales of shoe racks, slippers, and sing-songy, passive-aggressive signs. ("Since little fingers touch our floor, please remove your shoes at our door!")

So which side of the wearing-shoes-in-the-house argument is right? Turns out, there’s no squeaky-clean answer. But we've got some scientific reasons that can help you decide which side you want to be on.

The disgusting

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5 Crucial Questions to Ask a Home Inspector—and When to Ask


What are some questions to ask a home inspector? If you're buying a house, you know that your home inspector will check it out and make sure it's in decent shape. So if you want to get to know your home beyond its pretty facade, you should pepper your inspector with questions—a whole lot of them, in fact!

But when you ask those questions is as important as what you ask. Namely, you should attend your home inspection and ask him right then and there. The reason: Rather than trying to decipher your inspector's (very technical) report, it's much easier for this pro to actually show you what's going on with the house.

To help you get this essential…
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This week, a Minnesota castle rules over the listings on®. The stone property is simply amazing, with oodles of decorative details to take in. Plenty of curious commoners checked out the castle this week, making it our most popular home listing.

If you have time, we suggest scrolling through all 170 photos of the scenic fortress built in 1920.

Our runner-up is even older—a perfectly preserved Colonial dating all the way back to 1638. The historic home in Massachusetts may not require you to wear a tricorn hat, but you could pull off a seriously authentic Thanksgiving feast in this American gem.  

Other homes storming the gates this week include an abandoned

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New Homeowners Pay $40,000 on Average to Buy and Move into a New Home

The one-time costs of moving into a new home add up quickly and can come as a surprise to first-time buyers.

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Buying a home is one of the most expensive transactions someone will ever make, and home shoppers can expect to spend $40,000 on average in one-time fees on the typical U.S. home, according to a new analysis from, a Zillow® Group brand, and Thumbtack.

For first-time buyers, understanding their home-buying budget can be a stressful process. It can be easy to focus on the listed price or monthly mortgage payments for a home, but there are several one-off costs that buyers also should be aware of. In addition to budgeting for the down payment, buyers

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Photo credit: Behr

The paint company Behr has named a rich, bluish hue its 2019 Color of the Year. Blueprint is a mid-tone blue that is described as warmer than denim but softer than navy.

Behr is predicting that embracing a full range of blue, teal,and gray will be a key style for home design in 2019. “Layer light and dark blues on walls, cabinets, furniture, and decor for impactful results,” Behr says.

The color matches with the jewel tone trend that has been taking off in 2018, which also has seen the popularity of dark greens and purples in decor.

Blueprint is a dark color but can also be a classic that can be mixed with many color combos and in different home styles too, the company notes. The color can work as an accent wall color,

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Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: 7 Tasks to Tackle Before Temperatures Dip


Once autumn's chill is in the air, we don't think twice about swapping our tank tops for sweaters and stocking our pantry with pumpkin-spice everything. So why wouldn't we prepare our houses for the chill, too?

Yes, that first freeze can often take us by surprise, leading to major headaches and thousands of dollars in repairs. So before you start stuffing your bookshelves with decorative gourds and planning the best Thanksgiving dinner your in-laws will ever eat, take a swing through these simple fall maintenance tasks. We promise a little prep work now will help keep your home running smoothly all season long. 

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While parents may have a handle on the household budgets, it’s the kids who influence one of the biggest purchase decisions you make as a family-a new home. In the U.S., there are 50 million children 11 years old and under who have a hefty $1.2 trillion in annual purchasing power and they mean business. We’re not just talking about their mini-opinions on everyday purchased like food, clothing and toys; their influence extends to larger life purchases including cars, vacations and yes, even homes.

According to a recent Harris Poll, 55 percent of homeowners with a child under 18 said the opinion of their child played a factor in their home buying decision. For millennial parents, the influence grows to nearly 75 percent-now that’s some ‘kidfluence.’

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By: HouseLogic

Published: April 12, 2018

There are a lot of home pricing resources out there, and some are far better than others.


When it’s time to sell your house, you may be feeling a little anxious. A chapter of your life is closing. There’s a lot of money on the table. You may be thinking “Is my house priced too high?" "Too low?" "Am I leaving too much money on the table?” These are big questions.

Luckily, you have a few resources at your disposal to figure out where your house stands among the crowd: a listing agent’s expertise and guidance, plus online property sites to get insight into the market.

So take a deep breath. Then do your homework. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when it’s time to make

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