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Space-Saving Hacks for Small Closets

If you’re reluctant to compromise on storage for your dream home – don’t worry. There are many ways to make your tiny closet into an ideal place to hold your wardrobe. 

Perhaps you want to purchase a condo for the view, but it has outdated storage spaces. Additionally, you may want to buy a home directly in the city for the ease of access to amenities, and this may take precedence over storage or closet space. You could also be into sustainability, so your home might be smaller overall. Whatever the reason, it can be easy to settle on smaller storage with easy parking access or another perk instead.

Traditional storage and decluttering methods vary around the world. With innovative tidying techniques like the

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Guide for Veteran Home Buying

Finding a home as a veteran comes with unique struggles. It’s difficult enough to learn the ins and outs of home buying, as it is. Then, add the extra risk factors that come with veteran status, and you end up with almost 20,000 homeless vets in the U.S. Veterans looking for homes face numerous obstacles including but not limited to: 

  • Disabilities
  • Financial instability
  • Housing prices
  • Job scarcity
  • Lack of financial assistance
  • Social issues

Social reintegration for veterans shouldn’t be as difficult as it is made to be. However, there are steps that you and your support system may take to ease the veteran home buying process.

A closeup of a person in military garb holding the keys to a house.

Preparing for a Move as a Veteran 

Before you begin to secure

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Carports vs. Garages vs. Pads

In much of the United States, owning a car is a necessity. According to the Census Bureau, 91.5% of households in the United States have access to at least one car. For the most part, many homes have more than one car with the average number of vehicles in an American household being 1.88. 

If you are looking for a home, such parking places are a major consideration. Homebuyers have three primary options: off-street parking (a driveway or parking pad), a carport, or a full garage.

In addition to purchasing a home with an existing parking feature, you can also consider making upgrades that will help protect your vehicles, and ideally, increase your property value. 

Here is a look at the parking features you should

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Sustainable Renovations for Every Room

Whether you buy an older home or a new construction home, there are most likely modifications and renovations you can do to make your new house more eco-friendly. If you are looking to spend less money on your energy bill each month, are looking to downsize your home to live more efficiently, want to reduce your environmental impact, or you want to increase the value of your home before you get it appraised for a new sales listing, there have never been more reasons to pursue sustainability than there are right now.

Overhead view of an eco-friendly bedroom featuring natural light, plants, and recycled or low-waste furnishing.

Where do you even start, though? While this process might seem overwhelming when you look at it as a whole, by breaking it down room-by-room throughout your house, you can guarantee it will

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LGBTQ+ Guide to Finding a New Home

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LGBTQ+ Housing Guide: How to Find a Welcoming Home

From discriminatory lending practices to exorbitant interest rates, LGBTQ people have faced many barriers to homeownership. As the movement for equality continues, it's important to understand the obstacles that have been overcome and the obstacles that still need to be overcome.

According to a study done by UCLA, only 49.8% of LGBT adults own their homes, compared to 70.1% of non-LGBT adults.

Let’s take a look at some of the challenges faced by the LGBTQ population in the housing market, share some resources that can help you on your home-buying journey, and explain how to minimize the risk of experiencing discrimination by finding a neighborhood

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Eco-Friendly Home Updates

No matter where you live, home residents generally value having an eco-friendly home. One study found seven in 10 American households claim their home is eco-friendly. However, 77% of those same homeowners claim that they would like to have an even “greener” lifestyle.

A beautiful home with solar panels installed on the roof.

In addition to its various environmental benefits, an eco-friendly home can also benefit both homebuyers and homeowners. An estimated 69% of homebuyers find value in home listings with energy-efficient features. It’s also in a homeowner’s best interest to add eco-friendly features to their home: On average, energy-efficient homes sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without any eco-friendly upgrades.

Eco-friendly upgrades are some of the most

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A Guide To Gardening With Kids

It seems sometimes these days that it is harder than ever to encourage children to spend time outside. On average, kids today only spend about four to seven minutes outdoors in comparison to the seven hours spent on electronics.

Between countless sources of media and technology being increasingly ever-present in our society today dividing kids’ attention, it is more important than ever to break through that noise to encourage healthy activities and a connection to the natural world around them. One excellent way to cultivate this in children is by involving them in the activity of gardening.

Three children smile as they hold a basket of vegetables.

 

Benefits of Gardening with Kids 

Although there are plenty of activities that encourage kids to become more active

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How To Upgrade Your Home Decor Pictures for Instagram

Instagram is filled with home decor pictures. From little cottages in the French countryside to single-family homes in suburban neighborhoods to apartments at the tops of skyscrapers — many people love sharing pictures of the place they call home.

For some, their home decor pictures are connected to their professional career. A home decor picture can be a part of a brand deal, a sponsored post, or connected to your business somehow. For others, home decor pictures are more of a hobby. They are connected to a blog post, or a recent project, or they are simply put together for personal satisfaction.

No matter what your reason for wanting to upgrade your home decor pictures for Instagram,

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A couple smiles as they repaint a room

How To Create Your Dream "Glam Room" on a Budget

Have you always dreamed of a walk-in closet or a room dedicated to your makeup and skincare products? Now’s the perfect time to turn that spare bedroom or extra closet space into your very own glam room.

If you’re an influencer or use social media for your small business, then you’ll appreciate this type of well-lit, functional, and aesthetically pleasing space to work in. Plus, creating a glam room can be great photo content for your social media feed.

Don't let the word "glam" scare you; anyone can have a glam room or a private area for getting ready and storing all of your beauty essentials, regardless of budget.

Build Your Dream Room From Scratch

If you have the exciting opportunity

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A senior citizen smiles at their caregiver while getting a blanket placed on their shoulders.

Aging in Place or Transition to Assisted Living? | Raleigh Realty

Transitioning into assisted living is a major milestone for most, and it often entails a difficult decision. It requires evaluating whether or not you have the finances for this next phase in life, what care you require, and what responsibilities you’re physically capable of handling.

Although giving up a lifetime of independence can be a daunting prospect, there are a variety of living options for seniors looking to maintain their independence.

Let’s discuss the benefits of aging in place, the alternative living arrangements for seniors, and when you and your loved one should decide to make other living arrangements such as assisted living.

Understanding Your Housing

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