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Mary was a newspaper writer/editor for 13 years and worked as spokesperson for a Fortune 500 Company before becoming a freelance writer. She has authored more than two dozen books for young readers and writes for a handful of regional home and garden magazines.

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    Understanding the Role of the Real Estate Agent

    The road to homeownership can be bumpy, and it’s often filled with unexpected turns and detours. That’s why it makes sense to have a real estate pro help guide the way.

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    Getting Your Finances in Order

    Before you get your heart set on the home with the big yard or the condo in the city, you should take steps to demonstrate you have a stable financial situation and are a serious buyer.

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    What Do You Need to Start Composting?

    Food scraps and yard waste make up 20 percent to 30 percent of what ends up in U.S. landfills. By composting those materials, you can recycle them back into the soil and improve your garden.

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    Which Makes Sense for You: Renting or Buying a Home?

    Finances are a major issue, but there are other factors to also consider.

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    Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    Ask yourself these six questions to determine if you’re real estate-ready.

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    What Does a Builder’s Warranty Cover?

    Builders’ warranties vary greatly, so it’s important that homeowners take the time to learn what’s covered, how to make a claim and the process for resolving disputes that might arise along the way.

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    How Close Is Too Close to Power Lines?

    If the thought of buying property located near high-voltage power lines gives you pause, you might think ahead to how it will affect resale value.

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    Don’t Let Smoke Smells Deter Buyers

    To truly de-stink your house or apartment, you must remove the source of the problem.

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    How Much Do Septic Systems Cost to Install?

    The cost to build a septic tank system varies widely from as little as $1,500 to upward of $4,000.

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    How Do I Know Where My Property Lines Are?

    Knowing the location of your property boundary lines means you will know where to legally place features such as fences, pools, garages or driveways.

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    How Much Does It Cost to Refinish Hardwood Floors?

    The cost to refinish hardwood floors depends on several variables, including where you live, how large an area you’re planning to refinish and the condition of the floors.

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    Simplify the Home Buying Process

    By doing your homework and thinking about the process as four smaller stages, shopping for a home can be less complicated and, perhaps, even enjoyable.

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    What If I Find Asbestos in My House?

    Simply living in a home in which asbestos exists is not dangerous. It’s when asbestos materials are disturbed that you should become concerned.

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    5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    House hunting is a little like speed dating. You only get a few minutes to make a great impression.

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    How to Fight High Property Taxes

    Up to 60 percent of U.S. properties are overassessed, which means those homeowners are likely paying too much in property taxes. Understanding the assessment process is an essential first step toward getting your tax bill lowered.