Sharon Cowie's Blog Posts

Luxurious Outdoor Living Ideas

Photo by Randy Fath on UnsplashOutdoor living areas give you opportunities to spend more time outside during the year. Instead of a traditional patio or deck, consider adding an

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DIY: 4 Easy Bathroom Updates

Photo by Bonnie Kittle on UnsplashTired of looking at a dated bathroom day after day but dread updating it knowing the average remodeled bathroom will set you back thousands of?

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Things You Need to Consider Before You Attend a Home Showing

You know you want to pursue a home, and as such, likely plan to attend lots of house showings in the near future. Before you check out a residence in-person, however, it generally is a good idea to

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Creative Benefits of Clutter

Photo by Zhanzat Mamytova via PexelsMany of today's fashionable life coaches tell us that cluttered environments mess with our sense of peace and calm, our focus, and our productivity. Plenty of

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Tips to Track Down Water Leaks

 Photo by Steve Buissinne via PixabaySome leaks are obvious -- coming home to a soggy rug or soaked floor is a pretty good indicator that you have some plumbing trouble -- but others

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Tips for Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Image by Petter Rudwall from UnsplashOlder windows can end up costing you more on your heating and cooling bills. These windows can be drafty in winter and let in too much heat during summer.

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Housing Struggle for High Tech Employees

Photo by Startup Stock Photos from Pexels“Go West, young man” is a phrase that first appeared in an Indiana newspaper in 1851 and was popularized 14 years later by New

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Exotic Flooring Options

Are you looking for some new and unique flooring options for your home? Check out this list of artistic, eye-catching and unique flooring options from around the globe.Roman Tile FloorThe most

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Southern Homes: What to Look For

Photo by Pattie Steib via ShutterstockAll home buyers create a list of features they desire in a property and come armed with the list when their agent shows them a new listing. When you’re

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Buying Investment Property: How to Make Quick ROIs

Photo by Mohamed Hassan via PixabayBuying property is a long-term investment. If you’re looking to make quick income from property, the only way is to buy low and sell high with minimal input

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How to Buy the Right Home Remotely

Image by Free-Photos from PixabayIt may be tempting, when buying a home remotely, to jump at the first great deal that fits your checklist. But, number of beds and baths aren't everything. Location

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Improving Your Home’s Efficiency

Photo by SpeedKingz via ShutterstockLiving green is the goal of many young homebuyers. Once in their new home, they want to take steps toward improving their home’s efficiency. The first

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Are You Ready to Address Home Selling Hurdles?

The home selling journey may be perilous, particularly for an individual who is unprepared for potential pitfalls. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to quickly identify house

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Will Your House Buying Plan Work?

Before you launch a home search, you should put together a property buying plan. That way, you will know exactly what you want to accomplish during the homebuying journey and can tailor your house

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What's It Like to Buy a Home?

There is no feeling like the one associated with buying a house. If you know how to navigate the homebuying journey, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying an unforgettable property buying

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Adding Some Extra Warmth to Your Luxury Bathroom

Photo by banksy07 via PixabayAdding some extra warmth to your bathrooms boosts your home value while also ensuring that you’ll have a well-heated and comfortable environment for bathing and

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Is a Balloon Mortgage Right for You?

Image by Jojje from ShutterstockMany people own homes through a mortgage agreement. Traditional mortgages are primarily fully amortized or gradually paid off with regular payments over the lifetime

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Financing Options for Land Purchases

Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from PixabayYou’ve decided it’s time to build the dream house you’ve always wanted. An exciting time!Prior to hiring builders to construct

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Helping Our Elderly Loved Ones Relocate

 Photo by Gerd Altmann via PixabayThere comes a time when family members must confront the realities of aging. It’s not uncommon for our parents and grandparents to still be living in

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Tips for Navigating the Florida Luxury Home Selling Journey

Selling a luxury house in Naples, Fort Lauderdale or any other Florida city or town should be a seamless experience. Yet for those who fail to identify potential home selling hurdles prior to

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Home Financing - PMI and Down Payments

Image by Charles ?? from UnsplashPart of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI).

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Should You Submit an Offer to Purchase a House?

Deciding whether to submit an offer to purchase a house may prove to be difficult. Fortunately, we're here to help you weigh the pros and cons of submitting a homebuying proposal so you can make the

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From FHA to USDA - Choosing Your Mortgage

Photo by Alexander Stein via PixabayWhen it comes to a mortgage, most of us think of the same standard product; the 15 or 30 year conventional mortgage offered by banks and lenders. This is not the

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Electrical Issues to Watch for in Your Home

The first few years in your new home feel like heaven. Everything looks so sleek and shiny, but after some time you start to discover some quirks. Most are nothing to fret about, but there are some

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3 Pet Friendly Indoor Plants (and Others to Keep Away from Your Pets)

Plants can enhance the look and feel of your home, and some can even improve your indoor air quality. But if you have pets, you need to be selective about the plants you bring into your home.

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Remembering These Simple Mailbox Rules Could Save You a Headache

Photo by Lee via PixabayPutting a new mailbox up? Be sure to follow the official guidance from the U.S. Postal Service.® Here are a few rules, tips, and suggestions to make your mail'

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Energy Efficient Tips for Older Homes

Photo by Vivint Solar from PexelsWhen your pocketbook determines you can’t afford a new, energy-efficient home, you can still satisfy your preferences by upgrading an older.

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Is It A Good Time To Invest in Florida Real Estate? Yes. Here's Why

ast year, Florida was home to 16 of the United States’ 100 fastest growing counties. Since it’s already the 4th largest state by population, it’s no easy feat to maintain that kind

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Owning a Florida Home is the Best of All Worlds

The environment you choose for your next home can have a major impact on your health and the quality of your lifestyle.As more and more people are discovering, Florida offers a unique combination of

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How Can You Capitalize on a Seller's Market?

A seller's market provides many opportunities for those who plan to list a residence in the near future. If you know how to capitalize on a seller's market, you may be able to quickly and

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Use Common Sense During the Home Selling Journey

Common sense is powerful, particularly for those who plan to sell a house in the near future. If you use common sense as you consider myriad home selling decisions, you may be better equipped than

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Extend the Life of Your Vacuum Cleaner

Many homeowners spend so much time trying to preserve the life of their furniture, carpet, and flooring with careful and regular cleaning that they often forget to maintain the vacuum cleaner. So

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You Should Know These Interior Design Tips

Did you recently move into a new house? Or do you want to change the look and feel of your home? Here are a few low intensive interior design tips you should consider carrying out. You don't have to

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Helping Your Pup Live Longer

Your dog doesn’t know how to tell you when he doesn’t feel well. In fact, although he’s your greatest companion, and knows when to snuggle up to make you feel better, you may not

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Knowing About Florida Property Taxes

Florida is different from most states in the USA in that there is no state income tax. If you are a homeowner who is making money from renting out your property, or you recently sold your home, you

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Reasons Why This is An Important Year For Housing

Winter season is gone; homebuyers are warming up to get the best house available. It is not out of place for several questions or thought to run through their mind. Questions like - is 2019 a good

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Common Home Emergencies

No homeowner ever wishes to have to deal with certain emergencies at home, but in the off chance that you happen to face any of these common ones, there's no need to fret. Just follow these

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Can You Afford a Second Home?

If you have always wanted to own a second home in the mountains, near the beach or just about anywhere else, now may be the ideal time to transform your dream into a reality. The housing market

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What to Consider When Choosing a Self Storage Facility

You need a self-storage facility if you want to be more organized or you are moving to your new apartment. Now, how can you choose the right self-storage facility considering the numerous options

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How to Plan a Move

Planning a move is not a decision made quickly - even if you are moving just some streets away from your present location. It requires a detailed arrangement followed to the letter. Poor planning

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Using Yoga to Change Depression

Most people simply think of yoga as a form of exercise or relaxation, but when practiced correctly, yoga can even change how your very DNA expresses itself in illnesses and depression. A review

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Keeping Your Home Clean After It's On The Market

One of the many challenges of putting your home on the market is keeping it clean!That task can be even more difficult if you have kids, pets, and a busy schedule. If everyone is always rushing off

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Factors to Note Before Purchasing a Vacation Property

If you are mulling over purchasing a vacation home, then you must go over a few considerations before you make the final decision. If done for the right reasons, it can end up being a great piece of

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Creating a Patio Garden

In a typical year, you grow a lush vegetable garden that brings endless pleasure to you and fresh food to your table. But this year you plan to put your house on the market. Do you still grow a

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How to Remove Odors From Your House

One of the quickest ways to lose a sale is to ignore odors in your home. Of course, you don't always smell them, so it's best if you have someone else come in with, ahem, a fresh nose, to point out

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6 Easy Ways to Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Everybody loves a house with a great curb appeal. People pass by and say to themselves, “that house looks like I could buy it.” The greater the curb appeal of your house, the more buyers

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Thinking Outside the Box with Creative Furniture

Have you ever discovered you needed a piece of furniture that you can't readily find or your space requirements leave you with limited choices? Options still exist, and they can be a perfect match

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How To Lose Weight Without Strict Dieting

The first line of thinking when it comes to losing weight is either sweating it out in the gym or practicing a strict dieting program. While these weight-loss methods bring the prize home, experts

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Tiny Living - Is It For You?

Right now, one version of minimalism drives the tiny house movement. More than simplifying life and being mindful of excess, the move to a tiny home purports to be environmentally friendly, budget

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Benefits of Using an Online Fax Service

Sending and receiving faxes is still growing in popularity around the world, and online fax services have come to light to enable users to change from traditional fax machines to online (internet)

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Are You an Ambitious House Seller?

An ambitious home seller may be better equipped than his or her rivals to enjoy a seamless property selling experience. In fact, this individual likely will go the extra mile to ensure buyers can

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Home Staging 101

If you've spent much time online seeking ways to sell your home, you've probably run across "professional home staging" options. While many of these are a great choice, they can be cost-prohibitive

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How to Avoid a Property Buying Dilemma

No one wants to face a homebuying dilemma. Yet problems may arise during the homebuying journey that make it tough for an individual to find and buy his or her dream residence. Lucky for you, we're

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5 Interior Design Tips for a Luxury Living Room

Most of the activities at home happen in the living room, so it is usually a part of the house that gets a lot of interior design attention. A luxurious living room must also be relaxing and

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