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Even if you think they’ve already started to freeze.

New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it's just not something renters deal with; prepping pipes for winter is often the landlord's job.

Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But if you've forgotten and all of a sudden you're in the middle of a deep freeze, there's still time to prevent disaster.

Here are some easy techniques to save your pipes from bursting:

#1 Turn On Your Faucets

If the temperatures have dropped into freezing and intend to stay there, turning

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Keep the vintage wallpaper, but upgrade that time- and money-draining retro thermostat to programmable.

What may seem like a good idea, often isn't. 

Here are 17 common mistakes new homeowners often make.

#1 Get Rid of Your Only Tub

If resale value is important to you, don't get rid of your only bathtub no matter how dreamy that walk-in shower looks.

It will make it harder to sell when the time comes. You'll flat-out lose buyers who love a good soak or need a tub to bathe little ones (both human and four-legged).

#2 Leave Cabinet Doors on While Painting

Painting your kitchen cabinets pays off big at resale — it's a small investment for a big "wow." But the job's time-consuming, so it's tempting leave the doors on.

RESIST. At all

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It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak.

With THE HOLIDAYS coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel.

Here's how to make that happen (along with a few other timely tips):

#1 Wash Bed Pillows

You love your trusty, old, perfectly-snugged-to-your-head pillow. But guess what's also snug against your head? Fungus — 4 to 16 species to be precise. Gross!

With fall being the height of guest season, you'll want your pillows fresh, too. Pop them in the washing machine and dryer for an all-over clean feeling. (But check manufacturer advice, too. Some pillows shouldn't be washed, but replaced instead.)

#2 Clean the Mattress, Too

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View a New Mexico Market Trends Summary Report, which includes October 2020 Commercial Market Trends. This report includes the total number of listings, asking lease rates, asking sales prices, days on the market and total square feet available.

Disclaimer: All statistics have been gathered from user-loaded listings and user-reported transactions. We have not verified accuracy and make no guarantees. By using the information, the user acknowledges that the data may contain errors or other nonconformities. Brokers should diligently and independently verify the specifics of the information you are using.

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Find out the hottest fads surfacing on the photo-sharing social network.

November 2, 2020 Design Trends  

Submitted by Household Quotes.

Instagram is the place to keep your finger on the pulse of the latest decor trends. Overall styles like Boho and mid-century modern are certainly hot, but it’s the mini trends like #LineArt, #Houseplants, #WoodDecor, and #PatternMixing that really bring the details to life.

Household Quotes(link is external), a homeownership resource based in the U.K., recently analyzed more than 3 million Insta posts to find the fastest-rising interior trends.

Interior Design Mini Trends
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As Buzz Lightyear enthusiastically says in the movie Toy Story – To infinity…and beyond! The feeling in the industry is that events of 2020 will change the industry for infinity and beyond. In real estate the mantra has always been location, location, location. As we move into 2121 real estate may have a new mantra – Digital, Digital, Digital.

From a digital workforce, to digital marketing, to a digital handling back office CRE principals are trying to decide how most economically move their businesses into the 21st century. With a plethora of real technology companies created over the past five years many real estate executives have developed analysis paralysis unsure of what direction to take. If we are honest, technology makes real estate

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View a New Mexico Market Trends Summary Report, which includes September 2020 Commercial Market Trends. This report includes the total number of listings, asking lease rates, asking sales prices, days on the market and total square feet available.

Disclaimer: All statistics have been gathered from user-loaded listings and user-reported transactions. We have not verified accuracy and make no guarantees. By using the information, the user acknowledges that the data may contain errors or other nonconformities. Brokers should diligently and independently verify the specifics of the information you are using.

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Cubbies, squeegees, and other easy ways to keep your house clean.

Home is literally the center of your universe right now, so make sure it’s a source of minimum stress. Here’s how to keep your house clean and orderly all the time.

  1. Wake, and make your bed pronto. That’s one task down already.
  2. Keep your kitchen sink empty for a soothingly clear sight line.
  3. Clean a room a day. You know what they say about doing daunting tasks in small chunks, right?
  4. Hang a squeegee. Take a few satisfying swipes after your shower, and presto!
  5. Assign cubbies to each family member. Tidy is as tidy does.
  6. Unload the dishwasher when clean. Then you're always prepped for habit #2.
  7. Use it, wipe it. Especially high-touch surfaces.
  8. Snap it, shred it.
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Sure-fire ways to spot a fixer-upper that’ll fix you up financially.

A few years ago, Alessandra Pollina and her husband, Ondre, were looking for a property that would need no more than some cosmetic changes and upgrades. But because the price was right, they ended up with the ultimate fixer-upper: a two unit, single-family-style home that was already gutted to the studs.

They were excited about its potential, not to mention the one-half acre of land the house is sitting on. “That's unusual for Boston," Pollina says. “It's the biggest backyard ever."

Four years and many renovations later, Pollina estimates her home in the Dorchester neighborhood is worth (drum roll, please) an epic 56% more than it was when she bought it. Wow, talk about a return

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All it takes is for one ember to fall on your roof. Don’t let it happen.

How do most homes ignite during a wildfire? A floating ember or piece of burning wood touches down on a roof, gutter, in a vent, under a deck, or on a porch and ignites leaves and debris, says the National Fire Protection Association. Or else, a surface fire simply takes the fast lane to your home via dry vegetation.

With that in mind, fortify your home like the castle it is with these 13 wildfire-repelling steps. But keep in mind that no product or technique is a failsafe against a raging fire.

#1 Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you don’t already have working smoke detectors or haven’t tested them recently, make that your No. 1 job. Now.

#2 Check Fire

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