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Taking Zoning Laws into Account when Renovating Taking Zoning Laws into Account when Renovating

By Jessica Tan

In case you are not familiar with the term "zoning", it is a method used by a municipality to regulate the ways in which land is used. The essential purpose of a municipality's zoning is to keep its citizens safe by posing regulations, in accordance with what is thought of as the 'character' of the surrounding area, therefore creating a cohesive community.

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How Staging is Used to Sell Homes How Staging is Used to Sell Homes

By Jessica Tan

In this difficult housing market, selling a home is not as easy as it used to be. This is why people have come to rely more and more on certain selling tactics. "Staging" is a technique that homeowners and realtors often use when attempting to sell their property. The objective is simple: to make the home look its best.

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Housing and Apartment Listings: Decoding the Lingo Housing and Apartment Listings: Decoding the Lingo

By Jessica Tan

Listings for apartments or houses can be daunting: they often seem like nothing but short descriptions packed with strange abbreviations and cryptic phrases. If you're new at the game of homebuying or apartment renting, then you may not be familiar with the catchphrases and "codes" that people commonly use when advertising their homes. Here are some resources to help you out!

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Choosing the Right Flooring for your Home Choosing the Right Flooring for your Home

By Jessica Tan

It's time to think about what's beneath your feet every single day - your floor. The choices you make when it comes to your flooring can make a huge difference in the feel and livability of your home.

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How to Keep Unwanted Pests Out of Your Home How to Keep Unwanted Pests Out of Your Home

By Jessica Tan

Insects, rodents, and pests, oh my! Most of us aren't too fond of these creatures, especially when they pop up unexpectedly on the walls or floors of our homes. In this case, prevention is the best strategy--it's much less of a hassle to keep pests out from the get-go rather than to figure out how to get rid of them once they've invaded. Here are a few tips on how to keep those little critters from making your home their home too.

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Cool Gadgets for Your Home Cool Gadgets for Your Home

By Jessica Tan

Technology has made so much of difference in the home over the years. We no longer have to do our laundry by hand and can just stick our dishes into the dishwasher. With advances in cleaning systems, rugs and showers are easier to maintain and a pleasant home is achieved with much less effort. If you're a fan of having those "wow" technologies, here are a few amazing gadgets and innovations that make your life at home that much easier:

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Lighting Tips for Your Home Lighting Tips for Your Home

By Jessica Tan

Have you ever noticed that people generally tend to be in a better mood when it's sunny outside? You can bring some of this euphoria into your own home with a few quick lighting tips.

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Going Green: How to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly Going Green: How to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

By Jessica Tan

The earth gives us so much-- food and water to sustain us, air to breathe, fuel to maintain our lifestyles, and even beautiful nature to enjoy. How...

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Flippers 101: What You Need To Know About Flippers 101: What You Need To Know About "Flipper Houses"

By Jessica Tan

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term "flipper" in real estate, you may get some sort of mental image of marine animal. A flipper...

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Investigating Neighborhood Safety When You Are House-Shopping Investigating Neighborhood Safety When You Are House-Shopping

By Jessica Tan

Sometimes potential homebuyers can get so consumed with the physical details of the house that they forget another very important aspect: the neighborhood which the house is a part of. The neighborhood can greatly affect the quality of your and your family's life, so here's the scoop on how to figure out how safe a neighborhood is before you buy.

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Jessica Tan is a Staff Writer at Mass Realty.