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Keeping your home functioning safely and efficiently in the winter

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The winter is upon us again. Here are a few tips to keep your home functioning safely and efficiently: KEEP THE BILL DOWN.
Installing a programmable thermostat will help regulate your usage. Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or below to save energy and money.  In the daytime keep window curtains and blinds open to let in sunlight. Sunlight helps to keep a warmer temperature in your home.  Now is also the perfect time to complete a household check to prepare for colder weather.

THE FURNACE
Have a professional check furnace to ensure the pilot light and burners are working properly. The filter should be changed regularly. THE DETECTORS
Be sure to check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Make sure they are working properly with adequate battery life. SPACE HEATERS
Space heaters should be away from anything flammable and be off when no one is at home. Make sure space heater is approved for indoors use, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.  FIREPLACE
Properly inspected the fireplace before startin…

Avoid These Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

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Buying a home for the first time can be cumbersome. You’ve never done it before, so it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. Luckily, we’ve pulled together some of the common mistakes first-time home buyers make. Learn from them, and you may have a smoother home buying process. ·Forgetting About Costs: Your mortgage will probably not be the only cost when it comes to buying a home. Smaller costs like property insurance, taxes, electric and water bills, and other fees may start to pile up. Before buying a house, you may need to look further into your savings to figure out if you can pay for all of these additional charges.
·Looking for a Home Before the Loan: Once you find a house and decide to buy it, you don’t want to spend time wondering if you can afford it. Knowing your budget, and that you are a qualified buyer before you begin your search may make the process easier and more efficient. Once you decide that it’s time to buy a home, get pre-approved for a loan. Contact your Century 21 r…

HOME BUYING ADVICE

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Buying a home is a significant and exciting decision. This section provides professional real estate advice and helpful home buying tips.

First Steps The Internet and real estate professionals are the top two resources most buyers turn to when searching for a home.1  When it’s not convenient for you to speak directly with a real estate professional, century21.com can help improve your overall home buying experience and provide the guidance to reduce stress, save time, and make you a savvy, successful consumer.
A CENTURY 21® Agent is ready to make a full-time commitment to help you capitalize on current market opportunities and assist you in making an informed decision.
To ensure you make the right choice for the long term, a CENTURY 21 Agent offers extensive knowledge in: Neighborhoods, schools and market conditionsMortgage specialists who can assist you with your financingTechnology that gives them an edge, along with multiple resources available just for you on century21.com / atlantafin…

Home Improvement Tips

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Making home improvements not only creates beautiful upgrades to your home but can also increase its overall value. Using a Home Equity Line of Credit can be the smartest way to manage the expense associated with making home improvements. The following tips from industry experts offer some of the most cost-effective and valuable enhancements you can make to your home. Tip #1
Updated homes frequently sell faster. The renovation of dark or dated kitchens is one of the most profitable home improvements you can make. Tip #2 Time to refinance your mortgage? If interest rates are lower now than when you closed on your current mortgage, you may be able to save money by refinancing. Tip #3 Updating an old bathroom is one of the most profitable home improvements you can make. Tip #4 Adding casual living areas like a den or family room is a smart home improvement. Tip #5 Thinking of updating your home with one of these home improvements and wondering how long they generally last? New chimney: 100 years …