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Posted on 05/22/2022
Recast or refinance your mortgage: Which is right for you
When it comes to home finance, your monthly mortgage payment probably tops the list of important factors. For those who have some equity stored up in their home, it may even be tempting to refinance your mortgage to get a better rate. However, there is another option for the homeowner who simply wants to get their mortgage payment...
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Posted on 05/15/2022
Upcycle & Organize: 3 Craft Supply Storage Tips
Sometimes the most efficient storage and organization solutions are right in front of us. You may find that there are items around the house you can repurpose for your craft room. If you're not sure where to start, here are some upcycle hacks to inspire you. Reimagine an Entryway Wall Organizer Wall-mounted organizers are useful for collecting important...
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Posted on 05/13/2022
Another Property Sold - 3742 Golfside Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Great location! Move right into this freshly painted ranch home with newer door wall to brick paver patio and huge rear yard, flooring, appliances and more. The basement is finished with a bar, another bath and plenty of storage, lots of possibilities. You'll enjoy this light-filled home with Ann Arbor Schools, Pittsfield Twp. taxes, the best of both worlds. Let this brick ranch be your new home, call...
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Posted on 05/08/2022
Aquaponics with fish: The basics
If you’re interested in sustainability, aquatic life and gardening, you might consider aquaponics with fish. Aquaponics combines methods from hydroponic gardening and aquaculture to create a symbiotic environment in your home fish tank. To learn more about aquaponics, here is a basic guide to help: How it works Aquaponic systems are used to cultivate fish and plants in...
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Posted on 05/01/2022
Prayer Plant Flowers & Other Houseplants Most Likely to Bloom Indoors
Most plants kept as houseplants are native to tropical regions where the conditions are considerably different than the average home. These plants are very adaptable and can flourish indoors in many climates, but they are unlikely to produce flowers unless they're grown in the wild. However, some houseplants like prayer plants can surprise you with blooms. Here are...
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Posted on 04/24/2022
Flood Safety: 4 Ways to Prepare
Like many natural disasters, a flash flood can take you by surprise. Though weather services can often predict a flood, it's crucial to be prepared so that you protect yourselves and your property without panic. Here are some ways you can prepare for the possibility of a flood: Get Flood Insurance Flood damage is not included in most...
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Posted on 04/19/2022
Another Property Sold - 815 Honey Creek Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
This beautiful Colonial in Honey Creek Sub has it all. Situated on an almost 1 acre tree lined lot, this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath light filled home will captivate you from the moment you walk in. Gleaming hardwood flooring throughout. The main floor is spacious and lends itself to entertaining - formal living and dining rooms, study with built-ins, recently remodeled Chef's Kitchen with stainless appliances and marble countertops. The kitchen opens to the family room with a wood pellet stove that helps keep you warm and cozy in the winter Months. From there enter into the spacious 3 season room. The second floor features a lovely master suite...
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Posted on 04/17/2022
DIY Guide: Succulent Wall Art
Vertical gardens and living walls are a trend that won’t be going away soon. As homeowners become more environmentally conscious while spending time at home, bringing nature indoors has never been more important. What’s especially beneficial about vertical gardens and living walls is that they can be works of art just as much as living plants. Here are...
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Posted on 04/15/2022
Another Property Sold - 340 Pembroke Drive, Saline, MI 48176
Torwood Subdivision - Gorgeous 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath Colonial close to downtown Saline and Ann Arbor. The sweeping, open floor plan features a large family room with cathedral ceilings and a cozy fireplace that leads to the well appointed kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters, and an island with seating. There is a bonus room off the kitchen that can be used for a study or home office. Continuing on with the first floor there is another library/study, half bath, updated mud/laundry room and a formal dining room with Butler's Pantry. Upstairs you will find a Generous Master suite with 2 walk in closets and private ensuite as...
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Posted on 04/10/2022
Bring These Homemade Lemon Bars to Your Next Potluck
If you need a dessert for a potluck, lemon bars might be the answer. A classic treat, lemon bars are both tart and sweet. They’re also easy to make in large quantities and cut into small pieces for sharing. While it might seem intimidating to make them from scratch, the process is simple and the ingredients are relatively...
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Posted on 04/03/2022
Building a Fence? Remember These Tips Before You Do
Installing a fence for privacy or purely aesthetic reasons improves the peaceful enjoyment of a property. Privacy-seeking property owners often erect six-foot stockade-style fences in their backyards. The classic white picket fence positioned in front yards sets the table for perennial gardens, flowering shrubs and provides eye-catching curb appeal. However, there are a few items many homeowners accidentally...
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Posted on 03/27/2022
Your Guide to the 3 Types of Interior Design Lighting
Lighting is an extremely important but often overlooked element of interior design. No matter the style or setting, lighting choices can make or break the entire look and feel of a room. However, achieving great lighting in your interior design isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Here we’ll go over the three main types of lighting used...
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