About 40% of people feel like buying a home is one of the most stressful events. There are so many questions that arise: location, price, size of the home, and more. 

Another question you might be wondering is, is it cheaper to build or buy a house? 

In this article, we will explore building a house vs. buying a house and see which decision is right for you. 

Build or Buy Homes

Pros of Buying a House

Let's first look at some of the pros and cons of buying a home that's already constructed. 

One of the best things about buying a home is that it's already built! There may be cosmetic changes that you'd like to fix, but overall, the bones of the home are in place. 

Buying a home in the neighborhood you desire is also very convenient. It can be challenging…

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 This house for sale located at 245 Signs Rd in Staten Island, NY is a recently-updated condo with ample square footage.  It is located in a private community in the Bulls Head area of Staten Island. It is move-in ready, spacious, loaded with amenities, and close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and local/express buses.

The First Floor

245 Signs Rd House For Sale in Staten Island

The first floor features a half bathroom, dining room and sunken living room.  Sliders, which cast natural light into the space, open to a private backyard.

The Kitchen

The first floor also features a bright and beautifully updated kitchen with new wood floors, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets, and ample countertops.

The Second Floor

The second floor…

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So, you're getting ready to design your dream office and you're looking for decorating tips. Or maybe you've had your current setup for a while and it's finally time to refresh things and start over.

Regardless, you're looking for professional office decor ideas that both your team members and customers are going to love.

Well, there are a few basic tips and tricks that you need to keep in mind in order to get the results you're looking for. But once you know what to do, and what not to do, you'll be able to create a smart, fun office that everyone loves.

So what kind of office decor style works best in 2020? And what are some basic things that you can do to improve to vibes in your workplace? We've got the answers you're looking for, plus…

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What if a few easy tips could transform your real estate career?

Everyone in real estate hopes to make successful real estate investments and reap the rewards. However, it is difficult to find the right tips to take your career to the next level.

Want to know what the best tips for successful investments are? Keep reading to discover the answer!

Successful Real Estate Investments

Marketplace Encyclopedia

You've heard "knowledge is power" your entire life. But for a real estate investor, it's more like "knowledge is profit."

One of the best investor tips is to fully immerse yourself in research about the market. You need to know immediate info (like the prices of neighboring homes info about local communities) as well as "big picture" info (such as what your local market…

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Finding a roofing repair contractor seems like it should be easy until you start digging through the options. It can be tough to decide which contractor is reliable and reputable.

Hiring the wrong contractor could leave your roof in worse condition than when the work started. Even worse, you could end up getting scammed out of your money while the work gets left undone.

Follow these five tips for finding the right roofing contractor to avoid problems.

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1. Check for License and Insurance

Contractors need a license to operate in most states. Some unlicensed contractors may still try to do jobs in the state, so verify that your contractor is licensed.

The company also needs insurance to cover liability. Request a copy of the insurance…

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Did you know that the average homeowner spends around $60,400 on renovations?

From learning the most recent trends from the Land of the Rising Sun to bringing back wicker in your bathroom, there are tons of ideas you need to embrace while redesigning your home.

Are you planning on upgrading your home so it feels fresh and trendy? In this article, we'll look at some of the best home trends and design tips you need to know for 2020.

Top Home Trends and Designs to Know for 2020

1. Neutrals Are Becoming Warmer

In 2019, we saw the rise of neutrals in the home. Everyone seemed to be deciding upon interiors that were white upon white. 

Although neutral tones are still popular, the colors are changing in 2020! You will see many darker, earthen tones. 

These colors are much warmer,…

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Up to 40 percent of Americans say that they found selling their home stressful.

And yet, it doesn't have to be so stressful to get top dollar for your property. You just need to know what to do to promote your home on the market.

Don't simply put your house up for sale without a second thought. You need to follow our list of five things to do before selling your house.

Check out our tips in the blog post below.

Earn Top Dollar Selling Your Home

1. Declutter Your Property Before Selling 

Up to one in four Americans say that they have a clutter problem.

Not only could they be sitting on a lot of cash, but you also can't have a cluttered home if you want to sell it.

Over the years, you have probably gathered together a lot more stuff than you need. Once you have even…

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Dealing with the aftermath of a storm can be overwhelming, especially if there's significant damage to your home.

When you're ready to file your homeowners' insurance claims, it's crucial to follow the correct steps so you can get the most benefit possible and start the repair process.

Read on for some tips and information about making an insurance claim after the storm.

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Make Sure You're Covered

Before you contact your insurance company, you want to be sure that your property and belongings are covered. While most people's homes are covered due to damage caused by a natural disaster, it isn't always the case.

If you live in a designated flood zone and you don't have separate flood insurance, your private insurance company likely won't…

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Have you been wondering, "What is a public adjuster?"

Although you may not need one in your everyday life, a public adjuster can be a valuable asset in navigating your insurance when crisis strikes. Whether it’s your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, you should be prepared for anything. 

Deciding when to hire a public adjuster shouldn’t be a guessing game. Here’s everything you need to know about public adjusters and when to pull the trigger. 

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What is a Public Adjuster?

What does a public adjuster do? A public adjuster is an insurance professional used by policyholders when settling an insurance claim on his or her behalf. Nine times out of ten, these claims involve flood, smoke, fire, wind and hurricane damage. Other damage can also be…

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Living in a home that feels too small can lead to feeling claustrophobic or even imprisoned. However, just because your home feels too small doesn't mean it actually is. There are several things you can do to make your home feel bigger.

For one, you can learn how to make space with some simple design and organizational tips. Additionally, you can learn how to create the illusion of space. Finally, you can opt for renovation. 

Obviously, some tricks for making space in your home will be cheaper than others. However, it will all be worth it in the end, regardless of how you decide to proceed. 

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How to Make Space in Your Home

As suggested above, there is no singular solution to learning how to make space in your home. Here's a quick look at…

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