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Are you a homeowner who plans to purchase your second home in 2024? If so, you will be applying for a mortgage under different circumstances than those under which you bought your first home. Securing a loan for a second home is more complicated, more difficult, and even includes two separate sets of rules - one for vacation homes and another for investment properties. 

Let’s examine these two types of homes, the rules that govern them, and the pros and cons of each approach when it comes to your finances. 

What Qualifies as a Vacation Home?

Your primary residence is where you’ll spend most of your time, of course, but you are permitted to have one or more vacation homes as well, or even a residence that you use as your office. Either way,…

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HGTV’s “Love it or List It” showcases an all-too-familiar conundrum for homeowners throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond. If you’ve seen the show, you know featured guests ask for help deciding whether to remodel and relist or remodel and stay put in their refreshed home. 

As much as you may feel like this show could feature you and your current predicament, the reality is that very few Americans have enough expendable cash, a team of professionals, and a hotel voucher to cover our time away from home. Still, you have a decision to make: should you stay, or should you go? 

Let’s break down the factors that are most likely to help you determine the answer to this question. 

You Should Stay If:

You Have Poor Credit

Life can throw up…

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Full-on renovations are the most powerful method for transforming your home, but don’t be fooled into believing that you have to take on significant debt to make your home a better place in which to live. Strategic, thoughtful, small upgrades to enhance your space can create an impact on both your comfort level and your interior style. Choose just a few affordable luxuries, implement them as you are able, and prepare to fall in love with your home all over again. 

Add Richly Textured Plants

It’s no secret that houseplants are an excellent way to beautify your living spaces. Plants are available in a dazzling array of colors, scents, and sizes; they cleanse the air you breathe. Lastly, they can be matched with complementing vessels of nearly…

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In the United States, two-thirds of households own at least one pet, which means you are likely the caretaker of one yourself. If so, you are going to find today’s article on keeping your home clean and pet-friendly quite helpful!

While we all adore our pets and appreciate the humor, happiness, and companionship they freely offer, there’s no denying that they complicate our lives with respect to keeping a tidy home. If your pet sheds, tracks in mud, tears up toys, or knocks your fresh mug of coffee off the table, you know how challenging it can be to keep up with the messes our darling little monsters make daily.

However, once you have implemented a routine that covers all your basis without wearing you out, you’ll find it far simpler to keep…

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When you’re gathering inspiration for your new home, you’re probably thinking about color palettes, scale, and the schools of design that you love. To create a warm and welcoming environment, it’s also important to think about texture.

Texture can refer to the feeling of an object and the way it appeals to your sense of touch, but it can also refer to an object’s physical appearance and impact. Read on as we explore the many ways you can bring texture into your home to create a full sensory experience.

Reach for Textiles

When you’re looking to add texture to a room, a natural place to start is with the textiles that you choose. This includes lush area rugs, soft curtains, and cozy throw blankets and pillows. You can even find lampshades…

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Let's explore five features that could potentially be a waste of money, helping you make smarter choices for your future home.

1.) Large Yard:

While a spacious yard can be appealing, it's essential to consider the associated costs and maintenance needs. A large yard often requires additional resources and time to maintain, such as mowing, landscaping, and irrigation. These expenses can add up over time, potentially straining your budget. Instead, think about how much outdoor space you genuinely need and consider finding a balance that suits your lifestyle without breaking the bank.

2.) Short Commute:

Having a short commute to work is undoubtedly desirable, but it's essential to evaluate the long-term benefits against the added costs.…

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Our sense of smell is powerful and can unlock memories, evoke certain moods, and set the overall tone for the day. Candles, wax melts, incense, and essential oils are more popular than ever, and you can find them in just about any scent imaginable.  As a result, scent has become a surprisingly chic (albeit intangible) element of interior design.

How can you decide which scents are right for your home? We’re here to help you utilize the principles of aromatherapy to create the right ambiance from room to room. Read on for our guide to the best home scents to incorporate into your interior design.

First Impressions: Best Entryway Scents

Whether you’re coming home from a long day of work, or a guest is stepping through your doorway for the…

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As you undertake the search for your new home, you will envision your lifestyle in the various homes you’ll tour. Are you a person who thrives on hosting guests, throwing parties, or being the destination for your family during the holidays? If so, you must craft a checklist for the must-have features in your ideal entertaining house.

A home that is ideal for entertaining is comfortable, spacious, and has ample areas for both sitting and standing to mingle. Let’s take a look at key elements of design, décor, and scale that will help you find your perfect new home.

A Sweet Guest Suite

Whether it’s meant to host family members or party-goers who unexpectedly find themselves in need of a place to crash, your guest suite is a key element to…

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If you are facing a financial or health-related problem or simply going through a new phase in life, you may be thinking about sharing a home with close family or extended family members.

Many people have decided that living in a multigenerational home answers their problems. The number of American adults who have lived in a multigenerational home has more than doubled compared to forty years ago.

It’s no surprise that more and more families are choosing this setup for practical reasons. 

The question is, will this work for you and your family? Let’s dig deeper into how this works and look at tips on making a multigenerational home work for you.

How do you define a multigenerational home?

According to the Pew Research Center, a…

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Since the start of the millennium, few real estate trends have gained and retained as much popularity as the open floor plan. Though they range from expansive great rooms paired with traditional bedroom configurations to fully open, sun-drenched loft apartments, it’s a fact that no other type of configuration has been in such high demand.

If you’re preparing to look for your first home, or upgrade the home you have, you are no doubt mulling over the pros and cons of open concept living—and you’re correct that such designs aren’t for everyone.

Let’s take a closer look at some important factors to consider before you make such a huge decision.

The Pros

1.) Freedom to Socialize

Open floor plans are perfect for entertaining and spending…

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