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The front porch has become a symbol of what is good about America. It’s as much a part of who we are as apple pie and Chevrolet. And rightly so—no other place can represent the perfect balance of public discussion and private reflection like the front porch. Outdoor living areas ranked third in upgrades wanted most in homes, according to an April 2012 survey from Better Homes and Gardens, and the home improvement industry is...

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By Mylene Thomas and Jessica Cannon Your 203(k) renovation can still meet your style standards. This renovation was an overhaul of the entire home including, but not limited to, the plumbing, electrical, dry wall, painting, existing bathroom, kitchen, and exterior. What made this job particularly interesting was the installation of a full master bathroom within a master suite in what was originally just an attic space. The additional...

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By Mylene Thomas FHA’s 203(k) loan for your fixer upper that you’ve either just purchased or you already own falls into one of 2 categories: Streamline or Standard. “Standard/Rehab (minimum $5,000 up to 110% of the improved appraised value) & the Streamline (work is less than $35,000…up to 110% of the improved appraised value). Example: Purchase price is $100,000. Upgrades/Repairs/Improvements will cost $15,000. Borrowers loan...

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Mold. Ewwwww….


Posted By on Mar 9, 2012

By Mylene Thomas You’re approved for your 203(k) loan and you’ve picked a contractor and you’re ready for the inspection prior to signing all the paperwork and starting construction. Then there’s mold. The big national contractor of all people has said, “No way. No how. No mold abatement or remediation here.” Well, heck, now what? You’re supposed to go to closing in a week and this was the contractor and this was the inspection and...

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My counter is NOT a cutting board


Posted By on Feb 15, 2012

By Mylene Thomas If your teenager, or significant other for that fact, is anything like mine then they have a built in filter that blocks any noise coming from your mouth. I don’t have nice countertops for that exact reason. I have a dedicated space just for cutting boards. Small cutting boards, medium cutting boards, large cutting boards, cutting boards for meat with a draining system, cutting boards for vegetables with a built in...

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