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Will buying a FSBO home be easier, riskier, or the same? Here's what to expect.

During the home-buying process you’ll see tons of homes, mostly listed by real estate agents. But from time to time you might encounter a home listed for sale by owner (FSBO). You may even have a friend or relative who wants to sell you their home directly.

While it may seem that buying a FSBO home without involving real estate agents would simplify the process, this isn’t necessarily true. Here are some points to keep in mind when you’re looking at a home for sale by owner.

Most sellers will work with your agent

Smart home sellers know that most buyers work closely with a buyer’s agent for weeks (if not months or years), and they will plan

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When cooking in the kitchen, you are constantly jazzing up recipes with a dash of this and a pinch of that, so you need to make sure you keep your spices organized and close at hand. Try these clever storage tricks!

Spices on Display- Invest in a magnetic spice display that keeps your kitchen both functional and beautiful. This is ideal for cooks who like to keep their wares close at hand. Typed labels add to this modern look and help with the organization of different spices. 

Spice Drawer Organizer- Shallow kitchen drawers are perfect for spice storage, keep the jars from rolling up against one another with a drawer insert like this one from Ikea. The curved grooves of this removable tray make its easy to store spices and even easier to

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Needing to spruce up your dining room but just needing some inspo? Take a cue from these designer spaces and create a room you will actually want to eat in! 

 

Rustic Radiance- This rustic farmhouse-inspired dining room uses a wealth of materials to create a well-layered look. The wicker chairs and burlap chandeliers work well together and bring in the other textures in the room. 

White and Wood Wonder- The simplicity of this two-tone room is what actually makes it stand out. Embrace the wood in your home by creating a dining room that compliments it. The crisp white table with wood legs and the white tile mixes well with the wooden staircase and stylish hanging light. 

Chic Corner- If you don't have the luxury of a full dining

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How HGTV's Christina and Tarek El Moussa go from finding a diamond in the rough to rehab to sale.

When we look for a flip house for our real estate investing business, Tarek and Ibasically go through the same thought process that anyone goes through when they buy an investment property.

Even though we’re working on a shorter timeline than most homeowners, the journey is essentially the same.

Understanding our thoughts as we go through each step of the process might give you a clearer road map for your own fixer-upper journey, or it might inspire you to test the waters of real estate investing yourself.

Finding a great deal on a property

If you’re looking for a really great deal on a fixer-upper house, you’re

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Whether used as a parking spot or hobby hub, your garage is valuable real estate. Don't let that extra square footage go to waste! Clear the clutter and take back your space with our expert garage organizing tips and a few super-handy DIY storage hacks you can knock out in a day or less.

Consolidate Like Items – Keep your garage tidy and convenient by grouping similar items together on shelves or in storage bins for easy accessibility. This will make your life easier and save you time later when you are searching for items in your garage. 

Save on Storage Systems – Save your money, and garage space, by replacing a big shelving unit with a DIY vertical tool rack. Make your own storage system by repurposing a shipping pallet into your own

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Invite indoors outside by creating a fabulous outdoor space for everyone to enjoy! These patios feature custom-built furniture, extravagant fire pits and folding glass walls that add instant style to any dull, outdoor space.

 

Glass Walls- Use fabulous folding glass walls to take advantage of gorgeous outdoor views year-round.  These glass walls can open up any space and enhance your living area by blurring the line between inside and out.  

 

Durable Patio Furniture- Built in seating is a great option if you want a patio that stands up to weather and other outdoor elements. Create something that will last and be the ultimate gathering space for years to come.

 

Add Flair with a Fire Pit- A majestic fire pit like this is an ideal

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As the hub of the kitchen, a great island is part pre station, part gathering spot and part dining area. Make your kitchen centerpiece stand out with these stylish and hardworking details. 

 

The Power of Paint- This bright blue island stands out in this white traditional kitchen, demonstrating paint’s power to completely change the mood of the space. Pick a happy hue, like this shade of blue, to make the room feel less formal and more on-trend. 

Fit for a Chef- Any chef would be happy to work with a large industrial style island like this. With plenty of counter space to spare an heat-resistant concrete countertop, this island is sure to fit any pro and also make a mod statement in any kitchen.

 

Customize it- When planning a custom

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Celebrate Independence Day in the most delicious way. Check out some of these easy recipes to dish out this Fourth of July! 

Grilled Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette- Firing up the grill? Go ahead and throw on some potatoes, this adds the perfect crunch to this delicious salad. Trust me, its worth the effort. 

Red, White and Blue Deviled Eggs- Get in the holiday spirit by dying some deviled eggs red, white and blue! This classic summer dish will sure to be a guest favorite. 

Hawaiian Ham & Cheese Sliders- Spice up your favorite childhood sandwich by making this Hawaiian Ham and Cheese slider recipe. The best part about this recipe: It's made with King’s Hawaiian bread! 

Savory Watermelon and Blue Cheese Salad- After

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For the Tech-Savvy Dad

Amazon Fire TV Stick- Amazon’s HDMI streaming stick allows media junkies to enhance their viewing by mirroring content from their smartphone or slate onto an HDTV. Move your Netflix binges to the big screen with this tech-savvy tool. 

For the Sophisticated Dad

8-Piece Whiskey Set- Handcrafted using traditional methods of glass blowing and cutting, this handsome decanter is perfect for the sophisticated dad. Go the extra mile and throw in a bottle of his favorite whiskey. 

 

For the Classic Dad

HyperChiller- The hyperchiller is able to chill hot coffee in about a minute- without diluting the beans! If that's not enough, it’s also able to chill whiskey, wine and any other liquid your Dad may have. 

For

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By: Zillow 

You can't see into the future, but you can make an informed decision! 

Buying or selling a home at the ‘right time’ is tougher than it sounds. People usually take these actions because of a life event or financial issues. The economy and real estate forecasts tend to be secondary considerations. Yet both buyers and sellers often pose the question, “When is the best time to buy or sell?”

If you have the luxury of choosing when you enter the real estate market, here are some points to consider when timing a home purchase or sale.

Every market is different

There’s no longer one national real estate market or forecast like there was 20 years ago. And just because the 24×7 national news outlets tell stories of hot real estate

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