Franchesca Duarte's Blog Posts

3 Questions Method that makes Everything you buy more meaningful

“Should I buy it or not?”In fact, this is a vastly overlooked issue. Every year, the average American spends $18,000 on non-essential items. We also spend more on

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Prepping Your Home for Sale

Maximize Curb AppealGetting them through the front door starts at the curb. Manicure the lawn, trim the trees and shrubs. Pull weeds and plant some colorful flowers. Clear the walkways. Fix peeling

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOME WARRANTY & HOME INSURANCE.

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your

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TAKE 5: WHAT TO NEGOTIATE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the

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PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN.

Change the locksEven if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with

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ORGANIC FOOD ON A BUDGET.

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor

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MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS.

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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HOW YOU CAN FINANCE YOUR HOME RENOVATION!

How You Can Finance Your Home RenovationOutdated kitchen. Overrun backyard. Unusable basement space. If you have a home renovation project on the mind, the first thing you have to consider is how

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UNEXPECTED FEES TO BE AWARE OF WHEN PURCHASING A HOME

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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CLEVER WINE-STORAGE IDEAS

TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOMEIf you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until

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GIVE YOUR BACKYARD A FACELIFT!

Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing. Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the

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READY FOR RETIREMENT? CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING STEPS

HOW TO GET READY FOR RETIREMENTFor most people, retirement feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial

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FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when

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CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTS

EYE-CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTSUsing plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from

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EASY LANDSCAPING DIY PROJECTS

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features.Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little

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DISPELLING REFINANCING MYTHS

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your

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DESIGN THE OFFICE OF YOUR DREAMS

CREATE THE HOME OFFICE OF YOUR DREAMSWhether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra.

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CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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CONSIDER THIS: WHEN TO REFINANCE

Refinancing your mortgage is something most homeowners consider at least once throughout the lifespan of their home loan. It allows you to pay off your previous loan by applying for a new one that

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