7 Home Improvements That Cost a Lot More in 2021

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Many of us have been spending a lot more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, and that puts a magnifying glass on things we want to upgrade both inside and outside the house.

For a variety of reasons — scarcity of materials, tariffs, rising wages, demand for sustainable products — many remodeling projects are costing significantly more now, according to HomeAdvisor, an online marketplace that connects homeowners with prescreened home service professionals.

For its 2021 True Cost Report, HomeAdvisor took a look at home improvement projects that were popular in 2020 and how much

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Hot real estate market leads to extreme measures for home buyers

Adelicia Caree

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The real estate market is getting hotter and hotter for both home buyers and sellers.

If you are looking to sell your home, realtors say your home will go quicker than ever right now. If you are wanting to buy a home, you can expect quick bidding and higher offers.

“It is fierce competition,” said Mackenzie Kemmsies, lead buyer specialist at Navigate Home. “We’re bringing our highest and best and there’s still so much competition that even if it is above listed price, we’re still getting beat out.”

Her partner and lead listing agent and owner

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Interior Designers Share What Outdoor Items to Get Rid Of

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  • Professional interior designers share the items in your outdoor space you should get rid of. 
  • Old patio furniture and French bistro sets may soon date your property. 
  • Lawn ornaments and holiday lights can look unstylish.
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Home design shouldn’t stop at your front door – keeping your yard and patio looking good can elevate your space’s aesthetic.

So Insider asked interior designers about the things you should toss from your outdoor space to keep it looking chic. 

Lawn ornaments almost never look good

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Lawn ornaments can detract from the look of your home.



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Foundation chairman sinks $1,000 into bathroom naming rights

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Bob Cook, DCCS Foundation, Dave Brady, Brady & Associates and DCCS Foundation, Brian Fitzgerald, Carson Valley Arts Council and DCCS Foundation, Scott Morgan, Douglas County Community Services Director and Gary Dove, DCCS Foundation.


Flush with a cool grand, the chairman of the Douglas County Community Services Foundation used it to name two family restrooms at the Senior Center after two other people.

Bob Cook donated $1,000 for the naming rights to the two family restrooms in the center.

“What better way to honor someone or some organization, than to have their name showcased for a year above these much-used doors,”

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Increase Your Rental’s Property Value! 7 Home Improvement Ideas

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Increasing your rental’s value takes lots of time, effort and even monetary investments — but it’s well worth it in the end. Here are a few inexpensive and easy home improvement ideas that will help you see the best return on your rental property.

We want to help you make more money — right now. All month, go Back to Basics with Inman as real estate pros share what’s working now and how they’re setting up to profit in a post-pandemic world. Get full access to the series for 50 percent off here.

As a real estate investor, you want

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How to buy a house in the Seattle area’s red-hot 2021 real estate market

Adelicia Caree

Want to buy a house in the Seattle area? You’ll need stockpiles of cash in the bank, endless free time and a masochistic streak.

OK, maybe it’s not quite that bad.

Still, the region’s housing market is one of the hottest in the country. Prices are up. Inventory is selling fast. Your dream home could draw dozens of competing offers. It will likely sell for more than the list price, maybe even to an all-cash buyer.

So frenzied is this sellers’ market that some buyers can barely get in to see a home before someone else snags it.

“We’re halfway

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