Amy Woodworth's Blog Posts

What to Do After Your Home Floods!

What to Do After Your Home FloodsNo one can forget the horrible pictures of flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey, where tens of thousands of homes flooded and hundreds of

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Making Money on a Vacation Rental!

Making Money on a Vacation RentalOne of the greatest benefits of owning a rental property is its wealth-building capabilities — other people are paying for your equity in the property. With

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Choose the Right Size Heating and Air-Conditioning Units

Choosing the Right Size Heating and Air-Conditioning UnitsHeating and air-conditioning units that are too large or small can raise your energy bill and cause other problems. Here’s a guide to

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Top-Quality Photos and Virtual Tours Are Key in Today’s Market.

Top-Quality Photos and Virtual Tours Are Key in Today’s MarketMore than 80 percent of home shoppers start their searches online, so it makes sense that the first impression of your listing be

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Protecting Your Home from Natural Disaster!

Protecting Your Home from Natural DisasterWe may not like to think about a natural disaster destroying our home, but a little planning and preparation can prevent damage. Here are some tips to help

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Biweekly Mortgage Payments Worthwhile?

Are Biweekly Mortgage Payments Worthwhile?If you make only the monthly payments set by your mortgage company, in the end, you will pay a significant amount of interest. Making biweekly mortgage

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How to Redecorate Your Kids’ Rooms as They Grow!

How to Redecorate Your Kids’ Rooms as They GrowIt’s easy to go overboard when decorating kids’ rooms. It’s so tempting to go all-in with a theme of trucks or unicorns or a

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Should You Keep or Trash Appliance Manuals?

Keep or Trash Appliance Manuals?Most people today are trying to eliminate paper clutter from their lives. So is it really necessary to keep instruction manuals for your home’s appliances and

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Quick Tips for Last Minute Showings

Quick Tips for Last-Minute ShowingsYour house is on the market and your agent just called with great news. Buyers are interested in seeing your home. The not-so-great news? They want to come in less

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Should Sellers ‘Pre-Inspect’ Their Homes

Should Sellers ‘Pre-Inspect’ Their Homes?While inspections are commonplace when buying a home, should you, as the seller, consider having your home “pre-inspected” before

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Stopping the Flood of Junk Mail for Good.

Stopping the Flood of Junk Mail for GoodJunk mail is relentless. For every piece of mail worth keeping, it seems there are 10 that aren’t. But there are ways to stop, or at least slow, the

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Guard Your Personal Info When Disposing of a Computer.

Guard Your Personal Info When Disposing of a ComputerWhen you buy a new computer, you may plan to sell, donate or recycle your old one. But you’ve got sensitive passwords and account

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Keep These Closing Documents When You Buy a House.

Keep These Closing Documents When You Buy a HomeWhen you close on the purchase of a house, it seems the stream of documents will never end. Closings can easily involve 100 pages of records. It&rsquo

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Green Building Well-Recognized Throughout Industry.

Green Building Well-Recognized Throughout IndustryGreen building is now the name of the game in both new construction and the retrofitting of existing homes. The real estate industry has joined

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Seven Benefits of Using a Real Estate Agent

7 Benefits of Working With a Real Estate AgentWorking with a real estate agent when buying a home will save you both time and money. The more complicated the move, the more helpful an agent can be.

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7 Easy Steps to Improving Your Home’s Color Palette.

7 Easy Steps to Improving Your Home’s Color PaletteColor schemes can make your home look hopelessly dated or vibrantly on trend. But how do you know which colors are in and which are out? Here

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Mortgage Rates Are Still At Historic Lows.

Mortgage Rates Are Still At Historic LowsIt’s true. Mortgage rates had risen slightly over the past several months, but is that reason enough to halt your search for a new home? Not likely,

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Upcycling Gives Old Products New Life.

Upcycling Gives Old Products New LifeRecycling has been around for decades. But have you heard of upcycling? Learn how this practice turns everyday items headed for the trash into something special

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Finding Storage Solutions in Small Spaces.

Finding Storage Solutions in Small SpacesLiving in tight quarters requires creativity. Once you’ve cleared the clutter and made a sizeable donation to charity, it’s time to make the most

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Find the Right Mattress for You.

FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESSMattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it

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Property Owners and Water Rights!

Water Rights for Property OwnersProperty owners with water geographically connected to their land need to know their legal rights. The water could be a river, lake, the ocean or even the water

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May To-Do's for Homeowners

Checklist: May To-Dos for HomeownersIt’s May, which means summer is almost here. Before you can relax with a cool drink by the pool, get these home maintenance chores done.  Repair wooden

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Banishing Dings and Scratches from Your Walls.

How to Banish Dings and Scratches From Your WallsAccidents happen in busy households, and invariably walls get dirty, dinged and dented. Here’s how to make these accidents disappear.Evaluate

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Home Offer Letters: How they Could Make a Difference

How a Home Offer Letter Might Seal the DealYou’ve found the home you love, but the market is competitive, and other buyers are vying for this same house. Besides offering a competitive price,

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Shoppers Calendar for May

A Calendar for Shoppers: May’s Best BuysYou can thank Mom for many of the home best buys that can be scored in May with Mother’s Day sales driving many of this month’s discounts.

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Buying a House for Your Home Business.

How to Buy a House for Your Home BusinessWorking from home has many appeals that can add value to your life. But before buying a house for your home business, pause for a moment to think about the

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Tasks to Prioritize for Move In.

PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE INMoving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun,

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The Right Dow Payment Strategy for You

WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it

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5 Green Money-Saving Upgrades

FIVE MONEY-SAVING GREEN UPGRADESGoing green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings

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Short Sale vs Foreclosure

SHORT SALE AND FORECLOSURE: HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and

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Lush Landscaping for this Spring

Spring Forward With Lush LandscapingSpringtime is peak season for listing your home for sale. A well-manicured lawn and colorful landscape provide a luring setting for buyers on the hunt so let;

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First Impressions Matter.

First Impressions MatterYou never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and that holds true for your house as well. So, when prepping your home to sell, don’t forget to spruce

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Prime Time to Buy and Sell a Home.

Prime Time to Buy and Sell a HomeThe conventional wisdom is true — home sales are cyclical. Listings surge in the spring and buyers more actively shop for new houses between March and August.

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Does Your Real Estate Agent Work for You?

Does Your Real Estate Agent Work for You?When hiring a real estate agent to help buy or sell a home, you expect the agent to work in your best interests. There are, however, a few instances when an

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6 Easy Steps to Creating Curb Appeal

Six Easy Steps to Creating Curb AppealWhen prepping a home for sale, don’t forget the exterior of the house in the rush to revamp the interior. Curb appeal is key. If potential buyers aren

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How to Accommodate FHA Home Buyers

How to Accommodate FHA Home BuyersNearly 30 percent of home buyers today are using loans secured by the Federal Housing Administration or FHA — reason enough for home sellers to consider

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Green Homes: Growing in Popularity

Green Homes Growing in PopularityEco-friendly homes are a growing segment of today’s real estate market. Tap into that environmentally conscious mindset with these tips for both buyers and

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What You Need to Know About Real Estate Commission Rebates

What You Need to Know About Real Estate Commission RebatesReal estate commission rebates can be a great tool to help clinch a deal. What exactly is a commission rebate? How do they work? Here&rsquo

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Four Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Moving

Four Costly Mistakes to Avoid When MovingSelling a home and moving is expensive. No need to further add to your expenses by making costly mistakes. Here’s a handy checklist to keep you from

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What Do You Do When Your Children Don’t Want Your Stuff!

What Do You Do When Your Children Don’t Want Your Stuff?Baby Boomers fretting over what will happen to all their belongings when they die have good reason to worry. Millennial offspring in

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What to Do When You Have Multiple Offers on Your Home.

What to Do When You Have Multiple Offers on Your HomeMost home sellers can only dream of a bidding war on their houses. But in a brisk market, sellers with an attractive home in a great location can

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Do You Need to Hire a Senior Move Manager?

Do You Need to Hire a Senior Move Manager?For aging adults contemplating a major move, hiring a “senior move manager” might be a wise decision.A rapidly growing segment of the service

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Home Pricing: For Sale By Owner

Home Pricing: For Sale By OwnerWhen you decide to sell your home yourself, you’re taking on the job normally handled by an agent. Your first task, a crucial one, is setting the asking price

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How to Spot a Solid Buyer for Your Home.

How to Spot a Solid Buyer for Your HomeWhen prospective buyers put an offer on your house, how can you tell if they are solid prospects? To avoid needlessly tying up your house, look for these seven

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6 Bright Trends in Home Design

6 Bright Trends in Home DesignThe latest buzzwords in home interiors: bright, cheery and simplified. Say “hello” to white cabinets and light gray walls and “so-long” to dark

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Tips on Selling a Home with Pets

Tips on Selling a Home with PetsWhen pet owners put their homes up for sale, it’s best to make those beloved animals disappear without a trace. The dog beds, the cat crates, the hair, the chew

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How to Win a Bidding War on a House

How to Win a Bidding War on a HouseIf you live in an area where homes are selling for asking price or more, you could find yourself in a bidding war. Here are five tips to reduce your stress and

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7 Reasons Why Using a Real Estate Agent Makes Shopping Easier

7 Reasons Why Using a Real Estate Agent Makes Shopping EasierWhether buying a new house or an existing one, buyers typically feel more at ease having a real estate agent working on their behalf. It

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It's All About Service

Lesson Learned: Service first, real estate secondThink you’re in real estate sales? Florida eXp mega-agent Paul Saperstein says service is your real missionBYCHRISTY MURDOCK EDGARDEC 3EMAIL

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