Beth Ann Berman's Blog

Posted on 07/25/2021
A Simple Guide to Land Use Definitions
Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels If you’re planning to invest in land, it’s important to understand land use terminology. Land use is a designation that determines what you can build or develop on a specific piece of land. Another definition of the term from Land.com is “the total of arrangements, activities and inputs that people undertake in...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Mortgages for First-Time Homebuyers: The Basics
Image by Tumisu from Pixabay Financing a new home can seem overwhelming. For first-time homebuyers, the entire concept of obtaining a mortgage might seem especially daunting. There are many different lenders and many different types of mortgages available, so it's difficult to know which ones are best. Here we will go over the common mortgage types available to...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
How Not to Miss the Best Moving and Estate Sales
Photo by MoneyforCoffee via Pixabay Online tools make it easy to find good estate and moving sales. Here's how to catch the best of the local offerings. Your Smartphone Can Keep You Posted. Do a search for find garage sales near me and you'll immediately see online apps that work on your phone to tell you about yard...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
FHA, VA and USDA Loans and How They Differ from Conventional Mortgages
Photo by Alexander Stein via PixabayWhen it comes to a mortgage, most of us think of the same standard product; the 15 or 30 year conventional mortgage offered by banks and lenders. This is not the only mortgage option you have, though. Depending on your personal history and circumstances you may qualify for an attractive mortgage with lower...
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Posted on 06/27/2021
Options for Outdoor Heating
If you have a backyard with a terrace or balcony, consider investing in an outdoor heater to extend your living space. Add warmth to chilly fall or spring evenings while relaxing on your porch swing or enjoying a meal on your patio. With a heat source, you can enjoy your outdoor entertainment area in any season while creating...
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Posted on 06/20/2021
Simple Tips for Moving Locally
Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash Does anyone look forward to moving? Sure, it's exciting to relocate to a new home, a new city and/or a new neighborhood, but the physical act of getting your belongings from one place to another can often be time-consuming and stressful. The good news is there are steps you can take to...
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Posted on 06/13/2021
Stay Productive & Comfortable With These Home Office Design Tips
If you’re working from home, it’s crucial to have the proper workspace. While one benefit of working from home is the option to work anywhere in your home, setting up a dedicated home workspace can increase productivity and focus. Here we’ll go over some tips for setting up your perfect home office. Invest in Quality Furniture If you...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
What Can a Mesh Router Do for Your Home Security?
A mesh router is designed to provide more Wi-Fi coverage in a home, making it useful for residents who use their devices in every corner. By using multiple access points, you're getting signals from a number of directions that are then rebroadcast over different areas. A studio apartment is unlikely to need a mesh router unless it's located...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Designing for Flow - How Your Home's Design Will Impact Your Lifestyle
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Your home's design has a significant impact on your lifestyle and overall enjoyment of the space. One major element of design that directly affects your comfort and daily life is the home's flow. What is Flow? A home's flow refers to the paths within the home that guide someone to specific areas. For...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
How to Harvest & Use Rain Water
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay Harvesting rain water has become a common practice among environmentally-conscious homeowners. While it might sound like a lot of work, it's actually very easy to get started. Not only will harvesting rain water help you conserve water, but it also can help you transform your home into a healthy place to live....
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Posted on 05/16/2021
Increase New Construction Homes' Value by Including Compliant Accessibility Designs
Photo by JESHOOTS.com from Pexels The physical limitations that come with age or disability task existing property owners with making sometimes awkward modifications to existing homes. Although many of these changes are necessary for improved accessibility, bulky ramps in front yards tend to diminish curbside appeal. In terms of resale value, homeowners may be narrowing their buyer demographic...
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