About Author: Heidi L. Dietrich

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  • Invasive plants can ruin a perfectly functioning ecosystem, creating issues for years and potentially changing landscapes forever. The key to controlling invasives is to be sure they don’t get where they don’t belong, according to The Nature Conservancy (nature.org). The environmental nonprofit says that the best way to fight invasive species is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Every consumer can play a role in stopping the introduction and spread of invasive species. The Conservancy says everyone can help protect native plants and animals by following these six easy guidelines: Verify that the plants you’re buying for […]

    What Are the Worst Invasive Plants—and How Can You Stop Them?

    Invasive plants can ruin a perfectly functioning ecosystem, creating issues for years and potentially changing landscapes forever. The key to controlling invasives is to be sure they don’t get where they don’t belong, according to The Nature Conservancy (nature.org). The environmental nonprofit says that the best way to fight invasive species is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Every consumer can play a role in stopping the introduction and spread of invasive species. The Conservancy says everyone can help protect native plants and animals by following these six easy guidelines: Verify that the plants you’re buying for […]

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  • What’s your state’s favorite home accessory—centerpiece bowls, trays, throw blankets, vases, or more? Take a look at this chart Via: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StyledStagedSold/~3/bcD94AHlRFM/

    Homeowners’ Favorite Décor Pieces by State

    What’s your state’s favorite home accessory—centerpiece bowls, trays, throw blankets, vases, or more? Take a look at this chart Via: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StyledStagedSold/~3/bcD94AHlRFM/

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  • Did you know you can partner with other funding sources to increase your investment potential? Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who are looking for creative ways to save for the future. Investors have complete control over their investment choices. Unlike other IRAs, you’re not limited to stock, bonds or mutual funds. Self-directed IRAs provide the opportunity to save money for the future on a tax-deferred or tax-free basis. In addition, an […]

    Partnering IRA Funds: An Alternative Way to Fund Your Real Estate Investment

    Did you know you can partner with other funding sources to increase your investment potential? Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who are looking for creative ways to save for the future. Investors have complete control over their investment choices. Unlike other IRAs, you’re not limited to stock, bonds or mutual funds. Self-directed IRAs provide the opportunity to save money for the future on a tax-deferred or tax-free basis. In addition, an […]

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  • July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be the company’s next endeavor, according to The Information, a technology website. Although Amazon has not yet provided concrete evidence for insurance plans, it would make sense due to the company’s most recent partnerships. From plans to create a line of robots to be used as […]

    Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

    July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be the company’s next endeavor, according to The Information, a technology website. Although Amazon has not yet provided concrete evidence for insurance plans, it would make sense due to the company’s most recent partnerships. From plans to create a line of robots to be used as […]

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  • Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,500. Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Paulson’s tips: 1. Greenery is a Must:Greenery is considered natures neutral. It provides […]

    Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.

    Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $709,500. Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging Paulson’s tips: 1. Greenery is a Must:Greenery is considered natures neutral. It provides […]

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  • Traditional lenders are transforming, adopting cutting-edge technology to stand apart from competitors and introduce an added level of security to financing. From AI-run algorithms to smart contracts, obtaining a mortgage could soon be a vastly different process than buyers experienced just 10 years ago. Industry disruptors, however, are looking to shift from the traditional model completely, threatening to take over the role typically performed by bank intermediaries, which buyers are accustomed to. One new business claims it is the first company to apply blockchain to mortgages. Block66 is a blockchain-based marketplace for lenders, from which they can access vetted buyers […]

    Blockchain Lending: Reduced Fraud or Increased Risk?

    Traditional lenders are transforming, adopting cutting-edge technology to stand apart from competitors and introduce an added level of security to financing. From AI-run algorithms to smart contracts, obtaining a mortgage could soon be a vastly different process than buyers experienced just 10 years ago. Industry disruptors, however, are looking to shift from the traditional model completely, threatening to take over the role typically performed by bank intermediaries, which buyers are accustomed to. One new business claims it is the first company to apply blockchain to mortgages. Block66 is a blockchain-based marketplace for lenders, from which they can access vetted buyers […]

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  • Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers that use sophisticated artificial intelligence to provide services and information in real-time, a smart homeowner can now cross off a variety of menial tasks from their daily to-do list without doing more than speaking a phrase out loud or clicking a button on their mobile device. What is […]

    Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners?

    Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers that use sophisticated artificial intelligence to provide services and information in real-time, a smart homeowner can now cross off a variety of menial tasks from their daily to-do list without doing more than speaking a phrase out loud or clicking a button on their mobile device. What is […]

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  • You may have decided to get into real estate so you could be your own boss, set up your own working hours and make a lot of money. So, how’s that working for you? The challenge with entrepreneurship is being laser-focused on dollar-productive activities. When you first get into the business, you need to learn the skills, implement systems, install new programs, deploy various platforms, study scripts, market and process transactions. That’s a full-time job, and you haven’t even begun to work with buyers and sellers. But here’s where most agents fail: They get too busy working in the business […]

    Why You Really Don’t Have Enough Time

    You may have decided to get into real estate so you could be your own boss, set up your own working hours and make a lot of money. So, how’s that working for you? The challenge with entrepreneurship is being laser-focused on dollar-productive activities. When you first get into the business, you need to learn the skills, implement systems, install new programs, deploy various platforms, study scripts, market and process transactions. That’s a full-time job, and you haven’t even begun to work with buyers and sellers. But here’s where most agents fail: They get too busy working in the business […]

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