Shawn Menard's Blog Posts

PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN...

Moving 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 stuff, there are some basics you

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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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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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TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE HUNTING ONLINE...

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but

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ACHIEVE MORNING PERSON STATUS..

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before

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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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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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UPSIZING YOUR HOME..

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become

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5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME!!

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing

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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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YOUR GUIDE TO HOME APPRAISAL!!

Your Guide to the Home AppraisalYou’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot all your I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on

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GIVE YOUR DECK 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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PREPPING PETS FOR THE MOVE!

PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVEYour moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry

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GREAT 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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GETTING READY FOR RETIREMENT!!

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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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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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 shows that you have the financial discipline and

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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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5 NEGOTIATING TACTICS THAT KILL A SALE!!!!

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a

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WHAT TO REPAIR BEFORE YOU LIST!!!

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its

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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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TURNING A BEDROOM INTO A LUX BEDROOM!!!

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.One

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TOWNHOUSE VS. CONDO: WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY??!

Whether it’s your first time buying or you just want to purchase something smaller, townhouses and condos are both great options. Check out the differences between the two to help aid you in

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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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HIDDEN 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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EYE-CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTS!

Using 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 and various ways to display each one, but

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TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOME!!

If 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 you’re ready to.

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CREATE THE HOME OFFICE OF YOUR DREAMS!!

Whether 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 room. A dedicated workspace in your home

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STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOME!

Staging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers. By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your home and leave a lasting

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