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Thanks for stopping by Dee's Key, a source for homeowners, sellers, renters, buyers, DIY'ers, house-hunters, my friends, my customers, friends of my friends, friends of my customers . . . Did I leave anyone out? Here, you’ll find information about real estate, staging, and home design—plus tips, quotes, links, photos, and a dash of stuff that …

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Front Doors

Doorways, portals and passageways Doors and doorways have been symbolic across cultures for as long as history has been recorded. A door is both an entrance and an exit, so it has been associated with portals and passageways on many levels. On a metaphorical level, a door can become an entrance to nearly anything. Doors …

Buyers (and Sellers) Be Aware!

Top 10 defects found during home inspection* Foundation and drainage issues Unprofessional (un-permitted) electrical work Minor roof leaks Heat and A/C maintenance issues Homeowner repairs that are un-permitted Structural settling Plumbing problems Water and/or air intrusion Crawl space or attic problems like mold or pest damage Upgrades, remodel, or repair work in which no permit …

DIY: easy curb appeal in a weekend

What's black and white and the perfect shade of blue? This adorable and freshly painted home! It's located in quaint St. Nicholas in Jacksonville, Florida. Only a mile from San Marco's restaurants and shopping, and a six-minute drive to downtown Jacksonville. Built in 1938, this house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, indoor laundry, original hardwood floors, and …

6 Home Staging Hacks

6 staging hacks to help you prepare your house for sale 1. Look through a camera lens to determine if the curb appeal is going to need enhancing. Spend $50 on annuals so the first picture pops. 2. Check under sinks in baths and kitchen for clutter. Use baskets to contain any products. 3. Use …

Mortgage first: 4 tips before you shop for your home

Don't wait until after you find a home Shopping for a home (and a mortgage) is sometimes stressful enough. You don't want to jump through too many hoops, feel out of control, or be left with buyer's remorse because you felt rushed. To ensure a positive experience versus unmet promises, you'll want to: Investigate mortgage options …

Moving on up?

  It’s a good time to sell for move-up buyers Many growing families are in a housing sweet spot right now. And this may continue into the first part of 2017. Mortgage rates are expected to edge up soon, but are still low by historical standards. If you have equity in your current home, this …