Joan E. Diamond's Blog

Posted on 06/13/2021
Smart Lighting Systems: What They Are and How to Use Them
Photo by Pixabay via Pexels While ordinary light fixtures can certainly do the job, they lack the fun and pizzazz of smart lighting systems. You can’t order your basic lamp to illuminate the room in a dazzling purple hue well before you even arrive home, after all. Or turn it back off after leaving the house and realizing...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
"Subject-to" Real Estate Pros & Cons
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When you're considering buying real estate as an investment, it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons. That's especially important with "subject-to" real estate, because there can be risks and rewards with this type of property that are different from traditional purchases. Here's what you should be considering, before you...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Make the Old Fence Look New Again
Photo by Atner Yegorov via Pixabay Do you have an old fence that has good bones but nonetheless is detracting from the overall aesthetic of your outdoor living space? If so, consider giving the fence a facelift rather than tearing it down and replacing it with a brand-new version. You don't have to be a professional fence contractor...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
Land Contract Vs. a Mortgage
Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay With a mortgage, a buyer is applying for financing to purchase the property in its entirety. They're relying on their credit and assets for approval before assuming responsibility of the full property. In a land contract, you're cutting out the need for a formal lender and relying on the seller to approve or...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
How to Transform Your Room in a Day
Photo by Dominika Roseclay via Pexels Giving your space a much-needed makeover doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. Whether you want to recreate the space for a party, prepare for a sale, or simply make an old room look new, here's a solution for you. Use these tips to completely transform your room in...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
First-Time Homebuyers: Common Mistakes
Photo by Avi Waxman on Unsplash Many people view purchasing property as a long-term goal, some see it as a rite of passage. Either way, buying a home for the first time can be an incredibly stressful experience. Those who are going through this process for the first time might be worried about making mistakes that may leave...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Decorating with Memories - How to Create Beautiful Wall Art with Your Photos
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay With so many pictures stored away on digital devices, we forget how enjoyable images of children, friends and memorable experiences in our living space can be. Selecting several of your more meaningful photos for a photo showcase adds character to your home and demonstrates that you value family, connection and staying active. On...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
3 Ways to Save on a Home Loan
Image by Andreas Breitling from Pixabay The vast majority of homebuyers need a mortgage in order to purchase a house, and mortgages come with significant costs because they’re such sizeable loans. While there’s no way to avoid all of the costs associated with a mortgage, there are ways to save on your home mortgage. Here are three things...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
Lighten Up: How a Garden Window Can Boost More Than Your Home Value
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels If you're searching for a simple home upgrade that is cost effective and will boost your resale value and your mood, we have the solution. Consider adding a garden window to your new or existing home. Garden windows are designed to help houseplants flourish by bringing in more natural light, but they...
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Posted on 04/14/2021
Another Property Sold - 4 Indigo Run Drive #3720, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Unsurpassed luxury is this beautiful 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in the gated community of The Preserve at Indigo Run. Savor the details of this totally renovated retreat with a gorgeous chef’s kitchen/ stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, quartz counter tops with Carrera mosaic backsplash. Wide plank European white oak hardwood floors with 8” baseboards are throughout. The main bedroom suite has an extra large walk-in doorless shower with porcelain walls, Carrera mosaic floor, a rain head and hand-held fixtures and two vanities. A wood burning fireplace, screened porch, plenty of storage and 2-car garage complete this choice...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
Passive Solar Homes 101
Photo by Skylar Kang from Pexels If you're purchasing a new construction, consider the benefits of a passive solar home. Unlike simple solar panels that attach to your roof, architects design passive solar homes from the ground up, taking into consideration such elements as building site, position and materials. True passive solar homes collect heat throughout the day...
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Posted on 04/04/2021
How Does Selling Through an Agent Compare with FSBO?
Photo by Paul Velgos via Shutterstock If you’ve never sold a home, you might not understand the complexities of what your agent provides for you. You could be tempted to sell your home on your own. After all, with the availability of the Internet, how hard could it be? According to most research, FSBO (For Sale by Owner)...
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