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Luxury Bathroom Trends for 2024

April 12, 2024

The luxury homeowner’s bathroom for 2024 is more than a spa-like retreat where sumptuous comfort is paramount. It’s a step back in time to a calmer, more natural world that comes alive with a touch of 70’s boho chic. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, many of the colors, textures, and sustainable materials that […]

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How to Become a Short-term Rental Superstar

April 5, 2024

With millions of rentals available worldwide, short-term vacation listing companies are turning the hospitality world upside-down. Homeowners are renting out their homes for music festivals, sporting events, weddings, and more. They’re turning places like Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Knoxville, Tennessee, into popular short-term rental hubs. Unique properties made from space ships, train cabooses, grain silos, […]

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Tax Tips for Selling a Residence

March 29, 2024

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the primary residence you sold in 2023 may have federal tax benefits that can help you avoid capital gains on the sale, if you meet certain criteria for ownership and use of the home. To claim a tax exclusion, you must have owned the home for at least two years […]

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Lavastone: Better Than Granite for Countertops?

March 22, 2024

Granite has ruled the luxury kitchen design world for decades, its popularity surpassing marble, quartz, limestone, soapstone, and other luxury materials quarried from the earth. The whites, grays, blacks, beiges, and browns of stone bring an attractive earthiness to interior design, giving a designer look to any kitchen and bath. But stone has its drawbacks. […]

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The many health benefits of living in Smith Mountain Lake, VA

March 17, 2024

Postcard-pretty from every angle, Smith Mountain Lake has been called the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains” because it brims with idyllic charm. This tranquil destination in central Virginia is the state’s second-largest freshwater lake featuring 500 miles of shoreline surrounded by a cluster of communities anyone would be proud to call home. The 20,000-acre […]

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Is the Housing Market Turning?

March 15, 2024

The U.S. avoided a recession in 2023, and some say it will have a soft landing in 2024. Inflation has hovered in the 3% range for many months—higher than the central bank would prefer, but at 2.6% for personal consumption expenditures (PCE), it’s closer to the target range of 2% and far from the double-digit highs since the […]

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Year-round recreation: Embracing the seasons at Smith Mountain Lake

March 3, 2024

Smith Mountain Lake (SML) is one of Virginia’s most popular getaway destinations for a good reason; recreational opportunities abound here and the greater Roanoke region, no matter the season. Rain, shine, or snow, you will always find activities to try in and around Smith Mountain Lake. This is your guide. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW […]

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How Important is a Large Home to You?

March 1, 2024

House sizes have come a long way from 1973 when the average home was 1,660 square feet. The average in 2015 was 2,687 square feet, and since then home sizes have fluctuated, according to the economy, mortgage interest rates, and overall affordability. The question is – how much space do you really need? Automobiles with luxuries like […]

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Will Mortgage Interest Rates Go Lower in 2024?

February 16, 2024

While many potential homebuyers have been knocked out of the market by higher mortgage interest rates and home prices, there’s hope on the horizon that they’ll have better luck in 2024. Banks are tightening their lending standards due to increases in credit card and car loan delinquencies, according to Freddie Mac. This is also impacting mortgage […]

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How to Save the Sale of Your Home

February 2, 2024

When you sell your home, things can go smoothly or go wrong, and which way it goes depends largely on how well you prepare for the transaction and respond to glitches that may occur along the way. Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional can help you determine the right asking price to sell your home […]

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