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Eight Rooms That Aren't Relevant in Today's Home

From morning rooms to lumber rooms, many classic home features that were once deemed necessary have fallen out of fashion.  Let's take a nostalgic look at eight rooms that have gone by the wayside!

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Here's Why Energy Efficiency Matters in Your Home

From the materials Maleno uses to insulate our new homes to the types of windows we install to let summer’s breeze in and keep the winter’s bluster out, we’re always working to find new ways to increase energy efficiency in our new construction. To understand why energy-efficient homes are so important, we’re exploring what exactly makes a house energy efficient, how being energy efficient saves homeowners money in the long run, and how living in an energy-efficient home helps the environment.

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How to Find the Perfect Home for Retirement


Whether you’re retired or looking forward to the day when you can exit the workforce and settle down at home, you may be wondering if your current house will fit your future needs.  Our article will help you consider what those needs really are and walk you through finding the option that's best for you.

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Is it Worth It to List Your House During the Winter in 2020-2021?

If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably kicking around the idea of selling your home during the “off season.” That’s right: Winter is considered the “off season” when it comes to selling real estate. You may even be wondering if you missed your shot during the summer, or if you’ll still have a good chance of finding a buyer, even with snow in the forecast.

Before we go further, it’s important to remember that selling and buying real estate is as much a personal decision as it is a business decision.

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Why Homebuyers Are Looking at Harborcreek

If you’re looking for a home in Erie County, Pennsylvania, be sure to explore Harborcreek, PA. From hundreds of acres of parkland and multiple beach access points to an exceptional school district and a nationally-renowned college campus, there’s not much else a homebuyer could ask for.

What’s more, Harborcreek is quickly becoming one of the hottest markets in Erie County, meaning you could see a significant return on investment should you decide to sell one day. To get a better understanding of what this up-and-coming township has to offer, we sat down with Harborcreek Township Supervisor, Tim May.

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What a Real Estate Agent Does and Does Not Do

Real estate-themed reality shows have somewhat distorted what occurs during the process of buying and/or selling a home.  

TV shows often oversimplify the home buying and selling process, making it look as if an agent does everything from scheduling tours to financial consulting—but that isn’t quite the case. For this reason, Maleno wrote the following guide to help you get a better pulse on what an agent does and does not do.

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How to Garden Anywhere

You don’t need a massive plot of land to start growing herbs, flowers, and veggies. All you need is a little creativity, soil, water, and sunlight (and we even have solutions for shady yards as well). To guide your green thumb, Maleno dug up nine tips for starting a garden anywhere.

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The State of the Housing Market Amid COVID-19

Even amid a pandemic, people are still selling, buying, and renting. While it’s difficult to predict all of the long-term effects that the COVID-19 crisis will have on the real estate market, we can tell you where we are now, and where we could be headed. From virtual open houses to record-low interest rates, we’ve outlined a multitude of critical changes and how to navigate them.

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Real Estate Agent, Lender, and Attorney: How Each One Helps the Homebuyer

There are a lot of people involved in the typical home buying process. Typically, you’ll work with a real estate agent, an attorney, and a mortgage lender.

Because their responsibilities are so intertwined, there’s a lot of confusion about what exactly each person does. To help you parse the differences between their respective duties, we created this at-a-glance guide to who’s who in real estate. We’ll spell out what each professional does and how he or she can help you with your home buying needs.

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Is Renting Right for Retirees?

As you approach retirement age, you might be feeling a spectrum of emotions. Perhaps you are already daydreaming about a whole new level of freedom, or maybe you are getting concerned about how you'll fill up all of that newly found downtime. Perhaps you're excited to get started on some long-delayed projects, or you're tired of housework and repairs.

One decision you'll have to consider in your golden years is your living situation.  To help you make the best decision of where to reside in this new chapter of life, we've outlined three crucial considerations for making a move in retirement. 


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