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How to Get Your Home Ready for Listing

Eager to sell your home? In this blog, Maleno has compiled a list of eight steps you can take to get your house ready for listing in 2021.

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6 Benefits of Building a Smart Home

When people think about smart homes, they often picture a small Amazon Alexa or Google Home sitting in the corner awaiting commands to play music, bring up information, and adjust lighting preferences. But when it comes to a custom-built smart home, the opportunities for energy savings, security, and convenience are nearly endless. If you’re interested in building a customized smart home, read this blog post to study the latest technology benefits and what features of your home can be automated.

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Six New Year's Resolutions that Can Help First-Time Buyers Save for a Home

Whether you’re tired of paying rent instead of building equity in a home you can call your own, yearning for a patch of grass where your kids or dog can run free, or simply wanting to be able to paint your walls whatever color you want, longing for a house of your own is a powerful motivator that may be spurring your New Year’s Resolutions this year.

But before you get caught up in house fever, you’ll need to do the hard work of getting your finances in order so your homeownership dreams can come true. In this blog post, Maleno outlines six ways to get ready to purchase your first house.

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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?

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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