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How to Remove Cigarette Stains From Marble Sinks

Marble is a calciferous stone that is extremely porous. This means that its surface is covered in thousands of tiny holes too small to be seen with the naked eye. These holes allow the marble to absorb moisture and other materials that can leave stains behind. Because the stains do not fill or block the pores in the stone, the stain can be pulled up and out of the stone by using a poultice, a chemical preparation that absorbs stains. read more

How to Disconnect a Shower Drain

A slow-draining shower is often the result of hair, dirt and soap scum passing through the strainer and accumulating in the lower drain. To break up the clog, you must remove the shower drain to insert a drain auger into the drain line. Changing your shower drain to match the rest of your bath hardware also requires disconnecting the shower drain. This sounds complicated, but it only takes a bit of effort to remove the old shower drain. read more

How to Calculate Payments for a First-Time Home Buyer

Since a home is likely the single largest and most important purchase the first-time home buyer will make, he should seek an affordable monthly payment. Begin with evaluating monthly income and expenses to determine how much he can comfortably afford. He must also consider additional expenses associated with homeownership, such as homeowner’s insurance, property taxes and, in some cases, private mortgage insurance. read more

5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Instead of Spring

Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five reasons purchasers should consider buying before the spring market arrives:
Supply Is Shrinking
With inventory declining in many regions, finding a home of your dreams may become more difficult going forward. There are buyers in more and more markets surprised that there is no longer a large assortment of houses to choose from. The best homes in the best locations sell first. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy.
Price Increases Are on the Horizon read more

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