Christine Pollard's Blog Posts

Smarter Climate For Every Room In The House...

Home automation is increasingly common these days as the number of consumer-focused smart devices continues to increase. Though automation covers everything from light controls and security systems

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Waldorf Upcoming Event

Hey Waldorf! Here’s your weekly list of fun, upcoming events! This week we’re super excited about Pink Dalmatian Business Women Tea Talk and SoMd Fourth of July Fireworks and.

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What’s an Attic Exhaust Fan and How Do They Work?!

Keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter can be expensive. Add in the cost of regular maintenance to your heating and air systems and it’s no wonder that many homeowners

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What Do You Know About Airflow? Choosing Air Filters 101!

Air filtration is an important part of your home’s ventilation system. Without an air filter in place, dust and other airborne particles would be distributed throughout your ductwork. This

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Drywall Anchors: Secrets Revealed!!!

Whether you’re hanging a picture or mounting a television, anything that goes on your wall needs something to anchor it in place. If there’s a stud in the wall that you can attach it to

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Robo Lawnmowers: Like a Roomba for Your Lawn!

Robotics and automation has changed the way that a number of things work in the home. You may not realize that you can automate tasks outside of the home as well. Though they have not received as

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Crack or Canyon?! When is it Time for Driveway Repair?

Sometimes it’s easy to make a mountain out of a molehill. Other times, like when your driveway is starting to show some wear, you might instead try to make a crack out of a canyon. It’s

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Cleaning Household Appliances!

When the next bowl of chili explodes all over the inside of the microwave or you finally give in to the inch thick layer of pizza burn off inside your oven, this page of advice for cleaning

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5 Tips for Finishing Your Basement!

More people are choosing to stay in their existing home, expanding into unused space rather than going through the trouble of selling and buying again. If you’re in the same position, it might

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5 Ways to Make Gardening Easier!

If the idea of getting up early on Saturday morning to commune with your landscape is an idea that you cherish, but don’t dare pursue because of the high level of maintenance required, you may

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FSBO? Are You REALLY Ready to Sell Your Home Yourself?!

Everybody likes the idea of a little DIY. Whether that means unclogging your own sink drain or putting in a few shelves in your pantry, there’s a lot of satisfaction that goes along with doing

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Buying a Short Sale Home? Keep This in Mind!

One of the greatest myths in the world of real estate is that buying a home that’s in a pre-foreclosure state, or one that has already been foreclosed upon, will get you the very best deal

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Tips For Running a Successful Garage Sale!

Awww, springtime. It’s a great time to go through the closets and find anything you’re not using. But what do you do with all that junk that’s no longer in your trunk? For lots of

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Smart Windows Are Here: What You Need to Know!

Everything’s getting smarter these days. Everything. Not only are smart appliances, smart outlets, smart light bulbs and smart TVs gaining traction, smart windows are all the rage among the

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Raising the Roof: Can You Lay New Shingles Over Old?!

A house is more than just four walls and a roof (it has way more than four walls, for starters), but when your roof springs a leak, shingles start to blow away or age has just gotten the best of it,

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Garbage Disposal Care – Tips and Tricks!

The modern world has so much to offer, from microwaves that can talk to your favorite smart home assistant to refrigerators that can remind you you’re out of milk. It’s amazing that

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Buying a Home at County Auction Post-Foreclosure!

What’s two stories tall, covered in long green fur and smells like old, wet dogs? For a lot of people, that would be their mental image of an investment house. The truth of the matter, though,

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5 Ways to Make Your AC Dollars Go Further!

The aqua jeweled waters of the Caribbean pared with lush, jungle-like vegetation that seems to stretch along the beach forever greet you every single summer. It’s amazing, really, and you hope

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What’s a Reverse Mortgage?!

“What goes up must come down,” so goes the saying. And, to that end, what goes forward must also go in reverse. Turns out the same also applies to mortgages, sort of. Except, instead of

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Water Filters And You!!

There’s something you should know about your water: it’s not as clean as you might think.In fact, depending on where it comes from, you could be having that skinny half-caf latte with

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What Can Smart Switches and Light Plugs Do For Your Home?!

“Siri, how much water did I drink today?”“Alexa, what’s on TV tonight?”“Google, turn off the lights!”You know the drill. We’re all starting to talk to

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Spring Cleaning.. Your Air Conditioner?

Spring is a time of beginnings. You get a chance to start over, to try something new and to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer to come. It might not be as romantic as the budding of

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5 Things to Consider When Planning a Family Picture Wall!

One of the best parts of owning your own home is that you can do pretty much whatever you want when it comes to hanging things on the wall. No landlord will charge you $5 per hole you poke through

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HomeKeepr’s Top Spring Cleaning Tips!

It’s officially spring again, everybody and their great aunt Erma are abuzz with cleaning and organizing advice. We’re not sheep at HomeKeepr, but we figured it was important to throw

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Saying Goodbye to Your Family Home!

It’s easy to tell yourself that your house is just a building made of walls and ceilings and light fixtures and flooring, but when it comes time to sell, you may start to feel the sting of

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Appealing Your Property Taxes, a Primer!

Spring is here and that means it’s time to… well, it’s time to appeal your property taxes. Not everyone needs to do this, obviously, but there are plenty of people who should. Do

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What is a Homeowner’s Association?!

For everyone out there looking at homes right now, there are three little letters that could make or break your purchase decision. They are “H,” “O” and “A.”

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Smart Homes Need Smart Protection: Getting to Know Smart Cameras!

Things seem to be getting smarter and smarter these days. From smartphones to smart pressure cookers, anything that can be built with a brain or an internet connection seems to be being bulked up.

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Patio Planning 101!

It’s finally spring! Time to break out the grill and the patio set and spend your evenings cooking out under the stars. Except, you don’t have a patio, you have a backyard that’s

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5 Reasons to Try a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning System!

It’s almost spring in much of North America, which means it’s time once again to tune up your air conditioner or send it to the big home improvement store in the sky. Even an older A/C

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What’s New in High End Garages?!

Your garage is a big deal. Even if you totally ignore that your garage doors themselves can take up a significant portion of your home’s street facing surface, there’s all that (often

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7 Things to Do Before Listing Your Home This Spring.

As the snow starts to melt, revealing the brightly colored flowers of crocus, and robins bop merrily around the yard, another cycle of the real estate market begins. If you’re considering

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How Are My Property Taxes Calculated?!

Understanding how your property taxes are calculated can often feel like unraveling one of the deepest mysteries of the universe. However, it’s vitally important that you get your arms around

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Reasons You Need to Get a Permit

It all started with a shelf.You just bought your home and, though it needed a little surface work, you were pretty proud of it. It was yours, to do with as you wanted. So the first thing you did was

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Finding and Fixing Leaks in Home

Anything in your home that’s attached to the water supply runs the risk of springing a leak. That also includes anything that drains water away. With so much riding on your pipes and

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Which Paintbrush is Right For My Project?

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they just can’t take that color on the wall anymore and they absolutely have to do something about it. If you’ve reached your

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5 Tips for Choosing a Home Inspector

You’ve finally done it! You have a house under contract and you’re doing the paperwork to get your mortgage lined up. When your Realtor calls to ask you who you want to use for your home

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Changes to U.S. Real Estate Tax Deductions for 2018

As a homeowner, or soon to be homeowner, you can get some pretty sweet tax deductions from things related to your home. Some tend to change from year to year, like those for energy-efficient,

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Finding and Fixing Leaks in Your Home

Anything in your home that’s attached to the water supply runs the risk of springing a leak. That also includes anything that drains water away. With so much riding on your pipes and

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3 Reasons You Need to Get a Permit

It all started with a shelf.You just bought your home and, though it needed a little surface work, you were pretty proud of it. It was yours, to do with as you wanted. So the first thing you did was

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How Smart are Your Sprinklers?

You’re all alone at home when you hear it. Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shhhhhhhh… and it seems to be coming from outside. You look around, very puzzled and a little afraid, then it comes again sh

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NAR Reports Show It’s A Great Time to Sell!

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when the demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association

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Are Homebuyers Starting to Hit the ‘Pause’ Button?

For the last several years, buyer demand has far exceeded the housing supply available for sale. This low supply and high demand have led to home prices appreciating by an average of 6.2% annually

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Is Buying a Home Really More Stressful Than Planning a Wedding?

Some Highlights:According to a new survey from Open Listings, 62% of Americans ages 25-54 believe that buying a home is more stressful than planning a wedding.Many young couples are saving

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Home Prices: The Difference 5 Years Makes

CoreLogic recently released their Home Price Index Report. One of the key indicators used in the report to determine the health of the housing market was home price appreciation. 

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If You Are Thinking of Selling You Must Act NOW!

If you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is

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25% of Homes with a Mortgage are Now Equity Rich!

Rising home prices have been in the news a lot lately and much of the focus has been on whether home prices are accelerating too quickly, as well as how sustainable the growth in prices really is.

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Is the Real Estate Market Finally Getting Back to Normal?

The housing market has been anything but normal for the last eleven years. In a normal real estate market, home prices appreciate 3.7% annually. Below, however, are the price swings since 2007

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