Marie Souza Team Blog

Posted on 08/01/2021
The Best Features to Include in Your New Construction Home
Photo by Joanna Bogacz from Pexels When you are building a new construction home, you have so many opportunities to personalize your property. For some, it can actually be overwhelming to sort through the various features that are available and decide which ones are best for their home. If you are feeling as if you are being inundated...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Ways to Avoid Crucial Common Mistakes When Building Your New Home
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Building a new home is an exciting event, but the process can be overwhelming — particularly if you are having your first home built. While working with a qualified and reputable local builder will ensure that you get the best results possible, it's also important to remain informed and aware. These are...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Grow Your Own Food: Fruits & Vegetables for Container Gardens
Growing your own fruits and vegetables doesn’t require an expansive garden. In fact, there are many edible crops that grow very well in containers. You can even plant some of them together to achieve an eye-catching aesthetic while efficiently cultivating your own produce. Here are the 5 best edible crops for container gardens: Strawberries Strawberries are an easy...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
The Best Houseplants for a Low-Light Living Space
Keeping houseplants isn’t just for those with sunny homes. While the perfect south-facing window is many plant owners’ dream, lower light environments are just fine for many types of plants to thrive. Here we will go over some of the best low-light houseplants for your home. Snake Plant Snake plants are striking in appearance and extremely hardy. They...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
Tips on Determining the "Must Have" Amenities in Your Private Community
Photo by Engin Akyurt via Pixabay When you choose a private community, you likely do so because of some of the more visible amenities -- the pool, tennis courts and clubhouse are difficult to miss. Which amenities matter most to you -- and which are just nice additions? A look at some of the potential private community amenities...
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Posted on 06/27/2021
6 Reasons Why Your New Home Should Have a Great Room
Image by Jean van der Meulen from Pixabay Today's home builders are continuing to embrace the idea of the great room and an open floor plan. Here are some of the reasons why the great room remains a popular design choice with today's home builders and owners. 1. Great Rooms Make Good Use of Natural Light When you...
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Posted on 06/20/2021
Eco-friendly Updates for Your Home
Photo by Layton Diament on Unsplash Large homes use a considerable amount of energy throughout the year, especially from heating and cooling. Making some upgrades to your home can significantly reduce your energy usage while also boosting the value of your home. If you’ve been thinking about making your home more energy-efficient, consider one or more of the...
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Posted on 06/13/2021
Energy Saving Landscaping Tips
Image by Tom from Shutterstock Energy efficiency isn’t just for the inside of your home. What you plant outside can affect the bottom line inside. Choosing the right trees, grasses, and shrubs can help. Location, location, location Well placed trees can help to reduce your heating and cooling bills. Trees can keep your home cooler in the summer...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
Contemporary Design Ideas for Kitchens
Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels If you’re moving into a home with an older kitchen or if your current home has a more dated style, consider bringing it up-to-date with contemporary design. This style can freshen up your kitchen while giving it a more inviting atmosphere. Contemporary design includes a mix of minimalist, modern and classic...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Adding Efficiency to an Older Home
Photo by Vivint Solar from Pexels When your pocketbook determines you can’t afford a new, energy-efficient home, you can still satisfy your preferences by upgrading an older house. Try these options for improving energy efficiency in your home. Apply for the FHA’s Energy-Efficient Mortgage program. With an EEM, you can finance an already energy-efficient home or use funds...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
3 Reasons to Keep your Home Market Ready
Photo by Agover via Pixabay You're not thinking of selling -- so why keep your home in market-ready shape? There are some excellent reasons for upgrading your home while you live there; keeping your house in good repair and in "ready to sell" condition benefits you in a variety of ways: Your own comfort: It's just more comfortable...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
What You Should Know Before Investing in Raw Land
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Some of the best real estate investments are raw land purchases. The idea is to buy raw land in an up-and-coming neighborhood, sit on it, and then sell it to a developer who will do anything to get their hands on it. But while this sounds great, there are a few caveats that...
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