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Menomonie, the 15th Best Small Town in America

Why choose Menomonie as a place to live?  It’s simple- because of its high quality of life!  Dunn County, Wisconsin, of which this town is the county seat, features stunningly beautiful landscapes, many historic buildings and memories, and the vibrant cultural scene provided by the University of Wisconsin.  Criminality is very low (City Data index…

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How and Where to Rent Your Summer House in Virginia Beach

With its long white beaches of fine sand, Virginia Beach is a top destination for tourists in the US.  Over 13 million people visited this beautiful seaside town in 2015 (source, Smith Travel Research), and the trend is on the increase. This is not surprising at all: Virginia Beach has really got what it takes…

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What makes a Building Historic in Virginia?

We often read that Virginia is one of the richest states in historic buildings of the US. But what exactly is an historic building? Intuitively, we think of something very old. However, age is not sufficient, as there are some few other requirements to fulfill. Luckily, Virginia Law helps owners to give an answer to…

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What Are Historic Districts?

Norfolk has twelve historic districts (5 of them are designated locally) and Chesapeake has ten nationally registered historic districts, which makes them two of the richest American towns in historic buildings. But what are historic districts? And what does it imply to be the owner of a building or home inside these special zones? A…

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Ten Best Practices to Hire a Competent and Reliable Contractor

Ten Best Practices to Hire a Competent and Reliable Contractor If you own a home, sooner or later you will need to hire a contractor to fix something broken in your house, an urgent repair, updating, or for those general home upkeep jobs that you are not able to find the time for.  However, hiring…

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Tenant Rights and Responsibilities in Virginia

What does it mean to sign a lease for a home or apartment in Virginia? The relationship between tenants and landlords is regulated by the “Virginia Residential Landlord and tenant Act” of 1974 (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacodepopularnames/virginia-residential-landlord-and-tenant-act/), in some federal laws, and in many local statutes and regulations. On signing a lease, you must be aware that you…

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The Charm of Bleached Wood: Informal Interiors for Cozy People

Bleached wood is a material that evokes the happy memories of a child in his grandparents’ country house, or a long sandy beach where some few white wooden cottages peek out beyond the dunes- the only companions of the albatross and the silence. Especially white bleached wood has the unique power to create bright, informal…

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Avoiding Foreclosure

Sometimes as a homeowner, you may come across difficulties in making your mortgage payments. Foreclosure is usually a distressing family financial experience. Doing nothing is the worst you could do when you fall behind your mortgage payments since your lender could ensue with a foreclosure even if you refuse to appear be a participant in…

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