Rebecca Wooten's Blog Posts

The 16 Incredibly Useful Rules Every Organized House Follows!

The 16 Incredibly Useful Rules Every Organized House FollowsHomes don’t clean themselves. But these easy-peasy rules (wake and make!) will make you feel like they do. Image: Alastair,

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Cooped up, bored and on a budget? Here's how to stream TV without paying a dime

The reality is starting to set in: Coronavirus has a lot of people stuck at home. Sports are shut down. Some people are temporarily out of work or might be soon. Budgets for luxuries — like

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Rental Assistance, Stimulus Checks Are on the Way

December 28, 2020On Sunday night, President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion COVID relief package that authorizes rental assistance, stimulus checks to individuals for $600, loans for struggling

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10 Design Trends Homeowners Are Eyeing for 2021

10 Design Trends Homeowners Are Eyeing for 2021Multi-zone kitchens, upgraded lighting, and oversized rectangle tiles are among the trends sweeping home design in the new year, according to home

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WILL GOING DIRECTLY TO THE LISTING AGENT SAVE YOU MONEY??

Some home buyers think that if they go to an open house or call the listing agent directly on a home they will save money.  The thought is if they deal directly with the listing agent they will

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Have You Served? 5 Reasons You’ll Want a Veteran-Friendly Real Estate Agent

The home-buying journey can be uncertain, full of twists and turns you don’t see coming. Even if you’re using a Veterans Affairs loan—and taking advantage of the unique benefits

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Germs, Be Gone! 7 Simple Renovations To Coronavirus-Proof Your Home

As much as we all wish we could go back to a time when social distancing was a foreign concept and masks were just something you wore with a Halloween costume, it’s clear by now that COVID-19

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How To Brew Your Own Ale For Pain: Reduce Chronic Inflammation, Migraines And Pain

How To Brew Your Own Ale For Pain: Reduce Chronic Inflammation, Migraines And Pain (Include Recipe)The main ingredient in our recipe, which will reduce inflammation, migraines and pain, is ginger.

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Where to buy ammo online

If you’re like most shooters, you’ve probably noticed the current ammo shortage. Some say it’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting or slowing down the factories

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Understanding Ernest Money

Understanding Earnest MoneyJuly 17, 2018 | Texas REALTORS® StaffAn important part of the homebuying process that you may never have heard of could help you land the home of your dreams. Here

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OPTION MONEY: What is it?

OPTION MONEY: What is it? Option money is a very important piece of a buyer’s contract.  When a buyer pays an option fee they are purchasing the unrestricted right to cancel the

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Where do wild turkeys celebrate thanksgiving?

Ever wonder where turkeys lucky enough to survive Thanksgiving can be found? Trulia set out to find the answer by looking at the annual USGS Breeding Bird Survey.If you’d like to find a

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ASSISTANCE NEEDED NOW FOR RENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

ASSISTANCE NEEDED NOW FOR RENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRYSeptember 2020Without meaningful rental assistance legislation, the Center for Disease Control’s nationwide federal eviction

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WHAT TO DO WHEN DISASTER STRIKES: REBUILDING AFTER A HURRICANE

WHAT TO DO WHEN DISASTER STRIKES: REBUILDING AFTER A HURRICANEBY TANYA SVOBODASeptember 2020The 2020 hurricane season has been wreaking havoc along America’s Southern Atlantic coast. Tropical

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PFLUGERVILLE COUNCIL ABANDONS TAX INCREASE AFTER PRESSURE FROM RESIDENTS

PFLUGERVILLE COUNCIL ABANDONS TAX INCREASE AFTER PRESSURE FROM RESIDENTSBY ANTHONY SANFILIPPOSeptember 2020Pflugerville City Council was considering adopting a budget for Fiscal Year 2021 with a

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NEED HELP? Covid-19 Information for TX landlords, tenants, homeowners & more

NEED HELP? Covid-19 Information for TX landlords, tenants, homeowners & more!Links and PDF's Below:Property Owners:https://narfocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/28/3581.pdfElectricity Relief

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7 buyer's agent behaviors that need to stop!!

7 buyer's agent behaviors that need to stop!!It’s an aggressive seller’s market out there. As a buyer’s agent, what are you doing to get your offer accepted? If it’s any of

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How Much Will Foreclosures Surge in the Months Ahead?

How Much Will Foreclosures Surge in the Months Ahead?in  Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News August 4, 2020As Congress remains deadlocked on the latest coronavirus

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Why in the World Are Texas Universities Playing Football in Front of Fans?

Why in the World Are Texas Universities Playing Football in Front of Fans?There’s still a lot we don’t know about the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses.On Saturday, the Texas

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23 Things Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

Lesson #1: Decide location versus space before searching for a home When first-time homebuyer Jarrod was shopping for his first place in Chicago, he faced a tough decision: Should he buy a

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Should I allow vaping in my rental property?

You might not allow smoking within your rental units, but what about vaping with e-cigarettes?About 15 percent of adults under 40 vape, so you might want to allow vaping in your rental property

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How to CHOP $24,000 & 4 Years OFF Your Mortgage The Right Start

How to CHOP $24,000 & 4 Years OFF Your Mortgage The Right Start The Right Start Do The Math Retrieve your most recent mortgage statement and grab a few numbers including your current outstanding

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A second stimulus check for $1,200? Here's the update on another round of payments

The government is weighing another coronavirus relief check for 2020. If the package passes, it'll put more IRS stimulus money in your pocket. Here's the status today and what could happen next.Will

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FHFA: Forbearance Won't Have Long-term Effect on Borrowers

Borrowers who have taken forbearance can still take advantage of record low mortgage rates for purchasing a home or refinancing their existing home, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced

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Everything You Need to Know About Moving During COVID-19

As the number of coronavirus cases grows, we’re watching our friends and neighbors around the world practice social distancing, self-monitoring, and quarantining themselves, in an effort to

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DEEP CLEANING MUST-HAVES!

Cleaning can be a quite a chore–literally. While you may not be looking forward to the task of deep cleaning your rental, it truly is necessary.Whether you are just in the mood for a deep

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The Do’s And Don’ts When Getting a Mortgage

The Do’s And Don’ts When Getting a Mortgage DO bring a cashier’s check made out to the title company for your closing costs. You can bring a personal check to

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Landlord Requirements

Rental property owners and managers are responsible for providing safe and healthy conditions for their tenants.  Rental property safety includes keeping tenants safe from physical harm from

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What Is a Good Credit Score to Buy a House?

What Is a Good Credit Score to Buy a House?By Daniel Bortz | Feb 11, 2019SpiffyJ/Getty ImagesIf you're hoping to buy a home, one number you'll want to get to know well is your credit

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10 Questions to Ask a Mortgage Lender: Do You Know Them All?

10 Questions to Ask a Mortgage Lender: Do You Know Them All?What are the best questions to ask a mortgage lender before you lock in a home loan? If you want to find the very best mortgage 

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Free Credit Reports Now Available Every Week

Free Credit Reports Now Available Every WeekShareThe three main credit reporting bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—have announced that everyone will be able to request a free

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IRS Extends More Tax Deadlines for Individuals, Businesses

The IRS extended more tax deadlines to cover individuals, trusts, estates, corporations, and more, including deadline extensions for both 1031 like-kind exchanges and opportunity zone investments.

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THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS

THE TEXAS CONSTITUTIONARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTSThat the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, we declare:Sec. 1. FREEDOM AND

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Evoking the Tidewater Initiative with a Seller for a VA Buyer

When you get an email from a lender that says that the VA and the VA appraiser is invoking the "Tidewater" initiative on the home your buyer is buying or on the one that your seller is selling, as a

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IDEAS FOR ACCENT WALLS COLOR

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically

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Evacuation Plan For Your Pets TEXAS

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Must have tools for the homeowner

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS! SLEEP

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when

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Foundation Maintenance

Foundation MaintenanceThe strength of the foundation, particularly east of IH35, is directly dependent on the moisture content of the soil.  You can easily check this with a screwdriver. 

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The Ultimate Smart Home: Wireless Outdoor Security Cameras

Homeowners can easily set up their own home security systems. Real estate pro and smart-home expert Brandon Doyle gives an overview of three options you can share with your clients.With the advances

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Watch Your Home’s Energy Hogs While Sheltering in Place

As everyone settles into their homes to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, their energy bills will jump, perhaps even skyrocket. But there are some simple things that homeowners can do to curb their

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There are a lot of mortgage scams going on right now!! Don't be a victim!

Here are some tips and warning signs:Help is free!HUD-approved housing counseling agencies can help you negotiate with your lender or loan servicer. There is never a fee to get assistance or

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Fannie, Freddie, FHA Suspend All Foreclosures and Evictions!

Fannie, Freddie, FHA Suspend All Foreclosures and EvictionsShareMarch 19, 2020Foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac will

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House Bill Seeks to Extend VA Loans to Co-op Buyers

February 21, 2020House Bill Seeks to Extend VA Loans to Co-op BuyersA new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week aims to permanently make co-op buyers eligible for mortgages

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It’s a Better Time to Buy Than 10 Years Ago!

It’s a Better Time to Buy Than 10 Years Ago!A strong economy, low unemployment, low mortgage rates, and alluring mortgage rates are making it a great time to buy a home, according to a newly

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