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6 High-End Condos with Amazing Views

Living downtown is a hectic lifestyle. The noise, the pollution, the overcrowded subway, but it's all worth it when you get home at the end of the day and have a view of the organized chaos from up above in your luxury condominium. Those who move to the city are ambitious, independent and daring because they feed off the energy and excitement of the city which is hard to find in the suburbs wh....

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Stunning High-Tech Lighting to Compliment your Interior Decor

Your home is your sanctuary and it’s important for your family that it be both elegant and comfortable. Yes, furniture and accents bring a room together, but it starts with exquisite lighting that can set any mood. We live in an age of unlimited possibilities when it comes to high-tech amenities, so why not consider revamping the plain incandescent track lighting in your kitchen? Perhaps addin....

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Flood Insurance in Canada: What You Need to Know

Despite major floods across Canada, it's only now that insurance companies are offering some sort of flood protection. Although automatically included in your premium rate, there are definitions and exclusions that homeowners need to be aware of. The next time you’re shopping for a home insurance policy, look for one that includes inland flood protection, but before you sign up, know the diffe....

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How Does My Local Fire Department Impact My Home Insurance Premium?

With plenty of experience shopping around for home insurance, new buyers know a fair amount about the factors that affect premiums. Distance to a fire hydrant and fire services is an obvious one. However, did you know the closer you live to a fire department can lower your premium? This is because of the high probability your home will be saved from a fire. There is another question homeowners....

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Homeowners Insurance: Why was my Policy Canceled?

Finding the right homeowners insurance policy can be a lengthy process as you peruse through what various companies have to offer. However, maintaining a policy can be just as complicated. The wrong types of behavior can drive insurers away and result in policy cancellation or nonrenewal. Some reasons are obvious, like fraud and late payments, but could be due t....

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What You Need to Know About Landlord Insurance

Financial advisors will tell you that the best way to develop a strong portfolio is to have a consistent source of passive income. One popular form of passive income is to become a landlord and either rent out an investment property or a room in your home. It’s a growing form of supplemental income, especially as rental costs continue to climb in most cities across North America. If you do dec....

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Everything You Need to Know About Life Insurance Beneficiaries

Life Insurance policies are meant to protect your loved ones in the case of your death. It is important that when you purchase a life insurance policy that you clearly name the beneficiary or beneficiaries whom will receive your payout. There are numerous legal, financial and tax-related issues that can arise when insurers make a life insurance payout. In any case, paying attention to the bene....

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Does my Place of Residence Affect my Premium?

Where you live is one of the major factors in determining your auto insurance premium because your place of residence influences both the likelihood of being involved in an accident and the costs associated with repairs and medical expenses. Population density, weather, crime rate and local infrastructure are also determinants. Your premium can even be affected by length of your daily commute!....

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If Someone Else Drives My Car, Are They Covered Too?

Coverage for persons not listed on an auto insurance policy varies across insurance brokerages and policies, but most insurers will cover any legal driver who uses your car. If this driver seeks permission from you beforehand, they are more likely to be covered. Drivers without permission are usually denied benefits, unless the vehicle was stolen. Drivers Liability cove....

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Disaster Insurance Solutions for East Coast Homes

Newly married? Thinking about purchasing a home along the east coast to live the white picket fence dream? From the fresh sea air of New England to Florida’s abundance of sunshine and beaches, the East Coast is tempting millennials to buy a home, start a family and settle down. Especially for the later, now might be a good time. In Florida, for example, home prices are expected to rise i....

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Types of Auto Insurance

Insurance is a must if you own a vehicle, but the policies often include terms that are hard to understand. Luckily, choosing the right auto insurance policy doesn’t need to be difficult with a little research. Although your insurance broker may offer you a long list of features and add-ons, knowing a few definitions will go a long way in helping you decide exactly what you need so you can hav....

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Fundamentals: Permanent Life Insurance

There are two basic types of life insurance policies: term and permanent. Both provide funds to named beneficiary or beneficiaries in the event of accidental or wrongful death. The primary distinction is duration of payments. Term life insurance policies are popular because they last for a fixed period with the option for renewal, whereas permanent life insurance is a lifelong commitment with ....

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8 Things Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover

1. Earthquake and water damage: Landslides, sinkholes, and earthquakes are not covered by standard insurance policies. Earthquake insurance can be amended to current plans or separately bought in all states except California. Flood insurance is available only as a separate policy, and can only be purchased through a government national flood insurance program run by FEMA. 2....

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How Liability for Auto Insurance Works

Liability for Bodily Injury This is insurance coverage for those injured in a car accident and provides for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and vehicular damage. It also covers legal fees, should you be litigated and taken to court. Coverage is based either on a per person basis or a per accident basis, meaning your insurance will always have a cap on how much it is will....

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When to Buy Life Insurance

Buying life insurance is rarely a pleasant experience, but it will provide security for family due to accidental or unforeseen death. For many, the biggest reason for not already having life insurance is the cost, which is understandable. However, it’s time to start seeing life insurance not as a luxury, but as a necessity. How to save The best way to be smart with any i....

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Dealing with irreparable auto damage after a collision

Totaling your car is the worst, but the process of claiming through insurance can be just as much of a headache. This is why it is important to assure you have an insurance policy that covers all damages. If you are at fault, you will need collision coverage. If you are not at fault, basic plans should include direct compensation. Before assessing the damage to your vehicle, you should consult....

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How to Save on Auto Insurance: Increasing your Deductible

Most states require motorists to have at least a minimum amount of insurance coverage, as set by each state before vehicles can legally be on the road. But depending on where you live, insurance is not mandatory. New Hampshire, for example, does not require insurance for drivers with a clean record (e.g. no automobile-related misconducts such as impaired driving). In Virginia, a spotless drivi....

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Zika’s Effect on Florida Real Estate and the Economy

No word sends a shiver down the spine of a Floridian than ‘Zika.’ A Mosquito-borne illness that causes brain damage in newborns and dengue flu-like symptoms in adults. Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourists’ and investors' dollars, but they have been shying away from South Florida, which is causing a collective headache for business owners. The warm weather is what attracts tourists, but....

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Lending Programs for First Time Home Buyers in Florida

Distressed properties in Florida are widely available, accounting for 8.4 percent of total real estate sales in May of this year, and those looking to enter the market should recognize the savings they provide as a starter home. However, homes in neighborhoods with amenities like good schools, proximity to restaurants and entertainment, and low crime can be expensive. Fortunately, there are se....

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Miami Beach Houses Dreams Are Made Of

Miami beach houses are the epitome of wealth, class and luxury with breathtaking views of the ocean and city. Of course the humongous residences need that little extra to make them the envy of their ritzy neighborhood, which is everything from lavish bathrooms to more than 150 feet of ocean front to park your beloved yacht. Here is Ask Avenue's list of our favorite Miami beach houses that we j....

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North vs. South Florida Living

Seminoles vs. Gators. Jaguars vs. Dolphins. Southern values vs. cosmopolitan lifestyle. The divide between the north and south of this great state is stark, whether it be the price of housing or the unique quality of life they each provide. Miami has its beautiful sandy beaches and world-class nightlife, while Jacksonville offers a taste of the old south with great barbecue and residents with ....

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Small Bathroom Ideas on a Budget

Let’s face it - small bathrooms can be a pain. While there are things we love about them, like the way we can navigate them easily, they pose a problem when it comes to finding places to store our seemingly endless collection of items. Where there’s a problem, there’s always a solution! In fact in this case, there are a number of ways you can add value to your small space, even if you’re on....

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10 Tips to Boost the Value of your Home

  The home is your sanctuary, but not everyone might see it that way during an open house. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary steps to not only....

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How to find the Best Real Estate Agent

The real estate market can be an intimidating place, especially for first time home buyers. There’s competing bids for the home that has caught your eye, but also the chaos of....

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Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels: Should I Invest in Miami Real Estate?

The 2009 Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow paints a terrifying scenario where humans are at the mercy of a dramatic climate shift that creates unimaginably strong storms that flood major American cities. Luckily for those in Miami-Dade County it’s not a forecast of an impending doom, but more of a cautionary tale of the damage raging flood waters can do to highly populated ....

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10 Cheap Space Saving Ideas for Apartment Dwellers

One of the biggest challenges many apartment dwellers face is staying organized in a small space. There are a number of ways you can easily –and cheaply—make the most of what little space you have so you can live comfortably. Here are 10 space saving products and ideas to help you declutter that won’t break the bank.   1. Store Things on the Back of Doors [caption id="attach....

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Inspecting a Condo? You May Have Missed These Important Areas

You might not think that a Home Inspection is necessary when purchasing a condominium. After all, condo owners don’t have to worry about fixing or maintaining the exterior, so why get an inspection? What could go wrong in such a small space? The answer is lots. Although condos are generally smaller and buyers shouldn’t have to worry about the exterior, grounds, foundations, roofs and other ....

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4 Easy Ways to Thank Your Realtor

Congratulations! Whether you've purchased your first home, made a valuable investment, or found the perfect place for your growing family, buying a home is no easy feat. There were probably a lot of people involved - mortgage lenders, appraisers, inspectors, movers, contractors...the list is endless. At the center of it all is, of course, real estate agents. Your realtor was probably the fi....

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7 Mansions for Sale in California You Could Buy Right Now

Despite the collapse of housing prices in the United States, some mansions in California are still on the market for overwhelming amounts. In this article, we have compiled a list of top expensive mansions for sale in California right now from different sources. Read on to find out which mansions made into this list. 7. Hacienda de la Paz-$53 million [caption id="attachment_645" ali....

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10 Essentials of An Ultimate Man Cave

“No bow, no ribbons, no fluff, and absolutely no instructions.” If there is one thing every man dreams about it is to have his own personal space…YES, away from hassle and bustle of the every day life. Far away from the kids and the wife, where he can drink beer, play video games, and hang out with his bros. In peace he finds freedom. Man caves come in a....

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5 Easy Ways To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

When selling your home, first impressions are key. The way a home looks on the outside is just as important as what is inside and works as a tool to draw in buyers. There are things you can do as a homeowner to increase the curb appeal of your home in a short amount of time. Here are 5 ways curb appeal will help you sell your home faster and at the highest price possible. 1. Paint the Det....

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10 Best Cities to Buy Your Vacation Home Coast to Coast

With home sales booming and house prices rising all across North America it would take an aggressive buyer to purchase a vacation home in the middle of summer. However, with interest rates projected to rise and with inventory becoming increasingly tight the time to purchase a vacation home is now. Interest rates will begin to rise soon to cool off the hot market. Vacation home sales rose 57....

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11 Dream Closets for Trendsetting Men

  For most people, bedroom closets are those places where you struggle to fit as many clothes in and hope that your guests will never open them to see the horror behind the door. However, for fashionable men, especially for the millennials who are looking to make an image for themselves in the business world, the place where they store their clothing, shoes and accessories is their san....

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Detroit Real Estate Investing

Since 2013, when Detroit declared bankruptcy, the city has been on a slow and steady decline. There are thousands of empty abandoned or burnt out buildings around the city, and urban decay has taken hold. This has resulted in municipal services being sparse and spread out around the city, making it hard for essential services to reach certain areas. The city has suggested demolishing some of t....

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Rustic Landscaping Ideas for a Backyard

What could be better than a tranquil, low-maintenance, rustic backyard? The backyard can be an undervalued part of the property –often times we don’t think about styling it to suit our personal taste. We usually apply our personal style to indoor spaces, but when it comes to the yard, we often style it to suit the neighbourhood, neglect it altogether, or spend hours creating a meticulously ....

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3 Mind Blowing Before and After Renovations

Spring is here and that means the official renovation season has begun. White panel vans line suburban streets, saws whine in the distance and garage doors hang open revealing temporary work spaces for homeowners and trade workers. Whether it’s a full home resurrecting or just a bathroom face lift, remodeling can be a daunting and stressful undertaking. So in the spirit of inspiration, we’v....

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6 Tips for a Smoother Moving Day

It's moving day! All your careful planning and preparation has come to fruition. Movers are placing your boxes and furniture. Nosey neighbors have already started to peek over their fence line. With so many things to do, you are sure to be overwhelmed with what to tackle first. Don’t get lost in the chaos. Here are 6 things to do the day you move that you may have missed.   1. Mak....

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The Ultimate Sports Properties

[caption id="attachment_569" align="aligncenter" width="570"] farmandforest.com[/caption] The house at 226 East Darling Hill Road is a real Darling with direct access to mountain biking at Kingdom Trails. Just outside of town, this house....

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Classic Horror Movie Homes

"What an excellent day for an exorcism. It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare. The dead are not quiet in Hill House. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep! They’re here! Sometimes, dead is better. We all go a little mad sometimes. I wanna see what your insides look like. Heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!" What do all these have in common? They are all from some of the best ....

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Historic Homes in Toronto to Visit with Mom This Mother’s Day, Including a Late Icon’s Old Mansion

Nothing takes your breath away quite like the style, elegance, and charm of an old Victorian manor. Walking through one can take you back in time, make you fall in love again, or simply let you dream of the high life and living. Toronto is no stranger to these fantastic homes, nor is it in short supply. All of them located in the heart of the city, they are all easily accessible and can provid....

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Mom’s Favorite Movie Homes and How Much They List For

Ryan Gosling and Rachael McAdams kiss in the rain, on the lawn of that iconic white farm house with the blue shutters. Steve Martin giving away his daughters hand in the over the top ranch house. Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd’s first kiss on the grand staircase in her mega mansion. Ever wonder the location, how big, or just how much your favorite movie homes cost? Just in time for Mother’s ....

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10 Smart Products to Make Your Home More Like Iron Man’s

Billionaire philanthropist, and self-proclaimed scientist Tony Stark, has some of the coolest gadgets anyone has ever seen. From the home automation of Jarvis, to his famous flying metal suit, Iron Man has everything anyone could ever want, or dream of. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating the big screen and box office, more and more people are checking out how they can tech out their....

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6 Amazing Modular Homes You Can Buy in the USA

Modular homes, also known as “prefabricated homes” are structures that are built room-by-room in a climate controlled factory instead of on-site. It’s a growing trend in North America and across the world as this alternative homebuilding technique ushers in a range of important benefits. First and foremost, choosing to go modular means the homebuyer has more options and customization opport....

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5 Hacks to Enhance Your Rental Property Without Breaking the Bank

Ideally landlords would never have to spend money maintaining their rental properties. Unfortunately things break, go out of style, or are made obsolete by new inventions. The reality is anyone offering properties for rent needs to keep them current in order to sustain demand. Keeping costs down during these upgrades is key to turning a profit. Here are 5 hacks for landlords to keep address co....

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5 Unreal Subterranean Houses in the USA

Although it might seem like a step backwards in human evolution, many people in the USA—and across the world—are choosing to live in cave-like dwellings and subterranean homes. It might seem spooky and reclusive at first, but after seeing this list of exotic and innovative underground homes, you’re sure to gain a new perspective. Let’s take a look. 1. Festus, Missouri

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7 Questions First-Time Homebuyers Forget to Ask

Buying your first home can be overwhelming because carrying a mortgage is a big commitment and there are many details to be mindful of. There’s a lot to learn and we’re here to help. Let’s start with seven key questions first time home buyers often forget to ask, answers to which can make a big difference in your enjoyment of your first home.   1. What will I need to pay t....

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City Living Versus Suburb Living

Living Space City: Cities often have smaller properties. Cramped living spaces result in having to declutter more often. Suburb: Suburban homes have more space p....

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The 15 most Affordable places to live in the United States

Tough economic times sweep down on all of us like a hurricane, determined to leave everyone on their backs. Everyone, except those that are wise enough to make precautionary provisions and those that are instinctive to see it coming and move out of its way. For some of us, it is a late reaction and the panic that ensues always catches us unaware, much like the economic downturns the USA exp....

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$12,500 to Spare? Vince Vaughn’s Looking for Someone to Rent

What is the price to live like an A-lister? The price has been set at $12,500. Wisecracking “heartthrob”—and he really is a heartthrob—Vince Vaughn is looking for a tenant for his Nichols Canyon pad. Not so far away from Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills is the 2,890-square-foot house that belongs to one of the most celebrated comedic actors in Hollywood, one for which he is looking to l....

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15 Luxurious Bathrooms You Have to See to Believe

Take a step inside the epitome of extravagance with AskAvenue’s list of 15 luxurious bathrooms you have to see to believe. With some variance of breath-taking views, opulent materials, extraordinary design and lavish amenities, these magnificent spaces are likely to leave a lasting impression. #15

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