Carlos Aranguren's Blog

Posted on 01/24/2021
Home Buying 101
Photo by Arka38 via Shutterstock After spending enough time researching real estate online, you probably think you can do just as good a job selling your home as a professional real estate agent. However, it's more difficult than it sounds. Even though you can access many of the same advertising venues as a professional, they have a wide...
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Posted on 01/23/2021
GAITHERSBURG, MD Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view GAITHERSBURG, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Perennials: Stunning and Low-Maintenance
Photo by Nile via Pixabay Perennials are beautiful plants that bloom and breathe new life into any surrounding. Unlike annuals, they don’t have to be ripped up and replanted each and every spring. Here are a few lovely perennial flowers that’ll bring life to your home year after year, with very little maintenance! Valerian Valerian is a plant...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Pros & Cons of HOA Communities
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay When you’re looking into buying a new home, one of the decision you’ll need to make is if you want to live in an HOA community or not. Homeowners association (HOA) communities offer certain advantages and disadvantages compared to non-HOA communities. Knowing more about these pros and cons can help you make the...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
How a Land Contract Differs from a Mortgage
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay A land contract and a mortgage have a number of similarities. For example, you can use either option to purchase a home Both loans must be repaid on a monthly basis. Understanding the Differences A land contract is a legal agreement between a buyer and a seller. Rather than a traditional mortgage...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Renovations with a Large Budget
Image by Alex Qian from Pexels Even higher-end homes need renovation after so many years. Fashions go out of style and things get worn out. If money is not an object and the sky is the limit, you can do beautiful things with a remodel. However, if you are remodeling because you are ready to sell your home,...
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Posted on 12/23/2020
GAITHERSBURG, MD Real Estate Market Update
Click here to view GAITHERSBURG, MD blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
What to Do with Holiday Leftovers
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay Friendsgiving celebrations, Thanksgiving feasts, holiday parties, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, birthdays, and everything in between; the fact is, the last two months of the year bring an avalanche of holiday get-togethers and foodie extravaganzas. With all the sumptuous feasting and delicious excess come leftovers and the need for a healthy dose of...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Holiday Cheer: Sharing a Smile with Your Mail Carrier
Photo by Dference via Pixabay"Can I tip the mail carrier?" It's a burning question whenever the holiday season approaches. The short answer is no. Postal employees are bound by an Ethical Conduct code. Within this code, a rule lets carriers take a non-monetary gift worth up to $20. The annual total gift limit from one customer is $50...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
Which is Smarter: Paying Off the Mortgage or Investing?
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Often, when discussing ways to get out of debt, the subject of “mortgage versus investments” comes up. If you have a mortgage, your monthly budget likely revolves around paying it first, meaning investment ideas take a back seat. One way to free money up to invest is to pay off the mortgage, and...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
How to Invest in Real Estate
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay When thinking about investments, the first rule is to diversify. This allows you to invest in a few different things that may vary in risk or pay off. One option for diversifying investments comes in the form of real estate. For many people, purchasing a home is one of the most expensive...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
Fix Cracked Grout to Breathe New Life Into Your Bathroom or Kitchen
Photo by Brett Hondow via Pixabay You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by...
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