Stephanie M Massoth

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Creating a personal website might be the most important thing you can do when searching for a new job

The single most important thing you can do when trying to find a job is to create a personal website.<p>Even if you don't run a business or create …

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How to be a good landlord

Start by understanding local housing laws<p>While every city boasts prominent landlords who rent and manage apartment buildings on a large scale, it’s the small property owners who support much of a city’s housing stock. These small-scale landlords may rent one unit from the building they live in, or …

A rent-to-own offer on your house could deserve a second look

The home seller's dream typically goes like this: A buyer appears the day the house hits the market, an above-price offer is made and the ensuing transaction goes smoothly.<p>In reality, some sellers watch in dismay as months upon months pass with no viable offers coming in. If this is the case and …

Soak It Up! 5 Spectacular New Ways to Update Your Kitchen Sink

Looking to change your kitchen's look this year? You might want to start with the sink.<p>Forget the kitchen island and cabinets. Instead, the spot …

7 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Home

Get Ready to Buy<p>If you watched the 2008 mortgage crisis from the desk of your first job, you’re probably squeamish about jumping into the market …

Pricing, contracts, closing: Real estate survey offers buyers, sellers crucial insights

There are gnawing questions that many homebuyers inevitably ponder: What are my odds of getting the house I’ve fallen in love with at a price I can afford, which happens to be well below what the seller is asking? What are the odds that pesky contract contingencies, such as mortgage financing or …

Real Estate

5 Instagram Marketing Tips For Businesses Without Visual Content

Instagram is the relatively new content marketing frontier for most personal brands, and for a growing number of enterprise-grade companies. In fact, …

The 28/36 Rule: How It Affects Your Mortgage Approval

Here's how the 28/36 rule affects your ability to get a mortgage to buy a home, plus some tricks for getting the biggest mortgage you can afford.<p>Want …

THE MOBILE MARKETING REPORT: How marketers are reaching mobile consumers

BI Intelligence<p>Mobile marketing is getting more spotlight these days. Revenue from mobile advertising accounted for 30% of total ad spend in the first half of 2015, according to the IAB, and it's on track to account for more than one-third in the second half of the year. Despite this growth, mobile …

What's Next for the Housing Market?

Think cautious optimism.<p>Economists are hopeful that housing market activity — and prices — will continue to perk up generally in 2016, due to a …

This 16-Year-Old Business Phenom Tells You How to Create Lifelong Brand-Loyal Consumers

Pay attention to what this teenager has to say about marketing to Millennials.<p>When a 16- year-old business tycoon reaches out to you on Twitter, you pay attention. I was instantly impressed with Connor Blakley, both when I chatted with him on the phone and when I recently met him in person.<p>At age …

3 Tips For Guilt-Free Decluttering

If anyone knows me they know I am a runner. Stability with no prospect of change causes my body paralyzing stress so I have made the decision to embrace my mobility-famine and sate it with constant self reinvention. Change is in fact what brings me serenity and even if this is a temporary or …

Sanderling in Outer Banks delivers relaxation, excitement

It’s where the Wright Bros. came to usher in the age of flight, but North Carolina’s Outer Banks offers far more than history — although it certainly …

OBX Fall 2015 Restaurant Week Preview - OB Restaurant Guide

OBX Fall Restaurant Week Preview<p>By 3dog<p>In Events / Festivals, Restaurant Deals<p>0<p>The Outer Banks is known for having some of the best food on the East …

13 Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Don't pass on seemingly small add-ons and storage features, like additional drawer dividers, or cabinet storage solutions like pantry pullouts and lazy Susans. These storage solutions will increase your kitchen storage efficiency, and are much more costly to add on if you decide you need them down …

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47 Porches and Patios We'd Love to Relax On

Grab a drink and a book and make your outdoor space your favorite escape with these decorating ideas.<p>Grab a drink and a book and make your outdoor space your favorite escape with these design ideas.

Landscaping

Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas to Beautify Your Yard

Tailoring the look of your home’s exterior is one way to create a space that reflects your personality. There are many cheap landscaping ideas you …

10 Privacy Plants for Screening Your Yard in Style

If you’re searching for ways to create a natural screen for your yard, today’s post is for you! Kate here, and I have a little bit of experience in …

Landscaping

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10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Happy Labor Day! If there’s a better way to celebrate than by checking out this great list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right …

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Selling or Staying -- Where to Spend Home Improvement Dollars

It's not hard to find articles about which home improvement projects will yield the highest payback in a sale. I checked on a few, and they all have pretty similar selections for high-payback remodels. I also found a couple of articles about what NOT to spend your money on. If the plan is to sell …

5 Tips for Investing in Income Property Real Estate | Inc.com

Plenty of challenges accompany the current real estate market and those who invest in real estate without proper preparation might suffer the negative consequences. If you're interested in beginning a rental property business, here are a few of the most basic aspects to remember.<p><b>1. Get Finances in</b> …

3 Things You Need to Know About Google Search Analytics — The Content Strategist

It wasn’t too long ago that search engine optimization was the online publishing world’s one true king.<p>Shortly after I graduated college in 2011—the …

What to Do in the Outer Banks (Without Getting in the Ocean)

Headed to North Carolina's Outer Banks this summer, but afraid of getting in the water? There's still plenty to do away from the shore.<p>North Carolina's perennially popular beaches around the Outer Banks have been plagued by a wave of shark attacks this summer. But you don't have to cancel your …