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The Fourth of July -- also known as Independence Day -- or simply July 4th -- has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. July 4th celebrations, however, go all the way back to the 18th century. These days we often celebrate the holiday with barbecues, beach trips, family, friends, and viewing firework displays.  

The Declaration of Independence Was Signed

While we celebrate our nation’s independence on the 4th, did you know the United States of America actually gained independence two days prior on the 2nd?  The Continental Congress voted in favor Independence from England on the July 2,1776.  For the last 250 years, however, we have been coming together to celebrate our independence, on the anniversary of

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Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest Americans in history, famously stated that 90% of millionaires acquired their wealth through real estate investment.

Property investment is overwhelmingly stable as an investment and secured by a physical asset. This makes it a very popular investment strategy.

Are you considering investing in real estate, but aren't sure what your options are?

Let's take a look at 5 real estate investment strategies.

Real Estate Investment Strategies

1. Long-term Rentals

A classic property investment strategy is to buy properties that you rent out to tenants as their long-term home. Tenants might rent your property for several months or for several years.

As a landlord, you'll be responsible for drafting a lease, marketing the property, making

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If you're thinking of selling your home making some small fixes and updates could save you money and avoid negotiations with the buyers. 

Negotiating with buyers about common home repairs can lead to the sale falling through. Make sure your home looks as good as it can before inviting buyers to view your place.

Small, cosmetic fixes can make your house fresh and appealing. You don't have to spend a lot of money to fix some common home repairs.

Read on to learn about 5 things to pay attention to before you sell your home.

Home Repairs To Make Before Selling

1. The Roof

One of the first things a potential buyer of your home will see is the roof. Fixing small issues with the roof is an easy and cheap way to spruce up the outside appearance of your house.

Check for loose

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Did you know that floods cause billions of dollars in damage every year in the United States alone? 

While flooding may not be on your radar, if you're in a flood zone, you should be aware of the potential damage to your property and wallet. 

While you can't prevent a natural flood, you can protect yourself from the losses that can follow it with flood insurance. 

But is the cost of flood insurance really worth it? We think so. Let's talk about it.

Keep reading to learn about flood insurance and when you might want to invest in it to protect your future.

Flood Insurance

Is Flood Insurance Required? 

Flood insurance isn't required country-wide. There are parts of the country in which mandated flood insurance wouldn't be useful to the average property

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COVID-19 through a giant wrench in the housing market when it hit in February. No one knows for sure whether the market is going to emerge as a buyer or a seller. But with the impending recession, all indications are that it's going to be a buyer's market. 

Do you want to know if it's 2020 portends a seller's or buyer's market? Read on to learn what 2020 has in store for the Dallas real estate market.

Dallas Real Estate Market

COVID-19 

COVID-19 didn't just hit U.S. housing markets; it hit global housing markets. And COVID-19 isn't only affecting housing markets; it's affecting every market. In Dallas, many residents who were seeking their houses are now pleading for anybody to "sell my property now."

The average Dallas home price dropped as low as 35% from the

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Why should you use storage container rentals? Did you know that the average individual moves at least 11 times in their lifetime?

Renting a container can facilitate the process each time you relocate.

Here are more reasons why a container rental is a brilliant idea for your next move.

Moving Container Rental

It Keeps Your Belongings Safe

You have the peace of mind that your belongings will arrive safely at your new destination with moving units. You won't have an issue even if you have a lot of stuff to move.

Keeping your stuff safe could also be a major concern for you if you have a long-distance move. This type of move can be stressful and it may cause some of your items to get damaged.

That is why you should focus on using moving units. Moving units

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Having trees on your property can provide you with shade during hot summer days and also increase your curve appeal. However, there are times when having an unwanted tree can do the opposite. 

If you're dealing with an unwanted tree on your property, you're in need of a tree removal service. Before you hire a company to remove the tree, you need to know exactly what to ask. 

Read on to learn which questions to ask before hiring services for tree removal.

Tree Removal Services

1. Are You and Your Staff Certified Arborists?

Before you hire a tree removal service company, you should make sure they are a certified arborist. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) categorizes an arborist as someone trained to take care of a tree.

An arborist can inspect

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The forklift market is predicted to grow by $3.9 billion in the next couple of years. This proves many industries rely on forklifts to boost efficiency and productivity.

You want to buy a forklift but you aren’t sure how to find the best forklift for your needs. 

Sound familiar? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know.

Before You Buy

The first step of this forklift buying guide is to understand what you’re looking for. A defective forklift will cost you thousands and could delay your entire operation so only consider the best forklifts.

Before browsing forklifts, know what you plan to accomplish and whether your team has any specific requirements.

For instance, if an employee has a bad back then find a brand

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Garages evolved quite a bit since their humble beginning as carriage houses. Once tucked away from public view, garages now shine in the spotlight.

The move to the front of the house isn't the end of the garage's evolution. 

An updated, fun garage is the perfect way to liven up your property. Sure, it's a building where your car sits, but it is also a blank slate otherwise.

Want a garage that matches your house? It's doable. 

Looking for a garage that will expand the storage area on your property? With the right building, you'll never deal with clutter again.

To plan your budget, you need to know what you want. Here are a few exciting garage types for you to consider.

Different Types of Garages

1. Embrace History With a Carriage House Garage

If you live in

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Millions of people across the country are adopting solar energy for reasons that go from saving money to aiding the environment. Despite recent economic downturns, we expect that the many things people love about solar will sustain its continued adoption.

If you've considered solar in the past but aren't sure how it can impact your life, keep reading. We're sharing common ways to use solar energy at home.

Solar Panels Energy

1. Cooking Food

For those of you that haven't seen solar cooking in action yet, run a Google search and check it out. It's incredible how manufacturers have managed to channel an unlimited energy source (the sun) into one of the more integral needs humanity has (eating).

You can purchase everything from solar hot plates to full-on

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