Before: After almost three decades, the Grogans had grown tired of the finishes and other features in their en suite bathroom. The floral wallpaper and ceramic tile flooring had to go. And the gray jetted step-up tub was a hazard. “It was always dangerous to get in and out of,” Patty says.

The shower was spacious but also out of date with frosted glass and aging tile. Back-to-back wood vanities with a large double-sided mirror and a wraparound countertop seemed especially from another era. (See “before” photo below.) And each vanity had only two drawers and a cabinet.
 
 
After: The design-build team took the former space down to the studs. It leaned on a bright and fresh color scheme to create a light and airy feel. The white shiplap and trim were painted in a mildew-resistant semigloss paint (Regal Select White by Benjamin Moore). The walls have a soft gray-green undertone (Sebring White by Benjamin Moore) that complements the new sage green vanities, a color that’s repeated throughout the Grogans’ home. “Also, my backyard has a lot of trees,” Patty says. “I just love that color, and wanted to break up all the white in the bathroom.”
 
 
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Chances are, buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll make in your life. And as mortgage financing can be somewhat confusing at the best of times, to alleviate some of the stress and to ensure your home purchase goes as smoothly as possible, here are six very high-level steps you should follow.

Luisa further explains how to:

1. Put together a mortgage plan

2. Figure out what you can afford

3. Understanding your cash flow is the key

4. Get a preapproval in place

and so many more helpful tips!


Visit https://www.luisahough.com/steps-to-ensure-a-smooth-home-purchase and be an expert when you buy your next home!


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"As the name implies, a cashback mortgage is similar to a standard mortgage, except that you receive a lump sum of cash upon closing. This lump sum will either be a fixed amount of money or a percentage of the mortgage amount, usually between 1-7%, depending on the mortgage term selected.

How you use the cash is entirely up to you. Some of the most common reasons to secure a cashback mortgage are to:

  • Cover closing costs.
  • Buy new furniture.
  • Renovate your property.
  • Supplement cashflow.
  • Consolidate higher-interest debt. 

You can use the cash for anything you like. It’s tax-free and paid to you directly once the mortgage closes".

Visit https://www.luisahough.com/what-is-a-cashback-mortgage to learn more about

  • Understanding the cost of a cashback mortgage.
  • Eligibility for a cashback mortgage
  • breaking your mortgage term early
  • Get independent mortgage advice.
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