Danielle Freese's Blog Posts

AVOID THESE MISTAKES THAT DELAY LENDER APPROVALS

If you’re getting ready to buy a home, you’re likely realizing that one of the most important parts of the process is getting approved for a mortgage that works for you. To get the best

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Fall Maintenance Check List

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and depending on where you live, there is a good chance fall weather is coming right along with it. Before the season is in full swing, get a head start on your

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Deciding To Buy A Fixer-Upper

If you are a fan of HGTV, you have probably seen your fair share of fixer-uppers. TV shows tend to make everything look easy, especially home flipping or updating. So how do you decide if a fixer

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Tricks For Hard-To-Paint Areas

While some DIY projects seem like they should be left for the pros, painting doesn’t have to be one of them. Basic painting seems easy enough, but sometimes we run into those hard-to-paint

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The How-To of Buying a Ceiling Fan

Just like other details of your home, sometimes fans (and their light fixtures) can make or break a room. While their appearance is important, keep in mind there are other factors you should.

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Organize Your Junk Drawer

Have you been looking for a budget-friendly way to organize that pesky junk drawer in your home? Instead of heading to the store and spending money on organizers, take a look around your home first.

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Must-Have Tech Items for Your Kitchen

Technology advances are constantly happening all around us and it can be hard to keep up. While you may be eyeing that new iPhone set to release, keep in mind that there is plenty of tech out there

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How to Handle Downsizing

Moving itself always has the tendency to sound stressful, but adding downsizing to the mix can seem daunting. There are certain challenges that come with downsizing, but that doesn’t mean it

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REFRESH YOUR TILE GROUT

Bathroom tile grout can become quite the headache. Being a high traffic area, it can feel impossible to keep sparkling clean in these areas, especially in mold-prone spots near toilets and tubs. If

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HOW TO SEAL YOUR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS

Natural stone countertops are one of the most popular fixtures in a kitchen today. With granite being the most popular, it is often found in homes that sell quickly. If your countertop is granite

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The Seller Rejected Your Offer - What Now?

Finding the right home is a serious process. Just like any other long term commitment, you’ve likely spent a great deal of time finding a home that you love and can picture yourself spending

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Home Updates To Make After A Decade

Have you lived in your current home for at least 10 years and are starting to wonder what needs replaced or updated? Even if you make maintenance a priority, some things in your home are going to

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How To Let Your Passions Shine Through Your Home Decor

It is easy to get caught up in decorating to fit the current styles in home decor. Instead of focusing on what is ‘in’ right now, consider incorporating your passions and what you love

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Choosing The Perfect Area Rug

If you’ve ever seen a perfectly styled room, you probably noticed that the area rug was used to tie the room together. Because they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs, it can be

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What You Shouldn’t Sweat When Finding a Home

If you’re on the home-buying journey for the first time, you may have the image of the perfect home in mind. Every wall a color you love, the best flooring, and the perfect backyard. While

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Setting Your Inspection Expectations

When you are buying a home for the first time, you’re likely to run into many processes that you haven’t been through before. One of the most important parts of the purchasing process is

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Brightening Your Space

Lightening up your space isn’t just for visual appeal. As the end of summer approaches, that means that the days will begin to shorten. Brightening your space will help maximize the light you

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Finding The Right Home For You

If you’re a first time home buyer, the stress of choosing the perfect house for your family can feel overwhelming at first. While that stress may seem very real, it is often unnecessary.

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Back-to-School Home Organization Tips

After a few months of having your kids at home throughout the day, sometimes organization and order go out the window. On top of the other stresses that come with a new school year, a messy house

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CREATE THE HOME OFFICE OF YOUR DREAMS

Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home

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SPICE UP YOUR KITCHEN WITH A POP OF COLOR

In the past few years, the biggest kitchen trends revolved around stainless steel appliances,bright white or light gray cupboards, granite countertops, and minimalist decor, maintaininga clean,

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How to Decide if You Should Remodel or Move

After living in a home for several years, it can be easy to discover things you may not be crazy about. While some things can be a quick fix, there may be major changes that make you wonder if it is

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Long Distance House Hunting

Regular house-hunting isn't always easy, but adding distance into the mix can present challenges you don't have when looking a few neighborhoods over for a new home. While it may not be a walk in

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WHY CREDIT CHECKS DURING CLOSING ARE IMPORTANT

You've found your dream home. After months of searching, you're finally closing on the house that you've wanted for so long. The last thing you want to do is take any action that would interfere

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10 STEPS TO DECLUTTER YOUR KITCHEN

We are all thankful for the many drawers and cabinets in kitchens today, but they make it easy for us to hide our clutter instead of getting rid of it. If you have reached the point where you can no

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WHAT TO PACK FOR THE FIRST NIGHT IN YOUR NEW HOME

 You just finished unloading the final box from the moving truck, and now you’re officially moved in to your new home! You go to take a shower to wash off the day, only to realize you don

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MAKE YOUR HOME STAND OUT THIS SUMMER

As May comes to a close, school ends and the summer officially begins, that means one important thing - home selling season is upon us. With the kids home from school and vacation time accumulated,

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MOVING TIPS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

Whether this is your first time moving or your 10th, there are always new tips and tricks to making your move a little more smooth each time. While we are so concentrated on getting everything

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Trends to Toss

With millennials making up nearly 40% of the home buyers on the market today, up-to-date style is a huge consideration in the buying process. When nearly half of your potential buyers have likely

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Get Your Home In Shape for Showing

Homes that have been well-maintained and convey pride of ownership appeal to perceptive, motivated buyers. Below are some simple steps you can take to ensure your home is in "show shape" when you

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DIY SHIPLAP FOR $40

Thanks to Chip & Joanna Gaines, shiplap is filling homes across the country, and for good reason. Shiplap can give you a beautiful feature wall without having to choose an accent color you may

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MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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Let's Landscape That Pool!

Ready to take on the task of landscaping your pool space? You generally don't realize the importance in the types of trees you use until it's too late. Let's go over a few rules the trees around

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Hot Spot of the Week! Chupacabra Craft Beers

Where are all of my beer and wine drinkers? I am fixen to tell you about your new favorite hang out spot in Central Texas! Chupacabra Craft Beer and Salado Lone Star Winery is located Downtown

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The Weekender Feb 1-3

Friday, February 13 Texans Winery/3 Texans Vineyard Ribbon CuttingPaint your own bottle or glass - Camp CaylorHorace Willis - Free Live Show at Fire Street PizzaLive Music-Tristan Inman - Chupacabra

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Hot Spot of the Week - The Gin at Nolan Creek

The Gin has a very long history in Bell County. The building that stands today was built between 1928 and 1929 by The Farmer's Co-op Gin Company to replace to old mill that burned down in the 1920.

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THE DIRTIES ITEMS IN THE HOME AND HOW TO CLEAN THEM

Of course, one of the dirtiest objects in anyone’s home is the toilet. But, that’s not the only place where dirt and germs accumulate. Here are five other dirty places and suggestions

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The Weekender

Welcome to The Weekender! Here is your guide for events going on in the Fort Hood area for the weekend of January 25-27. If you have an event that you would like to feature on this page please

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Using Paint to Enhance the Size of a Room

Paint colors can drastically affect the feeling of a room. It can make it enjoyable to be in, or leave you feeling uncomfortable. It can alter the perception of the room's shape and size and add to,

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Hot Spot of the Week - Fire Street Pizza

Who are my pizza lovers here? Hey Bell County have you tried Fire Street Pizza yet? No? What are you waiting for?Fire Street is a locally owned wood-fire pizza restuart in Belton, TX. Centrally

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Top 5 Home Staging Props

1. ORCHIDS & HIGH QUALITY FLORALSOrchids are an incredibly versatile prop. They are beautiful, elegant and add class into any interior, regardless of the style of home. They will pair well with

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The Weekender Jan 11-13

Welcome to The Weekender! Here is your guide for events going on in the Fort Hood area for the weekend of January 11-13. If you have an event that you would like to feature on this page please

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Mike Rowe's The Missiles of December

I would like to share with you one of my favorite Christmas Stories that comes from Mike Rowe. It is called The Missiles of December. Click HERE to listen! Story starts one minute in. For more from

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All My Single Ladies!

In 2017 alone, 60% of women millennial buyers were single! Buying a home seems to come with the idea that it’s the step AFTER you get married and have a family - but that simply isn’t

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You're Making Your Landlord Rich

While you’re fussing over your bills, did you realize you’re making your landlord rich? Rentals are the most lucrative business to get into. It turns ordinary people into multi

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Don't Replace Your Agent With The Internet

With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up

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Mistakes To Avoid On Your First Buy, Sell

If this the first time you're considering buying a home, or selling your first purchase, there are a lot of possible challenges you can end up facing. Having the right agent can ensure you're able

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The Weekender November 30 - December 2

Welcome to The Weekender! Here is your guide for events going on in the Fort Hood area for the weekend of November 30th - December 2nd. If you have an event that you would like to feature on this

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Tips To Beautify Rooms In Your Home

There’s no place like home, so why not make home the most beautiful and cozy place you can stay in? Let’s dive into some techniques that can help you showcase the best features of every

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The Weekender November 22 - 25

Hello! And Happpy Thanksgiving! This weeks Weekender is going to take you from Thanksgiving day till Sunday, November 25th. If you have family that has come into town here are a few things you can

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