Ruth Jacobs' Blog

Posted on 07/19/2021
How to Convert a 1031 Property Into a Personal Residence
Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels 1031 exchanges are special transactions in which one investment is effectively “swapped” for another. In real estate, this means selling one investment property for another of “like-kind.” This can be an effective and lucrative strategy because it can allow you to defer certain taxes as long as you abide by specific rules...
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Posted on 07/12/2021
Build a DIY Hoop House in 10 Steps
Protecting your plants from extreme weather is crucial to a happy and productive garden. When growing vegetables this is especially important as many crops will die in a frost or even under excessive rain. Luckily there are some inexpensive DIY ways you can protect your garden. One of the most popular designs for a DIY greenhouse is a...
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Posted on 07/05/2021
Headboard Ideas for Your Bedroom
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash The headboard has become an integral part of bedroom furniture in the contemporary bedroom. Often the centerpiece of a bedroom, there are many design options available to you. Some are simple and understated. Others may feature cushioned back support, storage functions or built-in reading lights. Wooden Wooden headboards are a classic and timeless...
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Posted on 06/28/2021
Keep Your Sanity with Home Video Technology
Photo by George Becker from Pexels Modern homes are built with your comfort, convenience and safety in mind. And that’s exactly why so many come with video doorbells and camera systems installed. With this equipment at your fingertips, you can monitor the security of your home right from your phone, tablet or computer. It’s really as easy as...
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Posted on 06/21/2021
New Homebuyers: Factors to Look At
Photo by LDprod via Shutterstock Buying a house is more than the number of rooms and how it is staged. It’s a set of complex systems in a specific location. And while it’s not all about location, that’s a perfect place to start your list. Where to Buy Areas and neighborhoods trend for a variety of reasons. If...
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Posted on 06/14/2021
What You Should Know Before Buying Raw Land
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Some of the best real estate investments are raw land purchases. The idea is to buy raw land in an up-and-coming neighborhood, sit on it, and then sell it to a developer who will do anything to get their hands on it. But while this sounds great, there are a few caveats that...
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Posted on 06/07/2021
Improve Curb Appeal with a DIY Walkway
Photo by Craig Tidball on Unsplash It's probably much easier and less expensive than you realize to improve your home's curb appeal. Simple fixes such as replacing rickety porch railings or giving trim a fresh, bright coat of paint go a long way toward making prospective home buyers smile. And when you create a welcoming pathway, that leads...
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Posted on 05/31/2021
Working From Home? Consider a Mesh Router
Image by Marijn Hubert from Pixabay If you've been working from home, you have likely been using the Wi-Fi network and technology you had for basic home needs. You might be at a point where you're interested in how you can upgrade your experience and be even more productive. We'll look at how mesh routers work to see...
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Posted on 05/24/2021
Here's How Catnip Can Help Your Vegetable Garden
Catnip is an herb of many talents. Besides being famously loved by cats, it also has many benefits for your home and garden. Catnip can be particularly beneficial when grown in vegetable gardens because of its pest-repelling properties. Here we’ll go into detail about how and why to use catnip in your vegetable garden. Bug Repellent One of...
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Posted on 05/17/2021
All About Environmental Printers
Image by tookapic from Pixabay We might trend closer to paper-free on a daily basis, but it would be difficult to rid your home entirely of it. From tax documents to scanned duplicates, there always seems to be something popping up that requires your signature or needs to be shown in-person. In this case, you might be looking...
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Posted on 05/10/2021
Supporting Local Business Can Help Improve the Real Estate Market
Photo by Vit Ducken via Pixabay There has been a lot of concern about the state of rural America and how it's being affected by large businesses. Big box stores like are said to destroy local businesses, causing an economic drought in small towns. But despite the statistics, there's a bigger picture to consider. We'll look at how...
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Posted on 05/03/2021
Early Warnings: Signs of Electrical Issues
The first few years in your new home feel like heaven. Everything looks so sleek and shiny, but after some time you start to discover some quirks. Most are nothing to fret about, but there are some signs that pop up that shouldn't be overlooked, such as electrical glitches in the home. Not every electrical problem is dire,...
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