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Home Buying

Things Needed After Purchasing A HomePosted on May 31, 2017

Now that you’ve signed all the paperwork and your loan is approved, it’s time to move in.


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Should You Consider A Condominium Or TownhomePosted on May 24, 2017

Should You Consider A Condominium Or Townhome?

If you are buying a new home on a tight budget, one of the options that will come to your attention is purchasing a condominium or townhome instead of a standard single family home.


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What To Consider Before Buying An Older PropertyPosted on April 19, 2017

Whether it’s the character and charm of an older home with its original features, hardwood floors, and wood burning fireplace, or the quaint historic feel of the neighborhood in which it is found, there is a certain appeal to older property.


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A Single Woman’s Guide To HomeownershipPosted on March 15, 2017

The traditional view of home ownership usually includes a married couple, but times have changed, and more and more single women are entering the housing market.


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How To Handle A Motivated SellerPosted on January 18, 2017

Often ads for homes on the market include the phrase “motivated seller,” and while this sounds as if it may be to your benefit as a home buyer, what does it actually mean?  If a seller is truly motivated you can benefit from a number of potential perks they may be willing to throw in to get their home sold, or they may even be willing to accept a lower offer than the asking price.


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Home WarrantyPosted on January 04, 2017

A home warranty plan, also known as a home protection plan, is a service contract that offers homeowners a way to safeguard themselves against possible breakage or a malfunction within the home.


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Finding A Neighborhood With Great SchoolsPosted on December 14, 2016

Finding A Neighborhood With Great Schools

If you have children, or even if you don’t yet but plan to in the future, schools are something you will need to take into consideration when you search for a new home.


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Finding Your Perfect HomePosted on November 16, 2016

As the old saying goes, real estate is all about location, location, location.


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Buying A Home That Can Grow With Your FamilyPosted on September 28, 2016

If you are a first time homeowner, or are purchasing a home after a major life change such as marriage or having children, what should you consider to be sure your new home can grow with your changing family?  The time and effort that go into purchasing and decorating a new home, not to mention finding it in the first place, means that you’ll want to ensure that your home will be right for you and your family for years to come.


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Negotiating Contract Contingencies From The SellerPosted on August 10, 2016

When the housing market is up and sales seem to favor sellers rather than buyers, negotiation contract contingencies may seem like a lost cause.


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Homeowner’s Associations - What You Need To KnowPosted on July 27, 2016

Homeowner’s Associations: What You Need To Know

As you begin looking for a home to purchase, you will start to come across houses that have a homeowner’s association.


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Making An Offer - Negotiating Your Buying PricePosted on April 27, 2016

Making An Offer: Negotiating Your Buying Price

There is perhaps no more exciting and nerve-wracking time in the home buying process than when you decide to make an offer on a home.


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Buying A Home With Bad CreditPosted on April 20, 2016

When it comes to buying a home, having bad credit is not the end of the world.


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Buying Your First HomePosted on December 02, 2015

Now that you’ve made the decision to purchase your first home, a hearty congratulations is in order!  Becoming a homeowner, especially for the first time, can stir up some feelings of anxiety and excitement.


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What A REALTOR Can Do For You As A BuyerPosted on November 11, 2015

When we think of selling a home, the services a REALTOR® can provide usually seem worth the cost of their commission, but what about as a buyer?  What can a REALTOR® do for you as a home buyer, and is the commission worth the services they can provide?  Here are five great reasons you should hire a REALTOR® when you are in the market for a new home!

REALTORS® Can Help You Determine Your Budget—With a few simple pieces of information, a REALTOR® can help you pre-determine what kind of budget you may be looking at for your new home, and can match you with potential lenders that are right for you.


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Getting To Know The Neighborhood Before Buying A HomePosted on September 16, 2015

There is a reason the term “location, location, location” is used so commonly within the real estate industry.


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Buying A Fixer-Upper - Are You Ready For The WorkPosted on March 11, 2015

Always dreamed of renovating a home exactly to your specifications, or have you found an older house that is structurally sound but needs a lot of work inside?  Perhaps the price is right and you can’t resist all that house you can get for your money.


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Examining A Home Objectively - What Matters And What Doesn’tPosted on February 18, 2015

Examining A Home Objectively: What Matters And What Doesn’t

Everyone heads out to look at potential homes with a list of the things they want in a house, and a list of the things they definitely do not want.


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A Nice Home Or A Nice Neighborhood - Which Matters MorePosted on February 11, 2015

A Nice Home Or A Nice Neighborhood: Which Matters More?

When you start shopping for a home, you probably have a very specific image of what you would like that home to look like.


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Home Buying ChecklistPosted on January 14, 2015

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a home, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next.


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Benefits Of Home OwnershipPosted on December 31, 2014

The decision to purchase a home is exciting and a major investment for your future.


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When To Consider Raising Your Home Buying BudgetPosted on November 05, 2014

When To Consider Raising Your Home Buying Budget

Setting a budget for your home purchase is an important decision.


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How Much House Do You NeedPosted on September 03, 2014

While it may be nice to have a home with five bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and a four-car garage, how many of us really need this much space?  The best approach is to look at a few particular aspects of your life and lifestyle to make the right choice.


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Understanding Buyer Closing CostsPosted on August 06, 2014

Most people who are in the market for a new home are aware of the costs associated with purchasing a home and moving, but closing costs can be expenses that may be overlooked, especially for first-time home buyers.


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Home Selling

What Are LockboxesPosted on March 29, 2017

When a homeowner lists their house with a REALTOR®, they may choose to store their house keys in the lockbox for easy access for the REALTOR® showing the home.


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Selling Your Home During The HolidaysPosted on January 11, 2017

The process of selling your home at any time of the year can be a stressful experience, but if you are trying to sell your home during the busy holiday season it may seem to be almost impossible.


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Are Your Neighbors Affecting Your Home’s ValuePosted on December 28, 2016

You have put your home up for sale and done everything your agent has advised you to do to prepare your property for sale, but still no offers have come in.


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Creating Curb AppealPosted on December 21, 2016

If you’re selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to improve your property’s potential value and appeal.


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Home Selling ChecklistPosted on December 07, 2016

Once you’ve made the decision to sell your home, it’s time to think about what comes next.


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Repairs To Make Before Selling Your HomePosted on November 30, 2016

When selling your home, the last thing you want to do is invest more into it, but in most cases making a few repairs or renovations to your home before putting it on the market can really be worth the financial and time investment.


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Eight Things To Consider Before ListingPosted on October 05, 2016

So you have decided that you are going to sell your home.


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When Is The Right Time To Reduce The PricePosted on August 03, 2016

Every homeowner must set an asking price when listing their home on the market, but what happens when you don’t receive any offers?  Just as it’s important to know when it’s time to sell, it’s important to recognize the right time to reduce the price.


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The Downside To A Sale By OwnerPosted on July 13, 2016

The Downside To A Sale By Owner

In tough economic times, saving the money that you would have to pay a real estate agent to help you sell your home can be a tempting idea.


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Avoid The Most Common Mistakes When Selling Your HomePosted on June 01, 2016

Here are the most common mistakes people make when selling their property.


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What Season Is Best To SellPosted on March 30, 2016

What Season Is Best To Sell?

So you are ready to sell your house, but you look out the window and see several feet of snow on the ground.


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Selling Your Home In A Buyer’s Market - How To Maximize Your ProfitPosted on March 16, 2016

There are a number of reasons why you may need to sell your home in a buyer’s market, and though getting the most for your home in that situation may seem impossible, there are several strategies you can use to get the best offer for your home.


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How Long Should You Keep Your Home On The MarketPosted on January 20, 2016

How Long Should You Keep Your Home On The Market?

Many a home seller has been there—the house has been on the market for months and there is no sign of a sale.


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Marketing TipsPosted on December 23, 2015

If you want potential home buyers to fall in love with your house, they first have to know it’s for sale.


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When Should You Accept A Low BidPosted on October 28, 2015

If you are selling your home and are motivated to get the deal done quickly, you may be tempted to accept a low bid.


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Staging An Open House That Won’t Cost You A FortunePosted on October 07, 2015

If you are thinking of putting your home up for sale, or already have your property listed, you may want to consider hosting an open house as part of your marketing strategy to get your home sold.


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Simple Ideas To Make Your Home More Welcoming To BuyersPosted on July 29, 2015

Simple Ideas To Make Your Home More Welcoming To Buyers

It may seem obvious, but many sellers fail to recognize that a home that feels, looks, and smells welcoming and homey will more likely raise a buyer’s interest when they come for a showing.


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Sell Your Home Fast - Five Tips To Get A Fast SalePosted on July 15, 2015

The process of selling your home can be a stressful and time-consuming event.


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Should You Show An Empty HomePosted on July 08, 2015

Should You Show An Empty Home?

If you have already moved out of the house you are selling, you generally have two choices.


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Ten Tips To Successfully Market Your HomePosted on June 24, 2015

There is a lot more to putting your home up for sale than placing a sign on the front lawn.


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Choosing The Right Listing AgreementPosted on May 27, 2015

When listing your home with a REALTOR®, you will be required to sign an agreement.


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Negotiating With A BuyerPosted on April 22, 2015

Negotiating With A Buyer

Depending on the market in which you are selling, your position in the negotiations with a potential buyer can be either a very comfortable one or a difficult one.


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Home Staging - Should You Hire A ProfessionalPosted on April 08, 2015

Home staging is the latest trend in real estate, and if you are selling your home you are likely at least aware of what this growing practice involves.


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Protecting Your Privacy While Your Home Is On The MarketPosted on September 24, 2014

Selling your home can cause potential anxiety about your personal privacy.


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Pricing Your Home To SellPosted on August 27, 2014

In addition to location and condition, the asking price of a home is at the top of the list of important considerations.


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Selling A Home When You Have KidsPosted on August 13, 2014

Selling A Home When You Have Kids

Selling a home is stressful for everyone, and having young children in the house can add to the stress for the parents.


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Home Seller Disclosure ObligationsPosted on August 06, 2014

Anything that could be potentially harmful to the new occupant or the home itself must be addressed in the seller’s disclosure.


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Selling A House With Pets At HomePosted on August 06, 2014

When we have pets, they quickly become a part of our family.


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Home And Garden

Sealing Your Windows And Doors Against LeaksPosted on June 07, 2017

Sealing Your Windows And Doors Against Leaks

When it comes to making sure your home is energy-efficient as well as keeping it at a comfortable temperature throughout the year, there are few things as simple as looking to your windows and doors to make a big difference.


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How To Choose The Perfect GrillPosted on May 10, 2017

When choosing the perfect grill, it’s important to understand the different types and their functions, but also how each relates to your particular needs.


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Landscaping Design TipsPosted on April 12, 2017

As a homeowner, you can use a number of landscaping design tips to make your house look just as polished on the outside as it does on the inside.


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Ten Things Every Gardener Should KnowPosted on March 22, 2017

Gardening is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, but it is also a livelihood for many.


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Make Gardening A Family AffairPosted on March 08, 2017

As adults, we often assume that gardening is designed exclusively for us.


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Swimming Pool Safety TipsPosted on January 25, 2017

Summer is a special time for having fun in the backyard pool, yet drowning is a leading cause of accidental death.


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Start A Kitchen Herb GardenPosted on November 09, 2016

There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden to give your health and taste buds a treat.


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Hanging Pictures 101Posted on October 26, 2016

A home is a place where we create precious memories with those that we love, which is why photos are a big part of what makes a house into a home.


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Getting Your Garden Ready For WinterPosted on October 19, 2016

The beauty and relaxation that your garden can provide you and your family is certainly worth all the work you put in each year.


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Safety Tips For Barbeque And GrillingPosted on October 12, 2016

A barbeque is an outdoor meal or party at which food is prepared on a rack over a grill.


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The Latest In Window TreatmentsPosted on September 14, 2016

Long gone are the days of plastic vertical blinds and grandma’s lacy curtains.


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Cut Your Cooling Costs With These Money-Saving TipsPosted on August 17, 2016

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable in the summer, there are a number of ways to accomplish your goal without breaking a sweat over your cooling costs.


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Backyard Summer Entertainment IdeasPosted on July 20, 2016

When it comes to entertaining outdoors, there’s no place quite like your very own backyard.


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Ten Most Forgotten Items During A MovePosted on June 29, 2016

When moving day arrives, there’s nothing quite like the nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something.


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Do-It-Yourself Pest Control TipsPosted on June 15, 2016

A pest is not just a word that’s used to describe an annoyance; in fact, it’s also the term given to a destructive animal that destroys crops, food and even livestock.


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Choosing The Best Lighting For Your SpacePosted on June 08, 2016

Whether it is a romantic dining room or a home office, finding the right lighting for each space in your home is essential to making it functional and inviting.


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Cleaning Tips And TricksPosted on May 11, 2016

To clean your home is to free it from dirt, pollutants and other elements.


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Can A Bathroom Remodel Increase Your Home’s ValuePosted on March 23, 2016

When you are planning to sell your home, a bathroom remodel may be one of the best places to increase your home’s value.


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Decorating Ideas For Girls' RoomsPosted on March 02, 2016

If you have a room that requires a feminine touch, don’t fret.


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Ideas For Organizing Your GaragePosted on February 24, 2016

Believe it or not, your garage is not only made to house your automobiles.


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Unclutter Your Home In Ten Easy StepsPosted on February 03, 2016

Clutter, which is defined as things that lie about untidily, is often linked to creativity.


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Decorating For Small SpacesPosted on January 13, 2016

Decorating For Small Spaces

If you live in a smaller home or condo, you face some particular decorating challenges.


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Using Your Fireplace SafelyPosted on December 16, 2015

Using Your Fireplace Safely

A fireplace is a great feature in any home, and can create that warm, homey feeling on a cold winter evening that every homeowner dreams of.


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Defining Distinct Spaces In A Large RoomPosted on December 09, 2015

While open-concept homes seem to be the popular trend in the home construction industry, sometimes decorating for large spaces can be a challenge.


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Tips To Make Your Move EasierPosted on November 25, 2015

Moving can be a stressful time, however, there are several things that you can do to make your move a smooth one.


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Home Security TipsPosted on November 18, 2015

Making sure that your home is secure should be a priority in your life not only because you want to protect what’s rightfully yours, but more specifically because it could be the most important thing that you do for your family and for yourself.


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Solar Lighting For Your YardPosted on November 04, 2015

Solar Lighting For Your Yard

One of the simplest, most economical and also eco-friendly ways to provide lighting in your yard is to use solar lights.


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Decorating For Men - Creating A Man-Friendly SpacePosted on September 30, 2015

When you begin thinking about decorating, usually a man-friendly space is not what springs to mind.


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Simple Ways To Add A Splash Of Color To Any RoomPosted on September 09, 2015

Simple Ways To Add A Splash Of Color To Any Room

If you are feeling a lack of color and vibrancy in your décor, but don’t have a lot of time or money to put into redecorating, you can still make a big difference.


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Green Laundry Tips - Save Money And The EnvironmentPosted on August 19, 2015

Let’s face it—two of the biggest issues most of us face in today’s world are concerns over the environment and the economy.


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Childproofing Your HomePosted on August 12, 2015

When it comes to decorating your home, there’s a lot more to consider than simply coordinating your window treatments with your carpet.


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Use Flowers To Add Color To Your HomePosted on July 22, 2015

Flowers are used for many purposes, including landscaping, weddings, gifts and even to decorate the interior of your home.


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How And When To Prune RosesPosted on June 17, 2015

To many, a rose is one of the most beautiful flowers in existence.


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Build Your Own Deck - Choosing The Right MaterialsPosted on June 03, 2015

A backyard deck is a great way to not only improve the value of your home, but also make your outdoor living space more enjoyable for you and your family.


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Family Three-Day Home Emergency KitPosted on May 06, 2015

Every home should have an emergency kit.


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Home Safety TipsPosted on April 29, 2015

Your home is your haven and, as such, it should be a place where you feel safe.


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Decorating Ideas For Boys' RoomsPosted on April 15, 2015

If you have a room that requires a masculine touch, don’t fret.


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How To Start A New GardenPosted on March 25, 2015

Congratulations on your decision to start a new garden.


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Ways To Reduce Your Heating BillPosted on March 18, 2015

When the temperature outside begins to fall, our heating bills quickly start to rise.


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De-clutter Your KitchenPosted on February 25, 2015

Who hasn’t had a cupboard full of Tupperware come crashing down on their head?  And don’t we all have a drawer in our kitchen that holds every scrap of paper and useless knickknack we have ever owned?  While kitchen clutter may be a universal truth, it can also make using your kitchen a time consuming and frustrating task.


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Watering Your Lawn The Right WayPosted on February 04, 2015

When it comes to watering your lawn, the who, what, when, where and why rule applies.


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Maintenance Tips For Your HomePosted on January 28, 2015

Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your home standing tall every day.


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Is A Pool Right For Your PropertyPosted on January 21, 2015

The cool refreshing look of water on a hot summer’s day can make any homeowner wish they had a pool in their backyard, but making the decision about whether a pool is right for your property is more complicated than buying an inflatable bed with a cup holder.


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How To Care For Your LawnPosted on December 17, 2014

If you love your lawn, it’s only natural that you would want to give it the proper care to help give it a healthy appearance.


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Your Home First Aid Kit - Ten Must HavesPosted on December 03, 2014

It’s a known fact that the majority of accidents occur at home, which is why every household must be equipped with a first aid kit complete with all of the essentials needed to handle life’s unexpected and unfortunate events.


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Maintaining Air Quality In Your HomePosted on November 26, 2014

Maintaining Air Quality In Your Home

Whether you have allergies or simply prefer knowing that the air in your home is as clean as you can make it for better health, achieving and maintaining good air quality is an important issue.


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Decorating With PlantsPosted on October 29, 2014

When choosing a style of furnishing, color scheme, or fabrics for your new home, or when redecorating a room, plants often do not immediately spring to mind when considering what you need to complete your space.


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Hot Decorating TipsPosted on October 22, 2014

Let’s face it.


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Building A Home TheaterPosted on August 06, 2014

These days, a home theater is one of the most popular trends in the nation.


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Patio Decor IdeasPosted on August 06, 2014

A patio offers a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors while still getting a sense of home.


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Hot Tub Purchasing TipsPosted on August 06, 2014

Let’s face it, most of us have at some point thought about the luxury of spending relaxing and romantic evenings soaking in our very own hot tub.


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Using Bright And Bold Paint ColorsPosted on August 06, 2014

Homeowners who are thinking of selling are often warned against choosing bright and bold paint colors for their walls.


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Financing Articles

How Much Cash Will You Need To ClosePosted on April 05, 2017

How Much Cash Will You Need To Close?

For first time buyers, the amount of money that is needed to seal the deal can often come as a bit of a shock.


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How To Buy A Home With A Low Down PaymentPosted on March 01, 2017

Purchasing a home with a low down payment is important for a number of reasons, including the buyer’s ability to have extra cash left over for closing costs, decorating expenses, upgrades and/or other essentials needed to turn their new house into a home.


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Calculating Your Monthly Mortgage PaymentsPosted on February 15, 2017

One of the most important factors to consider when buying a new home is affordability.


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Paying Off Your Mortgage FasterPosted on February 08, 2017

Paying off your mortgage is one of the biggest financial goals of most homeowners, and retiring debt-free can certainly give your golden years a greater sense of financial freedom and stability.


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Tips For Qualifying For A Better Interest RatePosted on November 02, 2016

Tips For Qualifying For a Better Interest Rate

When it comes to a home loan, the interest rate is a very important factor.


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Understanding Interest RatesPosted on May 25, 2016

If you are in the market for a new home, or it is time to refinance your mortgage, there is no doubt you have been looking at the current interest rates.


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Tips For Getting Your Down Payment FasterPosted on May 04, 2016

Looking to buy your first home, but having trouble coming up with the down payment?  Typically you need to have between 5-50% of the purchase price of your home, so here are a few tips to help you save your down payment faster!

Save Your Tax Refund—Doing this alone for a few years may add up to a considerable amount to contribute to a down payment, especially if both you and your spouse commit to contributing the full amount.


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Protect Yourself From Unexpected Mortgage Loan AdjustmentsPosted on April 13, 2016

If you’re facing an upcoming rate change on your adjustable rate mortgage, you may be a bit worried.


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Will You Qualify - What You Need To Get A MortgagePosted on February 10, 2016

If you are a first time homebuyer, navigating all the new information about homeownership, the home buying process, and mortgages can seem overwhelming.


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Shopping For The Best Home LoanPosted on January 27, 2016

Finding the perfect home is a task, but shopping for the best home loan can be even more tedious.


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Interest Only Loans - What You Should KnowPosted on December 30, 2015

Interest Only Loans: What You Should Know

Of the many different types of home loans out there, interest only loans are one of the more unusual types.


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Taking Advantage Of Low Interest Rates - Should You Refinance Your MortgagePosted on October 21, 2015

With mortgage rates on the lower side, the choice to cash in and refinance your mortgage may be tempting, but before you make that decision here are a few facts to help you decide if it is the best financial choice for you and your family.


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How Much House You Can AffordPosted on September 23, 2015

There are a number of factors that can contribute to the affordability of a house and, as a potential homebuyer, it’s important that you know what type of mortgage payments are within your budget.


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The Advantages Of Pre-ApprovalPosted on September 02, 2015

The decision to purchase a home can be an exciting but sometimes confusing undertaking.


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Getting A Second MortgagePosted on August 26, 2015

Second mortgages are not as common as they once were, and getting one is not as easy as it used to be, but even with the recent financial pressures that many of us are facing in this economy, there are still a number of options that can allow you to get one.


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Avoiding Mortgage FraudPosted on August 05, 2015

Unfortunately, fraud and identity theft are increasing at an alarming rate every year, and mortgage fraud is one of the most important types of fraud from which you will want to protect yourself.


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Recognizing Predatory Mortgage LendersPosted on July 01, 2015

A predator is defined as one that preys on others, which is why some lenders have fittingly earned the title as predatory mortgage lenders.


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Finding The Best Fit For Your MortgagePosted on June 10, 2015

If you are in the market for a new home, or are looking to refinance your mortgage, there are an ever increasing number of lending options that exist for you as a homeowner.


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Things You Need When Applying For A Home LoanPosted on May 13, 2015

Congratulations!  Now that you have found the perfect home, all that’s left is getting the perfect mortgage.


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Finding Your Credit RatingPosted on April 01, 2015

Finding your credit rating can be an intimidating task, but for anyone hoping to purchase a home it is a necessary step.


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Fixed Mortgage Vs. Variable Rates - Which Is Right For YouPosted on March 04, 2015

With all the financial decisions that need to be made when purchasing a home, choosing the options that make the best sense for you can seem overwhelming.


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A Reverse Mortgage - Is It Right For YouPosted on January 07, 2015

A reverse mortgage is a financial option available to seniors which allows them to free up some of the accumulated equity in their home.


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First Time Buyer Loan TipsPosted on December 10, 2014

First Time Buyer Loan Tips

For first time buyers, the mortgage loan process can seem complex and confusing.


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Insurance And Property Taxes - Should You Add Them To Your Mortgage PaymentPosted on November 19, 2014

Insurance And Property Taxes: Should You Add Them To Your Mortgage Payment?

When you buy a home, the mortgage payment isn’t the only regular expense you will have to consider.


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Step-By-Step Guide In Obtaining A Home LoanPosted on November 12, 2014

Now that you’ve decided to purchase a new home, it’s important to know what to expect throughout the loan process.


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All About Home Equity LoansPosted on September 10, 2014

All About Home Equity Loans

You have probably heard a lot about home equity loans if you have spent any time at all looking at home financing options.


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Finding A Mortgage BrokerPosted on August 20, 2014

If you are in the market for a new home, or looking to refinance your existing mortgage, then you will want to consider the option of hiring a mortgage broker rather than an individual lender or lending institution.


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Holiday Articles

Preparing Your Home For Holiday GuestsPosted on June 28, 2017

Preparing Your Home For Holiday Guests

It’s wonderful having friends and family at your home to share the holidays, but it can also be a lot of work.


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Planning A Fun Fourth Of July Block PartyPosted on June 21, 2017

Independence Day is a great opportunity to get your neighborhood together to celebrate our great nation, and what could be more American than the block party!  It is a great and inexpensive way to get to know your neighbors and add a more traditional community feel to your street.


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Host A Chinese New Years’ PartyPosted on June 14, 2017

The traditional Chinese New Year is becoming more and more a celebrated festival around the world, and it is a really great way to celebrate Chinese culture or just have fun with friends and family.


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Easy Easter Decorating IdeasPosted on May 17, 2017

Easter is often left out when thinking of holiday decorating, but since it is also the beginning of the spring season it is a great time to freshen up your home and add some of the lively and vibrant colors of the season.


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Holiday Meal Ideas You Can Prepare Ahead Of TimePosted on May 03, 2017

Holiday Meal Ideas You Can Prepare Ahead Of Time

Preparing large holiday meals for a crowd is time consuming and a lot of work, too.


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Mother’s Day Brunch - Decoration And Menu IdeasPosted on April 26, 2017

Mother’s Day only comes around once a year, and since mom is there for us every day of the year, the least we can do is create a one-of-a-kind day to show her our thanks.


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Planning The Perfect Easter Egg HuntPosted on February 22, 2017

Planning The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

Searching for hidden treasures and tasty sweets is the biggest part of Easter for young children.


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Safety Tips For Fourth Of July FireworksPosted on February 01, 2017

Safety Tips For Fourth Of July Fireworks

The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday filled with family and friends, backyard barbeques, and of course the main event—the fireworks.


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Creative Ways To Say I Love You On Valentine's DayPosted on November 23, 2016

Every year, Valentine’s Day serves as a celebration of love, happiness and a commitment to those that you cherish.


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Father's Day Gift Giving Ideas He'll LovePosted on September 21, 2016

Every June, we celebrate our love for dad with Father’s Day and, although we don’t always know exactly what gift to give that could possibly express our gratitude, it is possible to get him something that he will love.


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Thanksgiving Menu IdeasPosted on September 07, 2016

Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday commemorating a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621.


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Tips For The Perfect TurkeyPosted on August 31, 2016

Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, a small family gathering or a huge party, cooking the perfect turkey for the holidays is every chef’s goal.


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The Right Christmas Wreath For Your Front DoorPosted on August 24, 2016

Choosing the perfect tree is part of any holiday decorating tradition, but finding the right wreath for your front door can really finish off your holiday look and can be a beautiful and elegant addition to your exterior décor.


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A St. Patrick’s Menu That Your Guests Will EnjoyPosted on July 06, 2016

If you are throwing a St.


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Have Some Fun With Easter EggsPosted on June 22, 2016

Every year, children enjoy festivities that include the coloring of Easter eggs, annual egg hunts and other activities that have emerged through the years as a growing holiday tradition.


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How To Host A Fun And Safe New Year’s PartyPosted on May 18, 2016

New Year’s is a great time to host a party for friends and family.


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Create Kid-Safe Jack O LanternsPosted on April 06, 2016

Halloween is a great time of year to let the creativity go wild, and when decorating for this fun and family-oriented holiday, it really wouldn’t be complete without a jack-o’-lantern or two!  While carving pumpkins is the traditional way to create a jack-o’-lantern, if you have young children or kids who want to create jack-o’-lanterns without adult supervision, then it can be a dangerous and risky craft idea.


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New Year's Eve Decorating IdeasPosted on March 09, 2016

On December 31 of every year, the world celebrates New Year’s Eve.


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How To Make The Fourth Of July Fun For KidsPosted on February 17, 2016

Every year, the Fourth of July holiday honors the birth of our nation.


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Hanukkah Decorating IdeasPosted on January 06, 2016

Hanukkah is a very special time of year on the Jewish calendar.


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Planning The Perfect Memorial Day BarbequePosted on October 14, 2015

Planning The Perfect Memorial Day Barbeque

While the focus is often on the Fourth of July when it comes to backyard celebrations, Memorial Day is often a popular choice as well.


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Memorial Day Picnic Menu IdeasPosted on May 20, 2015

Memorial Day is usually spent watching the latest blockbuster film, but it is also a great time of year to get outside and celebrate the nice weather.


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A Mother’s Day Menu Your Kids Can PreparePosted on December 24, 2014

A Mother’s Day Menu Your Kids Can Prepare

Mother’s Day is the perfect time for your children to show their love and appreciation for everything Mom does by preparing her a simple but delicious meal she will really appreciate.


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Create A Romantic Dining Room For Valentine’s DayPosted on October 15, 2014

With times being as tough as they are, finding the money to make a special Valentine’s Day for your sweetheart can be difficult.


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Decorating For The Fourth Of July - Show Your Patriot PridePosted on October 08, 2014

Decorating for the Fourth of July is really a great and easy way to show your patriotic pride, and with our nation’s colors of red, white, and blue going so well together, it also couldn’t be easier.


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Halloween Safety TipsPosted on October 01, 2014

On October 31 of every year, children around the nation enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns, dressing up in their favorite costumes and going out trick-or-treating for candy and treats.


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Decorating For Christmas The Green Living WayPosted on September 17, 2014

Christmas is probably one of the easiest times of the year to use environmentally friendly decorating ideas, and given the more traditional decorating trends for the season and the ever increasing need for all of us to contribute to making the planet a greener place, it’s never been easier.


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