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  • Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:37

    While a good 'spring clean' is important, the coming of Autumn also harkens in the need to do some important chores around the home and yard. Below are some seasonal suggestions from a wealth of experts.

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:17

    Hurrican Season is upon us. Are you ready for a natural disaster? While living in fear is not optimal, being calm and prepared for anything that heads your way can keep you and your loved ones safe, and keep costly damage at bay.

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:56

    Ever thought about building a house? With so many different home builders in our area, it can be a little confusing trying to pick the right kind.  Here is a quick and-easy explanation of the three most common types.

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:51

    Planning on remodeling the kitchen soon?  Not sure what kind of countertop to get?  Confused by all the different materials available?  Here is a quick guide to the most popular choices.

     

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:49

    The buyer thought that it was included.

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:43

    If you’ve been considering a hardwood floor for your home, you may have discovered that there are far more choices available than you have imagined.  And it can get confusing.  What’s the difference between solid wood, engineered wood and laminate?  And what’s this Pergo® thing?  How come all the

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:38

    When one thinks of home decorating and interior design, things like furniture, rugs, paint, and the like usually come to mind.

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:37

    For many people, the biggest obstacle to home ownership is the down payment.

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 00:05

    According to a recent study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, there are nearly 10 million instances of some form of identity theft each year.  This has quickly become one of the fastest-growing crimes, and the number of people falling prey to identity thieves is expected to rise. But things are not hopeless.   By closing the most likely avenues of attack and following a few simple guidelines you can significantly reduce the chance of becoming one of the victims.

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 00:04

    Saving money on groceries used to not be on my priority list.  Who has the time to clip coupons and keep track of when and where the sales are just to be able to save a few cents?  Then one day, purely by accident, I discovered an amazing fact—if I spent less money on groceries, I would have more money to spend on other stuff! This revelation motivated me to search for strategies that would help me spend as little as possible on each trip to the grocery store.  Here are seven of the most helpful strategies I discovered:

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 00:03

    September is the back-to-school month, and for many families with school-age children that means the return of the dreaded morning circus.  Instead of everyone getting up rested and with smiles, there are shouting matches, tears, frustration, and moms getting late to work.  Sometimes it seems that getting kids out of bed and out the door in an orderly manner must require an act of divine intervention.  In anticipation of this month, I interviewed several friends and past clients who have successfully reigned in the morning circus in their homes.  Here are their tips:

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 00:01

    When you apply for almost any kind of loan, one of the facts that lenders will use to make a decision is your credit score, also known as a FICO score.  The lender obtains this three-digit number (it ranges from 300 to 850) from one of the three major credit bureaus (Trans Union, Equifax or Experian).  Calculated by a formula developed by a company called Fair, Isaac & Co. (hence the name FICO), this score represents to a lender your credit worthiness.  It not only influences whether your loan is approved, but it also influences your interest rate and other loan terms. The higher your credit score, the better loan terms you will get.  How do you obtain a good score?  Simply put, by paying your bills on time, using your credit sparingly, and watching for errors on your credit report.  Since nobody is perfect, our credit scores aren’t always perfect either.  But whether you already have a great score, or a not-so-great one, there are things you can do to make it better.

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 23:55

    Boy, are you lucky you are not the seller of that house.  You know the one—it’s been sitting on the market for so long that you forgot what it looks like without the For Sale sign in front of it.  They decreased the price several times, there are people stopping by to look at it, but the stubborn For Sale sign remains.  You feel bad watching the poor Realtor holding it open every Saturday to no avail. What gives?  Well, it could be:

     

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 23:53

    Dinner?” “Sure, I guess.” “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know.  Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know.” And so it goes… The what-to-do-on-our-next date dilemma.  But don’t worry—just in time for Valentine’s Day, your favorite Realtor searched far and wide for some unique date ideas for you

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 23:49

    Whether you are planning on refinancing, selling, or just thinking about how to impress family that’s coming for the holidays, you might be looking for ways to boost your home’s value.  Home improvements and renovations are popular ways to try to accomplish this, but many projects can be time consuming and expensive.  Here are five simple things you can do to bump up the value of your home that won’t break the bank.