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How to Make Sense of Home Loans

September 11, 2019
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Home Buying
There are likely plenty of mortgage terms you've never thought about. Here are a few you will need to know.
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5 Tips for Dazzling Curb Appeal

August 27, 2019
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Home Selling
Could your home use a makeover? Improving your curb appeal might be easier than you think.
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4 Ways to Finance Home Improvements

August 13, 2019
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Home Living
Thinking about updating your home? Here's 4 creative ways to finance your home improvements.
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Things Included in a Mortgage Payment

July 24, 2019
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Home Buying
Do you expect your monthly mortgage payment to be comparable to a rent payment? Here's 4 reasons why it isn't quite that simple.
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3 Ways to Use Home Equity

July 9, 2019
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Finance
Curious about home equity and how it can free up money? Learn 3 ways to tap Into your home's value.
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Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

June 26, 2019
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Home Living
Thinking about renovating your kitchen's backsplash? Check out these 5 creative ideas.
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Post Renovation Material Ideas

June 12, 2019
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Home Living
Unsure what to do with leftover supplies after renovating? Try these five tips.
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Open House Etiquette

May 28, 2019
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Home Selling
Open houses are a big part of the home search and it's important to make a good impression. Avoid these faux pas.
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Necessary Mortgage Paperwork

May 14, 2019
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Home Buying
Do you know what to have prepared when you're ready to apply for a mortgage? Here's what you need.
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Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper

April 23, 2019
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Home Living
No longer just a way to cover barren walls, wallpaper is now cropping up in every area of the house. Check out these 4 creative uses.
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Green Improvements That Improve Home Value

April 10, 2019
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Home Selling
Lower your monthly bills and increase your home’s resale value in one fell swoop with these smart energy-saving updates.
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How To Save Money And Pay Off Debt

March 26, 2019
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Finance
These 4 strategies can help you pay off your mortgage and save for retirement at the same time.
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How to Make Moving a Breeze

March 12, 2019
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Home Buying
Moving is a big undertaking, even for the most organized of us. These 5 pro tips will help make your next move a breeze.
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Making a Competitive Offer on a Home

February 26, 2019
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Home Buying
Finding the right home is only the beginning of your home buying journey. After that, you’ll have to make an offer...
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5 Trendy Colors for Your Home Decor

February 13, 2019
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Home Living
When it comes to home design, color choice is everything. According to designers, here are five fashionable colors you might want to throw into the mix...
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Must Have Furniture for Every Home

January 29, 2019
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Home Living
How versatile are your home furnishings? If you find they’re lacking in flexibility, try working in these 4 multipurpose pieces.
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Tips for Experienced Home Buyers

January 16, 2019
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Home Buying
If your a experienced homebuyer, it’s important to take the time to understand your goals, the housing market and the conditions under which you’re buying.
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Ideas for Reaching Your Financial Goals

December 26, 2018
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Finance
Whatever your financial goals may be, planning is crucial. Here are a few strategies for the new year that can help lead you to financial success.
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Buying A Home in Winter

November 28, 2018
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Home Buying
Many would-be homebuyers assume that spring and summer are the best times to buy a new house. Why not use the nice weather & extra time to your advantage?
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5 Ways to Incorporate Rustic Design

November 14, 2018
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Home Living
Rustic design is all the rage these days. Here's how you can add this popular look to your home.
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Granny Flats Are Cool Again

October 24, 2018
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Home Living
Accessory dwelling units (Granny Flats) are one of the most talked about trends in real estate.
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Creative Ways to Source a Down Payment

October 9, 2018
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Home Buying
Coming up with that initial investment doesn't have to be a roadblock even if saving is difficult.
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Prepping for Your Mortgage Application

September 25, 2018
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Home Buying
The mortgage application process can feel stressful and drawn-out, but it doesn't have to.
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5 Ways to Decorate on a Budget

September 11, 2018
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Home Living
Are you considering buying a new home but have a small decorating budget? Luckily, with a little creativity, updates don't have to be expensive.
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What it Means to Refinance a Mortgage

August 28, 2018
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Finance
Are you curious about refinancing and why homeowners go this route? More importantly, is it a good option for you?
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How to Boost Your Credit

August 14, 2018
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Finance
Your credit score plays a big role in the homebuying process. It can influence what interest rates you're eligible for, as well as what options you have.
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When to Update Your Home Insurance

July 18, 2018
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Home Buying
When's the last time you thought about your homeowners insurance? If you're not sure, then it's probably time to reassess your policy.
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3 Ways to Build Home Equity

July 10, 2018
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Finance
Are you getting the most out of your home? For homeowners, equity is like an extra bank account and here's 3 ways to build it.
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Buying a Home With Student Loan Debt

June 26, 2018
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Home Buying
Did you know you can buy a home even if you have student loan debt? Here's how others are doing it.
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Teaching Kids Smart Money Habits

June 12, 2018
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Finance
There's no doubt that teaching your child smart money management habits is vital to their long-term success. Here's 4 easy tips.
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Home Upgrades That Deliver Value

May 29, 2018
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Home Living
There's no doubt that home improvement projects can add significant value to your home, but not all upgrades are a worthwhile investment.
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4 Pet-Friendly Home Improvements

May 15, 2018
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Home Living
Your home should be a relaxing, comfortable respite for every member of your family -- even the furry ones.
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Paying Off Your Home Loan Early

April 25, 2018
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Finance
Your mortgage may come with a 15- or 30-year term attached to it, but that doesn't mean you have to wait that long to pay it off. In fact...
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Home Inspections Explained

April 11, 2018
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Home Buying
Before you can move those boxes in and start enjoying your new property, you have one more major step to take: the home inspection.
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Budgeting Beyond The Homes Sales Price

March 26, 2018
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Home Buying
Determining how much home you can afford takes some number crunching. Sure, you should look at the listing price -- but that's only one part of the equation.
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7 Things to Ask Your Agent

March 13, 2018
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Home Buying
It's natural to be excited about finding a great property, but don't submit that bid just yet. Ask your agent these 7 questions first.
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How to Downsize Your Home

February 27, 2018
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Home Living
Whether you're motivated by financial benefits or lifestyle perks, moving to a smaller space can be a smart idea with lasting benefits.
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3 Reasons to get a Second Mortgage

February 20, 2018
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Home Buying
Are you considering a second mortgage? Here's 3 reasons why it could be a good option for you.
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Completing Your Final Walkthrough

January 29, 2018
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Home Buying
Now that your closing is just days away, you're finally ready to start calling your new place home. Before this can happen, however, you should do a final walk-through of the property.
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4 Tips for Improving Your Credit

January 29, 2018
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Finance
If you're in the market for a new home, it's important to know your credit score. A good credit score can lead to a better interest rate on your mortgage, while a lower one might present extra challenges.
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Being More Financially Organized

December 28, 2017
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Finance
If you've resolved to improve your finances in the coming months, you'll need a solid plan to set yourself up for success.
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Unusual But Amazing Homes

December 8, 2017
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Home Buying
If you picture the typical house you aren't likely to think of a shipping container or a silo, but some have turned these into comfortable homes.
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Why Choose A Personal Loan?

December 8, 2017
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Finance
Whether it's to cover an unexpected medical bill or pay off high-interest debt, there are a number of reasons why you might consider taking out a personal loan.
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How to Prevent House Fires

October 30, 2017
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Home Living
Everyone sets off a smoke alarm every now and then, but actual home fires happen more than you may realize.
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5 Finance Related Podcasts to Follow

October 30, 2017
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Finance
Looking for a fun way to understand finance? Well, there are loads of podcasts that fit the bill.
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Prepping Your HVAC for Winter

October 30, 2017
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Home Living
Don't wait until there's a chill in the air to give your HVAC system a thorough checkup. To do so is to risk finding out that you'll be going without heat when you need it most.
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Add-ons Might Bring Higher Rates

October 30, 2017
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Finance
If you're planning on renovating or adding new amenities to your home, you might want to take another look at your policy.
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Pros and Cons of Mobile Payments

September 6, 2017
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Finance
The Rise of Mobile Wallets: while digital payment methods are simple and convenient, security remains a concern.
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Crowdfunding 101

September 6, 2017
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Home Selling
While this concept makes real estate investing more accessible, it also involves risk. Be sure to do your homework before jumping into any big investment opportunity.
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Top 10 Outdoor Remodeling Jobs

September 6, 2017
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Home Living
Top Exterior Projects: a new patio, seed lawn and fireplace are just three of the most valuable outdoor features a house can have.
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Does Your Home Insurance Need an Update?

July 13, 2017
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Finance
When was the last time you thought about your home insurance? If you're like most people, you probably haven't revisited your policy since you first bought it.
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4 Steps to Picking Your Retirement Destination

July 13, 2017
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Home Living
Retirement planning and advice often focus on how much to save and where to invest. But what about where you'll live out your retirement years?
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Avoiding Common Household Hazards

June 23, 2017
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Home Living
Our homes are our private havens -- the places where we often feel most protected and comfortable. But...
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4 Tips for a National Park Visit

May 30, 2017
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Home Living
Outdoor adventures across North America are on the rise, with visits to national parks, historic sites and national monuments under the care of the...
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Secrets to Successful Home Staging

May 10, 2017
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Home Selling
Getting ready to list your house for sale? Putting some effort into staging it well can impact how quickly it moves off the market.
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4 Tasks to Leave to The Pros

April 26, 2017
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Home Living
A quick search on the internet can result in an array of DIY tutorials and videos, but just because you can do it yourself doesn't mean you should.
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5 Mortgage Related Terms Explained

April 16, 2017
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Home Buying
You have a lot to consider when shopping for a mortgage, and you don't want unfamiliar lingo bogging you down. Make sure you know these 5 terms.
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5 Areas That Deserve Your Attention

April 16, 2017
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Home Living
While you're probably up on the basics of spring-cleaning, like washing windows, cleaning blinds and shampooing rugs, there are several areas you may overlook.
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Writing Listings That Sell

March 17, 2017
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Home Selling
Specific words are more powerful than generalizations and can strongly impact a sale.
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3 Ways to Drop Your Interest Rate

February 17, 2017
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Finance
When was the last time you evaluated the interest rate on your credit cards? The higher the rate, the more that "borrowed' money is costing you.
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4 Futuristic Kitchen Features

February 6, 2017
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Home Living
Today's modern kitchens may include seamless appliances, lavish amenities and stylish upgrades, but they're still a far cry from the new technologies...
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Is Debt Costing? Stategies to Pay Down

January 12, 2017
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Finance
Many people find themselves owing money, whether it's a credit card, car payment or student loan. And while debt is common...
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4 Ways to Stay Safe This Season

December 13, 2016
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Home Living
The holidays can feel like a period of perpetual motion. And while that's much of what makes the season such a joy, it's also why it's important to...
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How to Ensure the Perfect Guest Stay

December 13, 2016
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Home Living
Does the idea of hosting overnight guests stress you out? It doesn't have to with a little forethought and preparation.
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Ready Your Garden for Cooler Weather

December 13, 2016
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Home Living
Though many grasses and plants go dormant in the cooler months, they still require some attention. Here are a few tips for...
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How to Age in Place

December 13, 2016
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Home Living
Baby boomers retire each day, and while some may decide to downsize or relocate, others choose to adapt their homes.
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How to Hang Wall Art Like a Pro

December 13, 2016
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Home Living
Though it seems like an easy enough task, hanging art can devolve into an exercise in frustration.
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Protecting Your Garden from Deer

September 16, 2016
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Home Living
If hungry deer frequently mistake your garden for a salad bar, you may want to consider a few measures to deter them. Here are some options...
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What to consider before Home-Sharing

September 16, 2016
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Home Living
With the rise of home-sharing services like Airbnb, HomeAway and others, you might think that renting your home -- or just a room in it -- is an easy way to...
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4 Common Design Mistakes to Avoid

August 16, 2016
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Home Living
Choosing paint colors, furniture layouts and other design elements can be one of the most exciting aspects of setting up a new home...
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Creative Designs for Yards and Patios

August 1, 2016
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Home Living
Traditional backyards across North America often feature a patio surrounded by an expanse of lawn. Looking to change yours up?
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Is a LEED-certified home right for you?

July 14, 2016
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Home Buying
If you're in the market for a new house, you may have considered a home with energy-saving features. And if your wish list goes beyond having...
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Would a condo suit you better?

July 14, 2016
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Home Buying
When you buy a condo, you own it just as you would a single-family detached house. But living in a condo differs from living in a house...
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Biggest Home Improvement Payoffs

July 13, 2016
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Home Selling
The payback on some home remodeling projects is on the way up according to Remodeling magazine, which puts out an annual...
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4 Common Qualifying Questions

July 8, 2016
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Home Buying
As with any mortgage program, you must qualify based on loan qualification guidelines and standards for the program that you choose.
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VA Home Loans

March 13, 2016
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Home Buying
If you are a veteran or on active duty in the military, VA (Veteran Administration) loans provide you with exceptional financing opportunities.
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