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Holiday road trip: Don’t let winter weather catch you by surprise

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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When Mom Nature throws wicked winter weather our way, the difference between being safe and stranded can often come down to how prepared you are. The following tips will ensure that you’re ready for whatever happens on the wild and woolly roads, and alleviate some of the anxiety of taking to the road in winter. Prepare your vehicle Ensure that you’ll actually get to Gramma’s house by preparing the car…

Tips for touring model homes

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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If the homeowners have done their job, a home for sale has been cleaned up, gussied up and put on display to entice potential buyers to make an offer to purchase. Never is this more evident than in model homes in new housing developments. Carefully staged by interior decorators, every element — from the wall color to the appliances and every decorative accent — is chosen for its ability to…

What to ignore during your search for the perfect condo

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Condos can be the ideal purchase for homebuyers who are on tight budgets. They’re typically lower priced than single-family homes, insurance is less expensive and ongoing home maintenance costs are kept to a minimum. There are some aspects of condo-buying that should never be ignored, however. These include: The periodic association fee and how much it will add to your monthly house payment. The homeowner association packet of documents for…

3 amazing kitchen designs

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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In 2015, more than 10 million American households spent nearly $50 billion renovating their kitchens, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Organization. Since the kitchen is the most-used room in the home, and the most popular among homebuyers, it’s money well-invested If you plan on joining the renovators it’s time to learn about various kitchen design concepts so that you’re better able to choose the one that fits your…

Tips on financing the luxury home

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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The luxury home purchase process is different from buying a conventional or tract home. There’s more money passing hands, so naturally the risk escalates. The process is slower as well, so if you plan on purchasing a luxury home, and you won’t be paying cash, you’ll most likely need to obtain a jumbo loan. What is considered a luxury home? You might be surprised to know that it isn’t merely…

Black Friday! 8 ways to save money when buying appliances

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Black Friday – it’s right around the corner. If you’re in the market for new appliances, this may be the day for you to find a good deal, according to consumer expert Andrea Woroch at Clark.com. Yes, September and October are typically the best time to buy major appliances, but Black Friday deals abound. Before shopping, get clear on what you need, hone your negotiating skills and get out there…

Tips to consider when buying a home with family members

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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The industry that brought you the iconic “location, location, location” has a new one for you: “multigenerational housing.” No, it’s not a new concept, but housing that caters to several generations under one roof is gaining in popularity. We started seeing the demand during the recession, when unemployment propelled younger workers back to Mom and Dad’s house. Then, there’s the fact that millennials are tending to put off marriage and…

Get Help With Your Down Payment

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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It’s frustrating to have a decent-paying job, a bright earnings future and acceptable credit and still not be able to buy a home because you lack the thousands of dollars in cash needed for a down payment and closing costs. The dreaded down payment stops more potential homeowners cold than any other aspect of the loan process. To read articles about down payment headaches one would think it’s only millennials…

“Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. They Wear Dog Tags”

  • Posted by: Adrian La Fosse
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Sure, it’s a slogan on a t-shirt, and nobody has yet to take credit for it, but it sums up how we feel. And, since Veteran’s Day – the day we celebrate our heroes in dog tags — is November 11, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind our current and former service members about the amazing VA home loan that is part of their benefits. It’s curious that…

How To Hire A House Cleaner

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Outsourcing. Big corporations do it, so why not households? Delegating the mundane, routine household chores to an outside source may just be the key to a happy household. Whether you’re looking for some temporary help around the holidays or part-time or full-time household help, hiring a house cleaner requires a bit of preparation and a whole bunch of interviewing. Finding A House Cleaner “House cleaner and housekeeper — they sound…