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What is the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?

October 24, 2020

The term “jack-o’-lantern” was first applied to people, not pumpkins. As far back as 1663, the term meant a man with a lantern, or a night watchman. Just a decade or so later, it began to be used to refer to the mysterious lights sometimes seen at night over bogs, swamps, and marshes. These ghost […]

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Is This Your Situation: Looking for the Right Destination to Enjoy Your Retirement Years?

October 16, 2020

It’s tempting to go where most retirees decide to live out their golden years, but that may be the wrong decision for you. Of course, there are good reasons why places like Florida, North Carolina and Arizona are popular locations, but there are other factors to consider besides weather: #1:  Nearby Care Facilities It may […]

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5 Ways to Prepare to Buy or Sell Later

October 13, 2020

Summer is usually the perfect time to buy or sell a home. And for some people, it still is. After all, there are few things more welcoming than warm weather and fresh flowers blooming in the front yard. But maybe you’re waiting to enter the market. That’s okay too. There are plenty of ways you […]

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Essentials to Keep in Your Emergency Kit

October 4, 2020

Let’s face it: You can’t predict the future. That’s why having a fully stocked emergency kit is so important. No matter the time of year, it’s always better to play it safe.   Would you and your family be prepared, just in case?  Putting essential supplies together doesn’t have to be a chore and can even […]

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Tips for Choosing the Right Neighborhood

September 30, 2020

Finding a home that suits you is only part of the journey. Another big part? Choosing the right neighborhood. The number of bedrooms and square footage are certainly important when buying a home — but the community might be even more vital.  After all, it’s where you’ll likely exercise and socialize, where your kids will […]

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Is the highest bid the best bid?

September 27, 2020

An offer on your home moves you one step closer to the finish line in the selling process. And if you’re lucky, you’ll receive multiple offers from a range of bidders.  The highest bid is the obvious choice, right? Not necessarily. Here’s what to consider before moving forward on an offer: Focus on your priorities. […]

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What to Know About Replacing Kitchen Appliances Before Selling Your House

September 24, 2020

While selling a house can pad out your pocketbook, depending on how much equity you have invested in the home, it’s an unfortunate truth that it can also cost you money in the short term to make the sale. Items like home renovations and staging may need to be paid for upfront before you’ve even […]

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How A Home Inspection Helps Buyers Evaluate A House

September 21, 2020

You’ve found the home of your dreams and you’re ready to make an offer on it – congratulations! After celebrating the moment, it’s important to prepare for the work needed to complete the purchase. This includes completing any inspections on your possible future home. A basic home inspection provides a general overview of the condition […]

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Kitchen Hacks to Love

September 17, 2020

Kitchen design, organization and ease of use are at the top of our minds. Your kitchen might even be the most used room in your house and a lot of activity happens there. It’s not just about meals. It can be a gathering space or a place to work or study. Which of the following […]

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Decorating with Fall Color Schemes

September 14, 2020

What does autumn represent to you? For a lot of people, fall is their favorite season. The world is open to new colors and textures that represent comfort and coziness. The colors most associated with this season are brown, red, orange, and gold. The season is also all about textures, like cable knit, dry grasses, […]

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Things Everyone Needs To Know Before Buying A First Home

September 10, 2020

Right now, millennial’s might have a reputation of crazy twenty-somethings not quite ready to settle down. But, a recent report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University found that “the number of households in their 30s should increase by 2.7 million over the next decade.” Ready or not, the millennial boom is […]

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Which Smart Home Technology Is Worth It?

August 30, 2020

It can be tough to know when to buy, when to hold off, and when to save your money altogether. Let’s go room by room and talk about what’s worth the investment right now—and what’s worth waiting on. Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our team. If you make a […]

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