Saving on Landscaping

Well Landscaped yard

For the green-thumbed homeowner, there are few things as pleasurable as running fingers through soft, moist earth, catching sight of the first flowering buds of spring and inhaling the scent of freshly cut grass. Tending to a lawn and garden can get expensive. Between seeds, fertilizer and gardening supplies, costs can be high enough to…

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Your mortgage is done … now what?

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For most people purchasing a new home financing is often the most stressful part. What are some other things you need to worry about before moving into your new home? Moving expenses: Along with financing a new home, moving everything you own can be a very stressful process to go through. You can save yourself…

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New Year’s Resolution – Home Buyers & Owners

Lady sitting on floor withe a house drawing behind her thinking about New Year’s Resolution for Home Buyers & Owner

We are all familiar with the typical New Year’s resolutions – eat healthy, exercise, save more money, etc… but when it comes to home ownership, having goals in place are just as important. Home Buyers If you are thinking of purchasing a home in the upcoming year, check out this list of home buyer resolutions…

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Should I escrow my taxes and insurance?

White House box on top of money for article about Escrow

One of the big terms in the mortgage world is escrow. An escrow account is set up to collect funds to pay your property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and, if applicable, mortgage insurance. The lender collects one twelfth of each of those yearly premiums each month to ensure there is enough money in the escrow account…

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Home Improvements on a Budget

Man standing on latter putting in a new light fixture and light bulb.

Home improvement projects sound fantastic until you start researching how much they are going to cost. The dollar signs start to add up and your interest in going through with the project begins to wane. An average bathroom remodel approaches $20,000, while a kitchen or master bedroom project will likely be much higher than that.…

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Spring Cleaning

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It’s officially spring but a little too chilly to start in on yard-work. I’ve recently learned there are a lot of people that have spring cleaning rituals. I don’t have a cleaning ritual but thinking it might be a good habit to get into. Who better to get spring cleaning tips from but the one…

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Pet Proofing Your Home

Funny dog made a mess in the room. Playful puppy French bulldog

Bringing a new pet home can be a lot like bringing in a new baby. You will need to do a few things prior in order to keep your pet safe and your home tidy! Take a good look at your home for potential dangers. In many ways, this may feel like child-proofing your house…

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Brighten Your Home in the Dull of Winter

Young beautiful woman sitting home in the chair by the window with cup of hot coffee wearing knitted warm sweater. Cozy room decorated with lanterns and candles.

As the holiday spirit wears off and the dead of winter sets in, the long, cold days can take its toll. You come home from work after a long day and would love to enjoy the view from your back deck – but brrrr. It’s already dark outside and the unbearable cold sends a chill…

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