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Insurance 101: Review Your Insurance Policy at Renewal

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Don’t just assume your existing policy is adequate. Now’s your chance to consider whether you need to add or drop coverage. Home insurance can be confusing. Policies are customized to fit the needs of each policyholder, so coverage can vary widely. If you’ve never read your policy cover to cover, stop what you’re doing and find the time to do so. Do you know if you’re covered in the event of a meteor hitting your home? What about if heavy rainfall leads to a flood in your basement? If the former occurs, you’re likely protected, as this seemingly random coverage is typically included in...

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The Pros and Cons of Merging Finances

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Managing money can be challenging enough on your own. Consider these points before combining finances with your significant other. Whether you’re a newlywed or have recently moved in with your significant other, you two have a lot to decide about the best way to handle household matters. Figuring out how you’ll divide laundry duties, grocery shopping and other mundane responsibilities is a piece of cake compared to the big question: finances. If you’re thinking about combining your finances, here are a few pros and cons to consider. Pros Teamwork If you’re on the same page, with your short-...

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How to Ensure Your Dog Is a Good Neighbor

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Mastering a few basic commands and behaviors will make your dog a welcome sight on your block. There’s nothing worse than living next door to an incessant barker or a dog who jumps on people without invitation. It’s important to ensure your dog is not that dog. The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is recognized as the gold standard in good dog behavior. If your dog has already had some basic training, sign your pooch up for this 10-step program so he can officially earn the letters CGC behind his name. Contrary to popular opinion, the Canine Good Citizen certification...

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5 Steps to Ease Home-Buying Anxiety

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Don’t let uncertainty about the mortgage process keep you on the sidelines. These tips will help you feel more prepared for homeownership. Many consumers have misconceptions about what it takes to qualify for a mortgage. Most believe the requirements are tougher than they actually are, according to a recent Fannie Mae survey. When asked about key mortgage qualification criteria (such as down payment percentage, credit score, and debt-to-income ratio), roughly half of consumers selected “don’t know” or provided an invalid answer. To be sure you’re ready to buy a home, and ease any anxiety you...

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4 Ways to Warm Up Your Bathroom

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Hate stepping out of the tub into a frosty room? Try these ideas for keeping your bathroom toasty. Winter can be a brutal season of frigid air, icy water, and teeth-chattering numbness — none of which are conditions that should describe your bathroom. Tile, marble and porcelain — some of the main components of lavatory design — aren’t exactly known for their warmth. But with a little rejiggering, a small installation or two, and maybe some minor renovations, any WC can become a cozy, well-heated respite. Here are four ways to warm up your bathroom and chase the chill away. Heated flooring A...

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Preparing Your Home for Severe Winter Storms

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Winter is here, and with it comes beautiful snow and comforting fireplaces. However, this time of year also brings the very real chance of severe winter storms. Blizzards, ice storms and dangerously low temperatures can pose serious threats to you and your home. Having your home ready to combat the worst of winter weather is something no homeowner should take lightly. The mercury is dropping — are you prepared? Inside the home Make sure these indoor winterizing tasks are squared away before it’s too late. Add weather stripping to windows and doors. Once the wind starts whipping through the...

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