Monthly Archives: April 2014

Three Reasons to Volunteer, Donate and Get Involved with Helping Our Veterans

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If you spend only one weekend in a major American city, you’ll likely see more than a handful of impoverished people in the most desolate corners looking for donations. But while that kind of indigence is heartbreaking because it happens right out in the open, there are scores of other cases of poor and poverty-stricken people that we may not be able to see because their pain is kept private. Yes, instances like this are common in economically crippled countries, but they also happen right here in the United States behind closed doors.

Perhaps the most private pain is the pain endured by military veterans and their families once the soldiers return home from combat zones. It’s not private in the sense that it goes unreported upon — indeed, major news outlets have been covering the plight of vet (more…)

30 Apr 2014

Three Tips Every Home Buyer Should Know About Building a Home From Scratch

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According to a recent report from Time magazine, the custom home building industry is posed for takeoff. New home construction was up at the end of 2013, reaching its highest peak since 2008, and a rebounding real estate industry is the reason why. Of course, it only makes sense — Americans are getting back to work, and with a bit more money comes to desire to move to a new home and plant some roots.

The benefits of building a brand new home from scratch have been well-documented, and they’re not hard to grasp. Newer homes appreciate in value much greater than older homes, making them excellent investments for folks trying to plan for retirement. That’s why we’ve compiled these three tips on building a new home from scratch you won’t regret. For starters, it’s all about…
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30 Apr 2014

Top Three Surprising Facts You Might Not Know About Churches

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There are lots of reasons that people place value on churches. Often they occupy very prime real estate in towns, so they appear to people materially, and they also represent a large symbol for the Christian faith, so they appeal to a large demographic of people ethereally as well. What is more rare than it ought to be is for people to place value on churches because they are interesting. Church steeples history is rife with all sorts of interesting tidbits that make them very fascinating to consider. Here are three facets that may interest the layman:

1. They Are Often Custom Built

Church fixtures are just as complex as church steeple history. Oftentimes, churches have custom build features depending on what they wer (more…)

26 Apr 2014

Three Things Every Diner Should Know Before Sitting Down to a Fancy Feast

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Proper posture. Napkin folding. Chewing with your mouth closed.

The rules of dinner table etiquette can be a burden to remember. Really, they’re not so much rules as “rules” — social constructs shaped over many years of practice designed to elicit a very proper way to conduct a dinner ceremony. That might sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not. Proper dinners truly are ceremonial. Why else would we go through the trouble of using multiple utensils when one knife and one fork would do?

Say you’re out shopping for a contemporary dining room set for sale. What are you looking for? You probably have an entire cabinet full of priceless heirloom china just waiting to be broken out during the fanciest of occasions in your dining room. But you keep shopping because you like to expe (more…)

23 Apr 2014

How to Handle Your Housing Complex’s Homeowners’ Association

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Recent statistics show that nearly 60 million Americans currently live in condominiums. And that’s not even counting the folks who have vacation condos at their disposal for impromptu weekend getaways or retirement. But why condos at all over regular townhouses or apartments? Actually, there are a lot more benefits than you might think.

You know about their prime locations, especially when they’re located on the beach or in urban centers of culture and cuisine. You know about the tennis courts and swimming po (more…)

23 Apr 2014

Four Top Tips to Keep in Mind as You Search for Apartments

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“Apartment living is tough action. Just the whole idea that you share a washer and dryer always freaked me out,” Joe Rogan, the stand-up comedian, once joked. In reality, a shared washer and dryer with the rest of your apartment is actually a bonus for many apartment dwellers!

If you’re looking for an apartment this season, you might find yourself up against increased competition. As the economy bounces back, more people are looking to live on their own and away from parents and former roommates. For many, home ownership is still out of reach, putting apartments at a premium and vacancies lower than ever.

About 54% of Americans agree that renting has becoming more appealing over recent years. Here are four top tips for getting a great apartment to rent.

1. Set a Realistic Budget, and (more…)

22 Apr 2014

Three Real Estate Tips You Need to Read Right Now

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Even though the price of real estate is beginning to creep up, it’s still a buyer’s market out there since real estate prices are still lower than they were before the housing market crash. However, real estate is the single most expensive investment a person can make, so you want to make sure that you spend your money wisely, lest you get a crumby return on investment.

With that in mind, here are a few tips on buying a new home to help you make sure you get your new real estate at a fair price.

Get Pre Approval.

First things first, you need to get pre-approved for a loan, even if you’re confident about your price range. Pre- (more…)

21 Apr 2014

Need More Space? Consider the Pros and Cons of Amish Prefab Garages

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If you are looking to add a garage to your home to store your car, yard work tools, and, admit it, junk, there are lots of options to choose from. While you might prefer custom Amish built garages for a unique look that gives you both the space you need and an upgraded aesthetic, Amish prefab garages can also be a good option. There are several benefits to choosing a prefabricated garage that make them a great choice.
One of the main reasons that consumers often choose prefabricated garages is the fact that they are so easy to install. Whether you are able to do the work on your own with the help of a couple buddies or plan on hiring a contractor, the cuts and angles are computer-designed so that they are easy to put up and errors are reduced. As a result, prefab garages can be the least stressful addition to yo (more…)

16 Apr 2014

Choose From Three Convenient Ways to Support Our Troops

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Parents and teachers are encouraging children to take a couple of minutes out of their day to support our troops. Kids are devoting small amounts of time to writing soldiers letters, Christmas cards, valentines, and birthday cards. “Thank you for fiting [sic] for us. I would like to be a Veteran! You gise [sic] are asome! Thank you for letting us have freedom!” a six-year-old wrote to an American soldier.

More adults should pay attention. Kids’ adorable letters, drawings, and cards teach us that helping military families, soldiers, and veterans can be inexpensive and relatively low-key. Here are some easy and cost-efficient ways to do your part:

Get Creative With Couponing

For some military husbands and wives, asking for help is one of the most diff (more…)

16 Apr 2014

Professional Wedding Photographers Can Make Your Special Day Better For These 3 Reasons

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Your special day can be full of stress and tension. One thing that you should not have to worry about on your special day is getting professional wedding photos to capture the day. A modern wedding photographer can help you to memorialize your day without you having to stress out about it. Here are three reasons why you should hire the best wedding photographer.

1. Your wedding portrait photographer can get you a great deal on wedding photographer packages. Wedding photographer packages have the added bonus that you can choose different levels for what you want. Some wedding photographer packages include a video service. This would allow you to make a highlight tape of you (more…)

16 Apr 2014