Monthly Archives: September 2015

Are You Missing an Opportunity to Buy a Great Home? When to Research Foreclosures

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Recently, the average rate for a 30-year, fixed mortgage fell below 4% for the first time in three years, encouraging potential home buyers who are searching for a new home. Not only are many properties selling quickly — almost half sold in less than one month — but many buyers are also looking for ways to save on their home purchases. Some people examine listings of homes in foreclosure, looking to buy a new home for a few thousand dollars.

Extensive listings of homes in foreclosure can often be found on the internet. About nine out of 10 potential home buyers report looking online for listings. Most end up buying a home that is about 2,000 square feet, built in the last 25 years, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. If they finance the cost of purchase, they typically put down a 10% d (more…)

29 Sep 2015

Where Can I Donate Household Items? A Guide for the Holiday Season

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The leaves are changing color, temperatures are dropping, and the holiday season is right around the corner. While many people have a strong desire to give back to their community during this time of year, a lot of families aren’t sure where to donate household items.

Thankfully, there are tons of terrific places to donate all over the country, and donating gets easier and more rewarding with every passing year. These days, you can get great tax breaks when you give back, and there are even donation pickup services. Here are three fantastic ways to start helping families in need and experience the joy of giving this holiday season:

24 Sep 2015

3 Common Designs Available for Amish Sheds

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The Amish are probably best known for the quality, 100% handmade furniture they make, like coffee tables and bowback chairs. What many people don’t realize is that they’re also some of the best builders of sheds and garages as well. Amish sheds are not only beautiful, but they also provide you with a long-lasting place to store tools, seasonal items, and whatever else you can’t fit in your house. A wooden shed typically lasts between 15 and 20 years. Many Amish sheds last much (more…)

23 Sep 2015

Here’s What To Look For In A New Home

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When you’re looking for a new home, it’s important to remember that it’s not all about the real estate. Sometimes, it’s the things outside the house that matter the most. So when you’re scoping out potential properties, don’t forget to keep an eye out for these deciding factors. It will help to make your house a real home, and will be the real indicators of your house’s true value.

Recreational opportunities – One of the keys to staying happy is staying healthy. You want your new home to be in a safe neighborhood that has plenty of recreational opportunities for you to take advantage of. Things like running, biking, swimming, etc. should be allowed and encouraged, and there shoul (more…)

22 Sep 2015

Don’t Forget to Ask Your Master Planned Community Developers These 3 Key Questions

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Looking at real estate, whether for the first time or not, can be both exciting and frustrating for home buyers. New home buyers will be thrilled to purchase a home for the first time, but they may feel overwhelmed by choice. Even those who have gone through the mortgage process before may become frustrated if they don’t find the exact home they want. However, there is another option that can please just about any home buyer: working with master planned community developers to build a brand new home.

Are you thinking of buying a new home rather than searching for a resale? Here are three questions you should ask your master planned community developers:

What other communities have you helped build?

This is an important question to ask when you first meet with a developer. If (more…)

09 Sep 2015

If You’re Buying A New Home, Think About The Lake

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If you’re getting ready to move into a new home, there are lots of home essentials that you’re going to need. Furniture, groceries, cleaning supplies, the list goes on and on. But when you move into a new home, it isn’t just about what goes inside it. It’s also about the way it contributes to your relaxed lifestyle. And the best place to relax is a beautiful lakeside community, complete with plenty of activities for those who love the outdoors. If you haven’t thought about all the different things you can do when you live in a lakeside property, consider this a brief guide to everything you’ll need to start.

When you move into a lake home, your backyard isn’t just a patch of grass. It’s the beautiful sparkl (more…)

09 Sep 2015

3 Things To Look For When Buying A New Home

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When it comes to buying a new home, there are lots of things to consider beyond the specs of the real estate. Buying a home is just the first step in a new part of your life. You want to make sure that it has all the things you’re looking for, both inside and out. Here are just a few things you should consider when looking for a new house, because it takes more than just the property to make a real home.

The neighborhood – When picking your home’s location, consider what the neighborhood around it is like. If you’re looking for a more relaxed lifestyle, a busy city building may not be a good f (more…)

09 Sep 2015

Luxury House Floor Plans Make A House Your Dream Home

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Building your dream home has been something you’ve been looking forward to all of your life. Your dream home has been just that—a dream. But now the time has come; you’re ready to fulfill that dream and finally build your home.

When you first begin the process, everything might seem daunting. There are many things to decide on, not the least of which is choosing where you want to build. Once you’ve decided on a location, it’s time to get down to the business of putting your dream together. You might look at several luxury house floor plans and models before you decide what’s best for you.

There’s no doubt in your mind that for your dream home you want the best. You’ve worked hard for this and now you’re here. You want to see custom home plans that you can tailor to your specifications. Most lu (more…)

09 Sep 2015

Have Charity Clothing Donations to Give? Try These 3 Ideas When You Donate

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Have you donated clothing before? If you’ve previously given charity clothing donations, then you probably remember gathering up some clothing from your closet and taking the items to your closest charity. You might have even thrown them into a drop box just to get it over with. While there’s nothing wrong with using these methods to donate, you do have other options, and you may even be able to inspire others to give, too.

If you’re tired of dropping off your donations or only giving once a year, try these three ideas to help give back in a big way:

Call for donation pick ups.

Did you know that giving charity clothing donations not longer requires you to lug a bunch of bags to your nearest non-profit? Today’s charities are able to stop right by your house and pick up whatever (more…)

08 Sep 2015

Tips to Make Your Wedding Great

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Planning a wedding can be a very stressful endeavor for many people. Approximately 30% of brides spend seven to 12 months planning their wedding day. More unusual wedding venues are becoming more popular as nearly 40% of couples search out unusual or offbeat romantic wedding places and nearly 35% go with outdoor venues.

What do wedding planners do?

You can go to a place that offers all inclusive event packages or hire a wedding planner but if you want to plan your wedding yourself, here are some tips to make it easier.

  1. Decide what kind of wedding you want. Are you looking for a traditional wedding? Are you and your spouse to be religious? What kind of experience do you want this wedding to be? If you set a wedding philosophy, it will help guide your other decisions. You can d (more…)

08 Sep 2015