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What is PMI? 3 things you need to know

The traditional 20 percent down payment isn’t feasible for a significant portion of hopeful homebuyers. Luckily, there are plenty of loan options out there that don’t

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3 Dream Kitchens

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How to Protect Yourself from Scams

Phishing scams have been around since the dawn of the internet, but this new type of scam is as sophisticated as it is devastating. Known as a mortgage closing scam, this scam targets

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Epic Moving Guide

Let’s face it, moving is stressful. That’s why we’ve created an epic moving checklist to help you stay on track. We’re here to help you figure out exactly what you should be

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7 Painting Hacks to Get the Look of a Pro — Without the Pro Price

A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue.Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the

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Home Maintenance Tips for New Homeowners (A Money Saving Guide)

When you become a first-time home buyer, you gain an entirely new appreciation for the amount of work that landlords and homeowners do to keep up their properties.When you were renting, your

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Benefits of Traveling for Self-Discovery

You may not need a lot of convincing when it comes to finding a reason to travel—especially when considering a trip to a foreign country. Exploring the world, seeing new places, and learning

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Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is known as an ancient Andean grain, but it’s not a grain—it’s a seed! Quinoa seeds originated and is cultivated in South

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10 Emotional Triggers That Are Holding You Back

One of the least discussed but most powerful ways to align with your true purpose is to identify and release the emotional triggers that are slowing you down and guiding you off course.What Is An

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Channel Restlessness to Good

Whether you’ve got something major on your mind or you’ve eaten too much sugar, sometimes it simply feels impossible to sit still. You may be familiar with the feelings: antsy feet,

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10 Anti-Aging Foods to Include in Your Diet

Your outer beauty and radiance are a direct reflection of your inner health. The foods you eat unequivocally influence your personal fountain of youth down to a cellular level. One essential quality

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Play Therapy

All stress and no play makes Jill grumpy, unproductive and ....Well we all know that stress can cause a litany of diseases, syndromes, and conditions, which can plague our body, mind, and soul. So I

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Organization Tips

1. Start in one placeIf you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one. You decide which one to start with — is it the area that gives you the biggest

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Top Gardening Trends

Garden trends for 2018 will permeate every corner of outdoor spaces, from small patios to spacious backyards. Whether you want to design a peaceful natural oasis or give your backyard a more

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Essential Gardening Tools

Taking a stroll through your garden only to find your favorite plant looking all shriveled and sickly can be a hard pill to swallow. Plants are delicate and almost all of them require someone to

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Gardening Problems Solved!

Gardens are one of the beautiful things that were created from the beginning of time. With time we, humans grew fond of these magical creations and tried to have our own miniature versions. Well,

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Environment Friendly Gardens

At first glance, gardening is synergistic with environmentalism. Both involve fostering the growth of the environment. But the way in which this growth is pursued in gardening determines the extent

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Save Money on Landscaping

Whether you’re simply installing a new patio or looking to completely overhaul your garden, a failure to plan your project effectively can result in your budget rapidly spiraling out of.

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Gardening Tips

Believe it or not; gardening is one of the top physical activities you can enroll in. As a matter of fact, the CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies it as a great outdoor

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Gardening 101 - Basics

Having a yard for the first time can be really exciting, but if you have never cared for a garden and lawn before, you probably don’t know where to begin. The most important thing is not to

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Forwarding Mail: How to Get Your Mail at Your New Place

Preparing to move to a new address? Forwarding mail to your new place is critical.   Change your address with the postal serviceAlert government agencies and utilitiesCheck your old

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9 Surprising Things You Should Never Leave in the Bathroom

Just because you spend a lot of time in your bathroom—showering, shaving, putting on makeup, or even catching up on a good book—it doesn't mean you need to store all your

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Get to Know Your Neighbors, Even if You’re Shy

Neighborliness usually delivers big benefits. Here are three excellent reasons to get to know your neighbors.   Increased safety (good neighbors look out for each other)Improved

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Get to Know Your Neighbors, Even if You’re Shy

Neighborliness usually delivers big benefits. Here are three excellent reasons to get to know your neighbors.   Increased safety (good neighbors look out for each other)Improved

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How to Avoid a Low Home Apprais

Even when a seller and buyer agree on a price for a home, the deal can collapse if the property appraises for less than that price.   For example, let's say a seller lists his house

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HOW TO APPEAL YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL

By: Barbara Eisner BayerIt’s possible to trim your property tax bill by appealing the value the taxman assigned to your home. That “assessed value” is what’s used to

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WHEN IT'S TIME TO GET AN ACCOUNTANT TO DO YOUR TAXES

WHEN IT'S TIME TO GET AN ACCOUNTANT TO DO YOUR TAXESBy: Alaina TweddaleThe federal tax law signed by President Donald Trump Dec. 22, 2017, may affect home ownership tax benefits described in this

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BUYERS TAKING LONGER TO FIND A HOME TO BUY

SHOPPING FOR A HOME? IT WILL TAKE A LOT LONGER THAN YOU THINKSource: CNBCHomes today are selling in about 40 days on average, almost two weeks faster than a year ago. But it is taking a lot longer

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Higher Interest Rates Don't Deter Buyers

Small Percentage of Buyers Would Cancel Plans to Buy if Mortgage Rates Surpassed 5%Just 6 percent of prospective homebuyers would halt their home search if mortgage rates rose above 5 percent,

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FINANCES FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP

Preparing your finances for home ownership begins the day someone decides they actually want to buy a home. After all, saving for a down payment doesn’t just happen overnight! So, how do you

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5 REASONS IT’LL PAY TO SELL YOUR HOME EARLY in 2018

It's been nearly a decade since the Great Recession delivered the worst housing crash in modern memory. But these days, the fallout feels squarely in the rearview mirror. Markets have bounced back

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