Just because you have an opportunity to meet your new neighbors after you move into the neighborhood doesn't necessarily make it easier to do. But getting to know your neighbors will help you feel like your at home and settled into your new space.

Careful Observation

Check out your neighborhood. Note those who seem to have kids, (toys out front, loud screams from the backyard, and parents frant...

October 31, 2018

If houses are like spouses, a neighborhood is like the extended family. But while you can have a good marriage and still dread holidays with the in-laws, you'll never love a house if you don't like your neighborhood.

How can you choose the right community? Become a neighborhood detective. Figure out what you're looking for, do research and find a neighborhood that fits your description. You don't e...

October 17, 2018

After a beautiful wedding celebration and exotic honeymoon, you and your loved one are ready to settle in and enjoy your newly married bliss, especially in a new home. Although putting together a house can seem like an everlasting project, you can make it your home right away with the following new-home essentials.

Drapes

Create a color scheme for your home by starting with your window treatments. T...

October 17, 2018

Have you ever been grocery shopping only to find yourself wondering if you still have butter in your fridge? This conundrum might be a thing of the past in the smart home of the future. Smart refrigerators allow you to check out the contents of your fridge by viewing it from your phone no matter where you are. Smart refrigerators and other smart devices are showing us the possibilities of a smart...

Leaving your dog home alone is hard on both of you. It’s tough to leave that sweet face behind! But the truth is, your dog can handle short periods of alone time just fine, especially if you set up a “dog-safe zone” to keep them comfortable and entertained.

Whether it’s a well-appointed crate or an entire spare room, read on to learn everything you need to create the perfec...

The VA home loan program is more important today than ever before and is one of the most powerful loan options on the market for active military and veterans. It’s increasingly difficult for many military borrowers to build the credit and assets necessary to move forward with conventional home financing.

The VA loan program’s advantages over other loan types are a big reason why VA loan volume...

Working from home has a lot of upsides— better work-life balance, no commute, but the ability to design an office you love is an upside too. We reached out to Linda Varone, author of The Smarter Home Office, and Michael Chauliac, VP of Marketing at Poppin, the online office supply and furniture retailer, for advice on creating the ultimate home office: one that makes you crazy productive, and happ...

October 10, 2018

Staging a house for sale can be a time-consuming process. According to some experts, it may cost you anywhere from $200 – $2,000, depending on how much work is needed. But is it really worth the time and expense? Does it really make a difference? In a word … yes! Here are 14 reasons why you should stage your house before you try to sell it.

1. You’ll Increase the Likelihood of a Sale

When selli...

Sooner or later, many families face the prospect of moving. Disruptive as moving can be for parents, the experience can be even more traumatic for kids, who may not be a part of the decision to move and might not understand it.

Kids can need some time and special attention during the transition. Try these tips to make the process less stressful for everyone.

Making the Decision to Move

Many kids thri...

VA loans offer a host of huge benefits, from $0 down payment and no mortgage insurance to limits on what buyers can pay in closing costs.

It’s part of a benefit program that’s helped millions of veterans and military members purchase a home since World War II.

But this is also a specialized mortgage option with some unique requirements: VA loans may not be the right fit for every military buyer.

Here...

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