Spirit of the season: Enjoy the color show

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There’s something restless about fall. As the year winds down and the wind kicks up, many people want to get out of the house before settling down for the winter. What better reason than to go leaf-peeping? That’s the informal term for traveling to see brilliant displays of fall leaves. Whether you’re saying goodbye to summer reluctantly or embracing autumn

No Place Like Home: When Your Kitchen Counters Become a Catch-all

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Ways To Declutter Kitchen Counters

Clutter loves kitchen counters, filling a critical spot in our homes with stress and frustration. That’s more than just an annoyance—it can actually affect us physically. So if you’re ready to banish it this fall, read on: We’ve got some tips to get you started. Clutter can affect our mood, our self-esteem, and possibly even our health. UCLA’s Center of

Q&A: What Employment History Do I Need to Purchase a Home?

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When you apply for home financing, a general guideline is that you should have at least two years of work history to show. What home financers are looking for is consistency and a job history that makes sense. What does this mean? If you have changed jobs in the past few years, but have done so to further your career,

Have you Packed these Road Trip Essentials?

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When you’re planning a road trip, the right supply checklist can help reduce hassles and enhance enjoyment during your journey. Here are a few essentials to include. Car information. Keep your license, registration, insurance docs, and owner’s manual in the glove box. Automotive essentials. A spare tire and a car emergency kit including booster cables, lights, and standard emergency gear

Research Neighborhood Safety Before you Buy

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Safety is a top concern for many families looking to buy a new home. A little research can put your mind at ease. Here are some tips for checking out your potential new neighborhood, both online and in person. Check crime reports online A home buyer’s first question concern is often crime rates. CrimeReports.com will show you a map of

3 Reasons Why a 15-Year Contract May be Better

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Most homeowners automatically think it has to take 30 years to pay for a house. That’s why many people are surprised to find out that refinancing to a 15-year contract is possible for them – and often makes more sense. If you currently have a 30-year contract, refinancing to a 15-year one can allow you to: 1- Own your own

Don’t Leave Homeowners Insurance to Last Minute

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When you obtain a mortgage to purchase a home, you have to buy homeowner’s insurance for it. Don’t leave that to the last minute, or it can delay your home purchase. Homeowner’s insurance may help to repair or replace your home and belongings if they are damaged by certain perils covered by your policy. You’ll need to reach out to