General Interest

Sept. 8, 2015

Things That Kill Your Credit

Some people take their credit for granted and don’t start paying attention to it until they need it. The problem with this is that it could delay if not altogether cause the loan to be denied.


The most common issue is not correcting items on your credit report. A large ...

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May 19, 2015

How Much Would Your Favorite TV Homes Cost in Real Life?

From Roseanne Conner's home in the fictional Lanford, Ill. to the Dunphy's gorgeous space in West Los Angeles, Calif., it's fun to imagine what the real-life homes of our favorite families from television history would've cost. (There's no question Phil Dunphy found himself a great ...

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Jan. 20, 2015

Get Ready to Garage Sale

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A well-planned garage or yard sale can make room in your home, get rid of unused items and make some money but it needs some planning to be successful.

  • Start early to research and plan
  • Promotion is key
  • Display items attractively
  • Price items right
  • Organize checkout

Saturdays are generally the ...

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Jan. 6, 2015

Reducing Interest Expense

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0% financing has induced car buyers into taking the plunge because it doesn’t cost anything to use someone else’s money. While mortgage rates are not at zero, they’re close enough that many buyers are applying similar logic.

Qualified mortgage interest is deductible on taxpayers' returns subject to the maximum acquisition ...

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Dec. 9, 2014

Being a Good Neighbor


A good neighbor might be characterized as someone who’ll look after your home when you’re out of town by picking up your mail and watering your plants. You’d most likely reciprocate for anyone who’d be so generous toward you.

In some cases, you might only be able to name one ...

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Dec. 2, 2014

Holiday Tree Safety


Fresh holiday trees are beautiful, smell great and really add to the spirit of the season. Following some proven safety tips might help you avoid a disaster and keep the Grinch away.

  • Select a tree with fresh green needles that don’t fall off when touched or when the trunk is ...
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Nov. 20, 2014

Landscape Projects, Supplies Come Cheap as Winter Nears

In much of the country, winter is quickly approaching, or already here. I was just clued in by my colleagues at AARP about fantastic opportunities in late fall that could give you a real jump on beautifying your lawns and landscapes next spring.

According to a new AARP report by ...

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Nov. 17, 2014

From Paint to Pools - Smart Shoppers Wait for Winter Bargains

Never mind the holiday season – if I had just one wish this holiday season, it would be that you save all your holiday spending until at least January.

There's nothing new about post-holiday sales on just about everything. But if is any predictor - and your New ...

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Nov. 16, 2014

There Is No Job Too Small to Outsource

The two most common phrases I hear from agents are “nobody can do it as good as me” and “my market is different than all the others.” While it may be true that nobody can do it exactly like you, this myth that is expounded from the mouths of ...

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Oct. 23, 2014

How to Improve Your Company's Mood

Is your company in a bad mood? The signs aren’t always overt. People aren’t biting each other’s heads off or glaring sullenly across the conference table. (That’s home, not work!) Instead, it feels like everyone is just…coasting. Rather than digging for solutions, they make a cursory effort and then lay ...

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