Financing & Insuring

Deciding on a Conventional vs. FHA Home Loan

May 21, 2018

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and conventional (or conforming) home loans have long been the most common mortgage options on the market. But which one is right for you? First, it’s important to clear up a major misconception that an FHA home loan is only for first-time homebuyers. While that’s a myth, it is true is that FHA loans have historically been more attractive to first-time homebuyers due to lower down payment requirements and interest rates. But as you’ll see, the differences between FHA and conventional…

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Life at Home

Home at First Sight

May 17, 2018

Earline Phillips was eager to transition from a townhome to a ranch-style home and knew that she had found her new community as soon as she stepped inside the model homes at Seasons at Traditions in Aurora, Colorado. With a thoughtfully designed kitchen that flows into a spacious great room and two private bedrooms, the Amethyst floor plan was just the right fit. Earline planned to create a home that she would want to stay in forever, and she enjoyed working with her Home Gallery™…

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Packing & Moving

Packing Tips for a Quick Move

May 14, 2018
Packing up a kitchen

Moving Day is fast approaching and you haven’t packed a single thing. Not to worry! Whether you just contracted on a quick move-in home or you’ve simply put off boxing your belongings until the very last minute, we’ve got you covered. Following are some tried-and-true packing pointers to help ensure your upcoming move is speedy, seamless and, above all else, stress-free: Sort your belongings beforehand. Take some time ahead of time to divide your possessions into three categories: keep, donate and toss. Though it may…

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Life at Home

Ways to Make Mother’s Day Memorable

May 8, 2018
Family Enjoying Outdoor Barbeque In Garden

Moms deserve to be celebrated year round, but Mother’s Day should be extra special. Check out our Mother’s Day ideas for fun, easy activities that will bring a smile to mom’s face! Cook up mom’s greatest culinary hits. They may not always have been Michelin-star worthy, but mom’s home-cooked meals were on the table and ready for the family every night. Pick a few favorites—lasagna, meat loaf, brownies—and whip them all up with creative twists. Make it as easy as possible for mom by doing…

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Buying a Home

The Advantages of a Spec Home

May 4, 2018

If you’ve been in the market for a brand-new home, you might have heard something about spec homes—or perhaps inventory homes, move-in ready homes or homes under construction. Our personal favorite is quick move-in homes, but they all refer to the same thing: new homes that builders begin construction on before they’re under contract to a buyer. This enables new communities to keep a steady flow of homes for prospective homeowners. It also provides you, the homebuyer, with some special advantages. Read on for how…

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