Life at Home

Preparing for Home Holiday Guests

December 12, 2017

Expecting houseguests this holiday season? After all, ‘tis the time to gather with family and friends! Following are some simple ways to help ensure your visitors enjoy their holiday stay in your home: Wow them with a welcome basket. Nothing says “So glad you’re here!” quite like a gift basket. Include magazines, snacks (extra points for locally sourced items!), sunscreen, body lotion, holiday-themed socks and any other seasonal items your guests might enjoy. Give them a spare key. Reassure home holiday guests that they can…

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Financing & Insuring

What Credit Score Do I Need for a Mortgage?

December 8, 2017

Wondering what credit score you need to qualify for a mortgage? You’d be wise to ask. Your credit score (also known as a FICO® score) is one of the most important elements of qualifying for a home loan—and helps lenders determine your interest rate in the event you do qualify. While there isn’t a strict credit score standard that applies to all lenders—who have varying  requirements for loan origination—there are baseline standards if you’re applying for an FHA loan backed by the US government. To…

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Buying a Home

Enrich Your Lifestyle with Community Amenities

December 5, 2017

When it comes to house hunting, there’s a lot more to consider than just the price of the home. Look for a location that caters to your interests and priorities—after all, you’re not just buying a home, you’re investing in a lifestyle.   Focus on lifestyle When narrowing down your home search, it’s a good idea to research community amenities. The right amenities can make all the difference by enriching your life and putting coveted features at your fingertips. Do you like to stay active…

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Life at Home

Lighting for a Relaxing Great Room

November 30, 2017
The Samson

Today, our friends at Progress Lighting are sharing a few tips to help choose your lighting for a relaxing great room! From holiday celebrations with family to cozy movie date nights, the living room is essential to planned gatherings, as well as everyday life at home. The key to creating an inviting space for your guests is using a layered approach with your lighting. A layered lighting approach involves using a combination of different fixtures to create overall illumination in a space. Instead of choosing…

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Buying a Home

Which Homebuilder is the Best?

November 29, 2017

Just starting your new home search? Well, you may soon realize that not all homebuilders are created equal. Don’t assume every builder offers the same standard home features and options. Instead, do a little house-hunting homework. Here are some questions to keep in mind when comparing various homebuilders: How long have you been in business? Do you offer a variety of floor plans? Are there furnished models I can tour to get a better feel for your product? Will you allow me to personalize my…

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