Packing & Moving

Find the Best Restaurants, Schools & More in Your New Community

January 10, 2019

Moving to a new area can leave you feeling a little lost, but it’s actually an exciting opportunity to discover all the things that make your new community uniquely appealing. Read on for three easy ways to find top-rated spots near you and build lasting ties to your new community. Get to know the neighbors Making friends with your neighbors is a great way to instantly feel more at home in your new area—and they’re bound to have plenty of can’t-miss recommendations for everything from…

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Financing & Insuring

How to Use a Mortgage Calculator

January 9, 2019

Mortgage calculators are an underappreciated example of how the web has made home shopping easier, smarter and flashier. OK, maybe not flashier, but definitely easier and smarter, as they can provide quick insights into whether you’re able to afford a mortgage, and if so, what you’ll want or need for a down payment, monthly payment, etc. Check your borrower profile below to see which mortgage calculators you might find useful. Keep in mind, however, that while these will give you good ballpark figures, they won’t…

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Buying a Home

3 Ways to Jumpstart Your House Hunt Online

January 3, 2019
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If you’re like many people, a new home is on your 2019 wish list. But that doesn’t mean you’re ready to hire a real estate agent tomorrow and start touring houses next Saturday. Sometimes the house hunting process needs time to ramp up. We like to call it “pajama time.” You need to do some research, check out some house hunting websites, make sure your credit is in order—preferably from your sofa! If this sounds like the homebuying stage you’re at, this is the article…

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Life at Home

Planning a Noon Year’s Eve Party for Kids

December 26, 2018
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Does your son or daughter insist on ringing in the new year, but lack the stamina to stay up until the ball drops? Not to worry! Following are some “Noon Year’s Eve” necessities to help your kiddo get a jump start on the year ahead (the celebration begins at 10 a.m., sharp, on December 31!) and party with pals like it’s 2019: Festive décor. Set the stage for celebration with colorful accessories, like streamers, hats and noisemakers. Also, follow these simple steps to welcome the…

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Life at Home

Non-traditional New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

December 26, 2018
New Years 2019

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and so are confetti-filled celebrations and choruses of Auld Lang Syne. If you’re seeking inspiration for a unique spin on traditional NYE festivities, look no further: here are four creative party ideas that will make your soiree truly sensational!   Follow the call of the disco ball A ’70s-themed New Year’s party is the perfect excuse to break out the bell bottoms and boogie! For Studio 54-inspired decorations, rent a fog machine and a disco ball, and…

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