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2012

Financing & Insuring

Resolution Time! 3 Ways to Save More Money

December 24, 2012

New Year’s resolutions: Every year we make them, and every year most of us are lucky to keep them till February. Why? Because breaking bad habits is hard, and it only gets harder as time goes by and our motivation fades. But, there’s good news! If your New Year’s resolution is to save money, there are three simple ways to set yourself up for success—with virtually no willpower required. Separate your savings. Setting up an interest-bearing savings account will serve two purposes. First, obviously, it…

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Nocatee in Ponte Vedra, FL

December 17, 2012

Few areas around Jacksonville can compete with the beauty and prestige of Ponte Vedra. This seaside community is home to the PGA’s THE PLAYERS Championship, world-class resorts and acres of natural Florida wetlands. It’s within this exclusive zip code that you’ll find Nocatee, one of northeast Florida’s most popular communities. Nocatee’s combination of exceptional new homes, attractive schools, neighborhood shopping and dining, recreational opportunities, location and overall walkability have helped the master plan earn recognition as the “Best Green Community of the Year” and “Best…

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Life at Home

Christmas is Here! 5 Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

December 10, 2012
Plate of Christmas cookies for Santa

For cookie exchanges, Christmas parties, school functions and just to eat, these go-to Christmas cookies are simple and festive. Ring in the holiday season by filling your home with the delicious scent of fresh-baked cookies—and filling tummies with their delicious taste! Let us know what cookie is your favorite on Twitter or Facebook. White Chocolate Snowballs from Real Simple Make this fun sandwich cookie for Christmas, or throughout the winter season. With shredded coconut on top, these cookies become puffy snowballs in no time. Stenciled…

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Buying a Home

Cyber Shopping Tips for Finding Your Dream Home

December 3, 2012

There was a time when buyers doing a real estate search turned to the newspaper to find their next home. No longer. With sites such as NewHomeSource.com, Zillow.com and Trulia.com, cyber shopping is the new norm in real estate. When it’s your turn to “move on,” we hope you follow these quick tips for finding your dream home online: Start with a broad search first. Many real estate sites offer advanced search criteria options, but we recommend starting with the must-haves like price point, number…

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Life at Home

Choosing Paint Colors With the Sherwin-Williams® Color Visualizer

November 28, 2012

It’s no fun to select a paint color, only to get it on your walls and realize it clashes with your furniture, floor treatments or even the lighting in your room. To avoid this, try uploading a picture of the room you want to paint to the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer! This unique tool allows you to choose from the huge selection of Sherwin-Williams colors and see them virtually painted on your walls. Experiment with varying shades and hues to determine which is best for the…

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