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Summer Reading: Books to Enjoy This Season

June 6, 2017
Stack of books at home

Nothing is better than summer reading. These excellent books are sure to help you get lost in a story, learn something or both! Little Bee by Chris Cleave Little Bee is no beach read. The novel encourages readers to evaluate the true distinction between right and wrong. The two main characters are a Nigerian orphan and British tourist who have nothing in common on the surface. They both show their humanity when put to the test. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell If you’re seeking thought-provoking non-fiction,…

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Buying a Home

6 Features to Look for in Your Next Master Bath

May 23, 2017
The Clarissa Master Bath

Kitchens are important. Outdoor living spaces top many a wish list. But let’s all take a moment to acknowledge that master bathrooms are where the real pampering takes place. What could be better than retreating to a serene, spa-like space at the end of a long, stressful day—without even having to leave your home? Following are six features to look for in your next master bath. Quartz countertops Enjoy the eye-catching elegance of marble minus the maintenance with sleek, chic and durable quartz countertops. Unlike…

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Packing & Moving

Preparing for a Move: How to Declutter & Minimize

April 13, 2017
Couple packing in the living room

It pays to know the difference between your treasure and your trash, particularly when it comes to moving. No sense in hauling what’s effectively dead weight, right? But the process of determining—and purging—what doesn’t hold personal worth can carry a fair degree of murk and uncertainty. Does this have lasting sentimental value? How much of something is too much? Won’t I need this someday? After all, you’re not just organizing random objects; you’re organizing your life. But rest easy. Many have emerged from the decluttering…

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Financing & Insuring

Lock in Today’s Mortgage Rate until 2018

March 20, 2017
Dayton at Saddle Rock

Planning to buy a home this year? If you’ve been keeping a nervous eye on news from the Federal Reserve, wondering if you’re missing out on your best mortgage rate because you’re not ready to close, an extended rate lock might be just the thing you need to move forward with confidence. What is an extended rate lock? A buyer typically has sixty days to close a loan after locking in a mortgage rate. With an extended rate lock by HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, you can…

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Buying a Home

How to Save for a Down Payment on a House

January 26, 2017
Couple saving money

There is no way around it; buying a home is a big deal! It’s an exciting opportunity to build new memories in a space that is truly your own. Part of embarking on the path toward homeownership is saving for the down payment. Luckily, there are straightforward techniques you can use to save for the down payment on your new home. Here are some of our favorite ideas:   Decide how much your future home is going to cost. While having an exact amount in…

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