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Millennials: First-time Homebuyer Tips and Tricks

February 20, 2014

What Millennials can do now to prepare for homeownership Research shows that over ⅓ of the Millennial generation, ages 18 to 31, either still live with or have moved back in with their parents. That indicates a sizable portion of the homebuying market is currently sitting it out on the sidelines. But that doesn’t mean Millennials can’t begin preparing for homeownership. In fact, with Mom and Dad providing some financial shelter, many might find themselves at a unique advantage for paving a successful path to…

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Finding a Dog-friendly Neighborhood

February 15, 2014

When searching for your dream neighborhood, it’s important to consider the needs of every member of the household—including the family dog! Is the community walk-worthy? How’s the traffic? Are there veterinarians and pet stores nearby? Does the city or HOA have pet or noise rules? How close is the nearest dog park?  If your dog could speak, these might be a few of his questions (ok, maybe not the one about the vet). Keeping Spot’s perspective in mind could help you choose a dog-friendly neighborhood…

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Easy Valentine’s Day Treats

February 10, 2014

Short on time, but big on sentiment? Well, you’ll be pleased to learn that preparing confections for the object of your affection doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Here are five easy Valentine’s Day treats that your special someone will absolutely LOVE. You won’t have to bake your heart out, but they’ll swear that you did! Conversation Heart Cheesecakes from Hungry Happenings Tell your sweetheart exactly how you feel this Valentine’s Day with this smooth, creamy spin on iconic conversation hearts.…

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Finding a Home That Works for the Multi-generational Family

February 6, 2014

Need a floor plan that can comfortably house multiple generations? Maybe you have a college-age son living at home, or a post-college daughter with a spouse and children. Or it could be you have an elderly parent or live-in nanny, and space is tight. You’re not alone. Multi-generational housing has been on a steady, even sharp, uptick for decades. According to a PEW Research article, the population of multi-generational households rose 75% from 1980 to 2008. A similar PEW Research study showed that the percentage of 25- to…

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Quick Game Day Snack Ideas

January 29, 2014

Gathering friends and family to watch Sunday’s big game? Serve up these quick and delicious snacks to score points with your starting lineup: Triple Pork Sliders from The Food Network. Kick off your pigskin party with this winning combination of garlic, shallots, pork, chorizo and savory applewood smoked bacon. Add a dab of the accompanying smoked paprika mayonnaise to please even the most discriminating football fans! Caramelized Chicken Wings from AllRecipes.com It just isn’t game time without a massive mound of mouthwatering wings, and this…

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