Life at Home

9 to 5 the Right Way; How to Fit Daily Workouts into Your Work Day

March 12, 2018
Under-the-desk eliptical machine

Between meetings, conference calls and endless to-do lists, it can feel almost impossible to fit a lunch break into your work day, let alone a workout.  Studies have shown, however, that staying seated hour after hour can have a negative impact on your health.  Don’t fall prey to a full day without physical activity; make movement a daily priority and work a few of our suggestions into your schedule. Make your commute a workout No one enjoys sitting in traffic, so if you can, skip…

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Life at Home

The Beauty Is in the Backsplash

March 8, 2018

This blog was written by Emser Tile, a leading designer, marketer and producer of fine tile and natural stone, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. For more information, explore the Emser Tile blog – Finishing Thoughts. One of the most raved-about design elements in a home is the kitchen backsplash. From shape to finish to color to texture, there are countless ways to create a backsplash that matches your design tastes and personality. If you are considering a kitchen update—or planning your new home’s kitchen…

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Buying a Home

7 Steps to Making a New Home Purchase

March 7, 2018
Streetscape at Inspirato

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, you’re new to new construction, or you simply haven’t bought a home in years, we’d like to demystify the process for you! Here are the first steps involved in making a new home purchase. Save for a down payment It may be the first step when buying any home, yet many people don’t know how much to save for a down payment. When Richmond American conducted a focus group study, we found that current renters were either under or overestimating…

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Financing & Insuring

5 Ways to Help Maintain (or Improve) Your Credit Score

March 3, 2018

Keeping a spotless credit history can be tough, but if you’re hoping to buy a home, maintaining or improving your credit score is well worth the effort. Factors like your FICO® score help lenders determine your creditworthiness, which in turn affects what mortgage rates, loan amounts and terms they can offer you. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do for your credit health. 1. Check your credit regularly and report any errors. Before you can improve your credit, you’ll need to know where you…

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Local Stories

Michelle’s High-quality Homebuying Experience

March 1, 2018
Woman poses in front of her new home

As part of beginning a new chapter of her life, Michelle was ready to find a new place to call home. When she saw Fallbrook at Riverwalk Vista in Riverside, California, she knew that the community was for her. One of her main priorities in a new home was its walkability. She found this and so much more in her new neighborhood. The two-story floor plan Michelle chose was just the right fit. She appreciated the privacy of the master suite and loved the covered…

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