Life at Home

5 Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

February 9, 2016
Valentines Day recipes

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you have a dinner to plan! Whether you’re preparing a romantic meal for two or a feast for the entire family, you want to choose a recipe that conveys just how much you care. After all, the way to the heart is though the stomach. Following are five (somewhat) simple, satisfying Valentine’s Day dinner recipes that are sure to impress your special someone(s). Which one will you serve to your loved one(s) on February 14? Filet Mignon with Porcini…

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Local Stories

Agrihoods: Returning to Our Roots

February 2, 2016

Ever wish you were on a first-name basis with the folks who grow your food? Do you secretly long to cultivate the crops alongside the farmers? If you answered yes to either (or both!) of these questions, you might want to consider moving to an agrihood. As its name implies, an agrihood is a neighborhood built around a central farm. And this type of sustainable suburban community is becoming increasingly popular among new homebuyers across the country. Chances are, you’ve heard of the “farm-to-table movement,”…

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Buying a Home

Lesser Known Online Tools for Homebuyers

January 20, 2016

House hunting has gone digital in recent years. In fact, an overwhelming majority of buyers turn to the web at some point during the homebuying process, according to the National Association of Realtors®. If you’re in this camp, you have probably already visited a variety of homebuilder websites, along with the usual suspects: Realtor.com, Trulia, NewHomeSource and Zillow. But did you know that there are many other, lesser known online home search resources at your disposal? Following are a few sites to help with your…

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Selling a Home

Prepping Your Home for a Real Estate Photographer

January 12, 2016

Good listing photos can mean the difference between a quick sale and an epic fail. After all, the majority of buyers now begin their home search online where photos can be examined, compared, contrasted and discarded in mere minutes (sometimes only seconds!). That’s why many sellers choose to enlist the aid of a seasoned, professional real estate photographer. If you’ve already hired a pro, you’re well on your way to sporting a SOLD sign on your front lawn. But don’t send out your change of…

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Buying a Home

New Year’s Resolution: Saving for a Down Payment

January 5, 2016

It’s a new year, and you know what that means. It time, once again, for resolutions. If you resolve to leave your landlord behind—or to move into a larger, more luxurious home—this year, you may have to provide a down payment of up to 20 percent of the home’s sale price, which can be challenging. Here are some strategies to help put you on the path to homeownership. Know your numbers. The first step in saving for a down payment is establishing your budget. Examine…

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