Life at Home

Lunch Box Roundup

July 31, 2015

School’s just around the corner, and it’s time, once again, to gather the gear your child(ren) will need for a fun and productive year. But we’re not here to talk paper, pencils and protractors. Today, we’re focusing exclusively on one of the season’s hottest educational accessories, arguably second only to the backpack: the lunch box. Food for thought In a day that’s typically filled with rules, schedules and a whole lot of structure, lunchtime gives kids a chance to relax, refuel and reconnect with their…

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Financing & Insuring

What is a USDA Loan?

July 27, 2015

The USDA (short for United States Department of Agriculture) doesn’t just certify that your favorite cut of beef is fit for the grill; among many other things, it also guarantees or directly provides loans to qualified homebuyers in rural communities. If you’re a low- to moderate-income applicant in an eligible rural area, USDA financing might be a good option for you. Types of USDA loans Direct loans For low-income applicants. These loans are issued directly from the government to the buyer, and require no down…

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Local Stories

The Hunt for Great School Districts in the US

July 20, 2015

For parents of school-age children, a great school district is probably at the top of the new home wish list. And let’s face it, even if you don’t have kids, highly-acclaimed schools can be positive for resale value in the future. For those looking to relocate, we’ve rounded up some areas boasting notable school districts. ROCKLIN, CA Located approximately 22 miles from Sacramento, Rocklin has a beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain backdrop. Notable schools and outdoor recreation make it a great place to call home. Residents…

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Life at Home

Tips for Coordinating Your Home’s Color Scheme

July 14, 2015

Feeling inspired by our model homes? Here’s a handy infographic to help you recreate that model-home look in your own space. Using our Las Vegas models as an example, we’ve illustrated ways to pick a unified color palette and carry it throughout your home. Ready to try out these ideas in your décor? We’d love to see the results! Email photos to questions@richmondamerican.com.

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8 Ways to Help Protect Your Home While on Vacation

July 7, 2015

Making plans to take a well-deserved vacation is an exciting time. When you’re deciding where to go and what to pack, it’s also important to consider another issue—namely, what can you do to help protect your home while you’re away? There’s no full-proof formula for keeping your home safe, but following these tips may give you greater peace of mind so your vacation is as it should be—relaxing! Leave lights on a timer: An empty house can be a potential invitation for mischief. Using a…

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