Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Fort Collins, CO

December 5, 2011

Year after year, Fort Collins, Colorado appears on Money magazine’s list of “Best Places to Live,” and it’s not hard to see why. Twenty-nine miles of hiking and biking trails along the scenic front range of the Rocky Mountains, a quaint Old Town historic district with dozens of restaurants and shops, a growing microbrew community, and a thriving art scene are just a few of the area’s highlights. Fort Collins job market On the surface, Fort Collins seems like any other small college town: university-focused…

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Financing & Insuring

3 Ways to Make Today’s Interest Rates Work for You

November 2, 2011

1: Take advantage of lower monthly payments. If you’re considering buying a new home in the coming months, there’s one benefit to today’s low rates that can’t be ignored: lower monthly mortgage payments. To help show you the significance of current rates, let’s look at an example. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in September 2002 had a 6.26% interest rate (HSH.com). Nine years later, in September of this year, the average 30-year fixed rate was at 4.09%. CNN reported that, according to mortgage giant Freddie…

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Jacksonville, FL

October 20, 2011

Maybe it’s the 80,000 acres of parkland and nature preserves, the miles of sun-drenched beaches or the outstanding air quality. Maybe it’s the world-class performing arts, the 40+ museums or the pro sports. However you slice it, Jacksonville’s unique blend of outdoor adventure and urban vitality puts it on our list of best places to live. We’re not the first to spot Jacksonville’s star qualities. The coastal metropolis was ranked one of “America’s 50 Best Cities” by Bloomberg Businessweek, #3 in Forbes‘ “Happiest Cities to…

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Buying a Home

Energy Wise Spotlight: Low-e Windows

October 9, 2011

“I have to draw blackout curtains in the summer to keep the heat out.”   “My windows are ice-cold and drafty in winter.”   “The carpet and upholstery near my windows and sliding glass doors are fading.”   If this sounds familiar, you may be throwing money out the window. Hot spots in summer, drafts in winter and sun bleaching are telltale signs that your glass lacks the low-emissivity engineering found in newer windows and doors—a difference that could cost you much more than your…

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Packing & Moving

A Moving Checklist for Your Kids

September 26, 2011

Make moving a stress-free experience for you and a fun one for your kids! Involve them in the process with our 6-week moving checklist for kids 10 and under. 6 weeks before the move: If you are moving to a new city or state, do some research with your kids. Get some simple books or magazines about the area and have your children list the things that they like about the new city, state or neighborhood. Start a list of fun things you want to…

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