Financing & Insuring

How Much House Can I Afford?

February 25, 2013

Attractive interest rates, news of rising home values and tight rental markets have many Americans daydreaming about a new home. If you’re one of them, you may be surprised by how much home you can afford—and how easy it can be to find out. Step 1: Review your budget. If you don’t already have a budget, write down all of your regular expenses and determine what kind of payment you feel comfortable making every month. Need a budget worksheet to help you get started? There’s…

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More Buyers Seeking New Homes at Rancho Sahuarita

February 14, 2013

More and more homebuyers are making their way south of Tucson to a master-planned community called Rancho Sahuarita—and it’s easy to see why. A great location in Sahuarita, a variety of well-designed floor plans and exceptional amenities are making this community a great lifestyle choice. More to do within the neighborhood Homebuyers today are looking for more than a plot of land, four walls and a tree out front. With fuel prices ever rising, the modern buyer wants more amenities a shorter distance from their…

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Life at Home

New Twists on 3 Valentine’s Day Favorites

February 11, 2013

Roses are red, violets are blue…isn’t it time to try something new? If you’ve been struggling to come up with a creative gift idea for Valentine’s Day, this list is for you. Let’s talk conversation hearts.  There’s nothing more iconically Valentine’s Day than conversation hearts, but they’re not the tastiest of treats. The folks at theKitchn have found five flavorful ways to reinvent this classic candy. Everything’s coming up roses. If roses are what your sweetheart wants, then by all means, don’t disappoint! However, if…

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Choosing a Las Vegas Community: Where Do You Start?

January 28, 2013

Even if you’re a local, house hunting in the Las Vegas valley can be an adventure. Luckily, there are a variety of tools homebuyers can use to navigate their way through the city’s varied neighborhoods. Visit real estate websites—yes, more than one! Most web-savvy shoppers are familiar with real estate websites like Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, Homes.com, Zip Realty and FrontDoor Real Estate. These searchable sites are great for finding homes that fit your budget and space requirements, but they may not be as good at giving…

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Life at Home

Decorating a Fireplace Mantel

January 14, 2013

Whether you recently took down your holiday decorations or you just want a new look, decorating your fireplace mantel can be done any time of year. You can even change out the décor over your fireplace with the seasons. Here are some creative ideas to get you started. Play with mirrors Want to make a room appear larger? Mirrors are a great way to add the illusion of space. Try hanging one large mirror and accenting it with vases. Or consider adding a series of…

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