Buying a Home

Quiz: What Type of Homebuyer Are You?

January 16, 2014

Are you the type of homebuyer who debates over every little detail or do you make your decisions on the fly? Take our quiz and learn more about your buying style. The way you start your home search may be different depending on how you would like to approach the overall purchasing process. Please keep track of your “yes” answers by checking the boxes below. 1. Do you keep a wish list of must-haves and prioritize them before you start your home search? 2. Are…

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Local Stories

Relocating to a New Home in Laveen, AZ

January 13, 2014

Known for its big sky, bright stars and breathtaking sunsets, Arizona is popular among tourists and homebuyers alike. And the striking city of Laveen is the perfect place to call home. Laveen offers a dramatic desert backdrop, mild winter weather and close proximity to schools, shopping, dining and recreation—plus it’s located just eight miles from beautiful downtown Phoenix! Whether you’re relocating to a new home in Laveen, AZ, or you’re just passing through, you’ll definitely want to check out these popular local attractions: Mystery Castle –…

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Life at Home

5 Steps for Organizing Your Laundry Room

January 9, 2014

Is using your laundry room more of a chore than the laundry itself? Whether you’ve got a spacious laundry room with a view or a cozy closet, organization is essential. Here’s a step-by-step guide for creating a more comfortable, workable space. 1. Purge! Pull everything out of cabinets and off shelves. Discard things you don’t need and—if you have the option—try to find other homes for things that aren’t laundry-related. Tip: This is a good time to dust and sweep your laundry room. 2. Sort.…

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Financing & Insuring

Finding the Right Mortgage for You in 2014

January 3, 2014

If you haven’t been paying attention to mortgage news in the past year, you should know there have been some changes. Homebuyers looking to apply for a home loan in 2014 will face different options and challenges than buyers had in previous years. Do you still qualify for an FHA loan? Benefits such as lower down payment and credit score requirements have drawn homebuyers to Federal Housing Administration insured mortgages (FHA loans) for years. However, as of January 1, 2014, FHA loan limits lowered across…

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Life at Home

Healthy Appetizer Recipes for 2014

December 18, 2013

The New Year is a time for family, friends and food. But it’s also a time for resolutions, many of which revolve around healthy eating and weight loss. Whether you’re planning a grand gathering or an intimate dinner party this New Year’s Eve, fresh flavorful ingredients prepared in a healthful manner (i.e., hello, lean proteins and so long, deep fryer!) can help you and your guests emerge with your resolve—and your waistlines—intact. Ring in the New Year and charm your friends and family with seven…

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