Selling a Home

Strategies to Keep Your House Clean When Selling

April 6, 2015

Many potential homebuyers have a tough time seeing past dust and disarray. Can you blame them? But living in your home and keeping it buyer-ready at all times can be rather daunting. Before you schedule your first showing, it’s a good idea to: Declutter and depersonalize. It may be difficult for prospective buyers to envision themselves in a home filled with family photos and knickknacks. Plus, too much clutter can make your spaces seem smaller. Now is the perfect time to purge or donate items you…

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Local Stories

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Bel Air

March 31, 2015

Thinking about moving to the Baltimore area, but don’t want to live in the hustle and bustle of Charm City proper? If so, consider these 10 reasons why scenic Bel Air should make your short list of places to call home. 10. Convenient location just 23 miles from Baltimore (75 from Philadelphia) 9. Strolling through world-renowned Ladew Topiary Gardens 8. Dozens of historic Harford County landmarks 7. Miles and miles of walking and bicycle trails that conveniently connect to public transportation 6. Saturday mornings at…

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Best Places to Live: Puyallup, WA

March 25, 2015

Situated in a fertile valley between Seattle and Mount Rainier, Puyallup has gained a reputation as one of Washington’s more exciting areas to live in—a beautiful city that doubles as a cultural hotspot and a charming icon of agriculture that’s home to Washington’s state fair, a bustling downtown scene, outdoor recreation and more. Check out some of our favorite features of this idyllic area below. PARKS & TRAILS Several parks and trails provide exceptional access to one of Puyallup’s greatest assets: its scenic landscape. If…

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Buying a Home, Financing & Insuring

Getting Prequalified After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale

March 19, 2015

Life sometimes takes us on unexpected journeys. You may think you’re heading in one direction and then—surprise—you’re on a completely different path. For example, if you experience a major credit event, such as a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale, your credit score can be severely impacted, which can affect your chances at qualifying for a mortgage loan. Chances are you’ll eventually be able to consider home buying—but it might take a little longer than usual. So, what can you do if you find yourself in…

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Life at Home

7 Must-have Kitchen Tools

March 16, 2015

How well-stocked is your kitchen? You probably have the basics, like cutting boards and colanders—perhaps even a salad spinner or panini press. But there’s a whole world of innovative cooking contraptions just waiting to be discovered. Read on to learn about seven of our favorites! Spiral vegetable slicer. Instantly transform nutritious veggies, like zucchini, carrots and sweet potatoes, into delicious pasta-like ribbons (we’re talking thin strands, spirals and even accordion cuts!) with the 4-blade Paderno Spiralizer from Williams Sonoma. This go-to gadget is perfect for…

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