Life at Home

Easy Entertaining Ideas: Host an Outdoor Party

May 3, 2012

As the weather gets warmer and the sun shines brighter, it’s only natural to look for entertaining opportunities beyond the walls of your home. Hosting an outdoor party is a great way to take advantage of lovely spring weather. Friends will be eager to mingle after a winter of hibernating, and with no major holidays on the calendar, coordinating schedules should be a breeze. The key to any successful party? Preparation. Use the following timeline to organize a spring soirée that will blossom with laughter…

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Buying a Home

Building Your Dream Home: How to Find the Right Floor Plan for You

April 30, 2012

Building a home from the ground up gives you the freedom to choose a floor plan that fits your lifestyle. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start? Make a wish list. How many bedrooms do you need? Should any of them be on the first floor for easier access? Is a gourmet kitchen important to you? What about space for a home office or a playroom? By making a list of the features you want, you can focus on what’s…

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Life at Home

Easy Home Decorating Ideas to Welcome Spring in Style

April 24, 2012

The new year is in full swing and the long winter is beginning to thaw around the edges. It’s time to propel your home into the next season, too! Just by switching out some old things and bringing in the new, you can use these home decorating tips to get your home blooming for spring: Living room decorating ideas Brighten up your neutral sofa or loveseat by adding some colorful pillows or buying couch covers in bold statement fabrics. Change out heavy or dark draperies…

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Tucson, AZ

April 17, 2012

Breathtaking Sonoran Desert scenery, balmy winters, historic sites, excellent golfing—there’s no wrong reason to fall in love with Tucson. Here are four of our favorites: 1. Tucson quality of life. Warm, sunny days and cool, comfortable nights make any outdoor activity in Tucson delightful. The area enjoys an average of 350 days of sunshine per year, consistently low humidity and average winter temperatures of 53.2° F. That, combined with its affordability, opportunities for adult education and access to high-quality healthcare earned Tucson a #4 spot…

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Buying a Home

First-time Homebuyer Tips and Advice

April 9, 2012

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. For some, it’s a dream come true and a proud personal achievement; for others, it’s a promise for their family’s future. Like any life-altering event, though, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How should you finance? What can you afford? The real estate jargon alone can be daunting for a first-time home buyer. Relax. We’re here to help you cut through the confusion so you can make informed, confident choices. The more you know, the…

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