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4 Reasons to Go Solar

January 9, 2012

  Solar energy has been around for decades, so why is it suddenly a hot topic for homeowners? Like many market trends, the answer can be found in your wallet. Recent breakthroughs in solar cell design and manufacturing have taken solar panels out of the realm of environmental enthusiasts and made them not just an affordable option, but a smart energy-saving choice for the future. Why? See our top four reasons below. To learn how solar panels work, view this video by the U.S. Department…

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Selling a Home

5 Tips for Selling a Home

January 1, 2012

For most homeowners, there comes a moment when their home no longer meets their needs. Fortunately, when it’s time to sell your home, there are simple things you can do to make your house stand out among the competition. 1. Think curb appeal. The first tip for selling your home is to lead with a good first impression. Make sure buyers will want to take a closer look. Consider these curb-altering ideas: Change out your house numbers, lighting fixtures and mailbox & door hardware Remove…

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Life at Home

New Year’s Party… With a Twist

December 26, 2011

For many of us, spending New Year’s Eve in the comfort of our own home sounds far more appealing than going out and facing the crowds. But how do you keep auld lang syne from feeling same-old, same-old? In fact, there are many creative ways you can transform an annual occasion into an evening to remember. It takes nothing more than a simple twist to go from ordinary to extraordinary. The plan: Invite friends over for a dinner party. The twist: Savor the world…without ever…

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Buying a Home

What to Expect When Building a New Home

December 13, 2011

Building a new home can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, but can also be a time filled with questions. From breaking ground to moving in and getting settled, make sure you choose a builder willing to provide personal care every step of the way. It’s important that you walk away with both a home you love and a positive experience you’ll always remember. What you should know up front is that every builder has a slightly different home building process after you contract.…

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Life at Home

Easy Dinners: Barbecue Black Bean Chili

December 9, 2011

As the weather turns cold and the holidays approach, it seems that just when you need comfort food most, there’s no time to fix it. Relax! You can still enjoy a flavorful meal at the end of your busy day with this easy dinner recipe by GE®. In just 20 minutes, you could be serving up this warm, simple dish, designed to feed six. Ingredients 1 jar (18 oz.) original barbecue sauce with shredded pork or chicken 2 cans (30 oz.) black beans, drained &…

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