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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Packing & Moving

6 Expert Moving Tips and Tricks

April 2, 2012

You’ve got a big move coming up and you may be saying to yourself, “Where do I start? There’s so much to do…how do I get organized?” Not to worry, our experts have put together some effective moving tips and tricks to make your move a little easier. Start early. Usually we have a lot more to pack than we think. It’s important to give yourself enough time to get ready for moving day. To ensure you have everything ready, we suggest you start packing…

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Financing & Insuring

New Home vs. Resale Home: Homeowners Insurance Edition

March 27, 2012

One of the many hidden costs associated with older, foreclosed or distressed homes is a higher homeowners insurance premium. Here’s a glimpse at the causes behind the calculations: Does your house have a history? Filing a claim doesn’t automatically increase your insurance premiums, but a history of frequent claims could—and not just your claims. Before you buy a resale home, ask the seller for a C.L.U.E. or A-PLUS report. If the home you’re eyeing seems accident prone, that should raise red flags for you, not…

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