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Father and daughter performing summer maintenance tasks in the yard.

No Sweat Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

July 4, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on No Sweat Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Fresh patties sizzle on the grill; a cool breeze tickles your neck; the sound of kids riding bikes fills the neighborhood. The sights, sounds, and smells of summer are here, and that means it’s time to review our summer home maintenance checklist. Download our Summer Home Maintenance Checklist and use our summer maintenance tips to protect... Read More

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Indoor Dog House Ideas for the ‘Ultimutt’ Pet Parents

July 1, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Indoor Dog House Ideas for the ‘Ultimutt’ Pet Parents

It may sound far-fetched, but did you know that 52 percent of pet owners have performed a home renovation to make their living space more comfortable for their pets? Your dog is a beloved member of the family, which is why we want to help you build your pooch a palace. Use these indoor dog... Read More

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When Do I Need a Down Payment Ready? 

June 27, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on When Do I Need a Down Payment Ready? 

You’ve been saving for years, and now, the time is here—you’ve noticed signs you’re ready to buy, including having good credit and sufficient income to cover your mortgage and other homeownership costs. However, you’ll need a lump sum of cash to cover part of the home’s purchase price. If that’s got you wondering, “when do... Read More

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Simple Ways to Save Water Outdoors

June 20, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Simple Ways to Save Water Outdoors

Did you know that on average, outdoor water use accounts for about 30 percent of a household’s daily water consumption? If you live in a dry part of the country, that number may climb even higher. From big changes to small actions, there are simple things you can do to save water outdoors this summer,... Read More

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Landscaping Ideas to Boost Home Value

June 13, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Landscaping Ideas to Boost Home Value

The birds are chirping and the scent of flowers wafts through the wind. That’s a sure sign summer is here, which means it’s time to whip your yard into shape. But where to begin? From maintaining a healthy lawn to planting flowers or introducing a water feature, use these easy landscaping ideas to boost home... Read More

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Is Home Price or Interest Rate More Important?

June 6, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Is Home Price or Interest Rate More Important?

Home prices are rising, and interest rates aren’t far behind, according to the National Association of Realtors. For many homebuyers, that begs the question: is home price or interest rate more important? Buying a home is subjective, and fluctuations in prices and rates can have a big impact on your finances. However, deciding which factor... Read More

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American Housing Month: Tips for Future and Current Homeowners

June 1, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on American Housing Month: Tips for Future and Current Homeowners

Have your sights set on homeownership? If you’re ready to take the leap, there’s no better time to dive in. June is American Housing Month, and we’re here to help you prepare for the homebuying journey ahead. From sharing helpful tips for new homeowners, such as strategies to deal with rising mortgage rates, to highlighting... Read More

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Corn what? Top Lawn Games for the New Homeowner

May 30, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Corn what? Top Lawn Games for the New Homeowner

The sun’s out, the grill’s hot, and the beverages are cold. When the weather warms, backyard get-togethers are a family’s sanctuary from the world. For many homeowners, it’s the perfect chance to relax, reconnect, and spend more time outdoors, including playing lawn games. Whether you’re interested in lawn games for kids, lawn games for adults,... Read More

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High Steaks: How to Prepare for Grilling Season

May 23, 2022 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on High Steaks: How to Prepare for Grilling Season

Summer is in the air, and that means the smell of barbeque should be too, right? If you’re like most homeowners, at the first sign of warmer weather, you’re ready to fire up the barbeque to prepare for grilling season. Whether you’ve got a backyard, a patio, or a small space in the driveway,  we’re... Read More

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Drought Tolerant Landscaping to Reduce Lawn Maintenance

May 22, 2022 3:48 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On average, a typical U.S. household uses about 92 gallons of water outdoors every day, with at least half of that devoted to garden and lawn maintenance, according to experts. This summer, instead of watching your grass wither, you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint with water-wise plants and drought tolerant landscaping. What... Read More