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Amanda Pallay

After spending a restless decade spent writing, video editing, dancing to Sisters of Mercy or playing video games for days, Amanda has finally settled comfortably into her role as nerdy mom and copywriter for Quicken Loans. When not writing articles for and about veterans and service members, she can be found hanging out with her son, Jude, and daughter, Ripley. If you wanna chat about the military, Star Trek or the band Clutch - she’s your gal.
‘The Money Pit’ House Is for Sale! - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

‘The Money Pit’ House Is for Sale!

“The Money Pit” is one of the greatest comedies ever made. A young couple, played by Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, buys a house, and the renovations nearly destroy them. Bathtubs fall through floors, chickens explode from ovens! It’s hilarious. But what does a movie have to do with a mortgage blog? Everything, because “The Money Pit” house is now for sale!

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5 Space-Age Homes to Get You Excited About Modernist Architecture

I’ve never liked midcentury modern, or “Googie” architecture – until just recently. Even if you don’t know the terminology, you’d know what it was if you saw it: buildings and homes that look like they’re straight out of a 1950s sci-fi movie. Because I’ve suddenly fallen in love with these futurist homes, I wanted to share a primer of some of the coolest space-age homes for people who aren’t sure if this style is for them.

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Memorial Day 2014 Discounts and Events

Memorial Day 2014 Discounts and Events

Memorial Day is a time for reflection and remembrance for the men and women of the armed forces who lost their lives while serving our country. However, many businesses take this day as an opportunity to honor the service members who are still with us by offering several military-exclusive discounts. Check out our list here!

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National Day of Honor: A Thanks to the Veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn

National Day of Honor: A Thanks to the Veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn

President Obama declared a National Day of Honor in remembrance of the countless number of military service members who took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Nearly 4,500 American lives were lost, while many more continue to handle the effects of what they faced while in service. It’s important to remember all those who have served as well as those who sacrificed for our country. And even though our military has been involved in several operations as well as a lengthy engagement in Afghanistan since that time, it’s still important to take a moment to thank and honor the veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In remembrance of March 19, 2012 and the National Day of Honor, I am sharing President Obama’s official proclamation.

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Non-Candy Valentines for Your Little Ones

Non-Candy Valentines for Your Little Ones

I’ve compiled a great list of non-candy valentines that are inexpensive, easy to put together and yet still cool enough to stand out in the sea of Disney princesses and Nickelodeon stars. (Or, I guess, depending on the age of your kids, One Direction and Star Wars?) In fact, most of the ideas I’ve gathered can be assembled with items from the dollar store – super easy and perfect if you’re on a budget, like me.

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Understanding Bonus Entitlement

Understanding Bonus Entitlement

We’ve addressed the topic of whether you can have more than one VA loan at a time in our Google hangout, but the topic is often difficult for many veterans to understand. Because you’re dealing with entitlement and maximum loan amounts, it can seem incredibly complicated, but once it’s broken down, the process isn’t as bad as it first seems

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The 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

The 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

It’s imperative that we continue to honor those service men and women who lived and died on Pearl Harbor Day, through stories or history lessons. We cannot forget all that they did, and it’s through their stories and their experiences they will continue to live on. As poet and essayist George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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Short Sale Protection for PCS

Short Sale Protection for PCS

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have relaxed their short sale requirements to offer more protection for service members and their families. Under the terms of the new guidelines, military homeowners who have orders to move do not have to be delinquent on their mortgage in order to qualify for a short sale.

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