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15-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages Hit Record Low

After skyrocketing two weeks ago, it seems that mortgage rates have fallen back to territory that we have been enjoying for most of the year. One week mortgage rates jump up for no reason, then the next week they fall to record lows. Seems to me that if you are thinking about refinancing or locking in to a mortgage that you shouldn’t wait much longer.

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5 Don’ts of DIY Home Improvements

Do-it-yourself home improvement projects can be the most cost-efficient way to repair or add value to your home. In an effort to guide you away from the common pitfalls of do-it-yourself upgrades, I present you with five don’ts of DIY home improvements.

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Gain More Closet Space with Unique Storage Options

If you’re married or share a home with a loved one, impromptu purchases are twice as likely to happen on any given day, shrinking your closet space, one purchase at a time. Before you resort to hanging your clothes in your kitchen or storing your shoes on the mantel, I present you with unique storage options to gain more closet space.

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3 Things Home Buyers Should Never Say to a Realtor

Not many homebuyers realize that some of the things they say can slow down the process, derail a sale or even cause your agent to dump you. Here are three things you should never say to your real estate agent or broker:

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UpTo App Q&A with Chief Product Officer Chris Kaufman

Get ready for the next biggest app to hit your iPhone…UpTo. It’s free, and as the name suggests, it let’s you share what you’re up to before you do it, so your friends and family can plan accordingly.

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Unexpected Things I Found While House Hunting

House hunting is an adventure, but working more than 40 hours a week and attempting to see prospective homes is a challenge. We turned our hunt into a one-day marathon. In one house after the other, we found some things we would have never expected to look for.

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Easter Baskets on a Budget: 7 Ways to Make a Hoppin’ Basket

It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to make an Easter basket; you can make them on any budget, from dollar store items to personalized Bibles and more.

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Find The Best Online Deals

I’ve been known to have the sixth sense for a deal from a mile away, and smell a clearance rack as if it were a succulent slice of pizza. And the great thing is that I’m able to do most of this online, and you can too! It’s super easy to save when you know how to find the deals. Read on to see a few of my favorite lesser-known online deal tricks!

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Short Sale Process Tips to Keep Your Sanity

Are you counting down the days until you have short sale approval? Here are some tips to help keep you sane during the process.

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Captive Agents vs Insurance Brokerages – Insurance Insights

What’s the difference between a captive agent and an insurance broker? Learn about advantages that will help you save money, time, and find the best policy.

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