• This post is for all the gardeners out there! This time of year, we’re excited about combining our love of gardens with our love of prize giveaways. Whether you’re new to the gardening game or have years of experience in the backyard, this contest is for you.

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  • Summer has arrived! Keeping your kids occupied and off the couch can be a difficult task. Here are five lifesaving backyard activities that are easy and fun for everyone!

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  • In recent months, my wife and I have been on the hunt for a house. Fortunately the search is over, but in the course of looking for our dream home, we were treated to a few – shall we say – interesting approaches to decorating. These screaming, shrieking examples of what NOT to do,...

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Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Rates Drop for 3rd Straight Week!

Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Rates Drop for 3rd Straight Week!

Great news for home buyers or those waiting to refinance. Mortgage rates are down and now is the time to take advantage of a lower payment! The Wall Street Journal reported this week on Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of mortgage rates, showing rates in a decline for the third straight week.  Here’s a bit from the article: “Mortgage rates eased again last week, with long-term rates continuing their decline from the current-year high set three weeks ago, according to Freddie Mac’s (FMCC) weekly survey. Rates had seen a recent rise, hitting their highest level since April last month. They had slumped most of last year as Treasurys had declined amid economic uncertainty. The rates generally track the yields, which move inversely to Treasury prices.” Read the full article on the Wall street Journal blog. If you’re one of the people waiting for rates to come back down, your day has come. Act now or you might be sorry!

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The Best Time Ever to Buy a Home? The Experts Weigh in on NBC's Today Show

The Best Time Ever to Buy a Home? The Experts Weigh in on NBC's Today Show

Great video from NBC’s Today Show. Some of America’s top financial experts dicuss why right NOW is one of the best times in recent history to buy a home. They urge folks not to wait (with the hope mortgage rates may go lower). Rates are actually still extrememly low and with very low home prices in many markets across the country, now truly is a great time to buy.

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Libya Conflict Continues to Affect Bonds and Treasuries – Market Update

Libya Conflict Continues to Affect Bonds and Treasuries – Market Update

Bonds rallied on Friday and are up again this morning on the news of more conflict in Libya which is driving folks to the relative safety of Treasuries. The conflict in Libya is driving oil prices higher too, which also benefits Treasuries on concern that the higher gasoline prices will strain our economic recovery. Economic data released this week includes the ISM reports along with the unemployment report.

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Budgeting for Home Improvements:  Smart Tips For Projects Big or Small

Budgeting for Home Improvements: Smart Tips For Projects Big or Small

Whether it’s upgrading your fixtures, creating a new use for an underutilized room or knocking down a wall to expand your space, you could start or even complete projects before spring, a.k.a. home improvement season, arrives. With the right approach to finances and a savvy eye for off-season deals, it’s possible to make your current home your dream home – at least for now.

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