Tag Archives: Home Owners

Preparing Your Home for a New Dog

Preparing Your Home for a New Dog

A while ago, I provided some tips on moving with a pet, but this time I wanted to give you some tips on adding a new dog to your family or getting one for the first time. Read on for ways to get your home dog ready. I’ll also include some great local places where you can adopt a dog. Continue reading

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Life in the Suburbs of NOVA vs. Life in the City

Life in the Suburbs of NOVA vs. Life in the City

As millennials get older and start having kids, they are leaving the bright lights and all the excitement of the city to reap the benefits of suburban living. Washington, D.C. may be where a lot of the jobs are, but you just may decide that living in Northern Virginia meets your family’s needs far better than living in the city. Continue reading

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Creating Your Own Backyard Oasis

Creating Your Own Backyard Oasis

With the current pandemic, most of us are spending a lot more time at home, and it’s also summer, so that means more time outdoors. Many people are also turning their backyard into their own little paradise. Why not do the same? If you already have a patio or deck, there are things you can do to enhance that space and make it more enjoyable. Even if you don’t, adding a waterfall or a garden to your backyard can make it a respite for you and your family. Continue reading

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Tri-Merge Credit Report

Tri-Merge Credit Report

When you apply for a loan to buy a house, the mortgage lender, in order to protect their interests, will check your credit to determine how likely you are to pay back the loan. The credit check the lender does is different from the credit check that’s done if you are buying a car or applying for a student loan or other personal loan. Mortgage lenders rely on a special type of credit report called a tri-merge credit report. Continue reading

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Home Security – 8 Best Choices

Home Security – 8 Best Choices

Now that you’re settled in your home, you want to make sure you keep your family and your belongings safe. That’s where home security comes in. Thanks to all the latest tech (and some classic methods), there are so many options for securing your home. Many of them can even connect to your smartphone for additional convenience. Here are my favorite home security picks. Continue reading

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Smart Homes: The Latest Connections and How They Save You Time and Energy

Smart Homes: The Latest Connections and How They Save You Time and Energy

There’s an app for just about everything today, including apps to run every aspect of your smart home. If something in your home has electricity running through it, chances are you can upgrade it to a smart device. Smart devices help you easily control your home appliances and systems with the push of a few buttons. They will also save you money by making the most efficient use of your energy and cutting down on your utility bills. Continue reading

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Deciding the Right Time to Downsize Your Home

Deciding the Right Time to Downsize Your Home

Your home is a huge investment, both financially and emotionally. Deciding to downsize can be a loaded decision. You may have raised your family there, spent some of the best years of your life and put a lot of money into buying and maintaining your home. There comes a time when it just makes sense to downsize to a smaller home so you can comfortably maintain your home and divert some of your extra funds to other things. Think about the following when you’re considering downsizing your home. Continue reading

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What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

General warranty deed, special warranty deed, quitclaim deed — just what do all these different types of deeds mean? Think of it this way. You have different deeds for different needs. When you have a professional real estate agent on your side, you never have to worry about not understanding all the terms you’ll come across during your real estate deal. A pro is there to help you navigate all the terminology you will encounter and help guide your educated decisions in the home buying or selling process. Continue reading

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5 Things to Consider When Downsizing

5 Things to Consider When Downsizing

Downsizing your home can be a loaded decision. We spend so much of our lives upgrading our careers, cars and homes that downsizing can feel counterintuitive. Moving to a smaller home can be really beneficial for some families, especially families who have raised their children and are ready to live as empty nesters. Here are five things to think about before you consider downsizing. Continue reading

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