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April 27, 2017

13 Essential Things To Look For When Viewing A House

13 Essential Things to Look for When Viewing a House (According to the Experts)

Finding a house you want to buy can be an exciting time. The house looks great in the photos, it feels right when you visit, it seems like this is ‘the one.’ But many houses hide darker secrets that might not be immediately obvious. How can you be sure there are no nasty surprises in store?

It’s easy to get carried away. You view the house in person and you can already picture where your things may go. The neighborhood seems great, and the price is right. But is it too good to be true?

There’s no need to worry. Some houses may come with hidden surprises, but a little [...]

 
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April 17, 2017

What Would It Cost To Live Along The Boston Marathon Route?

It’s Marathon Monday, and the 121st Boston Marathon is in full swing. The race runs from Hopkinton to Boston, through the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline. The race is the oldest annual 26.2-mile race in the world, and the city around it is steeped in history. Needless to say, for the runners among us, this race is iconic. But, what about the Boston area itself? For competitive runners, being able to train along the marathon route consistently could give them a serious edge, so living in the vicinity could have huge benefits. Boston is the biggest city in Massachusetts, but the 4th most expensive in terms of real estate, behind Brookline, [...]

 
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April 4, 2017

Creative City Index 2017

If you’re a creative person, looking for a city that ignites your creative flair, where should you live? Perhaps you dream of becoming a writer – which city will provide the muses and inspiration you need? Maybe you want to go to an art school in a city where you’re surrounded by artists in your community and not just your classes. We set ourselves the challenge of finding out what cities creatives flock to, or should flock to live.

But first, how do we define creativity? The term has been used to describe personality types, professions, fields of study, and hobbies, but it’s also used when creating something, problem-solving, and reaching that “eureka” moment. For [...]

 
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January 20, 2017

Introducing Homesopoly!

A family get-together is nothing without a board game, and we have one in mind…

You’ve already fought over who gets to be the boot, the top hat, and the Scottie dog. Someone has bought all the greens, and the first hotel has been put down whilst you’re in jail. Cue the arguments, the tantrums, and the eventual flipping of the board in an angry rage. Love it or hate it, Monopoly is a game we’ve all played.

But what if instead of buying the usual properties, you competed for your favorite TV show homes?

Introducing… Homesopoly!

Start with the cheapest — Frank Gallagher’s house from Shameless for $60. Maybe move to a red and secure the [...]

 
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January 9, 2017

Take A Walk Through Our Interactive First Time Home Buyers Guide

Buying a new house in 2017, but overwhelmed by household budgeting, cost of moving, mortgages, appraisals, etc? Look no further.

We know that when buying your first home all the different factors can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to figure out where to turn to for the right advice. We feel your pain and that’s why we did something about it!

Introducing… Our Interactive First Time Home Buyer’s Guide.

If you want to know how a credit score is calculated, how mortgages are approved, or even what you need to take with you to get your mortgage approved, it’s all here. We will walk you through the steps it takes to buy a house in an easy to [...]

 
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December 1, 2016

What Time Does America Go To Bed?

The United States is a big old place with a lot of diverse lifestyles. Vastly different regions have different problems, solutions, worries, and habits. But at the end of the day everyone needs a good night’s sleep, right?

This made us wonder: are there certain areas in America where people struggle to sleep more than others? Are the ‘night owls‘ confined to certain states, and the ‘larks’ found elsewhere?

To begin, we gathered some of the most up-to-the-minute data we could find on America’s sleep patterns and what they mean for people from different areas. We looked at reports from the CDC and cross-referenced it with some [...]

 
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November 23, 2016

Ask Anna: How To Be An Organized Hostess This Holiday Season

The holidays are my favorite time of year! I love the colors, the decorations, even the smell of the air, and I also love having people over and hosting big dinners. However, I know that a lot of people aren’t like me, and the thought of hosting friends and/or family for the holidays can seem quite daunting. Don’t worry! I’m here to give you some great tips for how to be an organized hostess this holiday season, and I can promise that they work because I’ve used them for years!

1. Be YOU

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The most important thing to remember when hosting is to be YOU. Your house [...]

 
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October 12, 2016

Grace Not Perfection: An Interview With Emily Ley

Photo Credit: Gina Zeidler

Emily Ley, founder and creative director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts, is here with us on the blog today to share about her home-building process, as well as her upcoming book, Grace Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy. Emily’s boutique lifestyle brand started with her Simplified Planner, a daily agenda for what matters most, but has expanded to include organizational tools, office necessities, stationery, and family-centric gifts. Launched in 2008, her brand quickly grew and is now carried in retail outlets across the United States and around the world. Emily lives with her husband and three kids in [...]

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