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May 26, 2017

5 Purchases To Make After Buying A Home With Land

You’ve traded urban sprawl for a rustic lifestyle, slower pace, and tranquil nature views — congrats! But making that transition from cramped square-footage to rambling acreage is both invigorating and overwhelming—what do you do with all this extra land?!

Maintaining a property with extensive land is a major responsibility, whether your goal is to create a self-sufficient homestead or to give your children more freedom to explore and romp around. It can be rewarding to learn tricks-of-the-trade and maintenance practices, but investing in the right tools couldn’t be more important. Make property maintenance easier for you and your family with these tips and [...]

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May 25, 2017

5 Lush Cities for Wine Lovers

For some, a wine tour is a great way to spend a Saturday – for others, it’s a religious experience. After a brief dip in the early 90s, the U.S. wine consumption has grown steadily for the past 20 years, and the multi-billion dollar industry supports over 9,000 vineyards across the country. The U.S. is swimming in wine, and if you’re a wine lover, you could be too!

The booming U.S. wine industry has transformed towns and regions, creating havens all over the country for winos. So, if you worship at a barrel-shaped shrine, check out these five towns where any true oenophile will feel right at home.

1. Walla Walla, Washington

Most people associate Walla [...]

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May 25, 2017

5 Best Cities For TV Lovers

It’s easy to fall in love with television. There’s a show for everyone and new shows are released every day – even if you can’t find anything on, there’s always a show you can binge on Netflix. But even as TV providers offer more channels every day, some TV fanatics want more. Whether you work in television or you are just a passionate couch potato, check out these five cities where the TV-obsessed will feel right at home.

1. Los Angeles, California

Let’s get the easy ones over with right away – if TV is your life, LA is your calling. Home to Hollywood and its myriad studios, Los Angeles is a global hub for TV making. What’s [...]

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May 24, 2017

Tiny House Living Is All the Rage in Texas

Tiny homes are surging in popularity in Texas. Curious about the benefits of living small in Texas? Read on to learn more about the tiny home craze.
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May 23, 2017

How to Set up a Rent-To-Own Situation, and More! – Cook’s Corner

Welcome to Cook’s Corner, where Steve Cook will seek to answer all of your pressing real estate questions. Want to submit a question for next time? Comment on this post!

How do I set up a rent-to-own situation with my landlord?

Here’s how rent-to-own, or lease purchase, deals work. Renters pay a certain amount each month to live in the house, and at the end of a set period — generally within three years — they have the option to buy the house. Each month of rent they pay is income for the seller, while a portion of it goes toward a down payment to eventually buy the home. The down payment is held in an escrow account. To buy the house, you must apply [...]

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May 22, 2017

Will the Rise of Design/Build Construction Destroy the Residential Market?

The rise of design/build construction is having a huge impact on today's residential market. Discover the pros and cons now.
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May 18, 2017

Top Tips for Car Travel With Your Pets When You Move

The car is packed, the kids are loaded in and you are all set to start that road trip to your new home! If your family includes four-legged fur babies, you’ll want to take some extra measures to ensure their journey is a happy and safe one! With some prep and plans in place, the trip will go smoothly as you travel to your destination. Here are our top tips for traveling in the car with your pet.

What to Do Before You Leave Happy and Healthy Start

Before you hit the road, it’s a good idea to take your pet to the vet for a complete checkup and to be sure that he is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. His clean bill of health will assure you that he is healthy [...]

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May 17, 2017

All Things Considered: The Pros and Cons of Buying a Floating Home

Floating homes suit a certain minimalist, outdoorsy lifestyle; learn more about the pros and cons, including hidden costs like taxes and fees.
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