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December 15, 2017

City Spotlight: Denver, Colorado

The Mile-High City is a beautiful place to live or visit, with all the conveniences of the country’s 19th largest city surrounded by a gorgeous outdoor scene. This young, diverse city features spectacular architecture, some of the world’s best dining, and stunning views – the Colorado State Capitol Building’s thirteenth step on the west side is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level! The city’s location nestled at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains means that there’s plenty of opportunities for hiking or driving to even more amazing heights. The city’s history starts with a frontier mining camp, named after Governor James Denver. [...]

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December 7, 2017

Homes for Homeschoolers

Homeschooling is the practice of providing children with some or all of their kindergarten through 12th grade education at home, as opposed to in a public or private school setting. In 2012, approximately 3% of school-aged children received all or part of their education at home, numbers that appear to be growing as families express their concerns about the quality of education and challenges with the environments of traditional school systems. If homeschooling is something that you think your family may be interested in, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind when looking for a home to buy or rent. While you can certainly renovate and retrofit to accommodate a good [...]

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December 5, 2017

Winter Gardening

Winter gardening might seem like an oxymoron to some folks, akin to jumbo shrimp or being busy doing nothing. But the winter months can be a wonderful time to explore growing plants in a quieter, more controlled setting than you will find in your summer garden. Unless you live in a very warm climate, most winter gardens will be indoor gardens by necessity. But the lack of garden pests and slow-growing cycles due to low light can be the perfect setting to explore new flowers, shrubs, herbs, evergreens, and succulents. You don’t have to give up your passion for growing things in the cold winter months. Plan out an indoor garden for fun and beauty all winter long! Just remember [...]

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November 30, 2017

Preparing a Personal Property Inventory for your Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance

You’ve recently spent hours researching and reviewing a variety of insurance companies to protect your home and belongings, you’ve agonized over the different policies, and you’ve taken the plunge to sign up for coverage. It can be a grueling task, but it’s a wonderful step you’ve taken to safeguard your family with homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Take a moment to enjoy a job well done, but don’t get too comfortable! There’s an important next step to take to make sure that your insurance provides all the protection it can for your family.

All insurance policies should cover the contents of your home or apartment, to provide you with [...]

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November 28, 2017

Renters’ Insurance 101: What Every Renter Needs to Know

Most of us are familiar with the concept of homeowners’ insurance – insurance policies that generally cover repairs or replacement of the house itself and some or all of its contents. Mortgage companies require homeowners’ insurance to protect their investments in case something happens to your structure. But fewer people know about or get renters’ insurance, although more of the larger property management companies now require it to help protect them from liabilities that might be caused by the renters themselves. Renters’ insurance is like a homeowners’ policy in that it covers personal property owned by the tenant, but does not usually provide [...]

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November 16, 2017

Winterizing Your Landscaping and Garden

An experienced homeowner knows you need to winterize certain aspects of your home, your HVAC system, and your car or RV, but what about winterizing your landscaping and garden? Although some plants will do fine left to their own devices, you can maximize your plants’ survivability and growth next season by helping them prepare for the cold winter months.

Plants are annuals (which die off after one year), biennials (which last two years), or perennials (which live more than two years). Your annual plants, which include marigolds, daisies, petunias, impatiens, geraniums, and most herbs, are going to die off no matter what you do. You may be able to gather some of their [...]

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November 9, 2017

City Spotlight: Austin, TX

The bustling city of Austin is one of Texas’ brightest jewels, offering an immense array of arts and attractions to enjoy, a rich history to explore, and innovative businesses that regularly expand into new markets and drive job growth in the region. Austin’s beginnings can be traced back to the 1830s when immigrants from Mexico, Germany and Sweden settled along the Colorado River and established the village of Waterloo. Before that, the area was inhabited by numerous Native American groups, including the Tonkawa and Comanches. Austin was formally chartered in 1839 and named as the state capital by the Texas Congress. Today, Austin is home to nearly one million residents, [...]

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November 2, 2017

Selling Your Home: The Pros and Cons of Doing a Pre-Inspection

Selling your house can be one of the most stressful events of your life. You’re opening your home to total strangers, you’re facing the daunting task of moving in the (hopefully near) future, and you’re worried about the finances of selling your home. Blanketing all of these concerns is the uncertainty – will you find a good buyer in time, will you get a fair value for your home, and will the sale of your home go smoothly? One option to consider that alleviates some of these concerns is to have a pre-inspection done prior to listing your home. Virtually all home sales will involve a home inspection. Lenders require them, and savvy home buyers will insist on [...]

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