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Toys For Tots Campaign Helps Area Children

AnnieMac Home Mortgage chipped in to make the holidays special for some area kids during the Culture Committee’s 6th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign. According to Kathleen Dixon, AnnieMac employees contributed 70 toys in the bins placed around the offices from Nov. 9 to Dec. 9 — everything from Star Wars action figures, to toy cars and trucks, to dolls, to educational toys..

Posted in Articles on Dec 12, 2016

Single Women Homebuyers Resurface in Real Estate

First-time and single women homebuyers have resurfaced in the real estate market, contributing to a significant share of transactions in a year marked by full-steam-ahead sales, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey. First-time homebuyer sales rose to a share of 35 percent, the survey found; single women homebuyer sales rose to 17 percent..

Posted in Articles on Dec 7, 2016

100 of the Best Christmas Decorating Ideas Ever

Get inspired by Country Living's biggest holiday decorating guide of all time. The Christmas decorating guide is packed with clever tricks and chic holiday tips to spread plenty of cheer this Christmas season..

Posted in Articles on Dec 5, 2016

60 Impressive Tiny Houses That Maximize Function and Style

Check out these tiny homes that maximize both function and style. Growing in popularity over the last decade, tiny houses are popping up around the country as more people decide to downsize their lives. While the structures often measure less than 300 square feet, the tiny house movement isn't necessarily about sacrifice..

Posted in Articles on Dec 5, 2016

12 Security Tips For Living Alone Safely

Living alone has its benefits. No race to the bathroom to get ready in the morning. Sole control of TV and takeout choices. A pants/no-pants policy, as you see fit. But there are also some drawbacks, security not least among them. The number of people living alone is on the rise..

Posted in Articles on Dec 5, 2016

7 of the World's Most Decked-Out Christmas Houses

There's always one house on the block that goes Christmas-lights crazy—and as over-the-top as some of the displays can be, others are hands-down spectacular. Not only that, but many homeowners decorate in order to collect money for a local charity. Check out some of the most joyous decorative feats below..

Posted in Articles on Dec 5, 2016

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

Buying a home is certainly a nerve-wracking task but along with this excitement, it’s always better to act wisely to avoid mistakes. Here are five common mistakes that people often do while buying a home. Making a non-astute investment: While buying a home, we often flow with emotions & eagerness resulting in choosing a plan which ruins us financially in the long run..

Posted in Articles on Dec 5, 2016

5 Common Mistakes Newbie Flippers Make

Believe it or not, Tarek and I started flipping houses with very little experience in investing. We were real estate agents for many years, so we thought we knew the real estate world — including investing — backward and forward. Little did we know, there was a lot we needed to learn to become successful flippers..

Posted in Articles on Dec 5, 2016

Home Trends for 2017 That You're Going To Want Now

We know what you're thinking: New year, new style. But if you're getting ready to make some updates to your home or incorporate some stylish new pieces, how do you know which way to go? Trend forecasters have been hitting the interior design, furniture, and furnishings shows, and we've got our edit of the hot, upcoming looks right here..

Posted in Articles on Dec 5, 2016

Kevin Dolan Among '40 UNDER 40'

National Mortgage Professional Magazine has announced that Kevin Dolan, manager of the Mountain Lakes, N.J., branch, will be included on the magazine's "40 Under 40" list for 2016. According to the magazine, that places Kevin among "the top mortgage professionals under the age of 40, as voted on by their peers, who exemplify professionalism and top production in today’s housing market.".

Posted in Articles on Nov 30, 2016

The 12 Key Differences Between Buying & Renting A Home

Even if you can afford to buy a house, that doesn't always mean it's the right choice to make. What's your goal — to make a profit, or to settle down in a place you really like? What's your credit score? Are you planning to move in the next couple of years? How much cash do you have in the bank?.

Posted in Articles on Nov 29, 2016

Terrified To Buy a Home? Your Top Fears Debunked

You wake up in a cold sweat. There’s something lurking in the dark, visible by flickering computer light. Something’s haunting you. It’s… the real estate listings! Deep down, you’d love to own a home, but whenever you take steps beyond idle window-shopping, a chill runs up your spine, and paralyzes you from moving ahead..

Posted in Articles on Nov 29, 2016

4 Things a First-Time Homebuyer Needs From an Agent

We’ve said it before, but buying a home is one of the most emotional and largest decisions people make in their lifetime. As a first-time home buyer, the process can be confusing and intimidating. If you are confused by all the requirements needed to get a loan, where to start your search, which documents you need to have at closing, or what you should (or should not) sign, you’re not alone..

Posted in Articles on Nov 29, 2016

5 Things to Look For in a Neighborhood - No Matter Where You Move

Since relocating is such a major undertaking, it's vital to thoroughly research your options. This is especially essential regarding an overseas move. Here are five things to assess in a prospective neighborhood to ensure you'll feel at home, no matter whether your new home is here or abroad..

Posted in Articles on Nov 29, 2016

Preparing Your Home for the Blast of Winter Cold

If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, you know the drill. Four to five months of heavy clothes, seeing your breath and generally freezing outside. Sometimes even elsewhere, Old Man Winter stops in for an unexpected visit. But beyond the inconvenience and discomfort, a winter storm or other severe weather conditions can cause real damage. So it's important to think about winter preparedness..

Posted in Articles on Nov 29, 2016