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We help people buy houses so they can create a home. Here we share more than mortgage finance tips (although we do that too). We aim to help you make your house a home through DIY projects, pet care, hosting tips, yard maintenance, and much more!


Piggy Bank: How to Open a Bank Account

Piggy Bank: How to Open a Bank Account Doing new things can be intimidating and for many young people, walking into a bank to open a bank account could be one of those things. Luckily many have older people in their lives who are there to assist in taking these things on. But I recently discovered that when we do research on our own and then come out successful on the other side, there is a sense of pride and ownership that develops. (My situation involved a shelf falling and paint spilling everywhere but nonetheless, I was thrilled with myself when I cleaned it up on my own without prior knowledge.) So, while you are there to help a young person or as a young person, you will seek the help of a trusted adult to open a bank account, knowing the steps may give you more confidence when approaching this step life.

Host a Housewarming Party, Painlessly

Host a Housewarming Party, Painlessly Moving is stressful enough; going through the mounds of boxes, organizing closets, and all those extra expenses. Then once you are in, everyone wants to see your new home but you just did all the work; are these people crazy, they want you to throw a party? It sounds worse than it is. In fact, if you choose to host a housewarming party, I think you will be glad that you did! I’ve included some tips below to make the whole thing way less painful!

Stacks of One Hundred Dollar Bills with Small House.

Tax Refund for Down Payment

Tax Refund for Down Payment Many people are receiving their tax refund or anticipating receiving one. If you find yourself in this fortunate position, have you considered using it for a down payment on a home? The more you can contribute towards your down payment, the less you will have to borrow. 

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Secret Home Maintenance

Secret Home Maintenance There are home maintenance tasks out there that are total secrets! Did you know that? We all know that we need to clean out our gutters if we want them to function well and we need to change out our air filters for the same reason- proper function. But what about these secret tasks? Thankfully, the folks at realtor.com didn’t leave us in the dark. Here are some of the home maintenance chores we may have overlooked and why it’s beneficial to add them to the list of tasks!


Piggy Bank: Lessons from the Rich

Piggy Bank: Lessons from the Rich Do your kids think that you are totally the coolest? Unless they are under the age of 9, likely you are shaking your head no. Let’s put it this way, when you tell them that they don’t need the pair of $120 designer jeans, do they roll their eyes and assume that you don’t know what it is like to be cool? It’s okay you aren’t alone in this. When I came across “11 Frugal Habits of the Super Rich”, I thought, “hey, now I have some ammo”. If you too need to be able to tell your child that Beyoncé likes to save money or Mark Zuckerberg (the founder of Facebook) wears the same thing all the time then you are in the right place! Below is a list of 11 frugal habits of the super-rich:

Flowers blooming in a home garden

Spring has (almost) Sprung

Spring has (almost) Sprung Who has heard of Pinterest? Even now, typing that question almost makes me laugh out loud. Perhaps a better question is who hasn’t heard of Pinterest? With Spring right around the corner my Pinterest app is full of flowers, dresses and bunnies. One thing we can always count on is for the “Pinners” (people who use Pinterest) of this world to help determine what trends are on the horizon. The Huffington Post turned to them to see what home décor trends we can expect for the Spring and I thought I’d share.

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Tax Deductions When Selling

Tax Deductions When Selling It’s that time of year when CPAs (certified public accountants) trade in week night family dinners for quick take out options… that’s right! Tax Time! Some people love it because they get a nice chunk of change back from Uncle Sam via a refund, whereas others who owe taxes, are less enthused. No matter the category you find yourself in, the goal tends to be the same; keep as much money in your pocket as possible! So, when I came across an article on Realtor.com that touted, “5 Sweet Tax Deductions When Selling Your Home”, I knew I had to share!

Tasty steaks and vegetables cooking on barbecue grill, outdoors

Dreams of Backyard Entertaining

Dreams of Backyard Entertaining I have the itch. I dream of the sweet taste of lemonade, the hearty smell of charcoal, and have visions of fireflies dancing in my head! I’m ready for summer but specifically for entertaining in my backyard—having friends over to enjoy good food and build memories—ahh I can’t wait! Who’s with me!? I thought today we could add to the itch by checking out some of the internet’s favorite backyard entertaining ideas.

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Would a 203k loans Help Fix a 100-Year-Old House

Simple to Stunning: 100-Year-Old House Many of the rooms and projects I share on our Simple to Stunning are smaller ones that can be done with little demo and often can be taken on by savvy DIY’ers, however, today I thought I would showcase a total overhaul done on a home by one of my home reno bloggers, John and Sherry from Young House Love. They have lots of great ideas and their blog is written in such an entertaining way that you will likely spend at least an hour looking through their many pages of projects! 

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