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Found 27 blog entries tagged as "home ownership".

Wait. That has to be a typo, right?

Ha. No, it's not! As usual, our friend over at Keeping Current Matters came up with an excellent piece on this reality that so many aren't even aware of. Read more, then let us know what you think! 


There is no doubt that it is easier to sell your house when using the services of a local real estate professional. The agent will provide:

  • Greater exposure to more buyers
  • The skills of a professional negotiator
  • A layer of protection from possible legal liabilities
  • Professional guidance in navigating any pitfalls that may arise
  • A level of safety while showing the home

There is no doubt that these services are valuable to any family that decides to sell. The only question is – how

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"It's a tug of war, we expected more"... Tug of War, Paul McCartney
  Home loan rates bounced around this week, due to volatility in the U.S. Bond market, but went into the weekend still near three-month lows.

There are push/pull items that continue to limit how low and high rates can go. Here is what home shoppers should know:

Factors currently limiting how low rates can go:
  1. Tight U.S. labor market.
  2. Rising wages, fastest pace in a decade.
  3. Soaring business and consumer confidence.
  4. Solid economic growth.
  5. Tough technical barriers.
Factors currently limiting how high rates can go:
  1. Slowing economic conditions around the globe.
  2. Low global bond yields – German 10-year Bund yield is 0.28% and the U.S. 10-year Note yield is
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It is highly likely that the home you currently own (or will buy some day) won't be your forever-home. Families change, from size to dynamics, jobs change from pay to location. Needs change from large yards to extra bedrooms. Thus it is a wise thing to consider... What is important to the NEXT person who buys that home (from you!) may be different from what was important to you (and your family). 

Are you buying a FOREVER home... or a FOR NOW home? Most of us buy a FOR NOW home... which means you DEFINITELY need to put on a seller's cap at some point- why not try it on, now?

Here's a few just to get the thought process started:

1.) You: Schools really aren't that important to us (we don't have kids/aren't planning on having kids/ we plan on home

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We hear these names as they come up as tropical storms.... but where do the actual names come from? Find out more below!


Tropical storms have been named for 2017, so here is the list of hurricane names for the Atlantic Basin (Miami hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (California hurricanes). Is your name listed?


  • Native Americans called these storms Hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude.
  • A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to name a
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Who doesn't deal with some dead-zones, here and there? If you don't... you're LUCKY! 

If you do... there's NO PLACE more annoying to have spotty service than IN YOUR HOME!

Check out these tips from PopSci (Popular Science) on how to deal with those in home dead zones:

Try a messaging app

If Wi-Fi calling doesn’t work for you, and you’re unwilling to buy a new phone, you can still try another solution—though none of them are quite as seamless.

Most messaging options—like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Skype—allow you to make voice calls and send messages to any of your friends within those apps.

There’s a good chance most of your contacts are on Facebook anyway, so that’s a decent option—but it isn’t always as reliable as text

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One of the best kept secrets here in the 757 is the Military Aviation Museum. Be sure to check out their website,, to find out more information about their events. They keep a full calendar, so you'll be sure to find something going on there on nearly a weekly basis!

This year's "Summer of Flight" includes the following scheduled events:

Fee: Summer of Flight is included in your general museum admission, free for museum members!

Schedule: Each Summer of Flight event starts at 1pm. Flights, Aircraft and Topics subject to change.

  • May 26th – Dunkirk Evacuation Begins – Featuring Supermarine Spitfire

  • June 2nd – Battle of Midway – Featuring Grumman Wildcat & PBY Catalina (taxi only)*

  • June 9th –

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It’s easy to see why buyers and sellers get the home appraisal and the home inspection mixed up. Both involve an expert visiting the home, and it’s easy to think of both these visits as “inspections.” However, home appraisal and home inspection are different professions, just as the appraisal and inspection serve very different purposes.   In this post, we’ll take a look at what both the appraiser and inspector do during a home visit, and what the appraisal and inspection mean for the home-buying experience.  

How Home Appraisals Differ from Home Inspections

The real estate appraiser’s visit could be better referred to as a “walk-through,” rather than an inspection. During this quick walk-through, the home appraiser is looking for obvious…
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It's something we don't really WANT to spend time thinking about, but our appliances CAN BE a huge HAZARD in our homes.


Check out this great write up from our friends at VECTOR for tips on preventing those appliances from being problematic! 


The household appliances you use every day can be more dangerous than you might think. Fires, electric shocks, carbon monoxide leaks, and floods can all wreak havoc on your home at the hand of a household appliance.

Below are some appliances to be mindful of, and tips to avoid disaster.

1. Stoves

Gas or electric stoves can severely damage your home. Stoves are often left unattended, and that’s when trouble strikes. There have even been instances of stoves turning on unprompted,

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Once again, VECTOR has knocked it out of the park with yet another great checklist.

This is such an important yet often forgotten topic.

We're glad you clicked-in and are here to read below...!


Environmental hazards strike unexpectedly and can cause destruction for homeowners.

Damage from severe environmental hazards come with a big price tag, but expensive damage can be limited or avoided by using proper environmental hazard detection equipment.

So, what should you be shopping for to protect your home? This ultimate checklist outlines the four devices you need to avoid environmental hazards reeking havoc on your home.

  •  Water Sensors

A little water can cause some big damage. Even small drips can destroy your home’s

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Another benefit to our team? We can all have input on recommendation lists such as this!

We put it out to the team, "What kind of tips do you find to be most important, and the things that are so often overlooked?"

And here we go... each agent's answer. Hope this helps!


Pamela Laurens

  • Water for drinking is a must, so fill all available tubs with water.
  • Gather all of your non-perishables in one space to see what you have on hand.
  • Bring your trashcans indoors so they do not end up elsewhere with the high winds.
  • Take as many pictures of valuables as possible and download them to an external hard drive. Put that hard drive in a waterproof sealable plastic bag. Double bag if if is not waterproof; use duct tape if needed.

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