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Holiday Gift Guide: The 5 Best Gifts for New Homeowners

By Aly Yale / December 14, 2017
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Have a friend, family member, or colleague who bought a home this year? Don’t phone it in with their holiday gift. Being a new homeowner is expensive, and you can bet your loved one could use a helping hand this…

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Holiday Shopping on a Budget: Abide by these 6 Rules

By Aly Yale / December 13, 2017
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Just because funds are tight doesn’t mean you can’t buy gifts for those you love this holiday season. Nor does it mean you have to take out loans, sell your car, or open a slew of new credit cards in…

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‘Tis the Season: Managing Holiday Stress

By Mary Mack / December 11, 2017
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By: Tessa Kolaczenko, Talent Development Intern No matter what you celebrate, I think we can all agree that the holiday season tends to bring out both the best and worst in humankind. In many ways, the holidays inspire joy, encourage spreading…

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Brand loyalty: What Makes Us Refer a Company or Product?

By Tim Coutis / December 4, 2017
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Loyaly is most often tied to emotion and golden retrievers, so it might sound odd to think any of us is loyal to a brand, corporation, or product. If you own an Android phone and have wondered why iPhone users…

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Looking for One of a Kind Holiday Gift Ideas?

By Danielle Braun / November 29, 2017
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Nothing distinguishes a house from the pack like unique, one of a kind, home décor. If you’re like me you watch the home networks and see these amazing designers magically pull incredible, functional, “I wish I had one!” objects out of their back pockets. Where do they come from? Most of us puruse the aisles of our local home goods stores and yes, I too love these places for bedding and basics.  But where do they find the really unique pieces?

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Black Friday Hangover

By Mary Mack / November 25, 2017
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So we are well into the Christmas shopping season as we are now past Thanksgiving and the Black Friday shop-o-rama that online seems to be ruining. We may be seeing the end of the tradition that many of us first remember as grainy newsreel images of parents fighting over cabbage dolls.

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Saying Thank You to Clients and Referral Partners

By Tim Coutis / November 17, 2017
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Thanksgiving is unique in that there are no presents involved. The idea is simple – to give thanks for family, friends, and colleagues, and for the things we’re grateful for that have happened over the past twelve months.

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5 Things Home Buyers Can Be Thankful for this Season

By Aly Yale / November 9, 2017
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and one thing’s for certain: today’s home buyers have a lot to be thankful for this year.

Thank Your Lucky Stars

For one, mortgage rates are low. Hovering around 4 percent (actually a smidge lower this week!) on a 30-year-loan, they’re rock-bottom, historically speaking. Just a decade ago, rates averaged 6 percent or higher.

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The Origins of National Bosses Day

By Mary Mack / October 16, 2017
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National Boss’s Day was created in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary employed by the State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois.

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