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Welcome to our Blog. here you will find articles that will both inspire as well as educate you on the process of buying, selling and maintaining your home. We also feature a weekend update of the things happening in and around our community. These are events and happenings in El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay and the surrounding areas. Please feel free to connect with us by leaving a comment and or directly through the form below.  As always, we thank you for visiting us.


The Weekend Is Here 11 | 17 | 2017
Sacramento Harvest Festival November 17th – 19th, 2017@ 10:00 AM Admission: $4 – $9 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento The Harvest Festival is known as the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast and offers a full weekend of shopping, live entertainment and family fun. Download a printable version of the Weekender here
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Understanding Investment Properties: What You Should Know
Unlike a second home, where a homeowner lives for a portion of the year, an investment property is property that the homeowner uses to generate income, and in most cases, is not occupied by the homeowner at any time. Trying to figure out if your next home falls under second home or investment home status? Ask yourself:
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The Weekend Is Here 11 | 10 | 2017
Sacramento Coffee Beerfest November 10th, 2017@ 6:00 PM Admission: $15 – $30 Buy Tickets 2837 36th Street, Sacramento Over 20 commercial craft breweries from the West Coast will be present at this event, each brewery will bring a keg of their specialty coffee beer and a keg of any other non-coffee beer for participants to
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4 Ways to Save Money at the Movies
The average movie ticket price is $8.65, according to Box Office Mojo. Add in a soda and some popcorn, and you can easily spend $20 at a theater. For a family or even a couple, a movie night out can be expensive. There are ways to save money at the movies, if you plan ahead. Here
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Origami isn’t the Only Paper Art
Look around your home. How much paper do you see? And how much of it do you actually need? If you own a home, loose papers like bills, mailings, flyers, greeting cards, coupons, newspapers and magazines can pile up. We often hesitate to throw them away in case important paperwork lies between the bundles of
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Six Simple Ways to Increase Home Efficiency
More and more people are looking for ways to increase their home’s energy efficiency—both to conserve energy for the good of our environment and to lower energy costs. The good news, environmentalists tell us, is that there are many ways to accomplish both goals without spending a great deal of money. From a panel of
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The Weekend Is Here 11 | 03 | 2017
Opening Day: Downtown Ice Rink November 3rd, 2017@ 12:00 PM Admission: $2 701 K St., Sacramento Bring your friends and family to the opening day of the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink. Celebrate the 26th season of the Downtown Ice Rink with $2 skating all day Get a printable copy for yourself here
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Expert Insights: How Can Owning a Home Pay off at Tax Time?
A home provides many tax benefits, literally from the time you buy to the time you sell. The mortgage interest paid on a home loan up to $1 million for a primary residence or second home is tax deductible every year, as is the local property tax. Other mortgage costs—including late-payment charges and early-payment penalties—are
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Will Your Next Home Insurance Adjustor be a Drone?
While many home insurers pride themselves on their quick response times, companies are often looking for better ways to serve their customers. Drones are now entering the industry as a new way to improve the claim inspection process. The innovative technology allows these gadgets to fly above a home that has recently had its roof
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5 Easy-to-Manage House Plants
If you’re looking to add a bit more green to your design scheme, you’re not alone. House plants are a popular way to add fresh beauty, and clean up your air while you’re at it. However, keeping a house plant healthy is a responsibility, even if it’s a small one. Consider the following plants that
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Where Should You Retire? New Study Weighs In
If you’re looking to retire in the near future, a recent Bankrate study on retirement locations may be of interest. The study found about half of non-retired U.S. adults would move to a different city or state when they retire. The percentage is greatest among millennials (58 percent) and falls to 46 percent of Gen
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The Weekend Is Here 10 | 20 | 2017
Art Gallery Storytime October 20th, 2017@ 10:00 AM Admission: Free 625 S Street, Sacramento The Sacramento Public Library and Verge Center for the Arts combine for a story time and gallery walk in Verge’s current exhibit, “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Art world and Beyond.” Download a printable copy of our
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Expert Insights: What Kind of Home Insurance Should I Have?
A standard policy protects against several natural disasters and catastrophic events, and covers your personal belongings. But it will not guard against earthquakes, floods, war, and nuclear accidents. The policy can be expanded to include these disasters as well as coverage for such things as workers’ compensation. In fact, the lender may require that you
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3 Ways to Have Better Communication
In an age where the majority of our communication happens from behind a screen, our face-to-face interactions are often lacking. Below are several tips for having clearer communication. 1. Make eye contact. Direct eye contact can go a long way in having a clear conversation. Not only will it help you pick up on non-verbal
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The Weekend Is Here 10 | 13| 2017
Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest October 13th, 2017 @ 6:00 PM Admission: $5 – $30 3349 J St., Sacramento Come to the biggest, best, and most authentic Oktoberfest in Sacramento! Experience great German beer, German food, German bands, German dancers and lots of fun in the Beirgarten and Main Hall. Download a printable copy of the
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Fall into Leaf Maintenance
The brisk air and turning colors are here, and with it your autumnal responsibilities. It’s time to put on a jacket, grab your rake and get rid of the leaves. While the raking tradition may not be up there with apple picking, the World Series or Halloween, it’s an essential part of autumn. Wet leaves
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The Essential Budgeting List for Buying a Home
Is house hunting in your near future?  If so, you’re probably thinking about the neighborhood you want to live in, the number of bedrooms you need and what sort of home you want. But take a step back. None of this matters if you don’t know how much you can truly afford to spend on
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5 Hacks to Pay Your Mortgage
A mortgage payment can easily be the biggest bill in a monthly budget. Coming up with that money can be easy in some months and more difficult in others. Turning those difficult months into easier ones is possible with a few tactics. Here are five hacks to help make paying your mortgage a little easier
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The Weekend Is Here 10 | 06 | 2017
Sacramento Greek Festival October 6th, 2017 @ 11:00 AM Admission: $5 616 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento Opa! In the spirit of Greek tradition, the Sacramento Greek Festival invite you “into their home” at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation where all future Festivals will take place. Get a printable copy of this week’s Weekender here
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Tips for Organizing Your Home
No matter the size of your home, odds are you could still spend all day cleaning. Even though life tends to get in the way of secondary chores, identifying your home’s major bound-to-be-disorganized areas can help ease the clutter tension in your home and save you cleaning time. Kitchen: With so many pots and pans
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How to Dispute Medical Bill Errors
Scrutinizing a bill from your health care provider or insurer is probably one of the last things you want to do after getting out of the hospital. But it can pay off. Medical bill errors should be corrected so that you don’t have to pay for a service you didn’t receive, for example, or for
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The Weekend Is Here 9 | 29 | 2017
Davis Arts Center Fall Music Festival September 29th , 2017@ 5:30 PM Admission: $5 – $10 1919 F Street, Davis The community is invited to come out to enjoy the first annual Fall Music Fest featuring music by One Eyed Reilly and Element Brass Band at the Davis Arts Center. Download the complete printable PDF
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The Art of Feng Shui and Home Selling
What does the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui have to do with real estate? Many believe that the Chinese art of correct placement can help sell their home faster. Feng Shui translates to “the wind and the water” and has long been believed to align life with nature. The goal of Feng Shui is to
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Kitchen Counsel: Tips to Keep That Stainless Steel Shining
If you have ever owned any stainless steel products, you know how beautiful and appealing the look can be. Stainless steel appliances give a renovated kitchen that POP! it needs, while steel also makes for a very durable cookware product that never disturbs flavors, yet guarantees a balanced heating of foods. It also resists corrosion
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The Weekend is Here 9 | 22 | 2017
Marble Valley Fall Carnival September 22nd , 2017@ 4:00 PM Admission: Free 5005 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills Join us at the Marble Valley Academy campus for our annual Fall Carnival! There will be fun for all ages – jump houses, raffle, food booths, carnival games/ prizes, and a karaoke stage. Get a copy of
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Financing Solar Power For Your Home. What you need to know.
Financing solar panels for your home isn’t cheap. The good news is that there are many options. Based on the average house paying $75 per month for electricity, a solar system that generates that much power costs around $25,000 to $35,000, according to the Solar Power Authority. Utility company incentives, tax breaks and other subsidies can
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Books to teach young readers about money
Reading books to your children is fun, and one of the great joys of parenthood is watching them learn to read by themselves. Lessons about personal finance and how money works can be included in books you read to children, or in books they read with you or on their own. Here are some good
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Expert Insights: What Does a Home Inspector Do?
A home inspector is a paid professional—often a contractor or an engineer—who checks the safety of a home. Home inspectors search for defects or other problems that could become your worst nightmare later on. They focus particularly on the home’s structure, construction, and mechanical systems. It is not the inspector’s job to determine whether you
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The Weekend Is Here 9 | 15 | 2017
September 15th , 2017@ 8:00 PM Admission: $10 – $18 BuyTickets 7991 California Avenue, Fair Oaks This hilarious musical comedy, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, presents Kate and Petruchio as a feisty couple that’s evenly matched in strength and wit…making for the perfect evening! For the complete downloadable Weekender click here
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What to Know before Giving Your Kid a Debit Card
Teaching your child about money by giving them a piggy bank or having them earn an allowance by doing household chores is a great start to learning about how to earn and save money. Spending wisely, however, is another lesson. And it will probably come away from home and without adult supervision. A debit card
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Demand for House Rentals Intensifies
Apartment rents are appreciating less than house rents, thanks to shifting demand for single-family rentals, according to a recent analysis by Zillow. Apartment rents nationally increased a median 0.5 percent, to $1,551, year-over-year—relatively flat—while house rents increased 1.3 percent to $1,404. Several colliding factors are driving the trend, says Dr. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at
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7 Secrets to Making It Big in America
According to two recent studies, more than half of millennials no longer believe the American Dream is possible and half of baby boomers don’t believe their children will enjoy the same level of success they have. As the living personification of the American Dream, I disagree! Since America wasn’t built upon a class system, people
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The Weekend Is Here... 9 | 8 | 2017
Bubblemania September 8th , 2017@ 3:30 PM Admission: Free 601 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento Bubblemania makes bubble snakes, bubble volcanoes, cube-shaped bubbles, bouncing bubbles, gravity-defying bubble foam, and even bubbles big enough to fit an entire person inside! See all happenings and download our Weekender Guide to events and happenings in and around El Dorado Hills,
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Some Helpful Insight for First-Time Home Buyers
Owning a home is probably on everybody’s “success” checklist. Yet, it is a box that often goes unchecked for many years for those first starting out in the workforce. We all know it takes more than just the desire to buy a home in this day and age—if you have not been working toward it
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The Weekend Is Here... 9 | 1 | 2017
Gold Rush Bar Crawl September 1st , 2017 @ 6:30 PM Admission: $12 Buy Tickets 1002 2nd Street, Sacramento Step back in time and experience the Saloon side of the 1850s. Nine bars throughout the Old Sacramento district are ready to pour their favorite craft beer for you! Learn more and see all things to
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Counter Intelligence: Which Countertop Is Right for You?
There are more materials, colors, and patterns available in kitchen countertops than ever before—and since many are close in price, the decision may be even harder. The product testers at Consumer Reports scratched, stained and scorched seven of the leading contenders. What they found may help potential remodelers narrow their choice of materials: No two
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Slashing Utility Bills Can Help Save the Planet
Utility bills seem to go up every year—and every year we hear the call to save our nation’s natural resources. Financial management site Quicken.com suggests seven savvy ways to save on electric, gas, and water bills while helping to save our planet in the bargain: Pull the plug. Appliances that have a clock or operate by
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4 Non-Traditional Ways to Finance a Home
A 30- or 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage with the same payment amounts each month is one of the most common ways to buy a home. But not everyone can qualify for a traditional mortgage, or has the money set aside for a sizable down payment so they can get a low-interest loan and have affordable payments.
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Hopped August Nights August 25th , 2017 @ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Admission: Free 1210 66th St, Ste B, Sacramento Last year was incredible — with more than 40 Classics, Customs and Hot Rods participating Sactown Union Brewery and was a packed house! But this year will be even bigger and better! Get the
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The Best Breeds for First-Time Homeowners
If you’re a first-time homeowner, the odds are good you will soon be ready for the fun and responsibility of owning your first dog. If you’re looking for a pet that suits you and your lifestyle, the pooch experts at Petbreeds.com suggest breeds that are low maintenance, shed minimally, are easily trainable, and get along
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Tips and Tricks Every Homeowner Should Know
Becoming a homeowner doesn’t equip you with the basics of household know-how, although time and experience will likely teach you how to tighten up a leaky faucet. But technicians say that up to 30 percent of their service calls require nothing more than the flip of a switch or the push of a button to
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Float-In Movie Night August 18th, 2017 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Admission: $3 – $4  |  4000 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento Stay cool on a hot summer night and enjoy some of your favorite flicks at Southgate Recreation Park District’s popular Float-in Movie Nights. Get the entire printable live PDF newsletter here
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Are You a Pool Person?
Homeowners who want a swimming pool dream of a backyard oasis where people cool off, kids play, and friends and family socialize. But the desire to own a pool isn’t universal, as some people consider them costly, troublesome and a waste of time. If you fall into one of the following categories, a pool might
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4 Invisible Money Leaks Worth Fixing
Keeping track of every single dollar you spend can be difficult, no matter how closely you track your spending and monitor your bank accounts. Automatic payments from your checking account to pay for a gym membership, for example, can be forgotten and leave a checkbook unbalanced. But besides accounting for where your money goes, there
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^Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater August 11th , 2017 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Admission: Free Located: 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento With Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater, the audience members are the stars of the show, making sound effects, performing the roles, acting as scenery, and even deciding what comes next. To see this weekend entire
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4 Cooling Treats for Warm Weather Days
Looking for fun, easy ways to cool down this season? Whether you’re planning a party or simply looking for a refreshing snack for one, the following frosty treats can be served up deliciously chilled. Frozen Grapes Wash a rack of grapes, remove them from the stems, and pop them in the freezer. Pull out a
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5 Deck Shade Solutions
Want to hang out on your outdoor deck or patio, but looking for relief from the heat? Below are five deck shade solutions to help provide coverage all season long. Canopy Awning Looking for semi-permanent shade? These fabric-roofed structures are attached to a freestanding frame that you bolt to your deck for year-round coverage. Oversized
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The Weekend Is Here... August 4, 2017
^Pinot, Picasso and Poker August 4th , 2017 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Admission:$25 Register 405 Vernon Street, Suite 100, Roseville Learn how to play poker while sipping on Pinot and making cubist collages of your partner in the style of Pablo Picasso! Enjoy creativity and conversation with your date while learning the ropes
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Tips for a DIY Outdoor Kitchen
While most of us would love a sleek, state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, the price tag may not be doable for all. That doesn’t mean we can’t cook and eat al fresco! Below are five tips for a do-it-yourself version. Grill upgrade. Skip the outdoor oven or stove for a nice grill. To up the versatility of your
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The Weekend Is Here July 28, 2017
PaddleSplash Festival 2017 ^Join Nor Cal SUP (Stand Up Paddle) for a three day PaddleSplash Festival on the beautiful Lake Natoma. The theme for this year’s race is water safety. July 28th , 2017 @ 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM Admission:$10-$140 Register 1901 Hazel Ave, Gold River Download the this week’s Weekender
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5 Tips for That Garage Clean-Out
For many of us, cleaning out our garage is no simple afternoon task. Most garages hold years of accumulated and forgotten items, and clearing them out is a serious job. Below are five tips to help you make the most of the big clean-out. Pick a date. To avoid procrastination, choose a hard date on your
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5 Peaceful Paint Colors
If you plan to repaint your interiors this year, don’t forget to pick a hue that will positively impact your mood. While bright red or neon green may be fun, they can subconsciously create stress in the body. Below are five peaceful paint colors to up the “ahhh” factor of your favorite spaces. Violet A
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Who's Ready For The Weekend?
Lunafest Film Festival ^Highlights this weekend’s activities and so much more. July 21st, 2017 @ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Admission: 20-23 Buy Tickets – 240 Conference Center Dr., Roseville, CA Enjoy great short films while supporting an important community cause. You’ll have fun and make a difference. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary wine
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Unique Ways to Negotiate in a Home Sale
There’s more than the listing price to look at when buying a home. Other things are negotiable and can help make a house more affordable to buy. Some costs are common for sellers to pay for as part of the process to negotiate a home sale, such as closing costs, repairs and some home improvements.
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Tips for Shopping at an Apple Store
Switching to Apple’s products can be expensive. Its computers, phones and other electronic devices are often more costly than Windows products. Apple’s website isn’t the only place to buy an iPhone or anything else Apple. Best Buy, Target, some warehouse stores, phone retailers and of course the Apple Store give customers a chance to check
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^Download Full Weekender Here California State Fair July 14th – 30th, 2017 @ 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Admission: $6 – $45 Buy Tickets 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento The 17-day fair is a celebration of California, its industries, agriculture and diversity. This year’s California State Fair is all about the blue ribbon and celebrating everything
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Paying off Your Mortgage in 15 Years vs 30
Paying off your mortgage early and living mortgage-free so you can use the money for other things—such as travel and an early retirement—can sound like a pipe-dream that’s impossible to get to, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a 30-year mortgage, there are a few ways to cut that time in half,
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Best Ways to Use Credit Card Concierge
Somewhere on your credit card statement—or maybe even on the back of the card—is contact information for a credit card concierge. The service is usually free and while it isn’t available on all credit cards, many travel rewards cards offer it as a way to have someone do some tasks for you. Requests can be
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It's The Weekend July 7th, 2017
> Dinner & Music at Wise Villa Winery July 7th, 2017 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Admission: $30 Make Reservation 4200 Wise Road, Lincoln Start your weekend off right by indulging your senses at our award winning Tuscan-style bistro. Enjoy the elegant tastes and aromas of the world-class wines & a delectable chef-prepared gourmet
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Landscaping Goes High-Tech
Ahh, there’s nothing like an afternoon spent relaxing in the backyard. Grass underfoot, sun up above, surrounded by… wifi? That’s right. According to the 2017 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), for the first time, wireless/internet connectivity entered the top ten project types, suggesting that people want
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5 Easy Feng Shui Tips
So you want to add a little Feng Shui flavor to your home? The following tips can help foster a strong connection between your space and your energy, which will impact the way you feel when you move through your home, and attract positivity in your life. 1. Pay attention to your entryway. Everyone likes to
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Is Your Smart-Home Device a Security Threat?
Did you recently welcome a Google Home or Amazon Echo into your home? How about a smart TV or a fancy new Apple Watch? While all of these devices can work wonders in terms of making our lives easier, they can also pose a security threat to your privacy. Internet-connected devices provide endless possibilities, but
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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Continues to Fall
Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping for the fourth consecutive week and hitting its lowest level in nearly seven months. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.89 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending June 8, 2017, down
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What Couples Should Discuss Before Retiring
Compromise is an important part of marriage. From deciding how much to spend on a new living room set to what to watch on TV tonight, compromise is constant. It can also be a big part of retirement conversations. While agreeing on the financial and logistical issues around retirement is great if you can get
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6 Tips for Planting Healthier Trees
  Planting a tree is a great way to give back to the environment. You’re doing your part to battle deforestation and create cleaner air. However, when it comes to planting trees, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure the health of your new leafy friend: Choose a native tree. Make sure
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Points to Ponder before Buying a Vacation Home
Over the years, you’ve spent many happy summers at that lake, beach, or mountain resort. The kids think of it as a second home. Maybe it’s time to buy property there so the family can enjoy it for years to come. If that’s your thinking, you are not alone. According to the National Association of
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December Market Update
  ‘Tis the Season!  We’re all busy with family, shopping, meal prep, and traveling this time of year, but believe it or not, Folsom’s housing market is still alive.  Folsom is frequently ranked as a top place to live and raise a family in California, for example we were ranked #1 by wallethub.com and #2 by
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Kitchen Upgrades Worth Their Weight in Resale Value
If a kitchen renovation is on your radar screen, and you plan to stay in your home long-term, you can figure on spending $20,000 or more – especially if you plan to rip out counters and re-configure your space. But if you’re thinking of upgrades that increase your home’s resale value, as well as your
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Holiday Fire Safety Tips
According to this article by Houselogic, the following are listed as the most common fire safety issues during the holiday season.  Take precaution and read up on some tips that could protect your family and home. Holiday Fire Safety Tips By: Pat Curry Cooking: Cooking is the top cause of holiday fires, according to the USFA.
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3 Easy Steps to Getting a Home Market Ready
Putting your house on the market requires a delicate balance between staging it for sale while keeping it functional for your lifestyle. Once you’ve staged to clear out the clutter, put some thought into what to do with the essentials: the things you absolutely need while still living in the house—especially in your most-used rooms.
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