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    Baby Boomers: Here’s How to Sell Your Home to Millennials

    Source: Zillow Porchlight By: Brendon Desimone Shopping for a home has evolved over the years. Here’s what you need to know about the new generation of buyers. For years we’ve seen the shift in Baby Boomers ditching their large suburban homes for the excitement of urban life. And we’re noticing the reverse from millennials: leaving behind small spaces along with the hustle and bustle of the city. They’re open to a new world of suburban living, with single-family homes, more storage and closet space, and some outdoor space all their own. These millennials, born between the mid ’80s and the late ’90s, came of age in a shifting cultural and social environment.…

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    8 Ways to Usher in the Start of Spring

    Source: HGTV Blog By: Bridgett Mallon The Spring Equinox — aka the official start of spring — took place at 6:28 AM on March 20th. About an hour later I slipped on my snow boots and winter coat before heading to the office, so it didn’t exactly feel like spring to me. But I’m not letting the lingering snow or threat of another freeze keep me from celebrating the reset that comes with a fresh season. Even though it might be a few weeks until I can whisk open my windows to greet a gentle breeze or retire my tights and sweaters, I’m going to start embracing spring right now. And you…

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    8 Proven Ways to Increase the Resale Value of Your Home

    Source: Trulia’s Blog By: Vanessa Nix Anthony Heed these 8 suggestions from real estate pros to ensure your property gets the highest possible price. Little things mean a lot when it comes to selling your home and getting a great price for it. But if everything counts and you have only so much time and money to invest, how do you know where to start to get your home for-sale ready and to fetch the best price? The good folks at Consumer Reports National Research Center set out to answer just that, with an online survey of 303 real estate professionals from around the country. As we head into the hottest selling season and with 5.3…

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    Renting vs. Buying: Which Is Cheaper?

    Is it a better financial move to buy or rent? Sure renting gives you a semi-permanent place to live, flexibility to move around as you please and financial freedom from maintenance costs. However, it can start to feel like you’re throwing money away year after year and not making any real financial investment. In contrast, when you buy a home, you’re acquiring an asset. You have the freedom to customize, make updates and add additions to your home to best suit your wants and needs. You will incur new expenses such as repair and maintenance costs, property tax and insurance, but you will be building equity at the same time. A lot of people are…

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    5 Tips to Save for a Down Payment on a House

    You’ve decided that home ownership is something you want to pursue in the upcoming future, but you may be overwhelmed at the idea of saving for a down payment on a house. Questions like “How much do I need to save?” or “Where do I even start?” are probably popping up in your head, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Take a breather and keep these tips in mind when beginning the process- 1. Talk with a Mortgage Lender to determine how much to save The first thing you want to do is find a Mortgage Lender to tell you how much mortgage you can afford. Keep in mind that your mortgage…

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    Gift of caring extends beyond Auburn, AL

    Think about the best Christmas you ever had.  Were you a kid anxiously awaiting the arrival of a jolly old man in a red suit with a knapsack full of presents?  Maybe it was a home full of love and laughter – Christmas carols playing in the background and the aroma of holiday goodies wafting through the house. Maybe it was the memory of a favorite grandparent, aunt or uncle that always made you feel special.    The holidays remind us of the blessings of family and friends, the beauty of giving and sharing, and the celebration of a tiny baby who would change the world.  Over a decade ago, my…

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    Become a Decorating Genius, visit RealtySouth Pinterest

    Have you ever attended a holiday event where the decorations looked like the brainchild of Southern Living magazine and the Biltmore Mansion?  And upon seeing those decorations, did you wish your mind worked that way – that in a matter of minutes you could take a roll of ribbon, a garland of evergreen and strand of lights and think of ten different ways to turn them into Christmas decorations to die for? Yeah, that’s what I thought.  I’ve been there too, right alongside my friends Envy and Jealous. Places around our state like Birmingham’s Christmas at Arlington and Auburn’s Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes have probably left many of…

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    Run your way to healthier living, Alabama trails prevail

    “The mental is to the physical as four is to one” said the Hall of Fame basketball coach Bobby Knight. Maintaining good physical fitness is important to maintain good mental fitness, alertness and dealing with stress. As a young broker one of my agents noticed that I was catching colds and being sick more often than the norm.  She asked if I was getting enough exercise to burn off stress. As a nurse in a previous career she had a ready prescription. Get more exercise. And it worked. During the holidays our schedules are not the same. We are more likely to eat and drink more and have unusual schedules.…

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    Alabama charities in need this holiday season

    The holiday season is a time many of us look for ways to give back in our communities.  Alabama has countless charities that need donations of money, supplies and time.  Here are several non-profit organizations in different parts of our state that do wonderful things for their respective communities and that need your help this holiday season and beyond. Camp ASCCA –  Lake Martin/Jackson’s Gap, Alabama Camp ASCCA, located on Lake Martin in Jackson’s Gap, is Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and mental disabilities. Their mission is to help these individuals achieve…

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    VOTE! IT’S OUR PRIVILEGE!

    This past summer, many of us loaded up our cars and headed to the beach, or caught an airplane for a trip out West.  Even now, with 9/11 still etched indelibly in our national memory, we didn’t have to ask permission to do that.  You couldn’t do that in Vietnam today, or in Iraq, or in many countries around the world.  But that’s a privilege we enjoy in America.  If you want to worship as a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew … if you want to go the synagogue or the mosque or that PCA church down the street … you’re welcome to do that in America.  But…