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Purposefully Give Thanks

Did you know Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated regularly until President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November a national holiday? A little-known fact is that Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned to recognize the day for 17 years prior to it being made a federal holiday. Here are some ideas to help us remember that the holiday […]

Get More ROI From Your Kitchen Renovation

In addition to being one of the most popular renovations homeowners complete, the kitchen often nets the highest return on your investment (ROI) relative to other areas in your home. While many homeowners give the kitchen a minor update to keep it modern, others choose a full remodel improve the style and function of the […]

How to Retire Well

Conventional wisdom suggests we should save about 10 to 12 times our current income; however, many people approach retirement having saved much less.1 So, how much is enough? The amount of money you should have saved before you retire depends on many personal factors and considerations, including: Your lifestyle: If you live well within your […]

Benefits of Reduced Debt

If you’ve set a goal to pay down your debt this year, you’re not alone. According to a study by NerdWallet, more than 40% of Americans have this goal in sight. Strategically reducing or paying off debt benefits your finances tremendously, but can positively impact other areas of your life as well.   Reduce stress. […]

Declutter Your Living Spaces

The average person will spend a total of 3,680 hours, or 153 days of their life, searching for misplaced items.* Typically, the only time many of us think about decluttering our homes or living spaces is when we’re getting ready to move. Whether you’re moving or want to save time and space, this easy five-bin […]

Hire the Right Contractor

Hiring a contractor can be stressful, especially if you’re planning a major renovation. Use the following guidelines to help you hire the right contractor for your next home project. These tips also apply if you’re hiring a trades-person or service professional to tackle any project around the home. Get referrals. Ask your family, friends and […]

How to Boost Curb Appeal

If you’re thinking of selling this year, I would be happy to help you decide which of these projects would net the best value based on my experience. Even if you’re not planning to sell any time soon, updating and maintaining your home regularly shows you take pride in owning it. Wash the exterior. Over […]

The Benefits of Great Credit (and How to Boost Yours)

Whether you want a loan to make a large purchase or you’re applying for a job, a high credit score may give you an advantage. It not only helps you secure a lower interest rate and save money over the life of your loans, it also demonstrates to lenders and potential employers that you’re financially […]

It’s Tax Time!

Tax day, April 17, 2018, is just around the corner. Whether you plan to complete them in a weekend or are pulling together the information to give to your tax preparer, here are a few tips to get started. Be Prepared Create a tax checklist to gather all of the documents you’ll need. Download the […]