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DIY: Under-Cabinet Lighting

If you’ve bought or sold a house, or even if you’re just beginning that adventure for the first time, you’ve likely heard about the importance of a kitchen. For many families, a kitchen is much more than where you assemble the meals that sustain your family (or hang takeout menus with magnets on your refrigerator). […]

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Top 3 Reasons You Should Trick-or-Treat If You’re House Hunting

If you have kids or have ever opened your front door on Halloween night, you likely know that there are some unwritten rules we have about when it’s okay or not okay to go trick-or-treating. Children in costumes being pulled in a red wagon—okay. Pack of menacing-looking teenagers—not okay. And then somehow trick-or-treating in college […]

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Notable American Holidays and Military Dates

Holidays are for celebrating, right? We celebrate the birth of our nation, significant religious events, changemakers in U.S. history, and, well, trees (Arbor Day). Did you know there are quite a few holidays and occasions focused on the military community? Check out this comprehensive list so you can be aware of all the patriotic happenings […]

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Why Generational Shifts in Homebuying Matter to You

In many real estate markets, younger buyers are now competing with older buyers for the same types of homes. Understanding the market forces at work and adjusting your priorities to find a home that’s slightly removed from the most desired pool of homes can open up valuable opportunities for military buyers. Who’s Who The Boomer […]

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DIY: Playroom Fun

When you ask most military families, the first spaces they set up after a move are those that their children will occupy. The reason for this is twofold: For one, if the kids are happy, entertained, and contained, unpacking the rest of the house is much easier. But possibly more importantly, reestablishing your child’s rhythm […]

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How to Improve Your Credit Score

If you’re even considering purchasing a home, you should be paying attention to your credit history. When was the last time you checked your FICO score? It’s a good idea to check your score at least annually to see what your score is and if there’s anything incorrectly reported that could be counted against you. […]

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Desperation or Love?

If you’re in house-hunting mode (again), you can feel like you’re up against the clock. And if a new duty station is in the cards, that clock can feel more like a countdown timer on a ticking bomb. That does something to a person. It ups the level of stress. It causes panic to set […]

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Smelly Homes

I’m just going to go ahead and tell you that everyone knows the trick about filling your home with the smell of fresh-baked cookies to make a buyer fall in love. I’m not saying don’t do it. I’m saying your potential buyers will look at each other knowingly and salivate a little bit. They’re on […]

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City vs. Suburbs

As a military family, there are dozens of variables you consider when looking at a prospective home. How close is it to base? How are the local schools? What is the local economy like? And while a military assignment may mean a finite list of options, if given the opportunity you’ll also want to think […]

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8 Ideas for Sprucing Up a Rental

Renting a place may not sound appealing to the individualist who really wants a unique home, but sometimes you have no choice while living the nomadic military lifestyle. Making permanent changes in a rental home or apartment is a definite no-go, and the last thing you want to be faced with during a surprise PCS […]

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