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Feb 19

This Amazon Vitamix Blender Sale Is Better than Black Friday

If you’ve ever missed out on a Vitamix sale and later regretted it, today you can redeem yourself. Amazon’s Deal of the Day features two full-sized Vitamix models, including one for nearly half off. Deal of the Day quantities are often limited, and come midnight PST, the sale will be over. So, really, what are you waiting for?

We doubt you’ll ever see a Vitamix for $150 again. (For the record, this even beats their Black Friday sale prices — and that almost never happens with non-holiday sale deals on Amazon.)

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27
Feb 19

This Brooklyn Loft Has the Most Inventive Use of an IKEA Tabletop — House Tour

Name: Bryan Sears
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years Lived In: 9 years, renting

Artist, designer, and entrepreneur Bryan Sears lives a creative life, and the large loft-like space he rents in Brooklyn reflects that. Full of light, great art, and lots of plants, the industrial architecture of the building is a warm backdrop to all of his things. It’s also a testament to the power of a free find. In Bryan’s building, there’s a location where people leave things they think others might want… the “Freeshelf.” Quite a few of the items in this home share an origin of the freeshelf. Those items, mixed in with Bryan’s art, make for one very unique home.

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26
Feb 19

What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner?

What are the Benefits of Becoming a Homeowner? | Simplifying The Market

Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time!

Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just a roof over your head! It represents shelter, stability, wealth, and pride! For decades, homeownership has been an important part of the American Dream!

However, many question if the next generations see the same benefits of homeownership as their predecessors.

In case we have forgotten, some of those benefits are:

Non-Financial Benefits

  1. Educational Achievement: Homeownership has a positive impact on academic achievement, including reading and math performance in children 3-12 years old.
  2. Civic Participation:Owning a home means owning a part of the neighborhood.” Homeowners have a stronger connection to their neighborhood and are more committed to volunteer.
  3. Health Benefits: Adjusting for a range of demographic, socioeconomic and housing-related characteristics, homeowners have a substantial health advantage over renters.
  4. Public Assistance: The report shows 47% of homeowners use their home equity credit lines to help pay other debts, diminishing their need for public assistance.
  5. Property Maintenance and Improvement: A well-maintained home not only generates benefits through consumption and safety, but a high-quality structure also raises mental health.
  6. Pride of Ownership: This place is uniquely “yours.” You can customize it according to your likes and personality.

In addition to financial benefits, homeownership also brings significant social benefits. These not only pertain to the family, but extend to the communities, the state, and the country!

Financial Benefits

Buying a home is an investment in your future!

  1. Appreciation: On average, home prices are appreciating annually at a rate of 3.6%. This helps to create a safety net.
  2. Forced Savings: Your mortgage is like a forced savings plan! With each payment, you are reducing the principal of your loan.
  3. Home Equity: Homeownership builds equity every single month. You can later use that equity to start a business, send your children to college, etc.
  4. Net Worth: A homeowners’ net worth is 44x greater than renters! This gives you the financial freedom to invest.
  5. Stability: Rent prices increase 4% annually! A fixed mortgage payment allows you to save for future projects and guard against inflation.
  6. Tax Benefits: The government has created tax benefits to encourage customers to purchase. (Talk to your CPA to see which benefits apply to you).

Bottom Line

Homeownership is and will always be part of the American Dream! There are many financial and non-financial benefits to take advantage of when owning a home. If owning a home is part of your dream, let’s get together to help you with the process!

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26
Feb 19

6 Majorly Discounted Pieces We Love From AllModern's Warehouse Sale

The midcentury modern trend isn’t going anywhere–it’s so prevalent we’re just as likely to refer to it by its initials, MCM. The prevalence of the trend also means you can now spend as much–or as little–as you want on these vintage-inspired buys. But rather than compromise quality for price, we like to find reliably affordable sites like AllModern that still sell things that will last. Happily, AllModern’s Warehouse Sale is happening right now through Sunday, with discounts of up to 65 percent off on hundreds of items, making them even more tempting. Even if you don’t have a completely MCM-inspired space, the pared-down aesthetic of these classic buys mean they would work well with plenty of other home decor styles as well. See our top picks below, and check out the entire sale here.

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26
Feb 19

Look Inside: A $619K Vintage Colonial That Perfectly Blends Whimsy & Americana

Photos courtesy Jennifer Procopio

A historic home with all the modern updates.

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26
Feb 19

5 Surprising Places to Live in the U.S. If You Love Hiking

For some people, a big backyard is a priority—as in a backyard that boasts hundreds of miles of trails perfect for weekends spent hiking and exploring.

You know of the biggies like the Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon and The Narrows in Zion National Park. But there are several, lesser-known destinations throughout the United States where hiking is spectacular, thanks in part to preservation efforts, volunteers who groom the trails, and good ole’ Mother Nature.

These five destinations in the United States are unexpected hiking gems:

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26
Feb 19

This Is What’s New On (and Leaving) Netflix in March

It’s about that time for your Netflix queue to come in like a lion and out like a lamb. This is what’s new on the streaming service for March, and what’s getting dropped.

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26
Feb 19

Embrace the Ease of a "Day-of" Party (So You Can See Your Friends More)

Life is stressful enough as it is—so make this the weekend you stop putting unnecessary pressure on yourself when it comes to hosting. Does your house need to be impeccably clean with a three-course dinner planned and a carefully crafted evite in order to have a good time? No. Is it easy to get swept up in appearances and pretend it does? Absolutely.

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25
Feb 19

How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth?

How Can I Increase My Family’s Net Worth? | Simplifying The Market

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.

The study revealed that the median net worth of a homeowner is $231,400 – a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013).

These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of a renter.

Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth.

As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity in your home.

That is why Gallup reported that Americans picked real estate as the best long-term investment for the fifth year in a row. According to this year’s results, 34% of Americans chose real estate. Stocks followed at 26%, and then gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.

Bottom Line

If you want to find out how you can use your monthly housing cost to increase your family’s wealth, let’s get together to guide you through the process.

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25
Feb 19

7 Items Under $60 to Gift Yourself Like You’re An Oscar Nominee

The Academy Awards is by far one of the most prestigious and celebrated award shows out there, exemplified through its big-name attendees, high-end fashion statements, and of course, the glistening statuettes handed out throughout the evening. To top it all off, each nominee (win or lose) gets an “Everybody Wins” goodie bag by Distinctive Assets sent to their homes, each of which is said to be worth over $100,000.

While we can’t all receive these gracious packages filled with gifts—ranging from wellness trips to face masks infused with gold—there are some items included that aren’t totally out of the normal price range. And for the ones that are, we found an equivalent version that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on.

See below for our must-haves from this year’s gift bag, and treat yourself to something. You deserve it.

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