10
Dec 18

You Can Sip Champagne and Sing Christmas Carols at Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle

If you have a few extra hundred dollars hanging around, you can celebrate Christmas in a castle! Highclere Castle, which was featured on “Downton Abbey,” hosts a few Christmas events. It might be too late for Christmas dinner at the castle, but you can still buy tickets to sip some champagne and sing carols.

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10
Dec 18

The Simple Truth About Student Loans and Homeownership

Once you graduate college, you’re handed a diploma and—most likely—a mountain of debt. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a job where you make enough to pay off your student loans and then, maybe, move on to the next big investment of your life homeownership.

Unfortunately, according to a study by Credit Sesame, the state in which you live may affect your ability to pay your student loans. The study found that residents of West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest number of people unable to pay for their loans (as measured by student loan delinquency rates) at 18 percent, followed by Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Arkansas at 16 percent.

On the other hand, places like North Dakota and Massachusetts were the easiest places to pay off loans: These two states had the lowest rate of student loan delinquency, at six percent; followed by Utah, Washington, New York, and Illinois, which had the next lowest rate at eight percent.

Since student loans are such a big obstacle for millennials achieving homeownership, is it easier to save up and buy a house in these states with low delinquency rates? I asked real estate agents in two of these states—Utah and Washington—how the economic environment in their state favors homeownership for millennials. Here’s what they said:

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10
Dec 18

Modern Farmhouse Meets California Cool — House Call

Name: Valeria Jacobs, my husband, three kids (two boys and a girl), and a minature pincher
Location: Castro Valley, California
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, renting

We live in a cottage-style home. When we first saw the listing for rent I got a feeling that it was the house for our family. I fell in love with the big windows in the dining room, the hardwood floors, and overall it felt like a little home to us. My husband and I are both Peruvian, born and raised and have been together since high school (almost 15 years). We have two boys and very recently we welcomed our little girl. My husband is a mechanical engineer and I own a small online shop called Rebecca and Genevieve.

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10
Dec 18

Being Your Own Contractor Saves a Ton of Money, But I Don't Recommend It

It’s funny how most of us know we can’t be our own physician or attorney after watching a few YouTube videos, but ask us if we can run our own renovation and an awful lot of us think we can handle it just fine. Who needs a contractor when you can find your own sub-contractors online and order all your own materials? Why pay them a percentage of the cost (ranging from 10 to 50 percent) on top of your already over-budget budget when you can just DIY?

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10
Dec 18

You Can Take Your Cat to the North Pole with These Cute Cat Scratchers from Target

Do you need one more Christmas decoration for your house? Christmas is just over two weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to keep shopping for your house. If you’ve gotten everything you possibly could for yourself, you can get a little something for your pets.

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09
Dec 18

Target Is Offering 25% Off Kitchen This Weekend Only (Including Stand Mixers!)

As they’ve done in the past, throughout the month of December Target is featuring weekend-only sales in a variety of departments. So of course we’re especially excited that this weekend (that’s right — today and tomorrow only) they’re offering an additional 25 percent off kitchen appliances and cookware.

We sorted through hundreds of items to bring you our top four picks so you can take advantage of these generous savings. As a bonus, some are already on sale, making the prices that much more tempting.

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Dec 18

A Portland Home Is the Perfect Blend of Whimsical and Modern — House Call

Name: Amanda J Franz and pup Milo
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 2,600 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, owned

My name is Amanda Franz and I live in Portland, Oregon, with my Australian Labradoodle, Milo. I am a creative entrepreneur who owns the custom stationery company, Wide Eyes Paper Co. Wide Eyes specializes in hand-crafted wedding invitations and we ship all around the USA and internationally. I am an adventurous and curious 29-year-old surfer gal from sunny Southern California.

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09
Dec 18

5 Ingenious Plant Tricks You Haven't Tried Yet

Green thumbs always have a few tricks up their sleeves. Whatever your current houseplant frustration is, there’s probably a grower out there who came up with an innovative solution, after years of dealing with the very same issue. Read on for some of the best tried-and-true indoor gardening hacks around.

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09
Dec 18

Experts Say These 5 Real Estate Tips Are Now Totally Outdated

Like lots of things in life (including yourself!), the real estate world keeps rapidly evolving. Though some things will stay the same, at least one thing your broker told you a decade ago is no longer relevant. Here, five once-common pieces of advice experts say that you should now take with a grain of salt.

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09
Dec 18

33 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money

They say idle hands are the devil’s playground. Or is it an idle mind? When our twitching fingers tap from “add to bag” to “checkout” before we know what happened, it certainly feels like our good intentions of not spending money uselessly have been thwarted by a devilish boredom that whispers, pitchfork held aside, to go on ahead and just check to see if there are any good sales.

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