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Monthly Archives: August 2020

    Recharge with a Routine

    By Alex Bean | August 31, 2020

      With September right around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about falling back into a routine, if you haven’t already. Implement these tips so you can build a structured schedule for the season ahead that’s sure to boost productivity—along with an organizational craft to help simplify your day! Crafting a Routine... Read More

    Build a Smarter Buyer Wish List

    By Alex Bean | August 27, 2020

      There are so many things to think about when deciding to begin a home search. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Do you want stairs or are you hoping to have everything on one level? Of course, there’s the all-important question of flooring, countertops, and light fixtures. But what else should you... Read More

    Cookies for Breakfast

    By Alex Bean | August 21, 2020

      Who says you can’t eat cookies for breakfast? When they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients, there’s nothing to feel guilty about. Ingredients 1¼ cups (300 mL) certified gluten-free rolled oats (not quick-cooking) 1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon (2 mL) baking soda ½ teaspoon (2 mL) fine sea salt ½ cup (125 mL)... Read More

    A Green Bank Guide to the Galaxy

    By Alex Bean | August 19, 2020

      Hidden deep in the rolling mountains of Appalachia, a peaceful giant keeps watch over the universe. Green Bank, West Virginia (population: 143), located in Pocahontas County, is home to the Green Bank Telescope (GBT)—the largest fully steerable telescope in the world. Shooting For the Stars This particular part of the country was chosen for... Read More

    The Benefits of Starting Your Home Search Process Now

    By Alex Bean | August 17, 2020

      If you were planning to buy a home during the 2020 spring market, you may have put your plans on hold following COVID-induced restrictions in markets across the country. If you’ve been able to work from home, or if you are in an essential worker category, your stable income and a rapidly reopening economy... Read More

    Sweet and Spiced Iced Coffee

    By Alex Bean | August 14, 2020

      Iced coffee doesn’t have to be just ice and coffee, but a drink that has a wide range of flavors. This spiced version takes what you love about your morning coffee and kicks it up a notch. Ingredients: For the coffee 12 ounces desired coffee brew Ingredients: For the vanilla sweet cream ½ cup... Read More

    Here’s Where You Can Buy Plants Online

    By Alex Bean | August 12, 2020

      The days are sunnier, the rain not as frequent (hopefully), and the feeling of summer is in the air—it only makes sense that you want to add more greenery to your home. Shop online at any one of these places to up your plant game, whether indoors or outdoors. The Sill If you don’t... Read More

    Factors That Affect Home Equity

    By Alex Bean | August 10, 2020

      One of the first economic predictions that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic was that the economy—and in particular, the real estate market—would grind to a halt. However, as homeowners weathered widespread shutdowns, the resulting low inventory market played out in their favor with higher equity year-over-year. CoreLogic’s analysis of equity in homes carrying... Read More

    Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

    By Alex Bean | August 7, 2020

      I love me some ribs, any kind you want to serve up. Being that I’m from that beautiful city that sits on the bluff (Memphis, Tennessee, that is), I like my ribs dry-rubbed. We make them with a dry rub that imparts lots of flavors. It’s so tasty that I make a big batch and... Read More

    Buying and Selling in the Summer Season

    By Alex Bean | August 5, 2020

      In most markets, the Spring season is the most important time of year for buying or selling a home. However, with stay-at-home orders imposed in many markets by mid-March, some new listings never saw the light of day. In addition, tightening in the mortgage markets and job uncertainty discouraged many buyers from looking for a new... Read More