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Monthly Archives: February 2021

    Why Now Is a Great Time to Tap Into Your Home’s Equity

    By Alex Bean | February 26, 2021

      If you’re a homeowner, you’re in luck. US homeowners are currently enjoying a boom in residential equity value. According to CoreLogic’s Homeowner Equity Insights Report, approximately 63 percent of US homeowners are experiencing an equity increase of more than 10.8 percent year over year between Q3 of 2019 and Q3 of 2020. That represents... Read More

    Simply Dried Fruit Snacks

    By Alex Bean | February 24, 2021

      Looking for a healthy snack you can take just about anywhere? Dried fruit is unbelievably simple to make and lasts for weeks, so you have a delicious, crunchy treat any time you want! For all of these dried fruit snacks, cut the fruit into ½-inch thick slices, and arrange on a parchment-lined baking tray.... Read More

    No Light? These Plants are Just Right

    By Alex Bean | February 22, 2021

      Although the wintertime is dark and dreary, there’s no reason you can’t keep your home feeling like spring. These indoor plants require little-to-no natural sunlight and will surely add a sense of cheerfulness to your interior space.       Pothos This popular low-light lover will thrive in any space as long as it’s... Read More

    Ask Your Agent: Seller Negotiations

    By Alex Bean | February 19, 2021

      For some sellers, the negotiation process is a chance to duke it out with potential buyers while for others it is a nail-biting source of anxiety. In order to plan for and weather the process successfully, formulate a game plan with an agent and determine ahead of time what your goals, priorities, and expectations... Read More

    Japanese Fried Chicken

    By Alex Bean | February 17, 2021

      My daughters consider this the world’s best karaage chicken—a high compliment! The signature quality of karaage is that it is extremely juicy with a crispy crust. Gluten-free starch is used for that reason. Also, always have your frying oil up to temperature and ready to go before you toss the chicken with the coating.... Read More

    The Simple Life

    By Alex Bean | February 15, 2021

      Did you spend the majority of 2020 making lists of things you wanted to change about your home but never actually got around to doing them? Well, now is the time. Consider 2021 a fresh start for both you and your living space with a great opportunity to dive into everyone’s favorite activity: organization. OK, organizing... Read More

    The Valentine’s Day Gifts Your Significant Other Actually Wants to Receive

    By Alex Bean | February 14, 2021

      Flowers, cards, candy… it’s all some of us can come up with for a Valentine’s Day gift. But, really, you’re better off saving your money. No one really wants these things—we all know it. Instead, try one of these unique gifts this year that your loved one actually wants to open. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bouquet... Read More

    Are We Facing a Real Estate Bubble?

    By Alex Bean | February 12, 2021

      Recollections of the 2008 economic recession and the mortgage crisis that followed are fresh in the minds of many of the older Millennial and Gen-X homeowners burned by the housing market in the past. As buyers compete in multiple offer situations and pay well-above asking price for that new home—whether as first-time homebuyers or... Read More

    How to Build a Healthy Smoothie + Three Healthy Smoothie Recipes

    By Alex Bean | February 10, 2021

      Smoothies are the simplest way to pack lots of fruits and veggies into a single meal or snack. But building a delicious smoothie can quickly turn from a healthy treat to a high-calorie drink. Watch this video for simple tips to keep your smoothie healthy and nutritious. Ready to pack more nutrients into your... Read More

    New Year, New DIY Projects

    By Alex Bean | February 8, 2021

    The New Year provides us the opportunity to make positive changes, a blank slate so to speak. While many are busy making personal improvements, January can actually be an ideal time to tackle minor updates to your house. With a little creativity and patience, these easy and affordable projects will give your living space a... Read More