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As the summer progresses, homeowners continue to spend a lot of quality time around the house as their regular activities return, but at a slow pace.

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We all know the kitchen pantry can have a tempting voice that beckons you to do bad things.

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It is almost the end of July and we are in the season of those annoying “pop-up” thunderstorms that seem to make their way into every weather forecast we hear on a daily basis.

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Since you have been spending so much time around the house doing all sorts of projects and organizing various aspects of your life, you may have decided you would like to do a larger home improvement project for your family’s enjoyment or perhaps in preparation to sell. 

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The weather has finally taken a turn towards the sun and this weekend is the unofficial start of summer!  Many people will be planning gatherings and spending a lot of time outdoors over the next few months so here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to get the summer started! 

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Many of us have spent quite a bit of time over the last few weeks outdoors getting landscapes back under control after the dark cold winter months.  After a few visits to the local gardening center, you have chosen some new plants, trimmed emerging shrubs and bushes and fertilized everything…

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In just a week, we can officially say winter is over based on the calendar.  Of course, there are those unofficial "winters" here in the South (ever heard of blackberry or dogwood?) that will continue for a while and seem to vary in name and number depending on who you ask.  But, for the mos…

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Now that we are well into the new year, many of you may be considering buying a new home. Whether it is your first home-buying experience or not, let me offer you some tips to make the process a little easier!

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Lighting is an important aspect of your home’s interior design. It is not only functional, but can be mood-altering!

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The holidays are winding down and it is time to start packing up the decorations, getting back into a more normal daily routine and looking forward to a new year filled with new possibilities. Many have been in a holiday frame of mind since early November and have "decked the halls" both ins…

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It seems like we were just celebrating Thanksgiving and now Christmas is less than two weeks away!  Everyone is rushing around to finish decorating and shopping tasks in preparation for the big day.

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To rake or not to rake? That is the question! Every year about this time, you stop cutting the grass and realize just how many trees you have in your yard when the leaves start to accumulate on your lawn. You may even be lucky enough to have leaves from your neighbors’ trees find their way i…

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It is now sweater and soup  weather. Fall is upon us and along with that comes the regular use of heat in our homes. Did you turn off all the ceiling fans in your home when you switched over to heat side of the thermostat?  

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Home remodeling is back to being big business in the United States this year with the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University suggesting that it could easily exceed the $300 billion spent last year as the housing industry continues to improve. Many Baby Boomers are contributin…

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BY JAROD TANKSLEY As we move into fall, there are some routine maintenance items that you are probably handling around your home. You may have started tidying the garden or landscape areas and giving your patio or deck and outdoor furniture some attention too. With a season change and cleaning in mind, you should also …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY According to the calendar, summer and its scorching long sunny days are just about ready to move on! Next up? Autumn with its wonderful crisp days and cool nights! Even though everyone is buying the large baskets of mums, pumpkins and Halloween candy, now is also the time to start thinking past …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY There are many reasons people downsize to a smaller home — kids move out, rents get hiked and people enter into retirement. Whatever the reason, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the loss of space. But don’t worry! There are lots of advantages to living in a smaller home that …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY Things in your life are calming down now that the kids are grown, established in their careers and out of the house. You’ve left the corporate world behind and now it has become apparent that some things need to change for you to live a peaceful, healthy lifestyle long past retirement age. …

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I recently spent some time with Brittany Campbell of Citizens One Bank, we discussed the changing rates and real estate market.  The school year is approaching faster than interest rates are dropping! While you shuffle through back-to-school sales take advantage of other major savings as we step into the third quarter with the lowest rates …

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Moving day can be filled with anxiety but not if you prepare​ ahead of time and that includes the much loved family pet.  A local move can be much easier since at least you can keep your same veterinarian and local pet retailers.  An interstate move can be a bit more challenging ​but again preparation …

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As we discussed in Part 1, there are great financial benefits to Nashville, but there is also no shortage of things to do … If you’re looking for fun and opportunities to socialize in your retirement, Nashville is a great place for you. The city boasts recreational activities geared specifically for seniors, including attractions that …

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If you’re thinking of retiring soon, the first thing you should do is congratulate yourself on reaching this important and exciting life milestone. You now have an opportunity to let your relaxation be your top priority, and after a lifetime of work, that’s something to take pride in. Once you’re done reveling in the glory …

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If you are thinking about buying a new home, spring is a great time to do it. School will be letting out soon and you want to get settled before the next school year starts again in the fall. When selling, you want to make sure you make an excellent first impression as potential buyers …