Building a Smart Home: Where to Start?

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These days you’re able to control just about everything with the click of the button. Want a hot pizza? There’s an app for that. Want to get a manicure without leaving your couch? There’s an app for that too.

You can control almost all aspects of your life using just your smart phone! The same goes for everyday items around the home. You can unlock your door, turn on the A/C, and turn the lights on using your smart phone. Everyday essentials are quickly being replaced with innovative products designed to make your day-to-day life easier.

Iphone-pictureNow we’re not claiming to be the most tech-savvy gals around, but we have been really intrigued by the idea of creating a SMART HOUSE to make our lives a little bit easier and perhaps even to save some money. So over the next 4 weeks, we’ll be diving into a series about CREATING A SMART HOME. (more…)

Hidden Costs of Homeownership

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My husband and I are currently looking to buy a home in Chicago (we know right where to find move help in Chicagoland)) and it’s been one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Excitement, fear, anxiety…let’s just say that making this big purchase is a bumpy ride.

While we have many must-haves for our new pad (2 bedrooms, quiet neighborhood, close to public transportation), by far the biggest factor is our BUDGET. (more…)

How Do I Get A Home Loan?

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How Do I Get a Home Loan?Lately, we’ve been chatting all about the process of buying your first home sweet home. To begin, we listed some tips to help you with the whole buying vs. renting dilemma. If you read that blog post and came to the conclusion that you’re ready to give up temporary decorating techniques and add “homeowner” to your resume… then today’s post is perfect for you!

Now, before you start scouring the real estate listings for your dream home, you need to figure out how much house you can afford. Yep, like many large purchases you’ve gotta start with a BUDGET.

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If you’re going to be borrowing money from a bank (which I’m guessing is most of you), you’ll need to chat with a mortgage lender or broker to find out how much cash they’re willing to cough over.

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First 5 Steps To Homeownership

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Becoming a homeowner is an exciting time but is also one that takes preparation, communication and lots of decision-making. Today, we are breaking down the often overwhelming world of the first few steps of homeownership into a 5 Step Guide to Homeownership for Rookies. We hope these 5 steps will guide you in creating a solid foundation to build your home-buying experience on! #punintended #sorrynotsorry (more…)

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