8 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Home for Spring

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/19/17 8:30 AM

Transitioning seasons incite many homeowners to take on change with home improvements and décor. As the weather slowly grows warmer, you’ll likely be looking for ways to transform your cozy winter home into a light and breezy respite for spring. Here are a few quick ways to do that.

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Weekly Economic Review: Fed Moves on Interest Rates, Mortgage Rates Continue to Climb

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/18/17 8:00 AM

In this week’s economic view, the Fed made moves on hiking interest rates for the second time in three months, home builders grew even more confident in the new home market, and job openings were in line with their 2-year trend. Mortgage rates continued their climb.

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Homeowner Tips: 10 Efficient Ways to Create a Greener Household

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/17/17 9:05 AM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we’re seeing in shades of green; green homes, that is. Though green living seems expensive and time-consuming, you don’t have to install solar panels or starting growing your own produce to become an energy-conscious household. You can easily reduce your carbon footprint, while minimizing your utility bills with these ten cost-efficient and painless steps.

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Des Moines Art Center

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/16/17 10:00 AM

Whether you have a vast knowledge of art or find yourself seeking some more education in the area, a trip to the Des Moines Art Center will not leave you disappointed! The Des Moines Art Center is a contemporary art museum that offers visitors a look at some amazing works of contemporary art through permanent collections and rotating exhibitions featuring work from both emerging and well-known artists alike. Even the architectural design of the building was carefully planned!

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Out and About with Compass: Chicago Botanic Garden

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/16/17 9:30 AM

It’s March, which means we’re craving spring! While it’s not quite nice enough yet to see the springtime blooms popping up through the soil, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your greenery fix! Take a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden this month to refresh yourself, mind, body and spirit!

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What Are Your Home Financing Options When You Have a Lower Credit Score?

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/15/17 9:05 AM

Credit scores are a huge part of the loan approval process. They not only determine your eligibility for home financing but can also determine what mortgage rate you will qualify for. But what if your credit score falls on the lower side of the spectrum?

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Maple Syrup Festival

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/14/17 10:00 AM

Everyone enjoys a tall stack of pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast, but very few of us understand exactly what it takes to get that delicious drizzle from the tree to our plates! It's currently sugaring season, which makes it the perfect time to learn! Head over to the Indian Creek Nature Center this weekend for their Maple Syrup Festival!

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Out and About with Compass: Elk Grove Historical Museum

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/14/17 9:30 AM

Those of us who call Chicago home are well versed in the history of the city. From the Great Chicago Fire and The World’s Fair, to Al Capone’s influence and the growth of industry, we have a wealth of knowledge about our great city! However, we often can’t say the same about the surrounding suburbs! Many cities have their own regional history museums, and today we’re featuring the Elk Grove Historical Museum!

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8 Quick & Simple Home Improvements That Do Wonders for Your Curb Appeal

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/13/17 11:14 AM

When you think of home renovations, you’re likely dreaming of a kitchen remodel or new flooring. You’re not alone; interior home improvements and renovations are highly coveted but oftentimes, a home’s exterior is put on the backburner. Here are some relatively cheap DIY projects that can transform your curb appeal.

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5 Mistakes That Could Derail Your Homebuying Plans

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/12/17 1:46 PM

Buying a home is likely the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime, so it makes sense that preparing to buy one takes a little longer than most other purchases. With that being said, there are several mistakes you should avoid if you hope to purchase a home in the next few months.

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