Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: DIY Art Studios

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/14/17 10:00 AM

Valentine's Day often brings with it a pressure to plan a stellar date.  If you’re still looking for inspiration for tonight, look no further! We’ve got you covered! There is something special about being creative alongside your date, and when you can combine an imaginative activity with music and wine, it becomes super fun and romantic!

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8 Ways to Tackle Post-Holiday Clutter and Home Organization

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/28/16 9:39 AM

Whether you dismantle your holiday décor on December 26th or January 26th, you may already feel the reality of post-holiday disarray sinking in. There is no better time of year to tackle a cluttered home than right after a season of giving and receiving. Use these tips for an organized home heading into the new year.

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7 of the Coolest Smart Home Devices to Add to Your 2016 Holiday Wish List

Posted by Laine Smith on 12/12/16 10:00 AM

Staying connected to your home has never been so easy. Whether you want to increase your home security, keep utility bills lows or cater your home systems to your lifestyle, here are some of the top smart home devices of 2016.

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6 Reasons You Should Buy a Home Over the Holidays

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/27/16 11:06 AM

Holiday parties, guests, shopping, baking and cooking: would you want to add buying a house to your stacked holiday to-do list? While homebuyer traffic does decrease significantly on actual holidays, house-hunting isn't as impacted as you'd assume during the holiday season (and for good reason).

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9 Credit Mistakes to Avoid Over the Holidays

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/25/16 8:00 AM

'Tis the season for consumers to go overboard with credit cards. If you have or plan to use credit cards during your holiday shopping trips, there are several ways to effectively manage and control your debt while keeping your credit score healthy. Here are 8 credit mistakes to avoid this holiday season.

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9 of the Biggest Holiday Home Hazards & How to Avoid Them

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/23/16 10:00 AM

The cooking and baking traditions, family get-togethers, and decorating for the holidays are fast approaching. Before you cozy up to the fireplace, put up your Christmas tree, or start on your holiday baking list, make sure you house is clear of these common holiday hazards.

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10 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Winter

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/20/16 10:11 AM

With the winter chill setting in, it’s time to make some simple home décor additions to make your home warm, welcoming and cozy. Use these tricks to up the coziness of your home for your family and holiday guests.

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10 Pros & Cons You Can Expect When Buying a Home in the Winter

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/14/16 3:01 PM

The shift in weather may have inspired thoughts of holiday shopping, but what about shopping for a home? Though spring and summer are considered the most popular seasons of the year to buy a home, don’t let winter weather and the holidays deter you from purchasing in the off-season. In fact, the best day of the year to buy a home is in late October, in regards to getting the best price deal. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to brave the weather or wait until spring, here are some pros and cons of winter homebuying.

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2016 Marks the Biggest Year in the History of VA Loans: 4 Ways Veteran Homebuyers Benefit

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/11/16 10:36 AM

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs guaranteed more than 707,000 home loans, making it the largest year in the history of the VA loan program. In honor of the men and women who have served our country, we’re highlighting the ways the VA loan program makes homeownership attainable and affordable for our veterans.

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11 Winter Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Complete ASAP

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/6/16 2:43 PM

As the temperatures are beginning to dip, now is the time to make sure your home will be ready for winter. Winterizing your home can help lower your utility bills, protect your biggest investment and most importantly, keep you and your family warm throughout the freezing months.  Here are some tips on how you can maximize your winter home maintenance.

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