August 11th, 2016 - 9:01 AM
Are you a 1st time home buyer?
Buying a home for the first time can be an exhilarating and nerve-wracking experience. For most people, it’s one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make! Since you’ve never been through the process before, you may not understand everything that needs to happen before you can move in. We’ve consulted a licensed Realtor and a loan officer to create a first time home buyer’s guide that will help you know what to do before, during and after buying a home.
July 20th, 2016 - 9:14 AM
What is “Pokémon Go”?
One of the fastest gaming trends to sweep the country, and even the world, is “Pokémon Go.” It's a phone application location-based game where the goal is to catch Pokémon (“pocket monsters” in Japanese). Released in July 2016, the game is sparking nostalgia in all who grew up playing the original card game, which debuted in 1996. Even those who aren't hardcore gamers are downloading it because it encourages you to go for walks, explore your neighborhood and sightsee as you play. Most players get out and explore to maximize their play within the game.
In the game, Pokémon can appear anywhere. But in order to catch them, you’ll need supplies like Pokeballs (which you get at Pokestops). As you play, you'll notice Pokestops at landmarks like murals, sculptures, historic buildings, gathering places, shopping malls, churches and colleges. Some of the most popular sites within the game are called gyms. These are areas where different teams can battle for possession and are usually spots with high foot traffic.
If you've just moved to a new place, use Pokémon Go to get out and explore your new hometown! It's also a great way to meet others in your area - you'll find lots of fellow gamers at local Pokestops and gyms. Whether you've recently moved to a bigger city or just want to take a trip to a great gaming location, here are 10 of the best places to play “Pokémon Go.”
June 22nd, 2016 - 2:12 PM
Find the best fireworks show near you
Whether you've just moved to a new area and are looking for amazing July 4th fireworks displays near you, or you want to take an epic summer road trip to see one of these fun events, this list of 20 amazing Independence Day celebrations across the U.S. is for you. Most of these events take place on July 4th (we’ve noted when the date is different) and many of them include plenty of activities besides the firework show. Take a look at the infographic below to see where to find the biggest Fourth of July celebrations, and then read more about each one.
May 18th, 2016 - 3:12 PM
Solar power information for upgrading your home
While renewable energy sources come with quite a few benefits compared to regular electricity, solar panels aren’t a typical find when it comes to the housing market. If you’re trying to sell or upgrade your property, investing in solar energy is a great way to add value and protect the earth at the same time. We’ve partnered with Modernize, a home renovation resource, to provide more info on home solar panels. Let’s look at some of the details you need to know about going solar!
April 27th, 2016 - 1:43 PM
When you’re moving to a new area, it’s only natural to want as much information as possible about your new neighborhood. After all, you want to make sure the area is safe and will fit the needs and wants of your family. The internet offers a wide variety of research options to help you find what you’re looking for, but suggest trying out NeighborhoodScout.com for neighborhood reports.
March 28th, 2016 - 10:26 AM
The Best Cities for Walking
If you love stretching your legs and going for a walk, there are plenty of places around the country that would be ideal for you to call home. Whether you like doing the majority of your transportation on foot, enjoy urban hiking and beautiful walking trails or exploring downtown at a leisurely stroll – we've covered each one of these categories so you can find the best walkable city for you!
February 17th, 2016 - 10:02 AM
What is the best place to live?
All over the Internet, you will find list after list of the “Best Places to Live" giving you a laundry list of cities they consider the best. These lists are compiled using their own parameters and factors. However, when you take a look at those results, how do you really know which is the best city to live in for you? Finding the best places to live is such a personal thing – so the best way to figure out where you should live is to go through our list of criteria and decide which items are most important to you.
March 2nd, 2015 - 3:42 PM
Want to move to one of the best school districts?
For many homebuyers, the quality of the local school district is a primary concern. Before you sign the closing papers, it’s important to make sure the schools in your area will help your child excel. If you’re looking to move somewhere with a great educational system, our latest infographic on top school districts can help. Here’s an overview of the top 10 best schools and what makes them a great place for your children.
September 12th, 2014 - 1:58 PM
Lions, tigers, and bears are overrated
Most colleges and universities have ordinary mascots; you know – lions, wildcats, tigers, eagles, bears, etc. And then there are those schools that prefer to think outside the box. Allow us to introduce you to what we think are the top 10 craziest, weirdest, and most unusual college mascots.
August 27th, 2014 - 2:32 PM
Recipes for Labor Day
What started as a celebration of the American labor movement has evolved into a symbolic end to summer and intro to the fall season. Labor Day festivities usually involve squeezing in one last day in the sun and enjoying summer’s best foods. So when you send summer out with a bang on Labor Day, try out these easy, delicious Labor Day foods. We’ve gathered foods that are essential summertime treats with a unique spin on them to keep things interesting. (Just try not to spill anything on your white pants, even though Labor Day IS the last day to wear them according to the unofficial fashion police!)