All Blog Entries by Alexa Wheeler

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An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you

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by Brandon Turner |



Yes, you read that correctly.

When looking for a rental property, I actually proactively look for problems. Sure, it’s entirely possible to buy a rental property that is 100% finished and great, and perhaps for you and your business model, that is what you should do. But for me, I want to find problems that I can fix that will help me get a better deal.

How do problems get me a better deal?

It’s simple: when most people encounter the following eight problems, they turn around and walk out the door, repulsed and saying, “No way!” I walk into that same property, take a look around, and start to get excited. In fact, it’s hard for me to be excited about a

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Marcia McCormick


If you love your Florida Keys vacation home, but you’re not using it enough to make all those taxes and fees worthwhile, there’s an alternative to putting it on the market.

Leasing your home or condo for six months or a year provides a steady income stream and leaves you with the flexibility to get back into your home when life gets a little less busy.

Think about it. If you’re only using your place for a couple weeks a year, you could still come down to the Keys and rent a Freewheeler vacation home or stay at a nice hotel or resort. In the meantime, you can be collecting monthly rent checks.

To be clear, long-term leases won’t generate the monthly income that vacation rentals do. 

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We once met a woman who loved to clean house. She said it gave her a feeling of accomplishment. For many, however, it’s a thankless chore, and the sooner done, the better.

Consumer editors at Woman’s Day Magazine and the DIY Network offer seven ways to save time and money and still keep your home sparkling clean:

All-purpose cleaners – No need to buy cleaning solutions for a single purpose. Fill a squirt bottle with four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water. Use it to clean kitchen counters, appliances, inside the fridge and more—or add one-third cup vinegar to a quart of water to clean glass, countertops and even floors.

Burnt food on burners – Remove burnt-on food from stove burners by soaking them overnight in a zip-lock

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The 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to its lowest mark since November 10, 2016, according to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), released today by Freddie Mac.

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.86 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending August 24, 2017, down from last week when it averaged 3.89 percent.  A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.43 percent.

15-year FRM this week averaged 3.16 percent with an average 0.5 point, the same as last week.  A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.74 percent. 

5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.17 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.16 percent.  A year ago at

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