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Monday, April 9, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

The Ultimate Getaway for Film Buffs

From New York City and Los Angeles to Paris and Tokyo, this one-of-a-kind trip takes travelers to iconic film locations around the world.

   


Priced at $256,211, this three-month-long adventure includes travel costs to 20 of the world’s most famous film locations throughout five continents and 10 countries. The high-end getaway for two is offered by VeryFirstTo.comand managed in partnership with luxury travel company, Unmissable.
Private guided tours allow travelers to relive scenes from classic films; enjoy Breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York, march the rugged landscape of Glencoe in Scotland as seen in Braveheart, fall in love at the romantic Trevi Fountain as seen in La Dolce Vita, and experience the magic of the Wudang Monastery as seen in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Whether interested in romance, action or fantasy films, this trip is perfectly catered for lovers of all genres. Even an amateur film buff will be familiar with this outstanding r ...

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Monday, April 9, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

Homeowners Craving Bolder Colors

Neutrals no more! The main focus now in interior design is color, and it’s go BOLD or go home.
“People are craving more color,” said Anna Shiwlall, owner and principal designer of 27 Diamonds Design. The colors of the year in interior design represent the demand for more colors that convey deeper messages and ulterior meanings.



The colors of the year were caliente for Benjamin Moore, oceanside for Sherwin-Williams and ultra violet for Pantone. Caliente is a strong, radiant red, while oceanside is a more complex, deep color that balances blues and greens together. The ultra violet shade is an enigmatic purple that shows people’s yearning to understand the unknown.

“We’re really working with a lot of jewel tones,” said Laura Edge, owner of L. Ruth Interior Design.


For the spring, interior designers are looking to couple deeper tones with brighter colors. “In terms of your pops of color, coral is still kind of a fun mix in wi ...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

First-time Homebuyers: You're Closer To A Down Payment Than You Think

First-time Homebuyers: You're Closer To A Down Payment Than You Think
For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it's a common misconception that you always need 20 percent down to buy a home. ?

Here’s the lowdown on the most popular low-down alternative payment options:

FHA Loan
Traditionally the mortgage of choice for first-time buyers, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers government-insured loans with as little as 3.5 percent down. The most popular FHA loan option, the 203(b), is widely available from lenders across the country. You may qualify with a credit score of just 500, although there may be limitations on some condo purchases.

Home Possible from Freddie Mac
This program allows you to put between 3 and 5 percent down, as long as you intend to use the home as your primary residence, and don't currently own or share ownership of another house. You'll also need to complete a ...

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  first time buyers, home buyers, first time home buyers

Wednesday, April 4, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

Affluent Consumers in 2018: Demographics and Spending Habits

While the cliché of wealthy consumers may be that of living a life filled with trust fund–fueled spending sprees, the reality is often much different.
Newly published research from eMarketer on affluent Americans reveals the makeup and behaviors of this segment are nuanced and complex. Specifically, the demographics and spending habits of the group vary significantly from how they’re often portrayed.
Here are some of the key insights from the report, which was based on a range of sources, including U.S. government data and recent surveys:
DemographicsContrary to the idea of inherited-wealth playboys and kept women, affluent Americans are in fact more likely to be married and more likely to live in households with two income-earning adults than the population at large, the analysis found.
A poll from Deseret News and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University, as cited by eMarketer, found that 70% of Am ...

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Sunday, April 1, 2018   /   by Clark Jones

The first step in the buying process

So you've decided to buy a home.  Perhaps you're tired of renting or your current home just doesn't suit your needs anymore.  Perhaps you have a life event that may have pushed you toward this decision.  Whatever the case may be.  Well, this article will help  to jump start your buying process.  

The mistake that too many new home buyers make is they want to immediately jump into looking at homes. They've made the decision to buy and are super excited to start.  This can be a monumental mistake.  Why?  Too often people are in "la-la" land or in a fantasy world and want to visit homes that they think are pretty cool on line.  They've always wanted a big home.  They've always wanted a huge kitchen or perhaps a large yard.  So they see the home of their dreams on line, call a Realtor who they don't even know or have interviewed, and next thing you know they're standing in this beautiful home.  The Realtor asks them ...

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  first time buyers, home buyers, mortgage, mortgage tips, how much can i afford