Let’s say that you just won $8,750 on a lottery scratch-off ticket. You’ve decided to be frugal and invest the money and have decided on three alternatives: buying a certificate of deposit, a mutual fund or use the money as a down payment for a $250,000 home. To compare the three alternatives, let’s look at…

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People tend to fear what they don’t understand. Homeowners understand fixed rate mortgages and remember the horror stories of people who lost their homes because they could no longer afford them when their adjustable rate mortgages went up. Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages have been so low for enough years, that borrowers haven’t even given…

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Homeowners may be totally unaware that their home has an unpleasant odor. It can be unrecognizable to them but immediately apparent to visitors on entering the home. Candles, aerosol spray or even chocolate chip cookies can’t get rid of the smell. To eliminate the odor, the source of the smell first has to be removed…

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You are probably aware that Federal law entitles you to a free copy of your credit report annually by each of the three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. By regularly looking at each of these reports, you can determine if there are any errors on them and be aware of your credit worthiness. Instead…

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Technology has certainly streamlined the home buying process and introduced things that help purchasers make better decisions. Buyers have enthusiastically embraced video tours, digital signatures and the enormous amount of information available about a home, neighborhood, schools and neighbors. The ironic thing is that buyers are ignoring the one single thing that can help them…

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Most of us understand the expression “burning the candle at both ends” to mean working so hard that you burn yourself out. Normally, that wouldn’t be a good idea unless it is intentional. If the candle is your mortgage and the strategy is to get it paid off early, being “burned out” would be a…

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all Americans have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. It is recommended that the Ready Kit should be assembled well in advance of an emergency. The concept is to be able to survive for at…

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US News and World Report released their 2012 report for top high schools in Connecticut. The town of West Hartford fared VERY well.  You can read the report here.  Essentially US News reviews 21,776 US public high schools and 47 schools in CT made the rankings. Conard is ranked #2 and Hall came in at…

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Rockledge Golf Club was voted “Best Public Golf Course” in 2012. This is the 4th consecutive year Rockledge has received this honor.  Rockledge is a very well maintained course which has it’s challenging holes and a few easy ones to keep you coming back thinking you can play this game! The staff is extremely approachable…

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Overview West Hartford real estate is an active and changing market.  The area is a very popular area central Connecticut based in what is commonly called the Greater Hartford region.  The real estate market in the general area, and in particular West Hartford, fared relatively well during the great downturn of  2007 to 2011 without…

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