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Dec 3 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic turned 2020 into a year unlike any other. As the end of the year approaches, the virus poses challenges beyond just school and work. The new question is how to safely celebrate the upcoming holiday season and maintain the family traditions that mean so much to so many.  The good news is […]
Nov 12 2020
The impact of wildfires, floods, and hurricanes in communities across the United States has been well-documented in recent years. The best available science indicates that water levels will continue to rise along our coasts, and extreme weather conditions will be an ongoing threat. In addition, these climate trends are becoming an increasingly critical component of […]
Aug 11 2020
Mortgage applications can require you to provide sensitive financial information, including social security numbers, pay stubs, bank statements, and more. That’s why we at Open Mortgage take online security seriously and hope you’ll watch this video before applying for your home loan. Our CEO and founder, Scott Gordon, discusses how to protect yourself online. Some […]
Aug 6 2020
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Peak hurricane season is here, and homeowners in coastal towns aren’t the only ones who need to be prepared. Previous storms have proven that wind, flooding and other damage can be unpredictable and widespread.  Before you find yourself in the path of a strong storm, make sure you’re protecting your home from physical damage, and […]
Aug 4 2020
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Most homebuyers understand that finding the right home requires a willingness to make some compromises. Minor problems can be fixed, and wishlist improvements can be planned for the future.  However, some issues may not be worth overlooking, even when the price, location, or curb appeal seem perfect. Before you commit to a fixer-upper or celebrate […]
Jul 21 2020
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As most of us have found, most of the usual challenges still exist in the new normal created by the Coronavirus pandemic. For some, that means the reality of an upcoming move is quickly approaching.  Before you begin what was already a dreaded undertaking, be sure you’re prepared for the additional complications that now come […]
Jun 16 2020
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The longer the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the more difficult it is to imagine a time when traditional retirement activities will return. But you may not have to rewrite your bucket list just yet. There are hopes of a coming vaccine, and there are plenty of social-distancing-friendly activities to pass the time while you plan for […]
Apr 2 2020
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As local, state, and federal officials work to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the United States, the necessary response can differ significantly depending on your circumstances. And while the overall risk to most Americans continues to be low, certain precautions are consistently recommended to protect yourself, and others, against COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. […]
Mar 24 2020
Room interior
In nearly every case, homebuying requires compromise. Even when you fall in love with a house during your hunt, there will likely be some changes or improvements you’ll want to make eventually.  And while your budget is probably the primary factor for deciding when the time is right, certain upgrades make sense to do sooner […]
Dec 10 2019
Making simple changes to your home delivery preferences, as well as investing in a few cool gadgets, can stop package prowlers and balcony bandits from ruining your holidays. Here are some ways to stay on top of your online deliveries and protect them from theft. Electronic Updates Nearly every online purchase comes with a tracking […]