Shopping for a Home Warranty

A woman shopping online for a home warranty.

There are many things to consider when buying a home warranty, which is different from homeowners insurance. A home warranty is a policy that covers major appliances and some systems, such as the HVAC, inside the house. Some policies can be tailored to fit your needs and cover additional things such as electronics, septic systems, and hot tubs. Although homeowners insurance will be required for many real estate purchases, a home warranty is entirely optional.

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Moving Out of Your Parents’ House: How to Do It Right

A young woman packing a box because she is moving out of her parents' home.

Leaving the nest and moving for the first time can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid the common issues and mistakes that come with finding a place to live, choosing essential furniture, and arranging your new space. It is an exciting and scary time! Use the tips and information in this guide to help with everything from packing your stuff to finding the perfect place. With the right advice, moving into your own place can be a seamless experience.

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Comforting Cold Weather Recipes to Try

A woman trying a winter weather recipe by cooking soup on the stovetop.

As daylight hours are short and the temperatures drop, it’s time to break out the comforting cold weather recipes. Whether you’re looking for something warm and rich or an easy meal that will keep your family full, there are plenty of delicious recipes to choose from. From hearty soups and stews that come together in minutes to seasonal drinks, these winter recipes will be sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. So grab a blanket, turn up the heat, and get ready for some delicious wintertime cooking!

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Small Appliances to Make Your Home Feel More Luxurious

An air purifier, one of the small appliances to make your home feel more luxurious.

Everyone wants to make their home feel more luxurious and comfortable, but it can sometimes be expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are many small appliances that can help you achieve an opulent feel in your home without breaking the bank. From kitchen gadgets to bathroom amenities, living room furniture to outdoor spaces, these small appliances provide comfort and convenience at an affordable price. Read on to discover ways to spruce up your space and create the perfect atmosphere in your home with small appliances.

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Kitchen Trends in 2023

A modern kitchen utilizing natural wood materials for the counter, backsplash, and shelving- a kitchen trend in 2023.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place where people come together to share meals, stories, and laughter. This year, people are looking for ways to update and remodel their kitchens to make them more comfortable and inviting. Those looking to refresh their space will bring a mix of modern and vintage styles in everything from lighting fixtures to countertop materials. We’ve rounded up just a few of the top kitchen trends for 2023 to keep your eyes on to create a space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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8 Tips for Designing a Low Maintenance Home

Basic side tables near a couch, representing a low maintenance home.

Having a big and beautiful property is a dream that many people have. However, few people stop to consider the upkeep required for that dream to become a reality. Smaller properties or homes with a simplified design can be just as gorgeous!

There are many benefits to living in a low-maintenance home, including spending less time and money on the property. Whether you are looking to  invest in a house or a condo, consider these eight tips for designing a low-maintenance home.

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Connect The Knox: Bringing Knoxville to the Masses

Julia Hurley, the founder of the Connect the Knox podcast.

In 2022, the state of Tennessee saw numerous opportunities for growth and development.  Recognizing this, Julia Hurley of the Just Homes Group with Realty Executives Associates decided to start a podcast called Connect the Knox.  Her goal was to connect Knoxville to the rest of the nation.

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Why It’s Best to Avoid the Long Road of a 50-Year Mortgage

A document with mortgage details and a calculator implying consideration of a 50-year mortgage.

The 50-year mortgage first appeared in southern California, where housing was becoming increasingly costly, and people were looking for new ways to reduce their monthly mortgage payments. Except for the extra two decades to pay off the loan, it works the same as a 30-year fixed mortgage.

The advantage of a 50-year mortgage is the lower payment, but the significantly higher long-term costs may outweigh this advantage. Let’s see if you should go down that long road.

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Pros & Cons of Refrigerator Water and Ice Dispensers

A person getting a drink from the water dispenser.

When it comes to buying a new refrigerator, you may be interested in choosing one with a built-in ice and water dispenser. These modern fridge features have become increasingly trendy amongst homeowners in the US and Canada, where cold drinks are a household staple.

Having your own ice and cold water dispenser includes several advantages. They’re convenient to have, easy for people of all ages to operate, and they look great in every kitchen.

However, a refrigerator filtration system isn’t perfect, so it comes with some drawbacks too. If you’re contemplating the installation of a refrigerator water dispenser and ice machine, this post will help you to separate the pros from the cons.

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Say Goodbye to Impractical Design

Fabric samples and blueprints for updating impractical design.

It’s fair to say that style is subjective, and interior design is no exception. While some designs may be a certifiable failure from the get-go, other designs simply age out. Wondering if there are any old interior design fails lurking about your house? Here are a few trends worth tossing in the new year.

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