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The Mortgage Loan Process 2019

  The Loan Process When Buying a Home Trevor Higgins of Fairway Mortgage A STEP-BY-STEP WALKTHROUGH OF THE LOAN APPROVAL PROCESS Pre-Qualifying – Get pre-qualified for a mortgage and know in advance exactly how much house you can afford. Discuss with your mortgage professional the pros & cons of different options and how they will aff...
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Considering Moving? Vermont Initiates Great Program

Considering Moving? As I have mentioned many times in previous posts, the key to a successful move is how one is embraced within their new community.  Vermont’s new program, called Stay to Stay seems to capture this concept and take it further.

As a way to attract potential employees and residents to address its declining population, Vermont has initiated a pilot program.  This unique program offers an engaged experience to those interested.  Attendees are given a tour, partnered with residents and introduced to potential employers.  This allows those who are considering a move to Vermont a chance to fully engage and experience what Vermont has to offer.  This pilot program is getting positive feedback and is proving successful in attracting talent.  Communities, who are looking at creative ways to attract new residents may consider implementing such a program.  Any of you considering a move to Vermont?  Check it out.








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Aid for HomeAid

Aid for HomeAid.  Sometimes you come across an amazing organization of which you have to support.  This is the case with HomeAid.  Their incredible story began out of a passion to help the homeless. This national organization partners with builders to build and maintain homes for those homeless or at risk of being homeless.  They do this entirely through private donations and in-kind contributions.

Moving is stressful.  However, having to move because you can’t afford where you are living and have no where to go is a crisis.  Unfortunately, there are too many in our country facing this harsh reality.  As the holiday season approaches, we should be grateful for the blessings we have been given, whilst helping those in need as best we can.

So here’s how you can help.

Make a donation to HomeAid.Participate in the home care kits and diaper drives that they hold through out the year.In you’re in Denver, join us for a New Year’s Eve Celebration to remember.  Proceeds benefit HomeAid.

 









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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday in which we all enjoy food, friendship and family. It is a day we take time to appreciate everything that is important in our lives.  I am grateful for all of you and my beautiful boys, friends and family.

For those of you who are in the midst of a move, keep in mind that it is temporary.  Put off all of the holiday traditions until next year and appreciate something different.  A store-bought meal, a friend’s invitation, dining out offers stress-free alternatives.  Welcome a brief break and enjoy something new.

All the best!  Enjoy your holiday!

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Moving in the City

Moving in the city presents it’s own challenges.  I’ve been very fortunate to work with amazing clients across the country, but I love the city that never sleeps.  However, NYC and large cities like it present unique challenges, which make it even more imperative to hire a very good moving company.  Beyond the parking nightmare, the logistics of getting your things out of your flat require a well-orchestrated dance involving elevators, doormen, back entrances, gates, stairs and alleys.  Therefore, before you hire your mover in the city, take the time to get acquainted with the ‘back of the building’.  Ask your super for a quick tour.  Get to know where the service entrance is located.  Notice any obstacles that may get in the way.  Ask about elevator use.  These details may seem insignificant but will prove to be extremely valuable when interviewing potential movers.  Sometimes recommendations may not prove to be accurate because there are varying frames of reference.  If a mover is good at shuttling small deliveries the city, they may not be equipped to handle a full blown residential move.  Therefore, targeted questions concerning your needs will go a long way.  A good mover will be able to answer your questions and be able to provide solid recommendations that best meet your needs.

Keep in mind, if you choose to use a portable storage unit in the city,  you will have a very small window to empty it’s contents so make sure you are prepared to take delivery.








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Moving to a Different City or State? Use Cost of Living Calculator

Moving to a different city or state? Use a cost of living calculator.  Whether you are contemplating or planning a move to a different city or state, a great resource to use online is a cost of living calculator.  It will give you a barometer of what to expect in the change in costs.  It may be in your favor or it may not be.  Being prepared ahead of time will help you budget for the change or assess whether a job offer is in keeping with the cost of living in your perspective new town.  There are all kinds of options available online.  I like the one Bankrate.com offers because it puts it into tangible comparisons that are easy to understand.  Whatever one you choose, this resource will provide you a great opportunity to compare the cost of living between the city you now live in and the one you are planning to move.  This will help you make critical financial decisions ahead of time and allow you to understand how the move will impact your way of life and if your new job opportunity will provide the same standard of living you are used to in your new place.

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Moving with a Pet? Visit Your Vet First

Moving with a pet?  You want to make the time to visit with your vet first.  Moving with pets can be a challenging experience.  Planning ahead will help to make the transition easier on your pet.  Prior to moving out, make sure that you have discussed the move with your vet.  Address any concerns you may have and get his or her professional opinion on the best course of action.  This is so important so that you can prepare accordingly.  You will need to assess the travel readiness of your pet with your vet.  It can be especially difficult on young and older animals.  Further, make sure that all of their vaccinations are current and all prescriptions are filled.  When you are at the vet make sure you get a copy of your pet’s health records.  In those records, make sure you have a copy of their rabies certificate and vaccinations.  By having all of these documents ahead of time, you will be prepared and it will be easier to establish a relationship with a new vet in your new location.

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Moving? Put Together a Plan of Action

Moving? Put together a plan of action.  The minute I am hired as a moving concierge, I put together a plan of action based on my clients needs, budget and timeline.  This is the ‘map’ that will help guide you through the process.  Moving is stressful enough and any tool that can help alleviate this stress is critical.  Remember, every move will have a different plan of action, but the core tasks remain the same.  For example:

Selling/Buying/Renting a Home.  What you are doing will determine your budget, time line and resources you need.Utilities. Determine whether you are transferring or terminating service.Downsizing/Donating/Selling.  Planning early will help you be proactive.  I encourage my clients to part with things they no longer use, need or will translate into their new home.  You want to avoid paying to move things you will never use in your new place or worse, have to pay to store them.Services.  Identify all of the service you currently use from doctors, dentists, vets, dry cleaners, post boxes and anything else that applies to you and your family. Make sure to tie up loose ends before the actual move date.Packing and Moving. Your budget will be the driver for what you can do for your move.  Once you have established what you can afford, you can then start to plan your move.  If your budget is tight, you may want to do a ‘hybrid’.  By ‘hybrid’, I mean a combination of do-it-yourself and hiring moving resources to help with the larger more cumbersome items.  Keep in mind, you can hire folks to do the heavy lifting for you so you can save your back.Moving for Work? If you are on an employment relocation, your employer may cover some or all of the costs involved to relocate you.  Your human resources representative will be able to explain your eligibility.  If you are relocating for employment but your employer does not offer any relocation assistance, you may be eligible to deduct these expenses on your taxes, so keep your receipts and consult your accountant.Family.  This is the most important and subjective.  Moving is stressful so keeping the lines of communication open helps tremendously.  Have a family meeting.  Check in with the kiddos and spouse/partner.  It is hard to juggle all the tasks at hand, but critical to make time for all those involved to ensure a successful transition for everyone.

These are just a few core components that can help you put together your plan of action.  The most important to keep in mind as we embark on peak moving season, is to start early.  The earlier you begin the process, the more proactive you will be and it will help save you money and frustration.








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Moved Last Year? A Tax Deduction May Be Available

Moved last year for work?  A tax deduction may be available to you.  With the start of tax season around the corner, this may offer you a significant deduction.  The IRS allows you to deduct moving expenses, if you meet these requirements:

Your move is close to your start date for work.Your former home was at least 50 miles away from your new job.You must be a full-time employee of at least 39 hours a week.

If you are a member of the Armed Forces and moved because of a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) or military order, you do not have to meet the distance or time requirements.

So, dig out those receipts when you are preparing your taxes or meeting with your accountant.  If your company paid for a portion of the relocation, you may not be eligible for the deduction.  However, that will be question for a CPA.

Here are some links to some great resources:

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Moving Checklist for Divorce

Moving checklist for divorce.  With the start of the New Year, unfortunately I have been called to help some folks navigate a move because of a divorce.  It is definitely not the start these beautiful people anticipated, but it is what it is.  Therefore, I thought this post was rather timely.

Moving and divorce. Two of life’s most stressful experiences combined to wreak havoc on your life.  I know, because this turmoil is fresh in my memory.  Based on my experience, I have put together a checklist to help those in the midst of this hell, navigate.  Keep in mind that above all, it is pivotal to follow your court orders and advice from counsel.  This is just a reference guide to help you navigate your current situation.

Medical
Depending on what you have agreed with your soon-to-be ex, keep in mind that you will want to have your own health records.
Prescriptions
Health insurance coverage
Health records
Therapist records

Clothing
You may want to take the opportunity to downsize. Consigning and donating work well. Go through your closets and audit them while packing.

Jewelry
Again, refer to your court orders. Keep in mind that whatever jewelry you have that is insured under a rider on your homeowner’s insurance will have to be evaluated. If you are selling the marital home, you will need to investigate other insurance options.

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Moving During the Holidays? It Can Still Be Happy…

Moving during the holidays can be a big challenge.  Moving and the holidays are stressful enough on their own,  let alone when you combine them.  Not to fear.  There are several things you can do to lessen the load and make it easier on you and your family.  Preparation and planning are key.  These are my suggestions:

Family Meeting.  The minute you find out you are moving, sit down and have a family meeting.  Discuss with your family the timing of the move and what needs to happen.  As apart of this conversation, itemize important holiday family traditions.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas or anything in between, find out what is most important to you and your family and make that a priority.  Keep the few special traditions that you have agreed upon and let the rest go.  Remind yourself that you will have opportunities to celebrate everything in your new place. Set aside.  As you pack, set aside holiday items that you use to celebrate those special traditions.  Keep them with your temporary living needs.  This will help to bring those family traditions to you and your family in your transitional place.  It will bring comfort and joy to you during the holidays.Social Media.  In this day of instant communication, social media will work to your advantage.  No holiday cards needed.  Use social media to communicate to your family and friends your situation.  This will manage expectations for your family and friends.  They will understand that you are in transition and not to expect your holiday cards or famous baked treat.Mail.  Mail is an important factor in any move but it is pivotal during the holidays.  Grandma may not be on social media and still send you your favorite fruitcake in the mail that you don’t want to miss.  That’s not my fav but I digress.  Irrespective, the point is you still want to ensure your mail, especially those presents from family and friends are not lost.  There are many options USPS offers to you, from holding your mail to forwarding it to a post office box or your new address.  For further information, please read this post on forwarding your mail to a post office box.Food.  Food is always a central part of celebrating a holiday.  Find out what will work best for you and your family during this transition.  It may be doing something completely different like having Christmas Eve dinner at a Chinese restaurant or buying a pre-made meal from a grocery store.  Embrace the change and see it as creating a memory for you and your family.Grace.  Moving is stressful.  The holidays are stressful.  The last thing you need is to crumble like a Christmas cookie and get sick.  Therefore, give yourself grace.  Itemize the big stuff and make sure those get done.  Somethings will get overlooked.  Consider this a unique adventure shared with your family.  As long as you and your family work together and share in essence of your holiday, that’s the good stuff.  See this as an opportunity to create memories that you and your family will not forget.
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Moving? Meeting Other Moms with Young Children

Moving? If you are a mom with young children, who has moved to a new area, you may be seeking out other moms with young children to meet and set up play dates.  There are organizations out there that provide wonderful opportunities to meet other moms.  Mom’s Club and MOPs offer moms of young children opportunities to meet.  Mom’s Club offers activities for moms and their children to do together, social gatherings for moms, and guest speakers.  I have met some great friends through Mom’s Club.  They were very supportive and made meals for my family when my two youngest sons were born.  MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) is another great organization.  They are often affliated with churches.  They offer women guest speakers and crafts to do together, while their children play with supervision.  Meet Up online also offers a great opportunity to coordinate a group or find a group to meet up with young children.  Parks, childrens’ museums and the mall offer other ways to meet moms with kiddos.  After the dust settles and the boxes are unpacked, get out and explore.  You will be surprised how quickly you will get to meet friends for both you and your children, which will help you get settled and feel comfortable in your new community.

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Moving? Evaluate Your Insurance Coverage

Moving? Evaluate your insurance coverage. Often times insurance is something you don’t think about until you need it.  When you are moving it is so important to protect your personal possessions

in case it is damaged, lost or stolen.  You don’t want to be left holding the bag after the fact.

While preparing for your move, make a call to your insurance agent and discuss your current coverage.  Whether you have homeowner or renter’s insurance you want to make sure your policy has provisions to cover your things at certain times of your move.  If you are having a professional mover move you, discuss with them your coverage options.  It is important to note that moving companies are required to take liability of the things they move.  However, there are different levels of liability that they will assume.  Before you move, definitely discuss your options.  Identify any high-valued inventory and catalog them.  Pictures go a long way.

Mitigating any gaps in coverage will make the difference. Hopefully, you will not even need it but it’s reassuring to know you are covered, just in case.

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Moving? Assessing the Right Place for You

Moving? If you are thinking about moving or faced with an upcoming job relocation, you will begin the process of evaluating what type of place will be best for you and your family.  Coming up with this ahead of time will really help you and/or your realtor to hone in on a location that will best suit you.  Often times this is directly associated with your lifestyle.  Are you single or married?  Do you have children or not?  Are you planning on retiring soon or just starting your career?

Think of your priorities ahead of time.  If you are single and just starting your career, do you want to be in an urban environment or would you rather commute from the suburbs?  How much does budget fit into your search?  How important is it to be close to work?  Are you really tied to the social scene?

If you are married and/or have kids, do you want to live in an urban or suburban environment?  Is green space, parks and recreation important to you?  Are you looking for a great school district for your children?  How important is your commute time and are you looking for access to alternative modes of transportation?

If you are retiring, are you looking to ‘down-size’?  Is it important to you to find a tiered living facility?  Are you looking for access to medical facilities and community centers?  Are you looking to be closer to family or reside in a warmer climate?

In any event, ask yourself a bunch of questions before you start your search, this will help you choose what is important to you.  After doing this exercise on paper, you may be surprised on how clear you are on what you want.  This will really help you narrow your focus, which in turn will help you in your search for the right place. For great moving tips, check out MovinGal for more blog posts.

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Moved with the Kids? Now, Back to School

Moved with the kids? Now, it’s back to school for most of us.  However, if you have just recently moved with your kiddos, it may be a great time to check in and keep the lines of communication open.  A new school will pose some challenges for your kids to navigate.  They will be missing old friends and making new ones.  They will be learning how to fit into their new environment and understanding how everything works.  Keep in mind that kids, like adults handle stress differently.  One child may be quiet and the other may misbehave.  One may want lots of attention, while the other may want their space.  Age and experience will play a factor.  This is why it is so important to discuss their feelings and help them navigate the process.

Connecting with your kids will enable you to spot trouble in time. There are many ways to connect with your kiddos.  From family game night to journals (check out my Moving Journal for Kids) they all help you give an opportunity to communicate. If your child seems to be struggling, get help.  Moving is one of the top three most stressful life experiences along with death and divorce.  Therefore, it may make a greater impact on your child then you may have expected.  So check in.  Communicate.  Love on them.  This will strengthen your ties with your child and help them through the process or identify if they need help.  Remember the more positive and self-assured you are, your kids will feel more secure.  Use the opportunity of the move to bring your family together.

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Moving & Settling-In Costs Can Add Up for First-Time Home Buyer

Moving and settling-in costs can escalate if you are not careful at the onset.  If you are moving yourself, there are many options out there for you, evaluate which is best for your circumstances. Distance and the amount of personal items you own will dictate the best option for you. There are ways to save yourself money. If you have a moving company move you, make sure to get competitive bids and evaluate them as best you can. You can also pack it yourself and use a portable storage device that will move to your location.  You can also do everything yourself and rent a truck and pack and move.  If you are just starting out, the later may be best for you.  However, if you are combining households and/or have a lot of stuff, you may have someone do the heavy work for you.  Either way, set a budget and work within it.  In the stress of a move, it is easy to spend if you do not set up limits ahead of time.

Settling-in costs are another expense that will sneak up on you if you are not careful and budget for it.  These may include but are not limited to carpet cleaning, painting, window treatments, appliances, landscaping, restocking a kitchen, furniture, insurance and utilities. When you are looking at homes to buy, keep these settling costs in mind.  Take a notebook with you and write these possible costs down.  It will help you plan and decide on which home will be the most cost effective for your budget.  It may also give you some negotiating power depending on the market in which you live.  If you are planning to buy a new-build, some builders will throw in incentive packages that will help to alleviate some costs like landscaping.

In any event, it is so important to do your research ahead of time. Set a budget and prepare yourself.  The more prepared and informed you are, the less likely you are to lose money.

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