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Just as the sun starts to spend a little more time overhead, and we can’t wait to get outside, those allergies are back at it. It’s hard to believe how unfair nature can be sometimes, but it’s important to do what you can to not let allergies stop you in your tracks from spring fun! Below are some of our favorite ideas on how to avoid spring allergies broken down into what you can do for your own body, as well as steps to take with your home.

FOR YOURSELF

Monitor Pollen Count

Check with your weather channel or app to find the daily pollen counts. On days with high pollen counts keep your windows closed, and take more precautions with outside activities. On high pollen count days, it is best to avoid outside in the morning when pollen counts

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We sincerely hope that you and your family are doing well. Although we’re not out of the woods yet, the government is providing us with some relief over these next few weeks. Please save and share this brief guide to ensure you receive your stimulus check as soon as possible.

And please, if there is anything else we can do or any answers we can provide, let us know. We’re ready to support you in any way possible.

Steps to Ensuring You Receive Your COVID-19 Aid Package

The most critical thing you can do to get your check fast is to make sure that you’ve done your 2018 and 2019 taxes. The government is looking to direct deposit checks over the next weeks and will use the direct deposit info they already

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It’s easy to see why a semi-outside, storage-like area that’s big enough to fit cars in there, DOES in fact, collect things. There are lots of daunting tasks when it comes to homeownership, but cleaning and organizing a garage seems to oftentimes be at the top of that list - and it’s easy to see why. 

Thankfully, as with anything - things get a whole lot easier with a plan. Here are our favorite tips on organizing your garage:

Set Aside a Weekend

To avoid exhaustion by trying to fit everything in within a single day, and to be sure you have time to actually finish the project - set aside a full two days of a weekend to truly dive into organizing your garage - and the right way at that. 

Remove, Sort & Decide

Before you can begin

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Tax season isn’t always met with positivity. But when you’re a homeowner, you tend to view tax season differently because of the tax benefits. With tax season soon upon us, we wanted to share some of the lesser-known tax benefits of owning a home. 

Did you miss out on the tax breaks for 2019? Not to worry! You can still benefit in the coming year! Come to think of it, the sooner you purchase a home, the longer you can rake in those benefits! 

Interest Paid on Your mortgage is Deductible (in most cases)

Generally speaking, if your mortgage is not greater than $750,000, then you can deduct the interest paid on the loan. This is the most significant benefit of owning a home and claiming it is relatively simple. At the end of the year, your

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Spring’s verdant foliage and fresh, sweet air brings cleansing and refreshing our homes to the forefront of our minds. Often the shift in weather provides just the kind of energy boost we need to get started! Spring isn’t just about cleaning, however; it's also the ideal time of year to give your home a thorough inspection and make sure everything is in good repair. 

This home maintenance checklist targets parts of your home that experience the most wear and tear during the winter. Take care of these tasks now so that you can relax all summer long! 

1.) Check for gaps in your building’s moisture barrier.

Winter can be extreme, wearing down your home’s moisture defenses. Crawl spaces, windows, attics, and anywhere your home meets the ground

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While neighbors might not always show up with freshly baked cookies the second someone new moves in (although we can dream!), it is not a lost art to be a good neighbor in general.

Although it depends on the type of neighborhood as to what the specific social norms are, neighbor nice-ities should be a part of every neighborhood and community. Here is a list of some of our favorite tips, tricks and ideas to being a good neighbor:

Noise 

Oh, noise. The bain of all apartment complexes, college roommates and neighbors in general. Let’s face it - noise transcends walls and property lines whether we intend for it to or not. To keep your neighbors from being bothered, remember these best practices with noise:

  • If you are moving your lawn on a
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Americans spent $72.5 billion on their pets’ care and keeping in 2018 alone, and nearly two out of three households are also home to a pet. If you are bringing a pet home, moving into a new home with your current pet, or refurnishing your home to better accommodate your furry or feathered friend, our Tips for a Pet-Friendly Home will have you picturing a den that is both durable and stylish.

1.) Protect Your Floors and Furniture

Whether this means laying down skid-proof rugs on hardwood, stain-proofing your carpet, or spreading a blanket down where your pooch naps, it’s the same principle: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If you’re choosing a new carpet, opt for low-pile, which holds on to less hair. Patterns hide fur well,

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In 2018, the US enacted significant tax reforms. Homeowners like you are among those who will have taken note of these changes, and may be wondering: under the new code, what are the tax breaks for second homeowners? Does it matter whether the second home is going to be a rental or a vacation getaway, or whether it’s a boat or a chalet?

When comparing the new tax code to the pre-2018 rules, there are four key ways the new tax code affects second homeowners. If you’re considering buying a second home or want to know how the new rules will impact your plans for an Airbnb income stream, read on! Our team at Parks has the information to help you second homeowners make the most of each potential tax break in 2020.

1.) Tax Breaks on Second Homes

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Moving closer to work sounds reasonable but is it actually worth it? That’s what we want to help you answer with this article. If any of the points below sound like you, then buying a home closer to work may be the best move you could make.

Ready to buy your next home (or first home!) for reasons other than shortening your commute? We can make that happen! Contact us today to get pre-approved for a home loan and start home shopping.

Will buying a home closer to work save you money?

Sometimes you live out of the immediate work area because of high property values, thinking that it would be less expensive to commute. But the real test is to add up the cost of living, including the mortgage payment, utilities, and property taxes PLUS the cost

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It's every homeowner's worst nightmare - you have a pot over the stove and turn the switch to find your burner won't light. It's the same idea with your refrigerator. No one wants to swing open the doors for a snack to see that their food is warm and spoiled. While your first reaction may be to panic and assume your machine has conked out for good, don't lose hope so soon. More than one-fourth of repair calls are resolved with a flip of a circuit breaker or push of a button.

Before you settle on the idea that your home appliance needs to be professionally repaired on replaced entirely, try these easy fixes to see if they bring your system back to life.

Refrigerator

If your fridge has stopped working efficiently, it may not be broken, but

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