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3 reasons to sell your home NOW!

I have a friend in another state who wants to sell her home. And, whether a blessing or a curse, she has the luxury of taking her time. In other words, she doesn’t need to relocate for a new job, she’s not getting a divorce and she’s not in escrow on another home. So, suffering from “analysis paralysis,” she drags her feet. She also burns up her cellphone

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Tips for Preparing Your Home for Spring

One thing many Michiganders can attest to is the feeling that there is, seemingly, no end to winter. However, they eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel with winter’s transition to spring and begin the process of ushering in a new season with home maintenance. Whether it’s giving their house a deep, thorough clean or preparing their garden for planting, spring is one of the best times of year to get busy with the chores that may have been put off throughout winter. If you’re r

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When can a house be sold in a probate estate?

By Howard H. Collens People often ask if they need to wait until AFTER a decedent’s estate closes in order to sell the deceased loved one’s house.  This is a common misconception and nothing could be further from the truth.  The sale process may be completed while the estate is

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Estate Planning Tips for Homeowners

By Mallory Kallabat DID YOU KNOW: After your death, assets titled in your individual name cannot be transferred to your beneficiaries without probate court proceedings, which are time consuming and costly. Here are two ways

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Home Decorating Tips

Professional decorators see the same decorating faux pas repeatedly. Hey, it’s only natural that those of us who don’t do it for a living are winging it. One of the mistakes most frequently made by novices is that we don't pay attention to scale. Specifically, some of the items we

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New Smart Products for Your Home

Technology offers countless solutions for making life easier, with many more products and applications arriving in the not-too-distant future! Here are just a few examples of ways to make your home “smart.”  Cooking is a snap Snap a photo of a barcode on a prepackaged meal and cooking instructions are

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Effects of the New Tax Law on Estate Planning

by Michael P. Witzke,  Attorney At Law, McDonald Hopkins The new law takes effect for tax years beginning after 2017 and most provisions dealing with individual tax reform and transfer taxes are effective for taxable years 2018 – 2025. The Basic Exclusion Amount doubled from 5 million to 10 million (indexed for infla

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Southernmost Hospitality

  Sick and tired of the cold weather? Are you looking for sun, waves, and warm temperatures? Do you own an RV? If you answered yes to all of the above, then check out the following location! Voted one of America’s Top Ten RV Parks to visit by the Travel Channel, Boyd’s Key West Campground features oceanfront campsites, a heated swimming pool, beach area, a marina, 24-hour security, & free wireless internet. Located just a few miles from the fun on Duvall Street and downtown Key West, it i

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Unusual & Free RV Parking Spots

Did you know that some small towns offer a free one-night stay in their city-sponsored park or campground? This is done to encourage tourists to visit their business district with the hope that they will spend money during their stay. Another option that might surprise you are casinos. As long as you are a patron, many casinos welcome RVs with open arms! Some large retailers such as Walmart, Kmart, supermarkets, and some malls and restaurants may provide free RV pa

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