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A quick guide to mortgage, refinancing, and COVID-19

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When the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to zero percent, mortgage lenders were inundated with refinancing requests. We immediately reached out to Don Anfuso, vice president of Homeland Lending, LLC, to find out what you need to know about mortgages, COVID-19, and what is involved with refinancing. Is it worth it to refinance?   ​ When ...
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Decluttering? Here’s how to get rid of your filing cabinet

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Reading time: 3 minutes  If you're currently working from home and practicing social distancing, you might notice your home is a bit more cluttered than usual. You might even wonder why you still have your filing cabinet. It takes up space in your home office, if you have one, and your bedroom or closet if you don't. Here at vipHomeLink, we wa...
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Tips to decluttering your home from a personal organizer

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Reading time: 5 minutes  Now that you're working from home or at least chilling there more than usual, you might have noticed that your bedroom has too many sweaters or your bathroom closet doesn't fit all your facial products. We spoke to Betsy Marsala of NEAT Method , a luxury home organizing company, to find out the tips and secrets you nee...
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First time homebuyers: What to look for to score home gold

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Reading time: 3 minutes St. Patrick's Day is here, and we're spreading some good luck by helping you find some "home gold" during your home buying search. We spoke with real estate agent Eric Godoy of RE/MAX Premier in Warren, New Jersey, to find what first time buyers should look for in a home, and he offered this advice: "Commonly the way you kno...
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Is your home the right size for your family?

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Reading time: 5 minutes  Now that you're spending more time in your home, you may notice things you didn't before. You almost never open that closet. You can't find the right pan for stir fry, or you can hear your fiancé's conference call from three rooms over. And then you realize – the home you thought was your dream house might, in fact, be...
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Quick TIPS: How to stay connected when social distancing

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We're not going to lie. St. Patrick's Day was hard this year. Our Founder Alfred Bentley found it eerie (but necessary) to practice social distancing and not be with his usual friends and family over the holiday. Hence, this party –  "While we were all online, I asked, 'Hey. Why don't we get on a video call?'" Alfred recounted for us the ...
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Creating a “work away from work” space at home

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, some companies have requested their employees work remotely. While 43% of U.S. employees already work from home occasionally, everyday remote working may be a drastic shift for some employees, especially those not used to producing away from the office. So we have a few ti...
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Quick TIPS: Spring cleaning safety tips for home

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Reading time: 2 minutes Spring is right around the corner, which means soon you'll be going all Marie Kondo on your home. But before you start your spring cleanup, we have a few quick tips that'll keep all your cleaning from going to waste and keep your family healthy year-round.   Spring cleaning "cleaning" tips   Use (several) microfibe...
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7 Retro items no longer in your home + safety tips for your modern abode

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National Retro Day is today, so in honor of yesteryear, we're taking a look back at items that were once in your home or ones that have transformed over the years. We also threw in a few modern tips to keep your home groovy (baby).   Sewing machines After hitting the home in the late 1880s, sewing machines became a favorite...
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14 insanely easy ways to show your home some love

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Let's be honest. There's almost as many love songs about your home as your significant other. From the New Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen to country superstar Shaina Twain, people just love singing about where they hang their hat, but how much do they actually take care of it? This Valentine's Day, we have 14 ways that you can show love for y...
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Get your home into shape in 3 simple steps

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When was the last time you checked your smoke detectors? Made sure you have GFCI outlets installed where they are required? Replaced the hose to your washer? (And it's a braided metal hose, right? Not rubber?) There is a lot to track inside your home, and vipHomeLink can help. Enter the Home Fitness Index (HFI). The HFI tells you how "in shape" you...
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10 Things to do the first year after buying a home

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​Moving into a new home is exciting, but what do you do first? We spoke to recent home buyers regarding immediate safety precautions homeowners need to take after buying a home, but what other projects deserve to be at the top of your to-do list that first year? We have a few practical suggestions. 1. Got tools? ​   Even if you are not Bo...
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2020 Homeowner resolutions: Making your home smart(er)

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Not all homes are built smart. In some homes, you can't turn your TV on by voice command. You manually need to flip on your lights, and you might just have to keep track of your refrigerator's dirty filter. Get out of the Dark Ages of Appliances and step into a better way to "home." Make your home a smart home in 2020 with the help of this five-min...
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Your home’s holiday wish list: Living room edition

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Make your living area modern and cozy this season with these holiday home gift ideas for your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping excursion.   ​First impressions can be lasting impressions. When your family arrives at your home this holiday season, welcome them into a cozy and modern living area where they'll want to spend all their time (a ...
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Your home’s holiday wish list: Kitchen edition

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Your home has been good this year, so reward it (and yourself) with these holiday home gifts ideas to upgrade and modernize your kitchen.   ​Is your multitasking kitchen ready for an upgrade? Here at vipHomeLink , we're moving towards "smart" appliances or ones that have multiple uses. The heart of the home needs to be a welcoming space for ev...
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Home hacks you won’t believe you’ve lived without knowing

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We've got home hacks that'll make your life infinitely easier, including telling you how to use a potato to pull a broken bulb out of a socket safely. Maintaining a home can be hard. Between cleaning the appliances and mowing the lawn, you have a lot on your plate, and then of course, you break a light bulb in the socket. (We've all had that d...
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Top 5 home apps every homeowner needs

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 Whether you're looking for plumbing tips or decor inspiration for your living room, there's a home app -- or five -- for that. Here's our favorites. Here at vipHomeLink, we're obsessed with house apps. We love to decorate for holidays, organize our home's important documents, and make sure we're on schedule with our maintenance calendar. You ...
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355,400 Reasons to have home inventory (and how to create one)

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Fire, home invasions, floods, and other disasters threaten your precious (and not-so-precious) possessions. Reclaim them with the help of a home inventory.   ​ Close your eyes. Now, can you name every valuable item in your home? Our guess is - probably not. While no one expects their home to be involved in a fire, home invasion, flood, or othe...
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