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Portland Oregon’s Distillery Explosion

March 06, 2013

Much like the micro beer explosion of the 80’s and 90’s, Oregon and the Portland area have recently witnessed a boom in hand crafted liquors and spirits. In fact, something truly unique is occurring in Portland; distillers call it “a craft distillation revolution.” A handful of innovative small distilleries are making handcrafted, locally distilled spirits available […]

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Top 5 U.S. Spring Break Destinations for Families

March 06, 2013

It may still feel like winter outside, but spring break is just around the corner, which means school is out for the week and it is time for some quality family bonding. Whether your family is eager for the beach or a mountain, an adventure or just some good old-fashioned R&R, there is a U.S. […]

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Mortgage Lender vs. Mortgage Broker: What’s the Difference?

March 05, 2013

Decades ago when you applied for a home loan, you simply visited your local bank – the same place you keep your checking and savings accounts. Today, you have access to a much wider range of options. You can apply for a loan with mortgage brokers, credit unions, state and regional housing agencies, private home […]

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Comparing Minneapolis Mortgage Lenders

March 05, 2013 Minneapolis Mortgage Lender

Making sure you have a good team in place when it comes time to purchase your home is critical and when it comes to choosing the right mortgage lender there are lots of variables to consider.  Taking into account how good your lender is, how reputable the company is, and how good the terms of […]

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The 5 Hottest Cities for Real Estate in 2013

March 04, 2013 Top Cities

The nation’s housing market is in full recovery mode, but not all areas of the country are feeling the recovery quite the same. And while it is widely expected that gains will be felt across the country, some cities are destined to fair far better than others. Here are ten cities that are expected to […]

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APR vs. Interest Rate: What’s the Difference?

March 04, 2013 Percentage Rate

Many people may use these two terms interchangeably, but interest rate and APR actually serve as two different functions. The short explanation is that the interest rate is the starting point in what you will pay for a mortgage loan, while the APR is the rate plus any associated fees. Definitions: Interest Rate: An interest […]

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3 Ways to Pull Equity From Your Home

March 01, 2013 Home Equity

Your home is not just the place you live in and the roof over your head. If you purchased, then you have made a long-term investment with the hope that your investment will appreciate over time. There may come a point in time when you want to tap into that appreciation before you sell your […]

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