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In this difficult time of distance and separation, few things are as rewarding as finding a meaningful way to give back. As Tennesseans, we have a historic legacy of cooperative volunteerism to uphold; they don’t call us The Volunteer State for nothing! Having had the privilege of meeting and working with thousands of you through the years, we are confident the same bravery and warmth of heart runs through your veins as boldly as it did in those of our ancestors in 1812, 1846, and again during the conflict at the Alamo. 

Beyond the altruistic motivations that usually lead us to help others, volunteering has been empirically proven to give us a boost to both our mental and physical wellbeing! If you’re feeling down, lonely, or even simply bored, we

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In order to prepare your family to stay healthy in case of an emergency, it’s vital that you prepare a kit of necessary emergency items to keep in your home. A fully-prepared home has food, water, and medication—but that’s just the bare minimum. 

The items we recommend are generally inexpensive, easy to obtain, and appropriate for a wide range of ages. Homes that shelter pets, infants, seniors, disabled, or chronically ill family members should customize our list (below) to provide any special items needed for each person and animal for a full two weeks.

Of course, once you have purchased emergency supplies, you will want to store them properly. Airtight plastic bins from any reputable brand will ensure that your supplies remain clean, dry, and

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Buying a move-in ready home is appealing, but there are benefits to purchasing a "diamond in the rough" too. Here are the top 5 reasons home shoppers prefer a fixer-upper!

Pro Mortgage Tip: Did you know that there are many home loan programs, especially for buying a home that needs renovation? It's true! Contact Legacy Home Loans to see which option is best for you.

Lower Price Point

Budget-conscious home seekers often check out fixer-uppers first. Properties that need TLC are typically priced on the lower end of the scale, and the slightly lower price may also be just what you need to break into that neighborhood you dream of living in. A word of caution, however. Before making an offer, request quotes from a few contractors to get an idea

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Call us biased, but we believe the majesty of autumn in Tennessee is truly unparalleled. Our state’s gorgeous foliage along with dropping temperatures make this the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature, while cool evenings provide the ideal chance to curl up with a beverage bursting with fall flavors. 

Today, Parks is sharing our top 10 autumn beverages! While fall parties may have to be postponed until next year, there’s no need to wait to indulge in these crowd-pleasing punches, ciders, and smoothies. 

1.) Classic Spanish Sangria

Don’t let the smooth, complex flavors of this classic sangria fool you—this recipe packs a wallop! Orange, lime, and lemon round out the base of rum and dry red wine, and the results are delectable.

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It feels like everyone followed a similar pattern over the past few months in terms of cooking: the pandemic happened and everyone decided they were going to cook and bake like they never had before (four-week sourdough recipe, why not?). Slowly, as the weather warmed up, take out wasn’t as scary and as life inched ever so slightly closer to “normal”, cooking and baking were no longer at the top of most people’s list. Now, cooler weather is rolling in, and warm, nourishing meals sound so good … if only there was the time again to cook! Enter: slow cookers. We’ve gathered our top five favorite slow cooker recipes so you can fix it and forget it until you’re ready to sit down to that warm deliciousness! 

Bon Appetit’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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It’s funny how different the importance of a room in a house can go from one season to the next. Just recently a home office was a “nice to have” but really, unless you were in the minority of those that worked from home, it was truly just a bonus, and typically dependent on if you had the space to dedicate or not. Fast forward to the pandemic era and likely, you’ve been at a “home office” whether you’ve really had one set up or not for months. For those that are working from home but haven’t taken the time to really set up a good home office, now is the time to change that! Here are some of our most important tips for setting up your home workspace:

Location, Location!

In real estate, so many things are about location - and that really

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Buying, selling, looking to rent all comes with its major stressors … but there’s something about the actual act of moving that really brings about a whole new sense of unpleasant work to be had. If you think about it, there is literally nothing else in life that causes us to literally pack up everything we own and relocate where we live our life from. It’s a wild concept and one that is essentially a ton of work, no matter how you look at it.

The good news is, as hard as moving is, being organized and taking specific steps with planning will make the move a whole lot less stressful. Here are some of our favorite tips:

 

Put it in a Folder

The contracts, receipts, warranties, and forms of all types quickly add up. In a time where your

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Fourth of July celebrations come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing that seems to go without saying is that the Fourth is best enjoyed by gatherings outside - whether that be at the beach, a lake, a backyard, or a cul-de-sac. You may have a decades-long standing tradition, or you may be hosting for the first time, but either way, it’s always fun to throw in something new. Here are some ideas of “must-haves” to get you ready for the Fourth! Host(ess) with the Most(est) is in your future.

 

Lawn Excitement

No summer gathering is complete without a little play - and of course, some friendly competition can’t hurt either. The great thing about yard games is that it’s fun for all ages and all ability levels. The options for yard games are

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You sign what feels like hundreds of papers to agree to a thirty-year relationship with a house … it may feel like signing your life away, but that’s just how buying a home feels - it’s not reality! In reality, you can sell. You can rent. You can move. However, what doesn’t change - is that for the time you do own your home, it is your very own. That means the maintenance and upkeep are all on you. Thankfully, you are not alone, and many of the problems new homeowners face are common - which means well-known solutions! Here is a round-up of some of the most common problems and solutions:

HVAC Issues 

If you’re a new homeowner you may think that the HVAC system takes care of itself. After all, it’s expensive, and more or less out of sight.

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After the flurry of activity surrounding the purchase of a home, the long and luxurious process of making it one’s own may be the best way there is for a new homeowner to unwind. Today, we’re highlighting ten of the best ways to personalize your home!

No matter your budget, DIY skill level, or artistic ability, we hope these tips will guide and inspire you to have fun while you accomplish beautiful flourishes of self-expression throughout your home.

 

1.) Re-Make an Entrance

The entrance to your home is your first opportunity to set your home apart. A brightly-painted door, a quirky statue, a hand-shaped walkway, or bold landscaping: are any of these common approaches right for your new home?

If you’re moving into a home that has a Home

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