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The Origin of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Here is the text of his proclamation.

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Consumer Alert: New Fraud Investigation Scam in Play

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In honor of National Consumer Protection Week (March 5-11), I’d like to make you aware of a new scam making its way across the nation. Scammers are posing as fraud investigators. This happened to me just yesterday! Well… not for real. Fortunately, my caller was legitimate. But its timing caused concern as it came while I was in the middle …

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The Tesla and the Dune Buggy: Lifestyle Contrasts or a Life in Common?

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Unlike a lot of real estate service providers, we don’t work with just anyone. Yesterday afternoon, I pulled up to a red light behind a brand new, shiny white, Tesla. And when I say brand new, it looked fresh off the lot… Dealer plates… Impeccably clean. The sun’s reflection off its chrome accents violently pierced my personal space. Deeply tinted …

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Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

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Choosing whether to rent or own a home is not an easy decision. It requires you to carefully examine the factors and costs associated with each option. Which is better? That depends. Your unique economic situation, lifestyle and goals play the largest part in deciding what is better for you. It’s important to go into your calculations with open eyes. …

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Things You Shouldn’t Do When Buying a Home

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The last thing in the world you would ever want is to spend a bunch of time searching for a home, finding that perfect place and then not being approved for your mortgage. There are also many common mistakes homebuyers make that could make the process much more painful than it has to be. We’re writing this article because we …