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Monday, October 30, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

Home WARRANTY vs Home INSURANCE

You're in the process of purchasing your dream home and your realtor asks you if you have ordered your homeowner's insurance. "Wait a minute..." you think (or say). "I thought we did not ask for a homeowners insurance when we negotiated our contract?"

If this was (is) you when you purchased your home, you may have been confusing your home WARRANTY with your home INSURANCE.  Your next thought or answer may have been that you don't think you need either. Read more below to not only understand the difference between the two but to also see how both can be a huge help to your home! 


It is more and more common for people to be offered home warranty coverage when they buy a new home. Although both home warranties and home insurance can provide you with coverage when an emergency comes up, the two are very different.
Your home insurance policy is not a home warranty. Whether you are a first time home buyer, moving into your second or third home, a new condo or even you ...

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the USA


The United States is 1 of about 70 countries around the world using DST. When do clocks change and which areas are exempt? In what year was DST initiated in the US?



March to November


The DST period in the United States begins each year on the 2nd Sunday in March, when clocks are set forward by 1 hour. They are turned back again to standard time on the 1st Sunday in November as DST ends.



Not All Areas Use DST


The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives every state or territory the right to opt out of using DST.

In the contiguous US, only Arizona currently exercises that right. Clocks in most of the state, including its capital, Phoenix, remain on Mountain Standard Time (MST) all year. The only exception is the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, which follows DST to stay in sync with the parts of its territory extending into Utah and New Mexico—both states observe DST.

Other parts of the USA that do not follow DST are ...

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Friday, October 13, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

15 Fun Events To Do In DC This Weekend

15 Of Our Favorite Events In D.C. This Weekend






Friday the 13th—sure, some will be cranking Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and avoiding black cats and mirrors, but why do that when there’s so much going on this weekend? With a Swedish film screening, free opera in the park, and a dog-friendly rooftop party, it’s another busy weekend in the District.






Take an Argentine tango class at 18th Street Lounge. (Photo by Victoria Pickering)


FRIDAY, OCT. 13
TWO TO TANGO: Dive headfirst into the passion and romance of the Argentine tango at a dance lesson hosted by the International Club of D.C. Post-instruction, stick around for an authentic tango performance, then take the floor: All participants are invited to stay and enjoy 18th Street Lounge throughout the evening. (18th Street Lounge, 7 - 9 p.m., $16)
CARTOON NIGHT: Cartoonist Roz Chast has an impressive resume: Her work has been featured i ...

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Monday, October 2, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

What's Going on In DC?

What is going on in our Nations Capital this month?
Read below to find out! 
Mini Golf at Penn Hill – Through Oct. 8Penn Hill Center hosts a mini-golf pop-up that will provide fun for the entire family. Each hole is individually designed and built by a local artist, which only increases the entertainment factor of the course. Once you are done competing, you can vote for your favorite hole, participate in lawn games and savor eats from local food trucks!12 – 7 p.m. |  $3 per person or $10 for a group of fourShops at Penn Hill, 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020
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PUB Dread – Oct. 1-31From the same group that brought you the Game of Thrones pop-up bar and Miracle on Seventh Street comes PUB Dread, a spooky way to savor drinks this Halloween season. Different themed rooms, including a haunted forest, a crypt, a parlor filled with creepy dolls and a “Spacebar,” will make up this lavish ...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

5 Mistakes New Homebuilders Often Make

Designing your own home can be exciting, but it's a lot more work than buying an existing house. With so many moving pieces involved, knowing what works and what doesn't is key. Protect your home's long-term value by sidestepping these five avoidable pitfalls of building a new home.


1. Forgetting About Storage Space
From seasonal items to extra bedding, everything requires a temporary home when not in use. For that, you'll need plenty of storage space. Some simple solutions might include a few extra closets, a sizeable garage space or built-in cabinets and shelving.


2. Skimping on Materials
Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and new home construction is no exception. Even if you're watching your pennies, try not to scrimp on quality, especially when it comes to important things like flooring. The materials you choose can have a huge impact on your home's overall value.


3. Overlooking Energy Efficiency
For an energy-efficient home design, make sure to use ear ...

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