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Nicki Strickland, Area Branch Manager NMLS #152817 Licensed in Georgia- #24696

Wishing you a warm and wonderful #holiday season!

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Here's How to See the New WWI Epic '1917' for Free

There is plenty of well-deserved advance buzz surrounding "1917", an epic new film that takes a realistic look at World War I through the eyes of two young soldiers on a dangerous mission in the trenches. Universal Pictures is conducting free advance screenings at 15 military bases, as well as at local theaters in dozens of markets, before the film's January 2020 release. Read more on how and where to attend one of the sneak previews.

military.com Get tickets to free advance screenings at 15 military bases, as well as local theaters in more than 40 markets.

Happy #Thanksgiving! What are you most thankful for this year?

Celebrate the new year with Conforming Loan Limits increasing to $510,400 for 2020! Contact me today to learn more about what this could mean for you.

Refinance Dos and Don’ts 4 of 4: DO provide all documentation when asked. DON’T change your job.

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The Definitive Mr. Rogers Profile: 'Can You Say...Hero?'

The film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens November 22. It's based on a true story of how a skeptical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to profile TV host Mr. 'Fred' Rogers, portrayed by Tom Hanks, in yet another role drawing acclaim for the celebrated actor. Getting to know Rogers profoundly changed the reporter's perspective on life. Read the original story from Esquire Magazine that inspired the screenplay for the film. #ABeautifulDayInTheNeighborhood #esquire

esquire.com Fred Rogers has been doing the same small good thing for a very long time...

Refinance Dos and Don’ts 3 of 4: DO keep your incoming paystubs and bank statements on hand. DON’T make a deposit without documenting.

Today, we thank all the people who served and those that are currently serving our country! We salute you this #veterans’ day!

Refinance Dos and Don’ts 2 of 4: DO make your house presentable for the appraiser. DON’T begin any home improvement projects.

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Waco's power couple to turn former Grand Karem Shrine building into hotel

Could this be the first 'Magnolia' branded hotel? Chip and Joanna Gaines to tackle their first lodging fixer-upper in Waco (of course). #magnolia

wacotrib.com Magnolia-brand moguls Chip and Joanna Gaines will partner with Chicago-based Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners to transform the Grand Karem Shrine building downtown into a hotel featuring a rooftop terrace, a

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If You're Thinking About Refinancing Your Mortgage, Ask Yourself These Questions

The #refi market is hot, hot, hot! Here are 7 questions to ask yourself to help you determine it's a smart financial move to #refinance your home.

blog.swbc.com While we can't predict the future, you should make an educated guess as to how long you intend to own your home before you decide to refinance.

Refinance Dos and Don’ts 1 of 4: DO keep making your payments. DON’T apply for new lines of credit.

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Brian Stoffers, CMB, Sworn in as 2020 MBA Chairman; Susan Stewart Sworn in as Chairman-Elect, Kristy Fercho as Vice Chairman - MBA Newslink

We couldn't be more proud of our very own CEO, Susan Stewart, sworn in as the 2020 Chairman-Elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association! Susan currently serves as a member of the MBA’s Board of Directors, sits on MBA’s Residential Board of Governors and is on the board of the MBA Opens Doors Foundation. Congratulations, Susan! #MBAAnnual2019

newslink.mba.org AUSTIN, TEXAS--Brian Stoffers, CMB, Global President of Debt & Structured Finance with CBRE, Houston was sworn in yesterday as 2020 Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association here during the association’s 2019 Annual Convention & Expo.

Have a happy and safe #Halloween - Don't be afraid of the dark!

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Dog ownership linked to longer life in two new American Heart Association studies

In case you need even more evidence, here is yet another study that demonstrates the significant health benefits of being a dog owner.

cbsnews.com Dog lovers can take heart from two new studies about the possible health benefits

This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the United States Air Force! The USAF has a proud heritage of protecting our country and our skies with honor and valor. Thank you to all the active duty and retired airmen and airwomen for your service.

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This Is the Best Time to Book Your Holiday Flights for 2019, According to Experts

It's hard to think about the holidays in the waning days of summer, but consider getting your November and December airfare now.

travelandleisure.com Looking for a cheap flight home for the holidays? Here's when to book, and common travel mistakes to avoid.

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An Army first: Two sisters attain general's rank

Salute! Two sisters become generals—a first for the U.S. Army.

usatoday.com Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are the first sisters in the Army's 244-year history to attain the general's rank.

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2019 Fall Prediction Map

Even with a month of summer left on the calendar, it's never too early to plan a fall leaf-peeping weekend. Here is a new interactive U.S. map that uses historical data and forecasts so you can plan a trip to catch peak foliage.

smokymountains.com When will the leaves start changing? When will they peak? Our Nationwide 2019 Fall Foliage Map and leaf prediction tool has answers and progressive county-level predictions.

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The Cruise Ship That Could Preserve the Galapagos Islands

Even if it may sound counter-intuitive, here's a novel approach to helping one of the world's most important ecosystems.

cntraveler.com Quasar Expeditions' new M/Y Conservation will offer a blueprint for preserving the area's fragile ecosystem—as well as the tourism on which it depends.

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Yes, You Can Still Find Cheap Labor Day Getaways For 2019. Here's How.

It's not too late to book last minute travel for Labor Day. Read more about finding the best travel deals for one more summer fling.

forbes.com Labor Day 2019 is almost here but with some insider tips you can still snag cheap flights and hotels for the holiday weekend.

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The Most Affordable Destinations for a Fall Getaway (Video)

Do you have any vacation time leftover from summer? Consider these reasonable, off-the-beaten-path Top 20 cities for a perfect fall weekend.

travelandleisure.com Fall brings colorful leaves and mild temperatures that make exploring the outdoors all the more ideal, with America hosting a range of cities and stops to enjoy autumn festivities and take in scenic foliage views.

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These Are The Most Popular Travel Destinations So Far In 2019, According To Travel Booking Sites

Here is a surprising list of this year's most popular vacation destinations, according to the big five travel websites. As summer winds down in September, expect the crowds to thin out—perfect if you're considering a late summer getaway (airfares are also traditionally lower after Labor Day, too).

bustle.com With summer in full swing, you may still have vacation time to use, but you’re not sure where to go. Or you may be back from your trip and ready to plan your next one. While friends and enticing Instagram posts may persuade you to go to places like…

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The 15 ultimate summer road trips

Looking to take one more summer road trip before fall arrives? Here are some great ideas for scenic driving vacations that are over 300 miles. And you can always customize these plans without having to drive an entire itinerary.

usatoday.com Summer road trips: The 15 ultimate excursions

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25th Anniversary 2019 - Shawshank Trail

If you're flipping around TV channels, it's hard not to stop and watch a few minutes of this incredibly popular cult film. The Shawshank Redemption turns 25 this summer. If you're traveling near Northern Ohio—where the movie was shot including at the eponymous prison—be sure to check out the special events this August honoring this beloved film, now officially preserved in the Library of Congress.

shawshanktrail.com Shawshank 25th Anniversary Get busy living and join fans from around the world for The Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary celebration with events, tours, and celebrity appearances, August 16-18, 2019. View the anniversary weekend activities at the filming sites*, see which cast members are attend...

Unexpected #homebuying cost 6 of 6: Appliances and furnishings.

You’re finally moved in! If you’ve moved to a larger property or if it’s your first home, you might find yourself in need of new furniture or appliances. This cost will all be dependent on what you need to settle in your new #home. Creating a priority list or finishing room-by-room might help with your budget.

Unexpected #homebuying cost 5 of 6: Closing costs.

Your closing costs include a variety of expenses in additional to the purchase price of your property. These expenses vary based on the lender, real estate agent, seller, inspector, etc. Typically, closing costs run between 2.5-5% of the purchase price.

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Shelter pets find work (and homes) as hotel 'lobby dogs'

Traveling this summer or fall? You may just find your next pet greeting you in a hotel lobby!

today.com The innovative programs allow dogs to socialize, enjoy a more pampered setting, get exercise and also gain exposure to people who might not be actively seeking a pet.

Unexpected #homebuying cost 4 of 6: Your homeowners insurance.

Homeowners insurance protects your #home against damage from theft, hail, and fires. According to Zillow, the cost is usually $35 for every $100,000 of home value. That rate may also vary by city and state. Try speaking to your insurance carrier about ways to lower your cost, such as installing a security system.

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Apollo 11 Splashdown 45 Years Ago on July 24, 1969 Concludes 1st Moon Landing Mission - Gallery - Universe Today

After the first successful Moon mission 50 years ago this week, the three Apollo 11 astronauts arrived safely back to earth on July 24, 1969. Learn more about this historic splashdown.

universetoday.com Apollo 11 Comes Home The Apollo 11 crew await pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the historic lunar landing mission. The fourth man in the life raft is a United States Navy underwater demolition team swimmer. All four men are wearing biological isolation garments. Th...

Unexpected #homebuying cost 3 of 6: Property taxes.

These taxes vary by location and are dependent on items such as neighborhood security, appearance, school district, etc. It’s important to remember that the cost of your property taxes are tied into your monthly #mortgage payment, so you won’t have to budget for a separate tax payment.

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The Most Dog-Friendly Beach Towns in America

Interested in bringing Fido to the beach with you on your next vacation? Learn more about the top coastal resort towns where Rover is welcome all over.

coastalliving.com Searching for a vacation rental where four-legged friends are as welcome as you are? These coastal getaways are spoiled with options.

Unexpected #homebuying cost 2 of 6: A property appraisal.

#Mortgage lenders require home appraisals to ensure you’re making a sound investment. Appraisals typically cost $300-$600, but that cost is usually included in closing fees.

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Poll: 50 Years After Apollo 11, More Americans Now Back Mars Landing

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing has rekindled our national debate over the future of manned space travel. Now comes a new poll that reports the majority of Americans are supportive of future missions to Mars.

space.com A new Gallup poll suggests that Americans are more supportive of landing humans on Mars than they were when the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon.

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Obtaining a VA Loan in the Current Housing Market

The homebuying process can be difficult enough to navigate without adding the VA loan to the mix, but if you know the basics and work with a knowledgeable realtor, buying a home could be a breeze.

blog.swbc.com For military members, the VA loan program enables eligible veterans and active-duty military personnel to finance up to 100% of a home’s value.

Unexpected #homebuying cost 1 of 6: A home inspection.

This cost could range from $250-$500, but that cost is small compared to the cost of discovering issues in your #home after you’ve closed.

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The Best Places to Travel in August

Planning a final trip before the kids go back to school? Here is a short list of the best places to visit in August.

travelandleisure.com If turning the calendar page to August reminds you that summer is fleeting, give some thought to these destinations or come up with travel ideas of your own. A late summer getaway will make September’s arrival a bit easier to accept.

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8 Brilliant Home-Decorating Hacks for People Who Don't Have Time or Money to Decorate

Looking to refresh your home decor without spending a lot of time or money? Consider these quick and easy tips if you only have a shoestring budget.

realtor.com Think home decorating requires tons of time, money, and aesthetic acumen to get right? Not so. Behold these home decorating hacks as proof.

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10 cities in America with the best emerging restaurant scenes

If you can make it in...Charlotte....you can make it anywhere! Find out why rising new chefs are gravitating away from the Big Apple and the Big Easy to smaller
towns with burgeoning dining neighborhoods.

marketwatch.com “Incredibly creative chefs are finding it more and more difficult to make it in New York City.”

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The best and worst ads that celebrated the Apollo 11 Moon landing

July 16th marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's launch. Learn the backstory of how Madison Avenue embraced the first mission to the moon.

fastcompany.com The advertisements honoring the Moon landing in 1969 were the Super Bowl ads of their day.

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A View from Apollo 11 Mission Control

On July 16, 1969—50 years ago today—Apollo 11 began its journey to land the first humans on the Moon. Learn more about this historic mission, and other achievements in the space program, from Bryan Lunney, former NASA flight director.

Old Forge Native Glynn Lunney served as flight director for NASA during the historic Apollo 11 mission which landed a man on the moon. Glynn shares his exper...

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On July 16, 1969—50 years ago today—Apollo 11 began its journey to land the first humans on the Moon. Learn more about this historic mission, and other achievements in the space program, from Bryan Lunney, former NASA flight director.

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Realtor.com® Reveals the 10 Secrets Every First-Time Home Buyer Must Know

Our friends at Realtor.comⓇ have created 10 new tips for first-time homebuyers, which includes advice on asking informed questions, learning what you can afford, and how to help seal the deal.

news.move.com Realtor.com®, the Home of Home Search℠, today unveiled its top 10 tips and tricks for a successful first time home purchase from its recently released book, "The Essential First-Time Home...

Farm-to-table means buying and supporting smaller, local farmers (businesses) whenever possible and being closer to (and understanding the business practices) of the source. Here’s reason # 4 to support organic mortgages:

Homeowners can meet a loan officer face-to-face, not just over the phone or through emails.

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