Sandra MacGregor

Sandra MacGregor is a former magazine editor and a well-published writer, with a special love for home and garden. Her work appears on numerous websites and in many print publications, including the Boston Globe and the Toronto Star.

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5 Budget-Friendly Holiday Decorating Tips

Filed in Life & Leisure by on November 7, 2013 0 Comments
5 Budget-Friendly Holiday Decorating Tips

It’s no surprise that for many of us the Christmas season is the most expensive time of the year. Few of us escape winter’s drop in temperature without a corresponding drop in our bank accounts. One way to save money — and have a whole lot of fun (especially if you have little “elves” at […]

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DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Filed in Homeowner Resources, Life & Leisure by on October 22, 2013 0 Comments
DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Though it signals winter’s impending arrival, Halloween is a celebration loved by young and old. We enjoy Halloween not just because it is an excuse to dress up and eat lots of candy, but also because it provides an opportunity to give in to a more other-worldly aesthetic (if only for a few days) when […]

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DIY Redecorating Ideas That Give Big Results

Filed in Home & Garden, Homeowner Resources by on October 11, 2013 0 Comments
DIY Redecorating Ideas That Give Big Results

There is nothing like the chill of impending winter to nudge your thoughts back to all those home fixes you had planned to do before the sun-induced lethargy of summer banished all thoughts of indoor exertion. So before plans for Thanksgiving and the holiday season steal your renovating thunder, here are some quick and easy […]

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Significant Derogatory Credit Events

Filed in Homeowner Resources, Personal Finance by on October 1, 2013 0 Comments
Significant Derogatory Credit Events

Though we all wish we had a stellar credit history, most of us have experienced some bumps in the road, like a few missed credit card payments. However, there are times when,whether through our own mishandling of our finances or an unavoidable personal event such as a job loss or severe illness, we may experience […]

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5 Tips for First Time Homebuyers

Filed in Buying a Home by on September 25, 2013 0 Comments
5 Tips for First Time Homebuyers

For most Americans, a home is without a doubt one of the most significant and expensive purchases they will ever make in theirlifetime. This monumental expenditure is even more daunting for first time homebuyers, for whom the experience is especially exciting but equally fraught with fear and stress. Aside from a good credit score and […]

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6 Essential Things to Know About FHA Loans

Filed in Mortgage Programs by on September 20, 2013 0 Comments
6 Essential Things to Know About FHA Loans

Many Americans are familiar with the term “FHA loan” (also known as a Federal Housing Administration loan) and understand that it is a federal government program that helps qualified, first time homebuyers secure a loan. However, few people fully comprehend the nuts and bolt of this increasingly popular resource. To get a better understanding of […]

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Qualifying for an FHA loan

Filed in Mortgage News by on August 28, 2013 0 Comments
Qualifying for an FHA loan

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) provides mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved lenders. Created in 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression, this loan guarantee program was created as a way to give lenders additional security, and by extension, make the housing market more accessible to first time homebuyers. [Related: What is an […]

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What is a Green Mortgage?

Filed in Mortgage News by on July 29, 2013 0 Comments
What is a Green Mortgage?

While “going green” has been a popular movement for some years now, greening your home can seem like an expensive undertaking that involves plenty of hassle and few guaranteed rewards. But help is available for homeowners who, in an effort to manage their ever-increasing energy bills (and make Mother Nature proud, too), want to have […]

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Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself

Filed in Home & Garden, Homeowner Resources by on July 18, 2013 0 Comments
Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself

In the never-ending quest to save time and money, many homeowners are tempted to take on home repairs themselves. But the DIY impulse can get over-confident amateurs into a lot of trouble. Not only can tackling some jobs around the house lead to even more damage and disruption, but improperly done fixes can actually end […]

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Are Short Sales Still Out There? Should I Buy One?

Filed in Buying a Home by on July 10, 2013 2 Comments
Are Short Sales Still Out There? Should I Buy One?

For most people, whether or not they had any interest in real estate, the term short sale pretty much became commonplace with the advent of the mortgage meltdown and financial crisis in 2008. A real estate short sale is when a homeowner and his lender agree to sell the property for less than what remains […]

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