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Downsize or Upsize—Which Is Right for You?

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At one time, it seemed that everything you read in the newspaper’s real estate section had to do with downsizing—the practice of selling off the family home and moving to a small, low-maintenance villa or condominium. The favored communities for downsizing were often located in the South, offering good year-round weather and no more snow shoveling. It sounded like a great deal—pre-pandemic.

At that point, many families found themselves living in small condominiums with adult children and college students returning home for quarantine. Everyone thought it would be for a week or two, at most. Now, almost a year later, some families are looking to re-upsize, either by buying a new, bigger home, by installing an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in the backyard, or by renting an additional apartment in order to provide better options and a little more elbow room for their families.

Once COVID is in the past, these homeowners will have to decide whether they want to re-downsize or if more room makes more sense. Meanwhile, Gen-X homeowners are thinking ahead and wondering whether downsizing really works for the active retirement they’re envisioning.

What should you consider before downsizing? How do you know whether downsizing is a viable option for you and your family? Here are some questions to consider.

Where will you celebrate holidays?

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Vital Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

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Buying your first home is equivalent to embarking on a grand adventure. Although extremely thrilling, learning the ins and outs of the process can often seem overwhelming. From determining a budget to obtaining a loan, there are numerous factors to take into consideration along the way. Keep these five tips in mind throughout the journey.

Check your credit score

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February 2021 Calendar Of Events

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Sundance Film Festival   Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Despite the challenges this year has brought, nothing could stop us from celebrating independent film, visionary artists, unique perspectives, and you, our adventurous audiences. So, for the first time ever, we are bringing the festival to you-both online and in the real world across the US and beyond. https://festival.sundance.org

Goteborg Film Festival   Jan. 29-Feb. 8

The largest film festival in the Nordic countries. Each year the festival's program group travels around the world to track down choice films to bring back to Goteborg. During the eleven-day festival, there will still be a great banquet serving audiences nearly 50 films with premiere screenings every night. https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/en

Art Festival Beth-El Virtual Show   Jan. 30-Feb. 7

An invitational, judged, indoor and outdoor exhibit and sale of original artwork including painting, photography, mixed media, glass, sculpture, metal, wood, ceramics, and jewelry. www.artfestivalbethel.com

Hoggetowne Medieval Festival   Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 6-7

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