Sunday, March 22, 2020

Buying Your Dream Home in 2020: Here is What You Should Know

Purchasing a dream home can be a life-changing opportunity and is one of the essential steps to make as a family. However, this process can be overwhelming at times. You may know the features that you want in your new home, but how do you find the dream house? It is more than just going through the pages online to check some of the latest listings that might suit your needs. Below are some tips to guide you on the things you need to know if you are planning to buy a home in 2020.

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Thinking Ahead

Before you buy a house, you should sit down and think about your plans for the future. For instance, you may be planning to have an extended family in some years to come, and that requires you to have a bigger house. The same applies if you are planning to work from home, among many other factors. Accordingly, if you have plans to move out of the house after some time, consider its resale value and the ease to sell.


The thought of looking for a house to buy should not even cross your mind unless you have a mortgage pre-approval. Having it would help to narrow down your search strategy to look for a more specific aspect. Pre-approval will also help you budget well as you are given a maximum loan amount that you qualify for.

Aspects of the Neighborhood

You may like a home when you see it online, but once you buy it, you find out that you do not like the community. The best thing to do is to take a walk around the place where the house is located and find out if it fits your lifestyle. Social amenities and other features like the availability of safe parking space are crucial aspects that you should check on your list.


There are things that you cannot compromise when you want to buy a new home. These are the aspects that you should list down and make sure that the house you want to buy has all the things you consider must-haves. But again, you should be cautious not to have a very loaded list because you may have a hard time trying to find such a house.

Know your Budget and Stick to It

Your budget is the most crucial aspect that would determine if you will find your dream home or not. You need to set the budget straight and stay within limits. Checking out houses that are above your budget range is dangerous in a way that you will fall in love with the homes that you cannot afford and fail to prioritize what you really need. It is essential to keep in mind what you can afford and focus solely on that.

The Need to Renovate

Buying a house might come with the need to give it a facelift before moving in. If this is the case, then you should go for a price range that is slightly below your budget to give you financial flexibility for the upgrade. You again need to do your homework and find out how much you are willing to spend on repairing the house.

The Documentation

The process of looking for a house requires many things beforehand. When you are ready to buy, finally, you need to have the right documents before the deal is approved. Sometimes you may have to hire a real estate agent to walk you through what is required of you before you buy condo.

The Top-three List

Once you have prepared everything and you are all set, you can go ahead and check the available listings. It is recommended to have a list of the top three houses that click all your boxes then compare the three to get the right for you and your family. You can also use this list as a benchmark as you continue looking for other houses.
There are a lot of issues that you need to factor in when you are looking to buy a new house. What you do in the earlier phases will determine whether the process becomes a walk in the park or a stressful task. You should know what is required of you and what to do at the right time to avoid getting stuck with a house you do not enjoy living in.
The first thing to do is getting a pre-approval, and then proceeding to do your home search. Additionally, when ready to move in, avoid common mistakes parents make when moving with kids. It is advisable to customize your new home to fit the profile of your family.

Friday, March 13, 2020

How to make Egg-cellent Easter Egg Cake Pops in a Few Easy Step

Easter is one of the most important holidays of the year. Easter egg pops and candies have become a conspicuous feature during this holiday. In 2019, consumers planned to spend $2.5 billion on candy alone. If you are like most folks, you most likely indulge in sweet treats top among these being Easter egg cake pops.

It’s hard to miss Easter eggs in any form over the Easter weekend and while many people shop for these, you can now make these at home and add them to your Easter basket. This guide examines the main steps for an easy recipe for Easter egg cake cops.

What You Need For Easter Egg Cake Pops
  1. unfrosted baked cake, any flavour
  2. a can of prepared frosting
  3. Assorted small candies and sprinkles for pops decoration
  4. Several cups of cups candy coating
  5. Enough lollipop sticks for your guests
Directions For Preparing Easter Egg Cake Pops

Start by crumbling the unfrosted cake into small, entirely fine crumbs.

Add about two-thirds of the container of frosting

Mix the cake crumbles and the frosting and ensure even moisture distribution. The purpose is to ensure the cake can stick together when you fold into a round shape. Ensure the mixture holds together well if you squeeze it into a ball.

Form small ball shapes with a cookie scoop using the cake mixture. Make sure the shape is not round but oblong to resemble an egg.

Place the egg balls in a tray and cover them with a waxed paper-covered baking sheet or foil.flavourPlace the balls in a freezer for about thirty minutes to firm them up.

Heat and melt the candy coating in a microwave. Stir it to get a smooth mixture.

Take the eggs and using a skewer, poke a hole into each of the eggs to create a hole. This is where the lollipop stick will go in.

While holding the lollipop stick, dip the egg balls into the heated coating. The coating wraps around the cake egg and solidifies to ensure the stick doesn’t fall off. Repeat the procedure for all the egg cakes.

Start decorating your Easter egg cake pops using the sprinkles or any other decorations you have.
Presentation in an Easter Basket

Now that your cake pops are ready, it’s time to present them beautifully in an Easter basket. For this you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam 1/2 Ball with cling wrap
  • Clear treat bags
  • An Easter basket
  • Easter grass

Take the Styrofoam in cling wrap and use it to line the Easter basket. Take your cake pops and wrap them with the clear treat bags and place them in the basket. You can use this recipe to surprise your kids on their birthday party or any other holiday.
Final Thoughts

If you want to throw a memorable party this Easter, how about learning how to make Easter egg cake pops. Your family will love the sweet treats, and if you have guests coming, these treats will be the highlight of the holiday. Go on and try this simple recipe and wow your guests

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