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10 Low-Cost Ideas to Make Your Old Home Feel New

No one is immune to house fatigue. Regardless of how much you love your home, there's no shame in admitting that it's lost some of its luster over the years. Although you might have dreams of a complete redesign, the cost of a major renovation is prohibitively high for many home owners. Luckily, small changes can often have oversized effects on our perception of otherwise familiar spaces! In this post, you can read about 10 low-cost improvements that will bring new-home excitement back into your old house!

Check Out the Union Vale Kids' Fishing Derby

There are few things in life that combine relaxation and excitement in the way that fishing can! If your child is already aspiring to land the big one, then take them to Union Vale on April 27 for the Kids' Fishing Derby! Now that winter is in the rearview mirror, it's time to get out there and throw a line in the water! 

The Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department will supply the worms, so participants just need to bring their own gear! This free event is open to all children 15 and under, although older assistants are welcome to help (as long as they have a valid fishing license). The derby will run from 8-11 a.m. at 8 Tymor Park Road.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page!

How to Win a Bidding War

You've just found the home of your dreams, but unfortunately there are some other buyers who feel the same way! In a seller's market, competition among buyers for the relatively small number of available homes means that bidding wars can become the norm rather than the exception. When you find yourself locked in this financial battle, what should you do? Keep reading to get a game plan together and win this war!

Home Sales Surged Nearly 12% in February

The number of monthly existing-home sales took a massive jump up from January to February, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors. In fact, February's 11.8% increase to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.51 million was the largest month-to-month spike since December of 2015! Although existing-home sales are still down by just under 2% year-over-year, the gains made last month go a long way toward reversing the sluggish start to the year's housing market.

The Inaugural Hudson Valley Tattoo Fest Starts March 29

Are you tired of doing the same old things? Looking for something a little bit different? You're in luck! In just two short weeks, Poughkeepsie will be hosting a brand-new event, the 1st annual Hudson Valley Tattoo Fest! This three-day show will bring over 200 tattoo artists from around the globe together in one spot. Plus, there will be tons of live music, delicious food & drinks, vendors, contests, prizes, ice skating, and more! It all starts on Friday, March 29th at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.

Save Money by Shopping for the Best Mortgage Rate

When shopping for a particular item, everyone is always on the lookout for the best deal, especially if it's an expensive purchase. This rule holds true for things like shoes, appliances, and cars, but many home buyers fail to shop around when it comes to the most expensive item of all: a mortgage. Freddie Mac recently analyzed just how much money buyers are losing out on over the course of their loan by failing to get multiple quotes, and the number wasn't cheap! In fact, they found that getting just one extra quote saves the average borrower over $1,400!