How to buy a home  


Looking for a home? Where should you begin? Home buying can be an over whelming task. Think about any changes in your life during the foreseeable future. Will there be changes in your family size or with your vocation? What are your requirements for the home?

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Why use a Real Estate buyer agent?

In short, the reason is to get you a better deal than you would have gotten without one. It's really as simple as that! This means money, but it also means having the services of an expert who can find you the home you want, come to agreement with the home seller at terms favorable to you, and see that the home sale actually closes.

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Wedding Favor Basics Tips for Selecting Wedding Favor Gifts

Whatever your budget--wedding favors are worth the price. If you are on a tight budget and can't afford floral table centerpieces, the right wedding favors can be used as wedding reception decorations. Wedding favors can be used to organize the seating arrangements and also be keepsake gifts for your guests to take home. When the bride and groom share a common interest with the invited guests, picking a wedding favor gift is easy. The most common wedding favor gifts are edible chocolates or candies which can also be a dessert course in addition to the wedding cake.

Ideally, if you're on a budget, you should look for a wedding favor that does it all! Today, you'll find all kinds of gift wrap kits and already wrapped items that your groomsmen or bridesmaids can help you transport to the reception and place on each guest's plate or near the guest's place setting. Here are some tips on selecting different types of wedding favors and keepsake gifts. Wedding Favors as Party Decorations: Pick a wedding favor that matches or coordinates with the color of your wedding ensemble and bridesmaids' dresses. Wedding favors have evolved from traditional pastel colors that go well with white satin and lace. You can find casual favors with cartoon like images that can be used to add bright, modern colors to the decor. You can gift wrap any small item in favor boxes designed just for weddings.

Keepsake Wedding Favors: If you want your wedding guests to have a keepsake to remember your wedding day, look for favors that can be personalized with your names and wedding date. A decorative item that can be kept in a china cabinet, an engraved desk clock or photo frame are ideal keepsake gifts. Practical Wedding Favors: Practical items that can be used as wedding favors are ideal if you don't want a give your guests a decorative trinket. If you are not sure what your guest would find useful and practical, select an item like bookmarks, keychains or picture frames. Or any thing that everyone has in their home--coasters, bottle openers, measuring spoons, pens, cookie cutters, coffee and ice-cream scoops, candles, small hand or guest soaps.

Placecard Holder Favors: If you want to number your wedding reception tables and organize the seating at the restaurant or reception hall, select a place card wedding favor. There are place card kits that will also box and wrap a small gift or candies, add beautiful color accents and display a name card. What more could you want in a wedding favor? So look for name card kits that come with everything you need and includes boxes, ribbons, personalized tags or blank name cards. If the wedding favors you pick are beautifully packaged and wrapped, you may want to group and arrange them on a silver serving platter, put them in a glass fish bowl, or hang them from branches on a tree like centerpiece. You can announce at the reception that each guest is to take one before they leave the reception. If you are making your own wedding favors, enlist your bridesmaids, family and friends to help you.

Finally, be sure to order your favors well in advance so you can get them in time.

Shirley Tan is the owner of an online company that sells unique wedding favors and keepsake gifts online, including beautifully packaged edible wedding favors. Since 1987, she has been helping brides and grooms, first in her showroom, and then online starting in 1997. She can be contacted at

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