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Mar 28 2016

Building Your Beautiful Dream

Luxury home floor plans

Everyone has some idea of what their dream home would look like if they had the money to spend on it, or the time to put into it, or the ability to stay in one place long enough to enjoy it. And for those who are able to put that dream into motion to make it a reality, the finished products are often quite stunning. Of course, no one dreams exactly the same way. One person’s custom house designs may be a quaint, cozy and modest cabin on the shores of a forest lake, while another individual may be making luxury home designs that consist of multiple floors, bedrooms, bathrooms, and maybe even a curved marble staircase. Whatever the custom house designs, there are designer home builders who will make it happen.

Waking up to a beautiful dream
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Mar 21 2016

Doing a Little Good for Those Who Defend Your Country — Donating to Charities for Military Families

Veterans donations

Where can I donate clothes? You might have heard this question asked many times and wondered the same yourself. Donating clothes is one of the best ways to make a difference to the lives of those in need, and now with charitable clothing donations becoming much easier with many charities that will pick up donations, doing your bit for society is easier than ever before. If you have been wanting to donate clothes to charity for a long time and wondering the best destination for your donations, you can easily consider charities for military families.

On average, it is estimated that over 12 million tons of discarded clothing and textile material are thrown away every year. Instead of your old

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Mar 16 2016

Legendary Texas Ranch Sells for $725 Million

farm lot for sale

The legendary WT Waggoner ranch in Texas was recently purchased in February. Stan Kroenke — owner of the Los Angeles Rams, and husband to Wal-Mart heiress Ann Walton Kroenke — had bought the ranch for $725 million. The WT Waggoner ranch, distinctive for its massive size, is 800 miles across, and is the highest-priced estate in the world. This is the first time the property has been listed for sale; after its establishment in 1849, the ranch stayed in the family for several generations.

Not surprisingly, such an old property comes with a legacy. Many of the employees on the ranch are now multigenerational — current employees have followed in their parents and even grandparents’ footsteps. While the majority of the immense estate is “untouched,” about 56,000 acres have been developed for oil, and the Waggoner family will retain 12.5% of the site’s mineral rights. The main uses of the ranch today are horse breeding, oil, cattle raising, and crops. There are currently about 14,000 cows on the property, as well as 1,100 producing oil wells.

Kroenke is no newcomer to ranch ownership, and in fact, was ninth on Land Report’s 2015 list of the largest landowners in the United States. With this recent purchase, he’s unlikely to stay in ninth place for long.

“We are honored to assume ownership of the Waggoner – a true Texas and American landmark,” said Kroenke in a released statement regarding the sale.

The typical ranch or farm lot for sale will, of course, not be as expansive as the WT Waggoner ranch. Nor will it be as expensive! There are a few reasons why ranches for sale are seen as investment properties by people like Stan Kroenke though the reasons vary depending on the property. Why invest in Montana luxury ranches, for example? Montana’s population is steadily growing, with a 14.1% projected to increase by 2043. Montana is also becoming a popular spot for activities such as fly fishing — now a $750 million market in the U.S. — and skiing, thanks to its many largely untouched outdoor areas.

If you don’t plan on being a big spender like Kroenke — or even Ted Turner, who purchased the 100,000 acre Flying D Ranch southwest of Bozeman for over $20 million in 1988 — you’d be more than typical. A farm lot for sale is an investment anyone may be interested in.

Mar 15 2016

How to Save Money on Your Luxury Remodel Without DIY

Charlotte luxury home builders

Luxury and custom home renovations can wreak havoc on a homeowner’s budget. Contractors can charge 15% to 25% of your home’s total price when building from scratch. When you’re in the luxury custom homes market, where prices are as high as buyers’ expectations and often exceed $1 million, it’s easy for the costs to add up. One solution is to become your own contractor. If you’re a fan of hammering and have time to devote to your project, this can be a great option. If you don’t care to join the ranks of DIY custom home builders, we’ve compiled some tips to help you renovate without breaking the budget or hammering your own nails:

  1. When you upgrade, think amenities and efficiency not size.
    If you can increase the efficiency of your kitchen, you may not need to tear d

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Mar 14 2016

4 Motivations for Donating Your Items

What are the best charities to donate to

When you can give donations that pick up at home it’s a very convenient way to be able to help those in need. There are so many people that need clothing donations or different types of things that you could do without; items that you are not even really using. What better way to give household donations than by helping families in need?

There are many reasons why people donate and some of them may even seem selfish but the truth is, with so many charities looking for donations, the motivation behind it doesn’t really matter, as long as the donations happen. For example, a few weeks ago

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