Archive for January 2016

A Lesson in Property Auctions



A while ago I mentioned that Matt and I are saving up to buy our first house. As we aim to reach that goal this upcoming fall, I have been spending a lot of time researching the housing market in Saint Petersburg, FL, scoping out different neighborhoods, and making lists of non-negotiables, budgets, and details that we should keep in mind Home-Auctionwhen the time comes to make an offer. Over the weekend, during one of my online fantasy house hunts, I found the most perfect home. The house is a bungalow style home in our first choice neighborhood with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large fenced in backyard, and a small but sweet front covered deck. I was about to call my Realtor when I noticed that instead of a listed price, the home was up for auction.

Oregon and South Carolina: Top Moving Destinations



It’s that time of year again: time to break down United Van Lines’ annual National Movers Study. Every year, for 39 years in a row now, United Van Lines conducts this survey in order to uncover migration patterns from state to state United Van Linesin the US. It’s always interesting to learn where people are moving from as well as where they are moving to. In the 2014 survey, Oregon held the title for “Top Moving Destination” for the second year in a row while the northeast experienced quite an exodus for reasons such as retirement and relocation (though in my opinion, it’s the cold that pushed people away). Now that 2015 has come to a complete close, let’s check out what this year’s survey has to say.

Moving Dreams



I just spent an amazing long weekend in San Jose, California. My friend was relocated there for work a few months ago and has been raving about it ever since. She told me all about her experience living on the west coast and even Moving Dreamsadmitted that she doesn’t think she ever wants to leave. Of course, this led to a discussion about our favorite US cities. I absolutely love Saint Petersburg in Florida but it’s still fun to think, where would we move to if we could just pick up and go?

How to Move Wine



Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to take on 2016 stronger than ever. I spent the holidays up in New York with my family and it appears that they know me quite well. Between relatives and my fiancé (Matt and I got engaged a few weeks ago!), I was gifted 15 different bottles of wine and how to move winechampagne. I obviously could not fly back to Florida with over a case of wine so I am having it all shipped down in the next week or so. But, what happens when you move? How do you properly pack, ship and store your beloved collection? It’s important to use care when moving your wine because as Paige says “Moving and wine are enemies.”