Ready for a Mortgage?

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Do you find yourself cruising through new subdivisions, touring open houses, and picking up free realty booklets on your way out the grocery store? Sounds like you’re ready to buy a home! So, you're ready to take that next important step – but what is it?

Maximize Your Child's Summer

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School is out, leaving over two months of long days to fill. If your kids tend to get antsy during summer break, you’re in luck. The River Region and East Alabama have plenty of fun activities that can help you keep idle hands and minds busy.

MAX Opens State-of-the-Art Branch in Wetumpka

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MAX held a grand opening for its new state-of-the-art branch in Wetumpka on Tuesday, May 14, 2014.

MAX’s board of directors and MAX team members were joined by local leaders and the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

MAX4Kids Foundation Donates $25,000 in Scholarships

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The MAX4Kids Foundation donated $25,000 in scholarships to ten highly accomplished, college-bound students. Each central Alabama high school senior was acknowledged for his or her accomplishments at the 2014 MAX4Kids Scholarship Reception on May 6, 2014.

Spring Cleaning

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The weather is warming, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping — Spring is energizing everything in its path.

Put your energy boost into a thorough spring-cleaning, using these ideas to get you started. And we're not stopping with your house. Your finances could probably use a polish too.

Freshen Up Your Porch & Patio

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In Central and East Alabama, warm weather means leisure time outdoors. And there's no better spot to soak up some sun and take in the cool, refreshing breeze than your own backyard.

If your patio or porch style is suffering, give it a quick freshen-up. You may be surprised at what you can do with just a little time and money.

Saving for a Comfortable Retirement

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Are you ready for retirement?

Don't let it sneak up on you and catch you without enough savings to live comfortably. Use these tips to start your plan or revisit the one you currently have. These tips will ensure you're on the right track for a relaxed retirement.

MAX Shredding Drive - Spring 2014

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MAX is working with the Montgomery Clean City Commission to host a Shredding Drive for area residents on Friday, April 11 from 7:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Garrett Coliseum parking lot.

Montgomery Biscuits Enter 2014 Season

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Ever since the first pitch whizzed through the air in 2004, Central Alabama has been eating up the Montgomery Biscuits!

For over a decade now, this baseball team has treated the River Region to some fabulous family fun, and the 11th season will be no different.

Negotiating Prices Like a Pro

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So you've found that perfect house, and you're ready to make an offer. But are you ready to negotiate the perfect price too?

Keys to Finding Potential Realty Appreciation

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Having a roof over your head is a necessity. Buying a house is also a major investment — an investment that you hope will increase in value over time. So when you're house shopping, how can you identify which homes are more likely to appreciate than depreciate?

A few of the River Region's most experienced realtors share their expertise.

Tax Tips When Supporting Aging Parents

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Your parents fed you, clothed you, and put a roof over your head. You're happy to show your thanks by helping them in their golden years.

Caring for an elderly parent can take its toll on your bank account. To offset some of the costs, make sure you take full advantage of the tax breaks available.

College Students & Taxes

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Roommate issues, exams, career paths...

As a college student, you have plenty to think about, but don't forget about your taxes! If you have income from a summer or part-time job, or a scholarship that covers room and board, you need to file a tax return on or before April 15.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself and tips to help you avoid mistakes:

Getting Married & Taxes

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Tying the knot sometime soon?

Here are a few things you need to know about marriage and how it affects your taxes.

Smarter Shopping

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Rather you love it or hate it, shopping is an imperative part of life.

Rather it's stocking up on essentials like groceries, or enjoying the luxury of purchasing a new pair of earrings or the latest hunting gear, there are ways to lower your final bill. Follow these tips to shop smarter and save money.

Using Smartfolio to Create a Budget

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Remember when maintaining a budget meant spreadsheets, pencils and erasers, calculators, and saving receipts in a shoebox under the bed?

Why? Lose that memory!

Thrifty Dinners

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Creating yummy, nutritious meals that are also easy and economical can seem almost impossible some days.

These thrifty recipes will fill your family members' tummies with healthy food while staying within the grocery budget.

Romantic Staycations

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Need a getaway for just the two of you?

That private island in the Caribbean looks perfect! But if you're dreaming of something that's romantic and realistic, consider these "staycation" ideas. These ideas should give you a little "together time" to recharge your relationship without blowing the kids' college fund.

From The Heart

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They say it's the thought that counts, but that doesn't mean that anything you "think" to give qualifies as a truly thoughtful gift.

This Valentine's Day, show your sweetheart how much you care by choosing or making a gift that is specific to them, and you don't have to spend much to do it!

Financial Resolutions to Keep

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Have you kept your resolutions for the year thus far?

The motivation to keep promises we've made to ourselves to eat better, be kinder and make other self-improving adjustments to our lives in 2014 can quickly fade.

Getting a firm grip on our finances is one of the most important resolutions any of us can make. Commit to doing these things this year, and you'll be more financially secure for many years to come.

Mortgage Tips for 2014

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Should you rush to purchase your dream home this year?

Mortgage rates are expected to climb in 2014. Some experts believe this may be the best year to purchase a house before the end of the decade. However, this doesn't mean you should rush to buy a home.

The question to ask yourself: Are you ready?

Keep these tips in mind when making a decision on mortgages in 2014.

Lose The Blues

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With less sunlight and colder weather keeping us indoors during the winter, January and February can get a little glum following all the holiday season excitement of November and December.

Practical Ways to Save in 2014

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Looking for some new ways to cut spending at your house?

Check out these little things you can change in your routine that can result in big savings over time. They're easy, practical and some are even fun!

Creating a Family Budget - And Sticking to It

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Saving money may seem like a daunting task, but creating and living by a budget that fits your family makes it much easier.

Use these tips to get your household spending in order and start the New Year on the right financial foot.

Financial Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

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Financial discipline starts with developing good habits, and avoiding bad ones. Staying away from these financial mistakes will keep you from veering off course.

2014 BCS National Championship Tickets Auction

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(Updated 12/27/2013 1:15 p.m. CST)

MAX would like to thank everyone for your participation in the MAX4Kids 2014 BCS Championship Tickets Auction.

For the fifth year in a row, one of our state’s universities will play for the BCS National Championship! The Auburn Tigers will face the Florida State Seminoles in Pasadena, California on January 6 for a chance to claim the crystal ball and proclaim themselves 2014 BCS National Champions.

Natural Beauty for Thanksgiving Decorations

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Festive Autumn Décor from Nature

For simple, yet beautiful Thanksgiving décor, think natural.

You can combine natural treasures foraged from your own backyard with items from a farmers market or your grocery store. This can create a look that's perfect for the holiday's harvest history.

Learn how to create decorative looks that are cheap and easy, but will also wow your family and friends.

Christmas Memories from the MAX Team

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The holiday season seems to invoke special memories of the past. It's a time of thanksgiving, reflection, compassion, and love!

MAX Team Members reflect on their fondest childhood memories from the holiday season, their favorite traditions, and tell you their Christmas wishes for this year!

Teaching Kids to Give

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The Most Important Gift

It's easy for kids to get wrapped up in the "receiving" part of Christmas with so much emphasis on Santa and his elves, holiday shopping trips, and endless advertisements that bombard little ones with whatever this year's hottest toys happen to be.

How can you teach your kids the real joy and importance of giving and doing for others?

Try these steps.

Frugal Santa

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Put the Emphasis on Giving, Not Spending

There's a reason Santa only visits once a year; it's all he can afford! The same is true for most of us, especially if we've let gift giving during the holidays get out of hand.

To get back to the true spirit of the season, put the emphasis on the act of sharing something with others, and not on how much you spend doing it. You'll save some money, and might end up giving more thoughtful presents.