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5 Reasons Buying a Home is Better Than Renting!

Purchasing a home offers amazing financial benefits. Renting a home offers amazing financial benefits for the owner of the property you are renting from. Keep that in mind the next time you think about staying in your rental.

1. You Are Paying For A Home Regardless if You Rent or Buy

Some will argue renting eliminates the costs of property taxes and home repairs. All renters should realize that all the expenses your landlord must incur (property taxes, repairs, insurance and etc.) are rolled into your rent anyway along with profit margin.

2.  Home Ownership Is a Form of Forced Savings

Studies have shown homeowners have a net worth 44X times higher than a renter. It was recently estimated that a family buying a average home this past January could build more than $40,000 in family wealth in the next five years.

3. Owning Is a Hedge Against Inflation

Home values and rents tend to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation. When you own, your home's value will protect you against in…

A Shopping Lunch at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

I am addicted to eating out. Literally, if I could eat out every meal and act like I was on a cruise ship for the rest of my life, I would. Don't get me wrong, I love to cook but since the girls are getting older and my real estate career is taking off, getting in the kitchen and slinging pans around is just not on my agenda as it once was. Sitting down and letting someone wait on me is much more appeasing than me chopping onions, cooking a meat, serving plates and cleaning up afterwards.




While out shopping for Christmas gifts, Joe and I stopped in at the Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen in Newport News and to fill up our hungry bodies. The hostess was super sweet and handed us off to our server who was even more sweet. She delivered us to our table and gave us our menus right aways. She asked if we had been there before and we said no. She pointed out some highlights and took our drink order. I ordered the strawberry lemonade and was happy I did. Very tasty.

We started with the Crescent City Shrimp and Crab Dip. I love the chips they serve. Light and fluffy and with a buttery flavor. The dip was creamy and full of seafood.



I ordered the Homemade Chicken Pot Pie because I always order the pot pie if I see one on the menu. This is one of the most labor intensive meals I've ever made and home so if someone else is making it, I will eat it. 




A choice of the house salad or the Caesar Salad was part of my meal. I chose the house salad with the Bleu Cheese dressing. Yes, lots of creamy dishes for me! The dressing was absolutely amazing with huge chunks of bleu cheese. Mmmmm...... With the crescent roll on the side with the sweet butter... wow! So good!




Joe decided on the Half Rack of Ribs and Shrimp with corn and mac and cheese as his side. We had so much food! The sweet dipping sauce for the shrimp was so great! The ribs were perfectly cooked. 





I would suggest Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for any meal! The service was great and much better than I've had in awhile. A serious pet peeve of mine is when you are done with a dish and the server will not take it away! Cheddar's, you have got your game going on!


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