Labor Day: History and Relaxation

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Labor Day: History and Relaxation

Labor Day, or originally referred to as “the workingmen’s holiday”, can first be traced back to a parade in New York City on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882. In a time where working conditions were far from great and employees were fed up, Congress could see tensions rising and moved forward with passing a piece of legislation that made the first Monday of every September a day to recognize workers. The holiday originally included street parades followed by a festival, as well as speeches from prominent speakers. The holiday has since changed in some ways, but the meaning behind it still remains to this day. It is a day to celebrate working men and women and give them a well-deserved break. So, take the time to relax this Labor Day weekend—you’ve earned it.

 

Need some ideas to unwind? Here are some relaxation tips you can take with you even after Labor Day is done.
1.) Find time in your off-peak times to take a break or vacation
If you know a certain time of year is busier for you, then do not choose that time of year to take off. Instead, consider scheduling time after your busy season to take a vacation.
2.) Disconnect every once in a while
Many people find it hard to disconnect in today’s world, but it can be very fulfilling and destressing to shut your electronics down and live in the moment.
3.) Get regular exercise
Exercise is a proven stress reliever. If you don’t necessarily like regular cardio or weights, try yoga! Yoga is a great way to relax and get a good workout at the same time. When people think of yoga, meditation is something else that can come to mind. Try meditation exercises when you are overly stressed.
4.) Get outside
Fresh air and sunshine are great ways to instantly make your stress melt away. Take a break during the day to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather!
5.) Try Aromatherapy
Believe it or not, some people can greatly reduce stress with aromatherapy. Invest in some essential oils. Try them with a diffuser or simply put some on your wrists. Lavender, rosemary, and clary sage are just three essential oils that are said to help relieve stress.

 

 

 

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wis., Inlanta Mortgage was established in 1993. The company has grown to 35 branches in 16 states and over 240 employees. Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs.

In 2016, Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third consecutive year. Inlanta has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award.

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Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day

We wish you a safe and happy Labor Day! Labor Day is a public holiday celebrating our nation’s working people and their social and economic achievements.  For some interesting facts about Labor Day visit this link!

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2013 as well as 2012 by Scotsman Guide. Inlanta was also recently named a Top Workplace in 2014 as well as in 2012. Inlanta has also been listed on Mortgage Technology’s Top 25 Tech Savvy Lenders list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, named one of the “Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July

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Independence Day

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In America, we celebrate this glorious day with picnics, barbecues, fireworks and the good ole red, white and blue. Whatever way you celebrate, we wish you safety and happiness.

Safety Tips 4th of July

With more than 35 million people traveling over the 4th of July weekend, it pays to plan extra time for travel and consider the following safety tips:

  • Check vehicle tires (including spare) and fluid levels before any road trip.
  • Pack an emergency kit with flashlight, jumper cables, water, sunscreen, and commonly used tools
  • Stay focused – No texting and take breaks if you feel drowsy. Do not drink and drive.
  • Barbecue in your plans? Remember to keep food items properly chilled or heated, covered, and avoid cross contamination with raw meats.
  • Swimming? Always swim with a buddy and never leave children in water unattended.

Other great safety resources include the American Red Cross, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fun Facts 4th of July

  • “Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks, but Congress didn’t make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level — like Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day,” according to TIME magazine.
  • Also according to TIME magazine, July Fourth is the “biggest hot dog holiday of the year.” Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone.
  • According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up skies across the country on July 4. Most fireworks stores spend 11 months of the year planning for the holiday, which accounts for roughly 75 percent of the industry’s yearly revenue. Congress first authorized the use of fireworks for Independence Day celebrations on July 4, 1777, but the tradition truly stems from the mid-19th century when explosives leftover from war were set off to celebrate the day.(Source: Heavy.com)

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated twenty years in business. Learn more about Inlanta’s twenty year history here.

Headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., Inlanta Mortgage was established in 1993. Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2013 as well as 2012 by Scotsman Guide. Inlanta was also recently named a Top Workplace in 2014 as well as in 2012. Inlanta has also been listed on Mortgage Technology’s Top 25 Tech Savvy Lenders list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, named one of the “Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

Spring Pinning

Spring Pinning Fun

While some of us are still waiting for spring to arrive, there’s nothing wrong with getting ready for it a little early! We’ve created a fun Pinterest board set up with some Spring Fun ideas, as well as ideas for this Easter weekend!

We’ve pinned new ways to dye Easter eggs, some creative bunny crafts, easy and tasty treats and some activities to do outside. Most of these were found under the “Holidays and Events” and if you still need more ideas, there are still plenty out there.

If you still haven’t jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, what are you waiting for? It’s a virtual way to organize and share interesting things you find on the web, categorized on pinboards. It’s quickly becoming one of the most popular social media sites today, with some users saying it’s as popular as Twitter! Check out all the articles Mashable has on Pinterest.

Here are some of our favorites for Spring Fun:

Check out Inlanta’s Pinterest profile to see all of our boards and be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you have an account! Happy spring pinning! Keep an eye out for our next board – Summer Lovin’.

Inlanta Mortgage is proudly celebrating twenty years in business. Learn more about Inlanta’s twenty year history here.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Toys for Christmas 2012

Popular Christmas Toys

What will your little ones find under the tree this Christmas morning? While we don’t presume to know what the best toys of 2012 are – we are only mortgage bankers afterall – here are some of the most popular toys to consider (or not consider) for Christmas this year.

Furby

The Furby first appeared in 1998. This plush toy speaks Furbish and learns, responds, and changes its personaility the more you play with it. According to the Furby website, if you hug, pet and play with your Furby – it may become a sweetheart. If you shake, flip or pull Furby’s tail – you may have an imp on your hands. They also claim that your Furbey will joke, flirt, dance and sing with other Furbys.

Skylanders Giants

Skylanders Giants is the follow up to last year’s successful Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. It is a video game that uses a “Portal of Power” to transport action figures into the video games. Each action figure is unique and allows you to save character data to the toy itself. This game can be played on Xbox 360 or Wii U and compared to most video games, is great to play with your kids. When you tire of the game, you can continue to use the action figures for imaginative play time. Read more about this innovative game in a recent article in Forbes.

Switch & Go Dinos

What do you get when you combine dinosaurs and cars? Switch and Go Dino – a talking robotic toy that kids love. Each Switch & Go Dino has its own quirks and capabilties, so be forewarned – if you get one your child will probably want more. According to the V-Tech website, these toys range in price from $15.99 for Tonn the Stegosaurus to $49.99 for Brok the Brachiosauraus. While we are on the subject of V-Tech, check out the Innotab learning tablet for kids 3-9 years of age. While we are on the subject of learning tablets – check out LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet.

Doc McStuffins – Time for Your Check Up Doll

This toy is straight from the Disney Channel series “Doc” which is about a six year old who fixes her toys. This toy is in hot demand and prices vary from store to store. Shop around a bit online to find what store has the best deal – or if you can still have the item shipped before Christmas.

Dream Lites Pillow Pets

This soft little companion projects stars and the pet’s face on the ceiling and walls for a magical glow – with the touch of a button. Dream Lites are the ultimate night light with four light options and a timer for auto shut off. Despite its status as an “As Seen on TV” item, it continues to be popular and it appeals to children of all ages.

Lalaloopsy

Lala, what? Lalaloopsy is quite popular with little girls. These adorable little dolls hail from the whimsical land of Lala-oopsie where strawberry rivers flow and mushroom trees grow.  Check out the Lalaoopsy website to learn more about characters such as Princess Anise (the Princess of Knickknacks) or Princess Nutmeg (the Princess of Silly). Lalaloopsies come in a variety of styles and sizes and there is always the Lalaloopsy accessory line if you really want to go Lala.

Hopefully you have your Christmas shopping under wraps – if not – we wish you all a Merry Christmas and the best of luck in your last minute shopping endeavors!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

 

Fun Friday – Snake on a Car

What would you do if a water moccasin was hitching a ride on the hood of your car? Pull over? That’s what we thought…but apparently this driver didn’t think so!

We love funny videos! Do you have something to share?
Post it to our Facebook page or share with us on Twitter at @InlantaMortgage. We hope you’ve had a wonderful week and have plans for a great weekend!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is a fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203k, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Daylight Saving Time – Fall Back

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been both praised and criticized over the years.

Winston Churchill argued that it enlarges “the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country.”

Farmers have traditionally been the most vocal opponents of DST. Here is a quote (original source unknown) that sums up their criticisms, “Farmers, who must wake with the sun no matter what time their clock says, are greatly inconvenienced by having to change their schedule in order to sell their crops to people who observe daylight saving time.”

Regardless of our personal thoughts, Churchill’s, or our unknown author’s – the end of Daylight Saving Time is upon us. We need to turn our clocks back one hour at 2am on Sunday, November 4th. Save yourself the time and confusion and turn your clock back before you go to bed on Saturday night.

What will you do with your extra hour? Sleep in? Stay out late Saturday night? Whatever you do – we hope you make the most of your extra hour!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

 

 

How Much Did You Say?

What would you buy with 125 million dollars? Would you consider giving up all those buckets of money to own the Fleur de Lys Mansion in Los Angeles?

Fleur de Lys Mansions

The Fleur de Lys estate is owned by philanthropist Suzanne Saperstein. It is approximately 30,000 square feet of French inspired opulence built over the course of five years. On the market since 2009 (we wonder why), the home boasts 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 9 garages and two kitchens. Let’s put this in perspective. As owner of the Fleur de Lys, you could sleep in a different bedroom every night for almost two weeks! You wouldn’t need to use the same bathroom facilities more than once a day. If you hadn’t spent all your money on the house, you would have room to securely stow away nine new cars.

Two kitchens. Makes you think, right?  Is two kitchens really excessive? Anyone who has has entertained a dozen or more family members on a busy holiday can probably see the value in two kitchens. One kitchen could be cranking out the sweets while the other cranks out the savory. Or maybe one kitchen is specifically for vegetarians, designated shellfish free, or for kosher cooking? When you start thinking like that…it sounds like everyone should have two kitchens – not just Suzanne.

On a final note, the Fleur de Lys is 10 times bigger than the average U.S.home (according to the the U.S Census Bureau). At $125 million it better be, right? In fact, at 125 million dollars it had better clean itself, pay its own taxes, and have a self mowing lawn. Well that’s just one opinion. What do you think? Join us for a conversation on Facebook!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Photo Credit: Redfin

 

Celebrating Labor Day

Celebrating Labor Day

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September and pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans.

Labor Day weekend is also one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. If you have travel plans this weekend here are a few tips to ensure safe and healthy travels:

Vehicle Preparations

The last thing you want on Labor Day weekend is a car that breaks down on the side of the road! Before you embark on your road adventure check all of your fluids including oil, radiator, and windshield wiper fluid. Although the plan is not to use it – make sure you have a car emergency kit. Your emergency kit should include at minimum jumper cables, flashlight, basic tool kit, duct tape, and an emergency stop sign. Also make sure you have a first-aid kit, a bottle of water, a blanket, and something healthy to tide you over in case you are stranded.

Safe Driving

Most accidents are caused by losing concentration or ignoring the risks big trucks pose on our road ways. To maintain optimum concentration levels avoid driving if you are tired, feel sick, or drank alcohol. Steer clear of big trucks – big trucks have diminished brake times due to their weight and often have several blind spots. Remember that if you can’t see a trucker’s mirror, the trucker can’t see you either.

Timing Your Trip

If you can, leave early. While this is not possible for most of us, be especially careful and alert during peak driving times. Most people will be on the roads between 4pm and 10pm. If you can leave earlier or postpone your travels to avoid these times, you will be in better shape. It is also a good idea to check online before you leave to see if the roads you intend to take are undergoing repairs or scheduled lane changes. This will allow you to research alternate routes saving you the headache and hassle.

Have Fun!

What’s the rush? Usually we want to arrive at our destinations as fast as possible. But what if you had the chance to see the World’s Biggest Ball of Twine? Are you passing by Darwin, Minnesota or Cawker City, Kansas? Both locales boast the largest ball of twine, one built by a single person and one by a community. Here are a few more of the U.S.A.’s Weirdest Roadside Attractions to look out for on your travels:

World’s Largest Fish, Hayward, Wisconsin

Live Mermaid Show, Spring Hill, Florida

World’s Tallest Gnome, Kerhonkson, New York

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

Whatever you weekend plans, we hope you have a safe and fun weekend!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Strange Homes in the USA

You think the bright pink house at the end of your street is the strangest home in your area? What would you say if you lived in a neighborhood with a house fit for Frodo? Check out a few of the strangest houses in the nation.

Dune House

House for Hobbits?

The Dune House, a two-unit duplex, was built into a hill on Florida’s Atlantic Beach in 1975. It was designed by Bilbo Baggins, er…we meant to say architect William Morgan.  It is reasonably priced for the Shire..er…the Florida coast at 1.4 million.

Earthship Home

Property taxes less than $25 per year? There's a reason for that - you depend on mother nature for water.

Located in Columbus, New Mexico this home was a holdover from the hippie culture of the 1970s. It functions off the grid by catching rain water for drinking and bathing. It also has windows, doors and walls designed to maintain optimal lighting, heating, and cooling. Is this green home a steal at $55,000? If you don’t mind depending on the elements!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Picture credits: CNBC.com