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Which Down Payment Strategy is Right for You?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually Read more…

Five Secret Weapons for DIY Projects

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home. Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. Read more…

Organic Food on a Budget

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor required to produce it and consumers’ demand exceeding supply. So how do you get tasty organic food without spending a ton Read more…

Best Places to Get a Sandwich

Hoagie, sub, hero, whatever you call it, everyone loves a good sandwich! No matter if your favorite part is the bread, cold cuts, or condiments, the Puma Team picked their favorite places to grab a sandwich that they think you’ll love!  Whether you’re a fan of Panini’s, heroes, or maybe even a calzone, we narrowed Read more…

Finding the Right Mattress

Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and comfort customization. Firmness: Mattress firmness plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft can cause aches Read more…

Top 5 Bakeries

Life is short eat dessert first! Have you got a sweet tooth? Or maybe several? The Puma Team definitely has a few themselves and decided to come up with their favorite bakeries and share them with you! We know how important it is to have great dessert after dinner. Whether you want to sit inside Read more…

Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic Read more…

Best Breakfast and Brunch Places on Staten Island

You can’t live a full life on an empty stomach! We know the feeling of being super hungry but too lazy to get up and make something first thing in the morning. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the PUMA Team came up with some of their favorite picks from savory Read more…

Short Sale and Foreclosure: How are They Different?

As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a Read more…

Ideas for Accent Walls

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project. The starter accent wall You can easily add an accent wall to your room in Read more…

PUMA’S Picks – Best Places to Grab a Drink

A night on the town! Forget going all the way into the city for a night out, Staten Island has some great local spots you should check out. The PUMA team came up with their favorite places to grab drinks and appetizers that you’ll love!  Each of these picks provide a different ambience that will Read more…

Upsizing Your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating Read more…

PUMA’S Picks – Pizza

When the moon hits your eye! We know New Yorkers have a deep attachment to their pizza and are pretty picky when it comes to finding a pizza that meets all of their requirements. The Puma Team decided to come together to pick their favorite pizza spots throughout Staten Island from North Shore to South Read more…

Dealing With Scratched Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding scratches: If you’ve Read more…

5 Criteria for Pricing Your Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales Read more…