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Make Breakfast. Many people chose to have a light breakfast or skip the meal all together in order to prepare themselves for the feast yet to come, but indulging yourself in a fun, festive, and delicious breakfast could really brighten your day from the start. Enjoy some pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon rolls as the family gets ready to watch the parade, or treat yourself to some morning pumpkin pie.

Display Your Gratitude. Decorations are an important part of any holiday, and what could make a better decoration than the lovely thoughts and thanks of your loved ones? Find a fun way to display what everyone is thankful for. Write your blessings on paper leaves and use them to make a wreath. Then you can bring this decoration back out each year and add to it so it becomes a beautiful piece of family artwork. If you don’t feel like turning your thanks into a presentation, you can have everyone write them in a notebook that you keep safe from year to year.

Get Everyone Involved. Making and serving dinner doesn’t have to be a one person job. Find little ways so everyone can help. Small children are generally quite willing, so find easy jobs for them like mixing up the potatoes or setting the table. Have older kids help with serving - maybe put them in charge of serving dessert, or ask them to help with the clean-up. The work is more fun (and goes faster) when everyone pitches in.

Take a Walk Outside. Let your body digest and enjoy the autumn air with a family walk right after dinner. If the weather is nice and your tummies are full, it might be nice to take in the season and enjoy a family walk in the great outdoors.

End the Day as a Family. Whether you chose to watch a movie or play a game, the best way to end Turkey Day is all together. Choose something you’ll all enjoy doing and sit together for an hour or two. If you want, you can switch up your last activity of the day every year, or the game you play or the movie you chose to watch can become its own tradition that comes back to warm your hearts each and every year.


In the Community

Drew Aiello Runs 2016 NYC Marathon!

Can you believe it?! We actually had ANOTHER Homestead Funding Corp. employee complete the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6th

We want to give big Homestead Funding congratulations to Drew Aiello, Senior Loan Originator, for successfully completing the NYC marathon! He is part of our Southern Clifton Park, NY branch.

Running a marathon takes determination, hard work, and commitment and these are three things that Drew possesses. Drew is one of our top producing Loan Originators and has been in the mortgage industry for the last twenty years. Running a marathon and being a successful Loan Originator require the same set of skills so it’s no surprise why he’s been so successful. We are so proud of you.

Congratulations Drew! This is a huge accomplishment.

 

About Homestead Funding Corp.
Homestead Funding Corp. is a multi-state licensed mortgage banker with branches located throughout the eastern U.S. In operation since 1995, our corporate headquarters is located in Albany, New York where we have perennially been the area's largest independent mortgage lender. We have tens of thousands of satisfied customers, originated billions of dollars in residential mortgage loans and maintained a reputation of exceptional service, honesty, integrity and financial reliability.

To learn more about Homestead Funding Corp please visit www.homesteadfunding.com. For press inquiries, please contact Public Relations at 518-464-1100 x 735 or drutherford@homesteadfunding.com


In the Community

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Homestead’s Own Guides Blind Runner in NYC Marathon

Do me a favor. Think about your day. Think about all of the things you do during your day. Now, think about what it would be like to do all of those things with your eyes closed. Could you do it? I know I couldn’t.

Over the weekend, Anthony (Tony) Felitte, a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Homestead Funding Corp., in partnership with Achilles International (NY Chapter), participated as a guide for Vladimir Chestnov, 58, in the New York City Marathon. Vladimir is from Russia, and he is completely blind. With the help of Tony and two other guides, only one of whom spoke Russian, Vladimir was able to complete the marathon this weekend in 4 hours and 27 minutes.

While this was an amazing accomplishment for Vladimir, the experience didn’t only change his life in a positive way, it also had a significant impact on Tony’s life.

Tony has been running and cycling his entire life. He’s competed in 17 marathons, as well as countless IRONMAN® competitions and cycling races. When I asked Tony how he got involved with Achilles, he said that throughout his years of competing in marathons, he was always in awe, and personally affected, when he saw a person with a disability competing. It made him realize that as hard as it was for him, it was that much more difficult for someone with a disability.  Ultimately, Tony decided that he wanted to be able to help make someone’s personal dream of running a marathon not just a dream, but a reality. He said that “in your life, you strive to be a better person. I love the sport [of running], but that day it wasn’t about me, it was about him [Vladimir].”

I asked Tony to describe the experience to me, and what it was like helping guide someone who didn’t speak the same language as you. He said that although they didn’t speak the same language, and couldn’t communicate with their words, after they finished the race, when Mr. Chestnov grabbed his hand and with tears in his eyes pulled him in for an enormous hug; it was in that moment Tony understood just how much he had helped him.

Tony is just one of our many employees at Homestead who is contributing to our community and making a difference. To learn more about the different charities Homestead Funding Corp. is involved in as an organization, please visit our Homestead’s Helping Hands page.

About Homestead Funding Corp.
Homestead Funding Corp. is a multi-state licensed mortgage banker with branches located throughout the eastern U.S. In operation since 1995, our corporate headquarters is located in Albany, New York where we have perennially been the area's largest independent mortgage lender. We have tens of thousands of satisfied customers, originated billions of dollars in residential mortgage loans and maintained a reputation of exceptional service, honesty, integrity and financial reliability.

To learn more about Homestead Funding Corp please visit www.homesteadfunding.com. For press inquiries, please contact Public Relations at 518-464-1100 x 735 or drutherford@homesteadfunding.com


Informational

Happy Veterans Day

In order to honor Veterans, Active Duty Military & Reservists who are eligible for a VA loan, Homestead Funding will be offering a $195 lender credit*. You served your country with honor now let Homestead honor your service! To learn more about this special credit or the VA Program contact your Homestead Funding Loan Originator.

*$195 Closing Cost Discount offer good for purchases and refinances. Veterans discount must be mentioned at initial mortgage application. Application must be made starting November 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016, but the transaction may close at any time within 90 days of application. Loan must close to receive discount. DD-214/Certificate of Eligibility may be required. This discount may not be combined with any other discount offer.


Informational

Top 3 Home Projects to Tackle Before Winter

When we think “winter,” most people don’t generally think “landscaping,” but preparing the exterior of your home is one of the most important projects to tackle before the harsh weather hits. Taking care of your yard now can make getting through the winter months significantly less stressful while also bringing ease to the coming spring. Focusing on these tasks can extend the life of your home and save you money down the line by avoiding costly repairs. Here are 3 key projects to look into this autumn:

  1. Take a look at your trees before the seasons change. If you live in an area where it snows or the winds can get excessive, low hanging branches could present a problem. Look for and trim any branches that hang over your house, driveway, or walkways as their weight could cause them to snap and damage your home or vehicle. It is best to trim trees in the fall or early spring as these are the least likely times trimming will cause damage to the tree.
  2. Inspect for any exterior damage that could be made worse during the winter. Check your roof for any repairs that may need to be made and be sure to replace any loose or missing shingles. Walk around your home and look for any low spots near your foundation. Fill these areas with soil so water runoff will slope away from your home. This will help prevent water damage to your home’s foundation or basement, which could potentially become a costly repair.
  3. Work on cleaning up your lawn before the winter weather hits. Rake leaves and get rid of dead shrubs, bushes, or broken branches that litter your yard. Aerate, fertilize, and reseed your lawn, especially in any dead spots. This may not seem like much fun now, but it will make your life significantly easier once winter turns to spring.
There is a lot to think about before winter hits, and you’ve probably already spent countless hours making sure your windows are ready, your pipes are insulated, and all the drafts in your house are blocked. However, the exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. Plus, with how rapidly the seasons seem to change, there’s less time to get these little projects done. Focus a bit of your time on your landscape and home exterior this fall and you’ll bring ease to the winter and even the start of spring.

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