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For many people, buying a home is typically the largest and most significant single purchase they will make in their lifetime. When preparing to buy a home, it is important to understand what is affordable and how to prepare for this purchase in the form of a down payment. Know How Much You Need A … Continue reading Saving for a Down Payment


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Whether you are experiencing warm or cold temperatures this week, winter is always a good time to break up the monotony indoors and complete some basic home projects. Not only will these home improvement projects give you a sense of accomplishment and pride in your home, but they can also improve your property value. Be … Continue reading 5 Easy Winter Home Improvement Projects


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You did it – you bought your first home! You made it through all the paperwork, you saved enough for that big down payment, and you finally settled in. Everything seems perfect until that dishwasher starts to leak all over the kitchen floor. Calling the landlord won’t work this time around. Welcome to the joys … Continue reading Understanding Home Warranties


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Getting organized around the house is at the top of the to-do list for so many people. But once they get started, the disorganization and clutter can seem insurmountable. The key is developing an effective process when beginning to organize your home. Here are 3 simple steps to take as you strive to become organized … Continue reading 3 Simple Steps to Conquer the Clutter


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Cold winter temperatures don’t have to keep you from getting out and looking at homes. If you have been considering buying a home for the first time or if you are ready to find that perfect dream home, now is a good time to come out of hibernation and start looking. Let’s look at some … Continue reading The Pro’s of Off-Season Home Loans


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A remote-controlled home is no longer the stuff of futuristic fantasy. New home automation devices controlled by a tablet, computer or smartphone allow you transform and tailor your home into a smart home. There are a wide variety of devices available in the market today, and they can be customized and tailored to transform your … Continue reading 3 Tools to Increase Your Home’s IQ


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No doubt you’ve read all about it, perhaps you’ve even tried it yourself… paying extra on your mortgage to pay it off early and potentially save thousands in interest. The question is, however, with interest rates on the rise, is it still the best strategy? While some financial experts say prepaying your mortgage is never … Continue reading Paying Off Your Mortgage Early


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UPDATE: On Friday, January 20, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it has suspended the planned reduction of Mortgage Insurance Premiums on FHA loans, effective immediately. This reduction was set to go into effect on January 27, but it is now no longer scheduled to take place. Original Blog: New homebuyers now have … Continue reading FHA Mortgage Insurance Cut Means Big Savings


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Much ado has been written and discussed lately about rising interest rates. Within days after the presidential election results were tabulated, the U.S. stock market soared. When that happens, the bond market suffers. As a result, U.S. Treasury bond yields dropped. Long-term mortgage interest rates are more closely tied to Treasury bonds, pushing those rates … Continue reading Despite Increases, Interest Rates Are Still Low


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Winter has arrived, but it does not have to bring outrageous heating bills with it. Simply following some basic DIY home maintenance tips can reward you with financial savings without sacrificing home comfort. Let’s take a quick tour around the house to determine some common problem areas that can be fixed easily. Replace Worn Weather … Continue reading Turn Up the Savings on Home Heating


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