8 Ways To Spot A Home Improvement Scam

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Home Improvement Scam

If you’re hiring a contractor to make improvements on your home, be alert! Home improvement scams are more common than you may think, and they can cost you a lot. Read on for 8 ways to spot a home improvement scam. 1. The contractor insists on being paid up front Be wary of any contractor demanding that you pay most …

Buying a New Home? 5 Reasons To Partner With a Credit Union

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5 Reasons to partner with a credit union when buying a house.

If you have made the decision to take the plunge and buy a home, you should take great care to get the right lending partner. It’s is a big decision with lots of nuances to consider regarding your finances. With thousands of different banks, credit unions, and even online options, how will you pick the best financial partner for your …

Buying a Home: Before or After Retirement?

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Should you buy a home before or after retirement?

A move to a smaller home is a positive lifestyle and financial change all empty-nesters and retirement age individuals should consider. While there are many fond memories of the home in which you raised your family, it’s time to think about your own needs as you approach a new phase in life. Many people dream of buying their ideal retirement …

When Should I Put My House On The Market?

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If you’re thinking of selling your home, think spring. That’s because the season of blossoming flowers and gentle breezes has traditionally held the designation as the best time of year to sell a home. Before you start prepping your home for a photo shoot that shows it off in the best light, take a moment to consider your particular circumstances …

Mortgage Rates Are Dropping; Should You Refinance?

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Mortgage Refinance

Should you take advantage of the dropping interest rates by refinancing your mortgage? Refinancing a mortgage is essentially paying off the remaining balance on an existing home loan and then taking out a new mortgage on the same home, often at a lower interest rate. It may sound like a no-brainer, but there are many factors to consider. Is it …

7 Reasons Not To Skip A Home Inspection

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Shopping for a new home can be an exciting blur of listings, neighborhood scouting and open houses. There’s so much to consider! You want a house in the perfect neighborhood with that gorgeous kitchen and great yard, all within your budget. And then, it all finally comes together and you think you’ve found your dream home. But don’t go “under …

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

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Prepare your home for the winter

Keep your home warm and safe this winter by following our comprehensive to-do list before the real cold sets in. 1. Seal your home Give your home a quick run-through, checking for drafts. You can do this by holding a lit candle near the following areas: Windows Doors Vents and fans Plumbing areas Air conditioners Mail chutes Electrical and gas …

Beware of “Quick Cash for Your Home” Offers

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We’ve all seen ads like these… “We Buy Ugly Houses” “We Pay Cash for Houses” “We’ll Buy Your House for Cash” “Sell Your Home Fast for Cash” They are on TV, on billboards, online, come in the mail, and even on telephone poles and fences. They seem to offer a simple way to sell your home no matter its current …

4 Ways To Bring Your Dream Kitchen To Life

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we spend many hours whipping up delectable dishes to please every palate and food plan. It’s where we catch a quick morning chat over coffee and linger over dinners together in the early evening. The kitchen is where it’s at. It’s also the area of the home that sees the …

Fifteen Tricks to Sell Your Home Quickly

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Sell your home quickly

If you’re looking to sell your home and start over somewhere else, you likely want to see that sale happen as quickly as possible. After all, it isn’t easy to be paying two mortgages at once! You might also be counting on the proceeds of the sale to help make a down payment on your new home. Read on for …