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Jul 31 2018

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 64.2% of Americans are homeowners. If you’re part of the 35.8% renting, you might think you’re saving money, and in the short term, you might be right. However, shifting your perspective to the long-term gains and benefits of owning may have you singing a different tune. Here are just… Continue Reading Short-Term Savings, Long-Term Expense: The Benefits of Buying vs. Renting

Jul 26 2018

Grandchildren are one of life’s great joys. However, keeping them entertained during extended summer visits can be a challenge. Whether you need to satisfy the boundless energy and curiosity of a preschooler or capture the imagination of a tween who thinks they’ve seen everything, planning ahead can be the key to memories everyone will cherish.… Continue Reading Make Memories With The Grandkids This Summer

Jul 24 2018

School’s out and the long days of summer are in full swing, which means it’s a great time to invest in some projects to spruce up your home or yard. From one-day odd jobs to weekend undertakings, these family-friendly activities will create memories and value for years to come. Plant a Raised Vegetable Garden There’s… Continue Reading Summer Home Improvement Projects Perfect for the Whole Family

Jul 19 2018

The most recent survey by the National Council on Aging showed that 75 percent of Americans over the age of 60 intend to stay in their homes the rest of their lives. However, the reality is that many seniors will leave their homes for unforeseen financial or health reasons. Despite the challenges of aging in… Continue Reading Building An Action Plan For Aging In Place

Jul 17 2018

We’re over halfway through 2018, which means the real estate trends for this year are becoming clear. While no one knows for sure what the future will hold, reviewing what we’ve seen happen so far can help buyers understand what to expect when they put in an offer on a potential home. Lower Inventory =… Continue Reading Navigating the 2018 Real Estate Market

Jul 12 2018

On the way to dropping your child off at soccer practice, your mind wanders to your to-do list for the next day, which looks something like this: pick up your mother’s medication, help make her next doctor’s appointment, and work with your eldest daughter to fill out college and scholarship applications. That’s in addition to… Continue Reading The Sandwich Generation—How a Reverse Mortgage Could Help

Jul 11 2018

In less than a decade, Airbnb has transitioned  from a trendy vacation method to a staple of modern day travel. As the travel season approaches, some will  be looking to save money at vacation destinations, while others might be converting their homes into Airbnb units for extra cash. Could Airbnb hosting be a good option… Continue Reading Five Questions to Consider Before Hosting an AirBNB

Jul 10 2018

After weeks of gathering personal information, printing off bank statements and tax records, and waiting for the bank to approve and underwrite your loan, the time has come—you’ve signed your lender’s paperwork and bought a new house. Now for the really fun part: packing and moving. In the hectic time to come, use this checklist… Continue Reading Moving Out? Here’s Your Checklist

Jul 5 2018

As one of the most popular types of home mortgages, FHA loans can offer a unique and essential option, especially for first-time home buyers. Backed by the Federal Housing Administration, the loans combine less restrictive financial requirements with generous lending terms to create an attractive alternative. While many borrowers may be aware of the 3.5… Continue Reading Three FHA Loan Advantages You Need to Know

Jul 3 2018

July is National Grilling Month, and with good reason: long after the 4th of July festivities are over, the lure of Summer Fridays and the promise of pool parties means the backyard is a continuous opportunity for celebration. For homeowners looking to upgrade their backyard space for this purpose, we’ve created a guide to outdoor… Continue Reading The Open Mortgage Guide to Outdoor Kitchen and Backyard Upgrades

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