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Feb 28 2019

I have a little secret when it comes to sharing predictions: it’s difficult to anticipate trends at any time, but this year is especially challenging, given that so many governmental and economic factors are at play. That doesn’t change the fact that thousands of home buyers this year will realize their dreams of home ownership, […]

Feb 26 2019

How do you start your search for a new home? Browse real estate listings online? Plug some numbers into an automatic mortgage calculator to estimate your budget? Ask your friends and family to recommend a trusted real estate agent? If so, you likely have lots of company. Once you’ve decided to dive in and start […]

Feb 21 2019

It’s not a complicated equation. The longer a retirement, the more money it requires. But, figuring out how to deal with the reality of a retirement that could last 30 years or more is where the simplicity ends. Fortunately, there are multiple strategies for finding solutions, and a skilled financial advisor can discuss ways to […]

Feb 20 2019

Life isn’t always smooth sailing, but homeowners with equity could access cash or a line of credit to combat stormy seas. Wondering which type of loan is right for you? Take a look at the following excursions to find out. All aboard!

Feb 19 2019

Transitioning into a comfortable retirement typically requires hard work, careful planning and the ability to reconcile your financial health with long-held aspirations. However, if retirement is nearing and the resulting fixed income threatens to derail the lifestyle you imagined, an underutilized and often misunderstood tool could get you back on track. Add Income, Reduce Costs […]

Feb 14 2019

After surviving the stresses of a home search, completing the checklist for a successful closing, and managing the logistics of moving, you’ve finally reached the end of the process, right? Well, almost. While self-congratulations are certainly in order, there’s one more step you don’t want to overlook. Fortunately, its simplicity and cost-saving results provide ample […]

Feb 13 2019

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Kathie Thomas, CFE kicked off 2019 by joining national mortgage lender Open Mortgage as Executive Vice President of Lending Operations. Thomas brings not only 39 years of mortgage banking expertise and knowledge as a Certified Fraud Examiner, but enthusiasm and energy to the role. “Every person I met before joining Open […]

Feb 7 2019

Where does one begin when they start house hunting? The first step is talking to a mortgage lender before you house search so you know what you can really afford. The second is to find a real estate agent you trust to represent you as a buyer. But even with a great agent, those living […]

Feb 5 2019

In a perfect world where mortgage rates, market inventory and demand from homebuyers align, downsizing to a smaller home would be a piece of cake for aging seniors. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes downsizing isn’t a feasible option. Seniors Staying Put Factors like lack of affordable inventory in a preferred location can […]

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