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Nov 26 2019

The biggest shopping day of the year is just days away, but Black Friday doesn’t always live up to its money-saving reputation. The excitement of deep discounts and the lure of limited quantities can leave some shoppers dealing with the financial consequences well past the holiday season. This year, before you line up for those… Continue Reading Strategies to Slow your Black Friday Spending

Nov 21 2019

The strong winds and cold temperatures that accompany winter’s arrival can make staying warm a challenge, even inside our homes. Instead of just turning up the heat or counting on the fireplace this year, consider implementing a thorough winterization plan for energy efficiency.  A few simple steps can significantly increase your home’s energy efficiency, allowing… Continue Reading Energy Efficiency is the Key to a Warm Winter

Nov 19 2019

Retirement represents a major transition in a person’s life — one that comes with a lot of decisions. Chief among those may be the choice of where to live. While downsizing has been a common move for retirees in the past, many are now finding themselves “smart-sizing” instead.  The concept of smart-sizing is about figuring… Continue Reading Why “Smart-Sizing” is the New Downsizing

Nov 14 2019

Any homeowner should pay close attention to their home’s condition and make an effort to spot problems before they get out of hand. Regular and thorough upkeep becomes even more important if a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is part of your retirement strategy. In addition to staying current on insurance premiums and property taxes,… Continue Reading Watch Out for These Home Repair Hot Spots

Nov 12 2019

From ordering takeout to booking a doctor’s appointment, it seems there’s an app for everything these days. Technology touches every part of our lives, and recently it’s made its way into the real estate market in the form of iBuyers like OpenDoor and OfferPad — companies that are offering an alternative to the traditional home-selling… Continue Reading iBuying: How it Works and Potential Pitfalls

Nov 7 2019

Veterans Association (VA) loans are among the best financing options available when it comes to homebuying — a well-deserved benefit in recognition of the service and sacrifice made by service members, veterans, and their families.  Although VA loans are provided by private lenders, the VA guarantees a portion of each loan, enabling lenders to offer… Continue Reading VA Loan Limit Repeal Expands Opportunities for Veterans

Nov 5 2019

Facing the normal pressures that accompany buying or selling a home is a tough task for most. Add in a dysfunctional relationship with your real estate agent, and the experience can go from demanding to disaster pretty quickly. Fortunately, working with a Realtor who can guide the transaction successfully is not merely a matter of… Continue Reading 3 Keys to Avoiding a Rocky Relationship with Your Realtor

Nov 1 2019

Cooler temperatures can add lots of little items to your to-do list: dropping the heavy comforters at the dry cleaners, taking an inventory of your baking supplies, and making sure your family has all the cold-weather gear they need to get through the winter.  There’s one more thing to add to your winter prep —… Continue Reading Stay Warm Safely When Cooler Weather Arrives

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