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Jun 7 2018

With the summer housing market heating up, a sparkling pool or comfortable outdoor kitchen may seem like the key to closing a sale. However, backyard amenities may not live up to expectations, for buyers or sellers, particularly when it comes to completing the transaction. Appraisal Process If you’ve bought a home before, you likely understand […]

Jun 5 2018

No one wants to look out their windows to see a yard filled with brown patches, or pull in their driveway and be greeted by sad, thirsty flowerbeds. While the summer sun can test even the greenest of thumbs, there are some simple steps to give your grass and plantings a fighting chance during the […]

May 31 2018

While a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), or reverse mortgage, can be a smart financial tool for those needing to supplement their retirement income, its possible ability to protect a well-funded nest egg is easy to overlook. As retirement approaches, even those with a solid financial plan may fear the damage an ill-timed market downturn […]

May 29 2018

If you’re in the market for a new home, recently rising mortgage rates have likely gotten your attention. While these interest rate increases may impact your borrowing power, they don’t have to be a reason to panic and give up on your plans. Why Are Rates Going Up? Although they may not be what you […]

May 24 2018

If you’re 62 and considering a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), often referred to as a reverse mortgage, you may have more flexible options than you realize. Adding a HECM to your retirement strategy also means you can determine the payout plan that will best fit your situation. While all reverse mortgages rely on your […]

May 22 2018

The season of vacations, pool parties, barbecues and sunblock is nearly here. But, summer months aren’t all sun and fun. The higher temperatures can run utility fees up to unsightly amounts. Take action now to make sure your summer is high on thrills and low on bills. Cool Your Home The Old-Fashioned Way Believe it […]

May 17 2018

The negotiations and decision-making that are integral to selling a home can be stressful. While many aspects are mostly out of your hands, staging is one strategy that may help the process go more smoothly, and more quickly. Thankfully, arranging and decorating your home to appeal to potential buyers doesn’t have to break the bank. […]

May 15 2018

With their children out of the house, many empty nesters consider downsizing their expenses, starting with a smaller home. If they haven’t bought a home in a while, they will find that much has changed in the mortgage process, especially since the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis. Aligning your expectations with the reality of today’s mortgage […]

May 10 2018

Retirement is one of the milestones most looked forward to in life. Work is done and free time reigns. Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel Europe, or take up sailing, or just live closer to your children and grandchildren, but money is tighter now. For many, a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) is a great […]

May 8 2018

You’ve found the house. The location is perfect and the curb appeal ideal. Even the price is well within your range. But those cabinets! The cabinets are… yellow! How could you ever start a life in a new home with the absolutely irreparable, wholly permanent and eternally intractable problem that is cabinet color? If you’re […]

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