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Dec 16, 2021
House in snow
Temperatures are dropping, and time is running out to make sure your home is ready for winter. While most homeowners have a long to-do list awaiting them, some maintenance needs shouldn’t be ignored. Making these simple tasks a priority can help you avoid a wintertime scramble in the harshest conditions. Keep reading, and make plans […]
Dec 9, 2021
Man using hammer
If you’re planning a home renovation, and retirement is on the horizon, you might want to take some extra time to plan your projects. Most home improvement projects require careful planning, but the challenges of retirement can raise the stakes even higher. We’ve put together a few tips to guide your pre-retirement renovation and help […]
Dec 2, 2021
house ornament on xmas tree
The holiday season is an exciting time, particularly for brand new homeowners. The first winter in a recently-purchased home offers an opportunity to decorate, host, and begin long-lasting traditions. However, a full embrace of the Christmas spirit can also get expensive. This is especially true when it’s combined with the recent rise in real estate […]
Nov 9, 2021
3 Guys with Hammers
Finding the right contractor can be a challenge if you have repairs or home improvement projects on your to-do list, especially now when demand is sky-high. Protect yourself from providers who might be taking advantage of the situation with these tips for finding ones you can trust. Get Multiple Estimates While comparing prices may seem […]
Nov 2, 2021
Girl with hammer
The financial responsibilities of homeownership go beyond saving for a down payment and qualifying for a mortgage. They also require being prepared for the ongoing, and sometimes unexpected, costs that can result from owning a home. While most buyers realize the importance of budgeting for the purchase of a home, they can overlook the ongoing […]
Oct 21, 2021
Welcome mat
With interest rates hovering near historic lows, deciding whether to buy a new home or refinance your existing one can be difficult. Each comes with a distinct set of advantages and downsides. Start your decision-making process with the best information. While there’s no correct answer for everyone, a poor approach is likely to have bad […]
Oct 7, 2021
House with snow
When the temperature drops, staying warm inside your home is a priority. But, getting your property ready for winter requires more than just keeping the cold air out. It also means protecting the exterior of your home. Before fall ends, be sure you have done the outdoor maintenance that can save you time and money […]
Sep 21, 2021
Man looking at ceiling
Make the most of retirement with a property that is ready for the next phase of your life. While it may not be at the top of your list regarding retirement planning, home improvement projects can play a critical role. The best approach requires looking ahead to how your lifestyle might change to identify upgrades […]
May 27, 2021
Painting a room
The economic impact of the pandemic has led to an increase in mortgage forbearances. While many of these homeowners will resume their mortgage payments and continue building equity, others may end up in foreclosure. As these homes are listed for sale, they may present an opportunity for buyers in a challenging market. Bank-owned properties are […]
Dec 17, 2020
Couple doing carpentry
Purchasing a fixer-upper can be an exciting adventure—then again, buying a move-in ready home can be faster and easier on many new homeowners. In this video, Open Mortgage CEO and founder Scott Gordon offers tips to help make the decision easier. Some topics he covers: Rising construction costs and why an older home may offer […]