For most potential buyers, home ownership is a huge decision, particularly in an age of increased student loan debt. Since most people can’t afford to pay for a home outright, the idea of taking on a mortgage—and a multi-year commitment—can be daunting. Everyone’s financial situation is different, but it’s worth exploring the long-term economic benefits… Continue Reading A House is a Home, But It’s Also a Financial Tool
Is your family outgrowing your home? Tired of fighting for counter space in the bathroom? Have a retro kitchen, but not in a trendy way? Most homeowners reach a point where home improvement projects just can’t be ignored. While some are minor and require little more than some DIY motivation and a free weekend, others… Continue Reading The Long And Short Of Home Improvement Investments
More than just improving aesthetic appeal or energy efficiency, some home improvements can be necessary for seniors aging in place to retain independence and quality of life. For many elderly homeowners, normal things like moving about their home, reaching for high or low items, and performing everyday tasks becomes increasingly difficult with age and requires… Continue Reading Useful Upgrades for Seniors Aging in Place
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
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
With the days getting longer and warmer weather settling in, moving downtime from the living room to the backyard is a familiar ambition. However, if your outdoor space lacks the functionality and comfort of your couch, it could be time to make a change. Find The Funds While there are lots of affordable ways to… Continue Reading Getting The Most Out Of Your Outdoor Space
As homeowners grow older and retire, they look forward to a new chapter in their lives. They plan to travel more, spend time with grandkids, and read all the bestsellers, with plenty of time to putter around their home gardens. But all home gardens are not created equally; homeowners that don’t want to pay for… Continue Reading Building a Garden to Age With You
You know exactly what you want in a house. You’ve scoped out your local market, and a couple of neighboring markets, too. You’ve kept an eye on foreclosures and auctions and done your research. There’s just one problem: nothing you’ve seen meets your expectations; the house you want doesn’t exist yet as-is. So what’s to… Continue Reading Which Mortgage is Right For Remodelers? Consider a 203k Loan!
Out with the old, and in with the new. It’s the mantra of spring cleaning, and it’s not just relegated to boxes of unused items stored in the garage. With the warmer summer months right around the corner, homeowners should ensure their homes are sealed and as energy efficient as possible. Some repairs are simply… Continue Reading Use a HECM to Finance Home Maintenance
First impressions are important when selling a home, and the best way to make a good first impression is with curb appeal. Failing to maintain the outside of your home can turn off potential home buyers, but with a little thought and planning, you can have maximum impact on a minimum budget. First, search through… Continue Reading Landscaping on a Budget—Get that Curb Appeal
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