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Aug 5 2019

As you determine the budget for your home purchase,  you may have factored in your monthly mortgage payments, PMI, and homeowners insurance, but there is another important element to keep in mind: property taxes.  How your tax bill is determined A tax assessor may use several factors to determine a property’s taxable value, including comparable […]

Jul 23 2019

One of the benefits of buying a home is the potential to see your investment in the property grow over time. An upward trend in the value of the home will certainly help, but to increase the possibility of a return on the investment, you want to begin building equity, and one potential obstacle to […]

Jul 18 2019

When a natural disaster like a flood, hurricane, or wildfire hits your home, it can be difficult to know where to begin on the path to recovery. What happens to your mortgage if your house is destroyed or you can’t make your payments?  The first step is to notify your lender or loan servicer as […]

Jun 4 2019

Buying a home can be a big step up the ladder toward financial security. But after sharpening your money management skills on your way to mortgage, what can you do to make sure you stay on a positive path? One smart place to focus your attention is on growing your home equity. And a simple […]

Mar 12 2019

With the temperatures rising and summer months just around the corner, the cool convenience of a backyard swimming pool starts to look very tempting. Of course, pools can come with a hefty price tag, so it’s best to consider your options carefully before diving into a big project. Enjoy A Deep Discount Before you start […]

Mar 5 2019

When spring is in full swing, it can feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done (even with the precious extra sunlight). The good news is, it’s a great time to make long-term home improvements that will save you plenty of time and won’t break the bank. Even better, […]

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 […]

Dec 11 2018

A warm home is a welcome retreat from the long winter months, but opening the utility bill can be more shocking than a blast of frigid air. If the inefficiency of an outdated or undersized HVAC system is contributing to above-average costs, or forcing you in a losing battle with Mother Nature, it may be […]

Dec 6 2018

‘Tis the season of countless package deliveries, late-night holiday parties and family travels. While these all add cheer to our winter plans, they can also put our homes and belongings at risk.   In addition to taking some common sense steps to protect against bad actors [link to previous post], advances in technology have made […]

Oct 23 2018

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 […]

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