While smart home technology can help homeowners improve efficiency, save money on energy bills, and see who’s at the front door, recent news reports have raised concerns about the security of high-tech security systems. These monitoring systems can be susceptible to hacking, and some users have fallen prey to the prying eyes and ears of… Continue Reading Keeping your Home Safe the Old-Fashioned Way
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
Although owning a home can be a great monetary investment and long term financial tool, one of the greatest perks is that you can truly make your house a home. The sentimental value of the joy shared in your home over the years as your family grows and changes is different when you have a… Continue Reading Your House is a Home to Happy Memories
Whether you’re putting a house on the market soon or just want your yard to look great in the fall and winter, there are lots of good options for introducing new plant life this time of year. The key is to introduce texture and color to keep the yard looking healthy and vibrant, even on… Continue Reading No/Low-Maintenance Ways to Keep Your Yard Looking Great In the Winter
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
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
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… Continue Reading Four Heat-Beating Tips Every Homeowner Needs Up Their Sleeve
Shopping for a home often begins with a budget. Working with a mortgage lender, buyers can explore their borrowing power and calculate their future mortgage payment before settling on a house. However, a down payment, insurance costs, and monthly payment are not the only considerations when budgeting for your new home. The transition to homeowner… Continue Reading The Hidden Costs of Homeownership
Getting back into the home buying market after a foreclosure is daunting, but not as uncommon as you might think. The housing crisis a decade ago left millions of homeowners in foreclosure, but many have already overcome the higher hurdles of buying their next home. If you have a foreclosure in your past, it’s important… Continue Reading Rebounding From Foreclosure To Buy Again
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