One of the biggest advantages of owning a home is building home equity. Home equity is the current market value of a home minus its outstanding mortgage balance. In simple terms, it’s home ownership that you build by making monthly mortgage payments. Depending on the terms of your mortgage, you’ll usually pay it off in […]
When you commit to buying a home with a mortgage, it’s usually with the plan of paying it off with monthly payments over 15 or 30 years. During this long timeframe, your life circumstances could change, or the economy could change. When either of these occur, you might want to consider refinancing your mortgage. Here […]
As we head towards June, summer is on our doorstep! With weather forecasters predicting a hotter-than-average summer for much of the country, and with the average household facing a $410 monthly electricity bill, lowering your air conditioning (AC) costs can provide major benefits for your finances. Here are some simple strategies to lower your AC […]
As we head into May, heat has arrived in many parts of the country, and summer is almost on our doorstep. If you’re a homeowner, now’s the time to get your home ready. Here are five ways to do this: Inspect your air conditioner Spring is the time to make sure your air conditioner (AC) […]
If you’re planning your retirement or are already retired, the state you live in matters. Because individual states have different tax laws, varying affordability levels, and a range of benefits (and drawbacks) for retirees — where you retire will have a dramatic impact on your life. Wallethub recently ranked the top five states to retire […]
When it comes to homes, insulation matters! And according to recent research, 90% of US homes are under-insulated. If you’re one of the many Americans living in an under-insulated home, here are six reasons to consider adding insulation: It helps keep your home comfortable If your home feels uncomfortably cold during winter or hot during […]
If you’re a homeowner, you’ll be aware of your monthly mortgage payment and interest rate. And you might have wondered about refinancing your mortgage to change these figures. Refinancing lets you replace your current mortgage with a new one. Two of the most common mortgage refinance methods are rate-and-term, and cash-out. What’s the difference between […]
Whether you’re a long-term homeowner or ready to buy your first home, you’re likely aware rising energy costs. America’s lowest-income families currently spend around 22% of their total income on energy while electricity prices have risen by 30% over the last decade. This has caused many Americans to consider alternative methods of powering their home. […]
If you’re a homeowner or planning on becoming one, it’s normal to want to upgrade your home. While there are many exciting home upgrade methods, such as improving your kitchen or adding a swimming pool, one of the best is improving your home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, improving your home energy efficiency doesn’t have to break […]
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