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Feb 21 2017

If you’re thinking about buying a home (or regularly read our blog), you may have heard that interest rates are rising. Rising interest rates have powerful effects on the mortgage industry and individual homebuyers. While many of these effects are seen as negative (such as buyers having higher mortgage payments), there are also positive aspects […]

Feb 16 2017

Your state’s cost of living matters, whether you want to build a home, are a first time homebuyer, or plan to raise a family. If a low cost of living is what you’re after, here are America’s five most affordable states in 2017. TennesseeThe Volunteer State is most known for its country music, Elvis, and […]

Feb 8 2017

If you’re planning on buying a home in early 2017, you can expect a substantially different housing market from the beginning of 2016. How could this impact you as a potential homebuyer? While there is still uncertainty in the economy and housing market (and predictions are often wrong), here are some things to consider: Homes […]

Jan 30 2017

As we move into February, many of us are still following our new year’s resolutions and goals. One of best resolutions (or goal for any time period) is improving our finances. Open Mortgage provided some financial resolution tips and strategies in a recent blog post. Whether you want to maintain your financial resolutions or simply […]

Jan 24 2017

A recent study estimates that as many as 33% of Americans have $0 saved away for retirement, and over half have “less than $10,000.” Fewer employers offer any form of retirement package, and given the financial demands of the modern household, it’s no wonder that so few workers are able to save for the future. […]

Dec 13 2016

It’s the holiday season, and many of us are busy buying gifts for family and friends. But how much you spend on those gifts may have a negative impact on your credit score. If you’re planning on buying a home in 2017, it’s good financial strategy to hold off on buying expensive gifts. It’s also […]

Dec 7 2016

Water is the foundation of life on earth, and the average household uses a lot! In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average home of four uses 400 gallons of water per day (and spends $1,100 per year in water costs). With the ongoing drought in much of the United States, it’s […]

Nov 29 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and December is nearly here. As temperatures drop and snow begins falling in many US regions, home utility bills are about to rise. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting a 22% increase in energy bills this winter. To lower this cost that none of us enjoy paying, […]

Nov 7 2016

As we move through November, winter is almost on our doorstep. As a companion to our post on winterizing your home’s outdoors, here are tips for preparing your home’s indoors for winter. Change your smoke alarm batteries It’s important to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a […]

Nov 1 2016

Home ownership can bring tremendous joy to you and your loved ones. But it also takes hard work (and money) to protect your home from harsh weather, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Here are some low-maintenance upgrades that reduce time fixing your home, and give you more time to enjoy it. Metal Roofs […]

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