Apr 12 2018

It’s a time of the year many Americans dread: tax season. While preparing taxes can be painful work, almost 80% of those in the U.S. will get a refund, with an average of about $2800 over the past few years. But if you find yourself with a nice chunk of change after filing taxes, what […]

Mar 5 2018

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 […]

Feb 22 2018

When springtime arrives, temperatures rise and the real estate market heats up. Most of us know how to take advantage of the warmer weather, but home sellers hoping to make the most of the peak season may benefit from some proven advice. Focusing on a few key areas can go a long way toward making […]

Feb 15 2018

Marriage or mortgage, agreeing to a long-term commitment isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. A real connection, and the confidence it will last, is critical to the success of either. However, shopping for a mortgage as a married couple can bring some added considerations to the table. For Richer, For Poorer Marital status itself […]

Feb 5 2018

A fresh coat of paint and trendy design can certainly impact a homebuyer’s first impression, but those efforts may not translate to more money in the seller’s pocket. Homeowners focused on maximum value should consider improvement projects that go beyond aesthetics. The Basics If you’re planning to put your home on the market, the first […]

Dec 13 2017

They say it’s the most wonderful time of year. With holiday parties, out-of-town visitors, and plenty of excuses to try a multitude of tasty treats, there’s definitely lots to look forward to—even as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder. Of course, the change in seasons can also bring on a case of […]

Dec 12 2017

Home ownership is more than just a house with your name on it; it’s a financial opportunity that can create security over the years through life’s ups and downs. Whatever your goals, the right mortgage can help you along the way. You’re ready for a starter home. Wedded bliss is wonderful, but the grace period […]

Dec 7 2017

The holidays aren’t joyful when you’re stressed. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season with the expectations of gift-giving, party attending, volunteering and decorating. There’s nothing wrong with any of those activities, but squeezing all of it into the normal routine can seem daunting at times. Even the most balanced […]

Nov 30 2017

Winter is coming. Though the dip in weather comes as a welcome relief to a warm summer, it can be tough on your home. Freezing temperatures, wind and ice may be just an occasional worry or a recurring threat, depending on the climate where you reside. Last year, we provided some home maintenance tips to […]

Nov 28 2017

There are a variety of reasons to consider refinancing your mortgage. Some of the most common include reducing your payment, paying off your loan faster, converting between a fixed-rate and adjustable rate mortgage, and tapping into your home equity (also known as cash-out refinancing). Regardless of the reason, everyone who refinances wants the lowest mortgage […]

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