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September 28, 2017
4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Improving your credit score can be one of the best things you can do for your finances. A high credit score can lead to lower interest […]
September 28, 2017

Fencing: Keeping Privacy in Without Shutting Buyers Out

Look out your window. Are you struggling with the sight of a worn-down fence that may not make it past the next storm? If the answer […]
September 28, 2017
Costs of Pool Ownership

Costs of Pool Ownership

A backyard pool can look like a lot of fun when you’re house-hunting. Summer days full of swimming and splashing around your pool can be great […]
December 1, 2017
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Housing in 2018: Where Are Home Values Headed?

Analysts are expecting even higher home prices in 2018 than originally projected, according to new research. Zillow’s 2017 Q4 Home Price Expectations Survey reveals experts are anticipating […]
December 3, 2017
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Growth vs. Value Investing: Know the Differences

Your investing style and tolerance for risk can help determine what type of stock mutual funds you invest in. The two main types of funds — […]
December 5, 2017
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How to Find Your Perfect Neighborhood

If you’re shopping for a new place, you may find the perfect home—but remember, you also need to consider the neighborhood to make sure the community […]
December 15, 2017
Moving

7 Tips for a Smooth Move into a New Neighborhood

After unloading the moving van and unpacking what can seem like a never-ending amount of boxes, you might think you’re done moving. Moving into a new […]
December 17, 2017
Selling Costs

Expert Insights: Are Home-Selling Costs Deductible?

If you sell your home and realize a taxable gain even after the exclusion, you can reduce your gain with selling costs. Your gain is defined […]
December 19, 2017
Home Insurance

Surprising Things Covered by Your Home Insurance

Homeowners insurance is supposed to cover catastrophes such as fires, hurricanes and a tree falling through the roof. But there are some much lesser problems that […]
December 21, 2017
House Cleaning

Don’t Let Buyers Meet Your Dust Bunnies

Cleaning is a pretty obvious step to take before putting a house on the market for sale. But have you asked yourself, “how clean is my home?” […]
December 23, 2017
New Construction

Expert Insights: Who Should Be Called to the Project First—the Contractor or the Architect?

Opinions vary about which professional to call first. Some say the architect comes first because “you have to design it before you can build it.” The […]
January 1, 2018
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Books to teach young readers about money

Reading books to your children is fun, and one of the great joys of parenthood is watching them learn to read by themselves. Lessons about personal […]
January 3, 2018
Moving Your Pet

Help Your Pet Transition to a New Home

Moving to a new home can sometimes be hard on children, who must say goodbye to their friends and the place where they grew up. But […]
January 5, 2018
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Expert Insights: What’s the Best Way to Choose a Home Loan?

A lot will depend on the length of time you plan to live in the home, other financial obligations, and potential savings gained from comparing the […]
January 8, 2018
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Choose Your Battles When Buying a Home

A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch.  An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have. However, […]
January 10, 2018
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Rent-to-Own: Is It an Option?

Rent-to-own is an alternative to the traditional agreement between homebuyers and sellers. Typically, a buyer presents an offer. Once accepted, the payment, settlement and new ownership […]
January 12, 2018
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Quick Fixes for Your Common Household Problems

It may seem like there’s always something going on as a homeowner, from silencing a squeaky hinge to unclogging a temperamental toilet. But many household problems […]
January 14, 2018
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3 Ways to Get Creative With Lighting

In today’s day and age, choosing the right lighting for your space can be an overwhelming proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are three […]
January 15, 2018
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Expert Insights: If Faced With Foreclosure, What Are My Options?

Talk with your lender immediately. The lender may be able to arrange a repayment plan or the temporary reduction or suspension of your payment, particularly if […]
January 18, 2018
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3 Questions about Interest Rates

If you’re shopping for a home loan, you’re likely focusing on interest rates. Below are a handful of questions you may have about the art of […]
January 20, 2018
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Make the Most of Your Fireplace

One feature that many people look for when buying a home is a fireplace, but not everyone understands what exactly goes into getting a nice fire […]
January 22, 2018
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Buying a Car When You Have an Upside-Down Loan

Owing more on a car loan than the car is worth—called being “upside down” on a loan—can make buying a new vehicle difficult. The negative equity […]
January 24, 2018
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5 Tips for Making Household Items Last Longer

Buying a home is expensive enough. Filling it up with things you need adds to the cost, and spending more money to replace those things leads […]
January 26, 2018
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3 Easy Steps to Getting a Home Market Ready

Putting your house on the market requires a delicate balance between staging it for sale while keeping it functional for your lifestyle. Once you’ve staged to […]
January 28, 2018
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Understanding Investment Properties: What You Should Know

Unlike a second home, where a homeowner lives for a portion of the year, an investment property is property that the homeowner uses to generate income, and […]