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How Much Will My Payment Be?

How Much Will My Payment Be?

You’ve found it! The home you’ve been searching for is for sale and you want to buy it. Can you afford it? How can you tell? First of all, the Internet is full of ways to calculate how much a…

End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

It’s the end of the year. You’re already thinking ahead to the spring. You have tons of plans for home improvements. So why bring this up now? December is the perfect time to make some money moves to improve your…

Selling? Should You Exchange That Carpet for Hardwood

Selling? Should You Exchange That Carpet for Hardwood

Flooring is one of the more controversial subjects when it comes to home improvements. There are two firm camps and rarely do they meet in the middle. When you’re planning to sell your home, you may think you need to…

How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen a negative,…

Taxes and Your New Home

Taxes and Your New Home

If you bought a new home in 2015, here are some things to think about as you get ready for tax season: Mortgage Interest One of the biggest perks of owning your own home is the benefit of deducting your…

Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay Off?

Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay

Owners of older homes dream of updating or modernizing kitchens and baths. In fact, before they place their homes on the market, some folks go to all the effort to update the kitchen they’ve been meaning to redo for years…

Create a Clean Canvass for Your Buyer

Create a Clean Canvass for Your Buyer

For many of us, bright, beautiful colors bring joy to our lives. When we make our homes our own, we tend toward the colors that make us happy. When we think about selling our home, however, we need to understand…

Easy Home Improvements to Drive Away the Winter Blues

Easy Home Improvements to Drive Away the Winter Blues

Whether you’ve just moved into a new house or are preparing to sell, don’t let the fact that it’s cold outside stop you from getting started. Here are some projects you can tackle even if the snow is piling up…

Organic Organizing

Organic Organizing

Organic — denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole. — characterized by continuous or natural development. Some people are born organizers…others of us struggle with the concept our…

Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 1

Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 1

You just moved. You started your new job. You super busy unpacking and getting settled. You get sick in the evening or on a Saturday and need to see a doctor. This scenario is quite common. Getting unpacked into your…

Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 2

Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 2

As a new homeowner, you may not know what to do when the unforeseen happens. Knowing what to do in a household emergency can save valuable time and may even reduce expensive repairs to hidden damage. Household Emergencies From plumbing…

New? Pre-Owned? How to Choose…

New? Pre-Owned? How to Choose…

If you, Are lured by the shiny new home in the brochure and it calls to you, or Pass by the fluttering flags of that new sub-division, and your car automatically turns in, and A walk through model homes every…