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5 Smart Ways to Use an Insurance Settlement

Receiving an insurance settlement can be considered a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s always nice to receive a lump sum of money you weren’t expecting. On the other, you’re receiving the settlement as a result of less-than-ideal circumstances. But the good thing is, you made it through and now have unexpected funds available to help you...


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How to Remodel Your Home on a Budget

Making the decision to remodel your home is exciting. It can also be overwhelming, and, above all, expensive. But if you plan carefully and are willing to do some of the work yourself, you can give your home a new look for less. Take a look at these smart ways to save on home remodeling. Prioritize and Plan If you start to remodel your home witho...


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Avoid These First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is a huge step in anyone’s life. It’s a decision that can move you closer to financial stability, or take you further away, depending on the choices you make during this critical time. Here are some common first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid on your way to owning a piece of the American Dream. Draining Savin...


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5 Home Repairs You Can’t Ignore

It might start out as a small water stain on the ceiling, a patch of missing insulation in the attic, or a small crack in the foundation. But these small signs can mean potentially big trouble in a home, and ignoring them could end up costing thousands of dollars in repairs. No one likes spending money on home repairs, but taking care of small prob...


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Closing Costs: What You Need to Know

If you’re buying your first home — or it’s been awhile since your last real estate transaction — you might need a refresher on what closings costs are and how they work. Saving for a down payment is often discussed when purchasing a home, while closing costs can get overlooked; but they are an equally important part of any real estate trans...