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Avoid These First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is a huge step. 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 […]

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5 Home Repairs You Can’t Ignore

You’ve probably spent more time in your home this year than usual, which means more wear and tear on your house and everything in it. 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 […]

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Home Improvements? Ask Yourself These Questions First.

We have all been spending a lot more time than usual at home over the past few months. For some of us, that means looking around and seeing opportunities to undertake home improvements. Unfortunately, many people are also dealing with reduced income or unemployment as a result of the ongoing pandemic. So, before you hire […]

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Beyond Emergency Savings — Start Saving for These Priorities

By now, you’ve probably heard how 40% of Americans can’t afford to pay cash for a $400 emergency. That’s why having a fully-funded emergency savings account is so important. Opinions vary on what exactly fully-funded means, but most experts agree that saving 3-6 months of living expenses in an accessible savings account should be the […]

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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 […]

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3 Ways to Use Home Equity Responsibly—And 2 to Avoid

One of the many reasons owning a home is considered the “American dream” is because a house builds up equity over time (to estimate a home’s equity, subtract the remaining mortgage balance form the home’s market value). Home owners can then borrow against that equity to pay off debt or finance other big dreams. But […]

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5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, or just want the best-looking home on the block, boosting its curb appeal is the place to start. And the best part is, it doesn’t take a lot of time, money or DIY skill to do it. Here are five cheap and easy ways […]

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How to Evolve Your Budget as a First-time Homeowner

Transitioning from life as a renter to a first-time homeowner is a big, exciting step. Many things in your life will change, including how you save and spend money. When you rent your living space, your monthly housing expenses include your rent payment, as well as some or all of your utilities, and that’s about […]

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5 Mistakes to Avoid During Mortgage Approval

If you’ve never applied for a mortgage before, you might find the process overwhelming. Because your loan provider is considering loaning you a tremendous amount of money, they will look into all aspects of your financial life to determine if they believe you are responsible enough to make your monthly payments. It can feel a […]

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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. […]

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