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09.02.20

Whether it’s a yard, garage, or pool, here are five often overlooked opportunities to consider while house hunting or updating your home to sell.

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04.02.20

It’s one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make, and one that most people will only complete a few times in their entire life. It’s normal to feel intimidated and even confused by the home buying process.

Read more about 10 Simple Steps to Purchase a Home in 2020

04.01.20

So, you’ve finally found your dream house. Sure, it may need a little work — okay, a lot of work — but you’re confident it will all be worth it in the end.

Read more about How to Know if That Fixer-Upper Is a Money Pit

01.08.20

We asked expert home organizers, professional movers, and even home designers for their help — read on to see how you can plan for both an easy to maintain home, and an organized move when the time comes.

Read more about Decluttering Your Home: The Ultimate Guide to Tidying Up

09.22.19

As you started shopping for your new home, did you make sure that you considered the needs of all of your family members — including those with paws and claws? More than half of U.S. households include pets, so making the home you are buying (or selling) welcoming to animal companions can definitely pay off. From quick fixes to bigger projects, read on for expert veterinary and home design advice on how to make your home pet-friendly.

Read more about How to Create a Pet-Friendly Home

08.30.19

Your home is typically one of your largest investments, and there are numerous ways that you can leverage this valuable asset in order to meet your goals. Subordinate mortgages, which can come in the form of a second mortgage, equity loan, or home equity line of credit (HELOC), can allow you to fund all types of projects.

Read more about Subordinate Mortgages: Everything You Need to Know

08.28.19

Your credit score is a simple number that tells a complicated story. A huge part of your financial history — from long-term debt to a few scattered missed payments here and there — can be summarized by this number. This little figure can have a big impact on your life, as it is one of the major factors that your lender uses to determine what loan terms you can qualify for.

Read more about How to Improve Your Credit Score During the Home Buying Process

07.05.19

Whether you are upgrading, downsizing, moving for a new job, or relocating for retirement, changing your living situation is seldom simple. Even if this big switch is something that you are looking forward to, the actual process of moving can be intimidating. However, with the right planning and preparation, your move can, in fact, be one of the easier parts of this big life transition.

Read more about Tips for a Smooth Moving Day

07.05.19

Low unemployment, low interest rates, and rising home values are all typically good things, but they can make buying a home challenging. When everyone is trying to buy, you may end up with competition for your dream home that could turn into a bidding war. Thankfully, there are multiple ways that you can beat the competition to close on the house that you want.

Read more about 7 Tips to Win the Bidding War for Your Dream Home