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Tired of looking out the window at your dull, dormant lawn? A little prep now will give you a green lawn all summer long. RakeFirst things first, gently rake leaves, twigs, and dead grass off your lawn, and remove snow mold if you live in colder climates. This allows air and sunlight to reach down […]

While it might not literally be stashed under your mattress, “mattress money” is a catchall term to describe money saved without a documented paper trail. The money could come from selling a car, a small inheritance, or an outright gift. One might assume that cash is cash, but when it comes to real estate transactions, […]

When you’re used to driving to the office every day, sitting through long meetings, and sharing a community microwave, working from home can sound pretty darn good. It’s a nice option to have, but working from home takes a special kind of discipline and flexibility. This is especially true if your spouse is also working […]

Let’s talk about conforming loans vs. jumbo loans in the mortgage world. The GuidelinesEach year in October, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, collects data on the national median home value and compares that number to October of the previous year. If there is an increase, the conforming loan limit will increase by the […]

If you’ve made a resolution this year to get your credit on track, getting started can feel a bit daunting. After all, it can sometimes seem as if credit agencies want to keep you in the dark about how scores are calculated. Not to worry – with some diligence on your part and a little […]

What’s the number one hurdle for renters making the leap to homeownership? That pesky down payment. Even with an FHA loan that only requires a minimum of 3.5% down, the thought of setting aside several thousand dollars is daunting (and for some, darn near impossible). A survey from Apartment List highlights the struggle for millennial […]

If you live in a place where summer heat is an issue, this time of year can mean substantially higher energy costs. Here are four low-cost, high-impact changes you can make on your own to save money and keep your home more comfortable this summer. Clean your window sillsA few seasons worth of dirt and […]

Not all kitchen design trends stand the test of time, but a restaurant kitchen is meant to be as functional as possible for as long as possible. Taking a few cues from restaurant kitchens can help you create a residential kitchen that you’ll be sure to love for years to come! 1. Forget the IslandA […]

This Is Us. Jane the Virgin. Black-ish. What do they have in common? They are all family television programs that have members of multiple generations living under one roof. But the reality of multi-generational living is more than sitcom fodder. According to the 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report by the National Association […]

You’ve just moved in to your new home. You’ve unpacked, and you’re starting to settle in when you receive a letter informing you that your mortgage has been sold and is being serviced by a new institution. Is this allowed? Have the terms of your mortgage changed? Why would your lender sell your mortgage? Among […]

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