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5 Questions to Consider as a Young Adult Home Buyer
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 8, 2021, 10:19 AM
After spending almost a year cooped up in your parents’ basement or…
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4 Easy Ways to Give Your Bathroom a Fresh Start This Year
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 6, 2021, 9:35 AM
Upgrading your interior features every five to ten years is a good way to…
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New Year’s Down Payment Countdown
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 4, 2021, 10:54 AM
Many people think that a 20% down payment is the only route to…
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Happy Holidays
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 19, 2020, 8:46 AM
Wishing you a happy Holiday season and a joyous New Year.
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How These 7 Bills Affect Your Credit Score
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 18, 2020, 10:16 AM
The most common loans are mortgage, car and student debt. While some bills…
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Navigating a Competitive Market with Your VA Loan
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 16, 2020, 9:14 AM
Low home inventory and soaring demand have led to a competitive housing…
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How Lockdown Has Helped Americans Save For Second Homes
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 14, 2020, 9:37 AM
With saving opportunities related to COVID-19, purchasing a second home has…
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Preparing to Use Home Equity to Finance a Second Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 11, 2020, 9:51 AM
With home equity on the rise, if you are a homeowner, you could save…
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Janet Yellen Announced as Biden’s Treasury Nominee
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 9, 2020, 10:01 AM
If confirmed by the Senate, she'll be the first woman to lead the Treasury…
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Why You May Not Want to Age in Place
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 7, 2020, 9:41 AM
Aging in place has its advantages but at the same time can be just as…
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New Purchase Volume Predicted to Break Records in 2021
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 4, 2020, 10:01 AM
By the end of 2020, predictions say that mortgage originations will reach…
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Why You Might Want to Have a Home Inspection, Even in a Busy Market
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 2, 2020, 9:40 AM
Waiving your home inspection can be an effective way to compete in a…
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How to Maximize Savings When Interest Rates Are Low
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 30, 2020, 8:56 AM
Before you go buying another online streaming service, consider putting…
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Everything You Need to Know About the New Refinance Fee
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 27, 2020, 11:19 AM
Economic effects of the coronavirus could cause $6 billion in losses for…
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8 People You Want on Your Team When Buying a Home
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 25, 2020, 9:48 AM
Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest investments of your life…
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Preparing Your Home for a Safe Thanksgiving
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 23, 2020, 10:46 AM
The holidays, normally a time to gather with friends and family to spread…
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How to Finance a Home in Retirement
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 20, 2020, 9:01 AM
Without an income, it’s harder for your lender to determine if you can…
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What Type of Credit Score Matters the Most to a Mortgage?
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 18, 2020, 9:47 AM
When you apply for a mortgage, your lender will evaluate several factors to…
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The Real Winner of the Election: Home Buyers and Homeowners
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 16, 2020, 9:38 AM
During election week, the U.S. saw some of the lowest mortgage rates of the…
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2 Rules for Setting Perfect Mortgage Budget
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 13, 2020, 11:13 AM
We can tell how much you are qualified to spend; it's up to you to…
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Signs the Real Estate Market is Going to Change
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 11, 2020, 10:58 AM
Mortgage rates are low and builder sentiment is high, suggesting a busy…
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What You Need to Know Before Refinancing Your VA Loan
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 10, 2020, 10:48 AM
With no down payment, no mortgage insurance and lower than average interest…
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Leave the Leaves Out: Protect Your Gutter This Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 10, 2020, 9:16 AM
Raking leaves in the fall is a cycle of rake, bag, and repeat. Your lawn is…
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3 Questions to Consider Before Refinancing Your Mortgage
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 5, 2020, 10:33 AM
Refinancing your home loan when interest rates are low could save you…
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4 Easy Tricks to Help You Avoid Wire Fraud Cheats
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 30, 2020, 10:41 AM
Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing threats in the U. S. One of the…
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How Each Presidential Candidate Could Influence the Housing Market
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 28, 2020, 9:54 AM
The election as an event will not likely affect the busy housing market.…
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How to Take Advantage of a Cash-Out Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 26, 2020, 10:10 AM
Refinancing your mortgage while rates are low is a great opportunity to…
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When to Choose a 30-Year Fixed Over a 15-Year Fixed
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 23, 2020, 10:46 AM
People have depended on 30-year fixed-rates decades but the recent…
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Does Your Credit Score Matter in Retirement?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 21, 2020, 9:25 AM
Most financial experts agree that maintaining a good credit score is…
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Will the Presidential Election Impact Home Sales?
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 19, 2020, 9:07 AM
During an election year, sometimes the only house that people are concerned…
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All Hands On Deck: 6 DIY Projects for You and Your Family Before Winter
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 16, 2020, 10:31 AM
Tired of playing Monopoly during the pandemic? Try adding to your property…
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Does Your Credit Score Matter in Retirement?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 14, 2020, 10:37 AM
Most financial experts agree that maintaining good credit is important for…
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What to Expect This Fall, According to the Experts
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 12, 2020, 10:19 AM
In recent months, home sales rose at a record pace. In August, new home…
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Low Down Payment Options: FHA Loan vs. Freddie Mac Home Possible Loan
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 9, 2020, 10:00 AM
You’ve found the perfect place but there’s one thing standing in between…
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Prepare for Bidding Wars this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 7, 2020, 9:43 AM
Even though home sales tend to slow down in winter months, ongoing…
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5 Painting Mistakes Amateurs Make
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 5, 2020, 9:35 AM
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your space is to add a fresh coat of…
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4 Things that Happen to Your Finances When You Buy a Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 18, 2020, 10:52 AM
Buying a home impacts your credit score, your savings, and your tax bill,…
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Federal Reserve Announces New Approach to Inflation and Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 16, 2020, 10:50 AM
Some economists predict it could be years before there is another interest…
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All American Homes Assigned Flood-Risk Score
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 14, 2020, 10:46 AM
First Street Foundation has designed an interactive website to host flood…
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Predictions for the Fall Housing Market
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 11, 2020, 9:48 AM
After an economic standstill this Spring, and a slow reopening across the…
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5 Things to Consider Before Fleeing the City for the Suburbs
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 9, 2020, 9:25 AM
If you’re thinking about a suburban migration, here are some things you…
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Do You Have a Bad Credit Score?
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 7, 2020, 10:20 AM
What is considered a “bad” credit score and what can you do to improve…
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New to Online Banking? How to Stay Safe
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 28, 2020, 9:57 AM
If you are someone you know is new to online banking, here are some tips to…
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Stay-At-Home Guidance Drives Home Remodeling Boom
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 26, 2020, 10:26 AM
If it seems like you’re hearing a lot of hammer and sawing lately, your…
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What to Expect to Pay for Closing Costs
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 24, 2020, 9:33 AM
Homeowners who are refinancing an existing loan to save money need to…
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Your New Home Checklist
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 21, 2020, 9:10 AM
Moving into a new home is exciting – and can be overwhelming.  That’s why…
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How Unemployment Could Impact Your Ability to Buy a Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 19, 2020, 11:02 AM
Unemployment will impact your ability to buy a home, so you may need to…
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The Truth About Today’s Low Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 17, 2020, 11:08 AM
While interest rates have generally trended lower, the rate of interest on…
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Addictive Kung Pao Chicken
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 14, 2020, 2:18 PM
Perfect combination of sweet, salt and spice make this recipe hard to pass…
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Private Mortgage Insurance Explained
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 12, 2020, 10:59 AM
Although some home buyers believe it’s necessary to put down a 20% down…
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Waiting to Buy vs. Buying Now
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 10, 2020, 10:47 AM
Historically low rates have motivated many home buyers across the country,…
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What You Should Know About Buying a Second Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 7, 2020, 10:15 AM
With many Americans flocking to far-flung regions to escape coronavirus…
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What Lower Interest Rates Mean for Your Savings Account
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 4, 2020, 10:22 AM
While the cost of borrowing money is at an all-time low, savers are earning…
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Sellers Requesting Proof of Preapproval Before Allowing Home Tours
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 31, 2020, 9:31 AM
Shopping for a home in the current market conditions have made pre-approval…
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How Your Down Payment and Your Credit Score Impact a Mortgage
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 29, 2020, 9:04 AM
The mortgage application process includes an in-depth review of your…
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How to Stretch Your Income if You’ve Been Impacted by the Pandemic
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 27, 2020, 10:15 AM
With an uncertain road to recovery ahead, Americans are worried about an…
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1.3 Million Homeowners Put Down Less than 20%
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 24, 2020, 9:47 AM
Saving for a down payment is taking longer, low down payment mortgages are…
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Reasons to Break Your Lease and How to Do It
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 22, 2020, 9:37 AM
Talk to your landlord first. Many leases have clauses or instructions…
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6 Home Improvement Projects that Won’t Improve Your Home’s Resale Value
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 20, 2020, 9:25 AM
Before you invest your time and money into a home improvement project,…
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Questions to Ask Before You Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 16, 2020, 10:06 AM
You may be tempted to lower your monthly payment with a mortgage refinance,…
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