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Appeal Your Property Tax Bill

November 22nd, 2019

It’s possible to trim your property tax bill by appealing the value the taxman assigned to your home. That “assessed value” is what’s used to calculate how much tax you owe....

The 20% Mortgage Down Payment Is Dead

November 22nd, 2019

For first-time home buyers, the challenge of coming up with a 20% mortgage down payment is often difficult enough to keep them out of the market. But the fact is, the 20% down payment is all but dead — and has been for quite s...

Working With a Realtor Can Eliminate Stress From the Real Estate Process

November 19th, 2019

You may already be thinking that 2016 is the year in which you buy a home. If so, it’s entirely possible that that very thought is stressing you out. Real estate transactions can be stressful. To be sure, they are full of nuances, subt...

7 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Home

November 6th, 2019

By doing your homework before you buy, you’ll feel more content about your new home. Most potential home buyers are a smidge daunted by the fact that they’re about to agree to a hefty mortgage that they’ll be paying for the next f...

Understanding Real Estate Representation

November 6th, 2019

You have choices when selecting representation in a real estate transaction. Here are five tips for understanding which type of legal relationship with a real estate professional, called an agency...

Refinancing Your Mortgage to Pay Off Debt: Do It Right

November 5th, 2019

Debt is a major problem for many American households — especially those that have credit card debt in addition to mortgages, auto loans and student loans. U.S. households carry an average of $15,762 in credit card debt, an...

Egging, Toilet Papering: How to Clean Up After Halloween Pranks

October 21st, 2019

Halloween cleanup can be the scariest thing about the holiday. Here’s a tip sheet on how to remove eggs, toilet paper, wax, and other messes that go bump in the night. Halloween can be a messy holiday. With pranksters about, yo...

How Does Rent-to-Own Work?

September 27th, 2019

You’ve probably heard the term “rent-to-own” used with consumer products like furniture or cars, but it can apply to homes, too. If you’re a renter and have your sights set on buying a house down the road, a rent-to-own agreeme...

VA Home Loans: What You Need to Know

September 27th, 2019

Homeownership is important to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces — and to their families. Here’s what you need to know about VA loans: How they work, who can get them and all the other moving parts of a VA mortgage....

Attic Cleaning: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

September 26th, 2019

Attic cleaning probably isn’t your idea of a good time. But the dust, dander, and mold in that often-neglected room could be irritating your family’s lungs and kicking up allergies. Plus, a clean attic will enable you to...

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