How to Host a Football Watching party

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Ah, football season is here. Can you start to see the fall colors? Can you feel the nip in the morning air? Even if you live in the South, football brings an excitement you can’t deny.Why not take...
Empty Nesters - Time to Downsize?

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So the kids have grown up, moved out and are asking you for help with the rent—but at least not at your house. Now you’re looking around and wondering, “What do we need all this space...
Smart Home Technology

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When it comes to keeping your home safe from intruders and saving money on your utilities, modern technology has presented some elegant ways to create a truly smart home—even if you don’t want to...
Qualifying for a Loan

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A lot of people let the home loan process freak them out, but qualifying for a loan doesn’t have to be the stress-fest some make it out to be.First of all, do a bluntly honest self-assessment: How much...
Budgeting for the Big Move to Homeownership

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Moving from renting to buying can make for some big shocks to first-time homebuyers, especially when it comes to monthly expenses. While renting often can require a bigger monthly house payment, it’s all...
Refinancing

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With home lending rates still at historic lows, now is the time for anyone with any appreciable equity in their home to at least look into refinancing their mortgage.Rates for 30-year fixed rate mortgages...
Get Away -- One Last Trip of the Summer

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Oh, where did the summer go? Maybe more important, what do you do when the boredom level is a lot higher than the budget for another family getaway? A Day at the Park. No matter where you live, a state or...
Being an Informed Home Buyer

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From websites that give you side-by-side comparisons to apps that help you narrow down your choices to be very best homes in your prime target area, finding the right home has never been easier.However, no app...
Back to School: Is It Too Late to Sell?

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As people realize that (gasp!) August is upon us already; it might seem like it’s suddenly past prime house-selling season. Fear not. Before you hang up the touch-up paintbrushes and your home-selling...