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3 home improvements that can lower your tax bill

Part of Money Matters

General home improvement projects don’t usually help homeowners when tax time rolls around. But there are a few home improvements that entitle homeowners to tax breaks. With a few weeks left in the year, you still have some time to…

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What to keep an eye on as home sales fall and prices rise

Existing home sales fell 3.4% in May while the median home price rose above $400,000 for the first time, according to data just released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Despite the headlines, these numbers aren’t necessarily a reason to panic.

4 Homebuying Tips for Tipped Employees

Part of Homebuying 101

Plenty of people rely on tips for a some or all of their income. Right now, more than 16 million Americans work in the kinds of service and hospitality industry jobs that have traditionally relied on tips for compensation. And…

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National Homeownership Month: 5 tips for Homebuyers in a Competitive Market

Homeownership is an enduring component of the American Dream – a benchmark Americans have measured success and well-being against for years. June marks the celebration of National Homeownership Month (NHM), dedicated to honoring those notions and celebrating the ways homeownership benefits families and communities across America.

Everything You Need to Know About Mortgage Insurance

Part of Homebuying 101

Putting together enough money for a down payment on a home isn’t easy. For many people—and especially for many first-time homebuyers—scraping together the traditional 20% down payment may feel next to impossible. Luckily, would-be homeowners without loads of money for…

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National Homeownership Month: 5 tips for Homebuyers in a Competitive Market

Homeownership is an enduring component of the American Dream – a benchmark Americans have measured success and well-being against for years. June marks the celebration of National Homeownership Month (NHM), dedicated to honoring those notions and celebrating the ways homeownership benefits families and communities across America.

Don’t Wait: Five Good Reasons to Buy a Home in 2017

Part of Homebuying 101

Homeownership is a dream for many Americans. 2017 might just be the year to make that dream a reality and finally buy a home. If you’ve been on the fence about it, here are five excellent reasons to consider becoming a…

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National Homeownership Month: 5 tips for Homebuyers in a Competitive Market

Homeownership is an enduring component of the American Dream – a benchmark Americans have measured success and well-being against for years. June marks the celebration of National Homeownership Month (NHM), dedicated to honoring those notions and celebrating the ways homeownership benefits families and communities across America.

Do you Understand Your Monthly Mortgage Bill?

Part of Money Matters

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t read your monthly mortgage statement too carefully. Perhaps you double-check the statement from your mortgage lender for the exact dollar amount due when it’s time to write out the check for your…

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What to keep an eye on as home sales fall and prices rise

Existing home sales fell 3.4% in May while the median home price rose above $400,000 for the first time, according to data just released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Despite the headlines, these numbers aren’t necessarily a reason to panic.

5 Tips for New Homeowners

Part of Home Improvement

Owning a new home is exciting! But home maintenance is time-consuming. New first-time homeowners usually find themselves facing expenses they didn’t have to worry about in their previous lives as renters. As a new homeowner, you’ve just committed to paying…

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7 Common Home Decorating Mistakes New Homeowners Can Make

DecorAid shares tips on what to buy now, and what to add later. You’ve saved. You’ve methodically shopped around. Now you’re ready to move into the right home for your needs. But one question remains: how do you begin decorating...