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10 Ways to Stay Entertained Indoors This Winter

10 Ways to Stay Entertained Indoors This Winter

By Aly Yale / January 22, 2021
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The cold weather is officially here — and for many households, that means a lot of time trying to stay entertained indoors. While movie marathons can get you by at first, even that starts to get old after a bit…

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Mortgage Weekly Update

Mortgage Applications Fall as Interest Rates Tick Up

By Aly Yale / January 22, 2021
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Mortgage applications were down last week, dropping about 2% from the week prior, according to the latest survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The overall drop came from a decline in refinance applications, which fell 5% for the week.…

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9 Handy Apps to Help You Get More Organized This Year

9 Handy Apps to Get You Organized This Year

By Aly Yale / January 20, 2021
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All of us could stand to be a little more organized this year. Organization — both at work and at home — leads to less stress, more productivity, and a higher level of success on the whole. It also enables…

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Should I Refinance My HELOC into a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

Should I Refinance My HELOC into a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

By Aly Yale / January 18, 2021
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When you’re in need of cash, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) can seem pretty great. They come with low (often interest-only) payments for many years, you can use as much or as little as you like (similar to…

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Mortgage Weekly Update

Mortgage Apps Surge After Holiday Slump

By Aly Yale / January 15, 2021
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The holiday slump is definitely over. According to the latest survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage activity jumped nearly 17% last week.  Total applications were up 16.7% for the week ending January 8, with refinances jumping a whopping 20%.…

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Buying or Refinancing in 2021? Use These Tips to Keep Your Credit Score Healthy

Buying or Refinancing in 2021? Use These Tips to Keep Your Credit Score Healthy

By Aly Yale / January 13, 2021
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If you’re considering buying a home or refinancing your mortgage in the new year, then the desire to keep your credit score healthy should be top of mind. Not only will your credit play a prime role in your ability…

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Bathroom Renovations to Age in Place Comfortably and Safely

Bathroom Renovations to Age in Place Comfortably and Safely

By Aly Yale / January 11, 2021
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Your body (and your physical capabilities) change as you age, and if you plan to stay in your home for the long haul, your property will need to change, too. Fortunately, most of the bathroom renovations to age in place…

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Hydrophonic Gardening: How to Get Started

Hydroponic Gardening: How to Get Started

By Aly Yale / January 8, 2021
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Hydroponic gardening comes with serious benefits — especially in the current economic climate. First off, it allows you to grow your own produce and potentially save tons of money (a big plus if your job’s been affected by the pandemic.) …

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2020 Home Tax Deductions and What New Homeowners Need to Know

2020 Home Tax Deductions and What New Homeowners Need to Know

By Aly Yale / January 7, 2021
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If you’re one of the millions of Americans who dread tax season, you may just be in luck — at least if you bought or sold a home in the last year. Homeowners can usually qualify for a number of…

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Mortgage Weekly Update

Mortgage Activity Sees Holiday Slump

By Aly Yale / January 7, 2021
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Applications to both purchase a home and refinance one dropped over the holidays. According to the latest survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association, overall mortgage activity fell 4.2% in the last two weeks, despite mortgage rates hovering right around all-time…

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