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5 Smart Ways to Use Cash-Out Refinance Money

By Aly Yale / October 29, 2018
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Cash-out refinances are a great way to access money easily and quickly. The strategy essentially replaces your existing mortgage with a new loan — one that’s bigger, pays off your old one, and gives you cash based on the equity…

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Buying a Fixer-Upper? 6 Common Concerns Addressed

By Aly Yale / September 11, 2018
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Buying fixer-uppers are a super popular move nowadays — especially given the rise of shows like “Flip This House” and “Fixer Upper.” Not only do fixer-upper properties usually come at a lower price than move-in ready ones, but they’re also…

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Turn Your Stark Spare Room into an Inviting Guest Room

By Aly Yale / August 6, 2018
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A spare room does not a guest room make. Sure, you can throw a bed in your empty extra bedroom and let a friend “crash” there, but if you really want your friends and loved ones to get excited about…

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Can It Ever Make Sense to Refinance at a Higher Rate?

By Aly Yale / July 23, 2018
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Most homeowners assume that if they’re going to refinance, it needs to be at a lower rate than they’re currently paying. But in reality, rates fluctuate often — and financial situations change just as much. In many cases, refinancing is…

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Summer Renovations: Adding Value to Your Home – Bathroom

By Aly Yale / June 25, 2018
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When it comes to value-adding renovations, the bathroom is one of the best places to start. According to Remodeling magazine, a bathroom remodel delivers about a 70 percent return on investment, adding around $13K in value to the property as…

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Summer Renovations: Adding Value to Your Home – Kitchen

By Aly Yale / June 18, 2018
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Remodeling your kitchen is one of the smartest moves you can make as a homeowner. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine, when it comes to home projects, it delivers one of the biggest ROIs in the books. The average homeowner…

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What My Father Taught Me About Life, Carpentry, & Hard Work

By Danielle Braun / June 13, 2018
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I like to think that I am like my dad — the good parts, of course. There weren’t actually any bad parts, just some that you might not want to display in mixed company. My father immigrated to the U.S…

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Summer Renovations: Adding Value to Your Home – Backyards & Patios

By Aly Yale / June 11, 2018
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When it comes to renovating your home, choosing your projects carefully is key — at least if you want to ensure those projects are worth it. While some upgrades may add to your home’s aesthetic or come with extra convenience…

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Thinking of Buying an Older Property?

By Mary Mack / April 11, 2018
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Older homes tend to have distinctive design features and small details that usually can’t be found in new properties today. You may, however, notice that older homes require more maintenance and might have outdated systems that need to be replaced.…

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