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4 Positive Aspects of Rising Mortgage Rates

Aug 19, 2013 No Comments

In the past few weeks, mortgage rates have risen from their lowest point in decades, and people who wanted to refinance are the bemoaning the increase. However, homeowners have several reasons to be thankful for the change in interest rates:   1.) Rates are still at historic lows. You’ve been hearing about “record low interest […]

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Home Maintenance Checklist for August

Aug 07, 2013 No Comments

At this time of year, no one wants to tackle projects outside in the sweltering heat and sun, so now is a great time to take care of tasks inside. Moreover, many families go on vacation this month, and it’s important to make sure your home is secure before leaving.   August has one of […]

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How to Save on a Kitchen Remodel

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments

Kitchen remodels are one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home and are therefore a great return of investment. The kitchen is one of the first rooms—if not the first room—that potential homebuyers look at when assessing your home. However, to get the most bang for your buck, follow this […]

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Is Your Home Underinsured?

Jul 11, 2013 No Comments

Homeowners insurance is a necessary but costly expense to protect your property. Still, many homeowners try to cut corners with their insurance policy. While eliminating some parts of your homeowners insurance could save your money, it could also leave you vulnerable in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. Instead of leaving yourself underinsured, […]

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Five Projects That Protect the Value of Your Home

Jun 30, 2013 No Comments

Protecting your financial investment in your home with strategic renovation projects is a wise choice should you eventually want to sell it, and best of all, the upgrades don’t have to cost a lot.  Here are five ways to “future-proof” your home, according to the experts at realestate.msn.com: Amp up the insulation. There are many […]

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How to Save on Home Insurance

Jun 12, 2013 No Comments

Here are some ways to save money on your policies while maintaining your protection.   – Bundle your policies: Some insurers give discounts if you bundle your policies together, so you may be able to save up to 15% if you bundle your auto and home insurance policies together.   – Be Loyal: Ask if your […]

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Buying a Foreclosed Home: What Not to Do

May 29, 2013 No Comments

Don’t expect buying a foreclosed home to be the same as the typical home purchase process. As a trade-off for great pricing, purchasing a bank-owned—also called a real estate owned (REO)—property usually requires extra effort to find the right deal. With your money and time at stake, you should be cognizant of the potential pitfalls […]

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Home Security Myth-Busting: Part 2

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Here is the second part in our discussion of home security myths. There is a lot of information on the best strategies to keep your home safe. Unfortunately, most of them are common knowledge by now and if you know of them, so do burglars! We tell you what ones offer good security advice and […]

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How Renovation Can Help You Save On Home Insurance

May 16, 2013 No Comments

Home renovation offers an opportunity to beautify your home and enhance comfort and resale value. But it can also provide an additional benefit that many people don’t think about—saving on homeowners insurance. In order to take full advantage of these savings, consider adding the following your home improvement plans: Security Systems: Installing such things as state-of-the-art […]

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How to Avoid a Window Installation Nightmare

May 09, 2013 No Comments

You may have heard the horror stories—botched measurements, damaged mouldings, caulking inadvertently tracked throughout the house, even shattered glass on the lawn, followed by leaks and drafts once the new purchases are actually in place. Indeed, when it comes to a happy window replacement experience, the quality of the installation is key. But how do […]

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