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What Condo Insurance Will and Wont Cover

Regardless of how many other condos someone’s might be attached to, they need to purchase  condo insurance and understand what it covers. It doesn’t matter whether the condo is one of two fused together or one of 100 condos in a building. Buying a condo is a substantial...
Posted On 29 Sep 2016

How to Save for a House While Renting

If you’re currently renting, but want to someday buy a home, you know that saving up a down payment is an important first step. Unfortunately, everyday life and its many expenses can make it hard to save for a house — especially when you’re paying rent every month. The trick is...
Posted On 28 Sep 2016

A Wealth Building Strategy You Never Hear About

By Austin Frye, CFP®, JD For many Americans, the lion’s share of their personal wealth is the equity they build up in their homes. Thus, the 15-year mortgage is one of the most powerful wealth building tools available to boost that wealth. It has the obvious advantage of enabling...
Posted On 26 Sep 2016

4 Reasons to Buy a Home After School Starts

Ah, fall. The return of all things pumpkin-spiced, cooler weather and the new school year (which this mom is thrilled about). It’s also an opportune time to buy a home and possibly snag a great deal in the process. Buyer demand begins to wane this time of the year, which means...
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

Signs You Need to Upgrade or Sell Your House

So your house isn’t perfect — it’s looking a little dingy, or you feel crammed into a too-small space, and that deck you’ve always wanted still hasn’t been built. But, how do you know what’s worth renovating and when you should give up and relocate? “Not everything is fixable,...
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

What Is the True Cost of Owning a Home?

In the prior post of this series,  Should You Rent or Buy a Home? , I wrote about the pros and cons of home ownership vs. renting. It is important to start here when you are considering whether to rent or buy a home. The decision of where to live should not be solely made on...
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

Telltale Signs Youre Moving Into a Money Pit

If buying a fixer-upper is your next big money move, make sure you’re not settling for something that’s going to cost you much more than you planned. Buying a house in need of repair can mean ample savings in the short term but a potential significant investment in the long term....
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

Dont Fall for These Tricks When Buying a Home

When someone is selling a house, it’s only natural they use every means possible to cast their home in the best possible light. But sometimes, sellers can cross the line into deceit. And unfortunately, there are some real estate tricks that can hide flaws in a home for sal...
Posted On 14 Sep 2016

Stop! 6 Ways Youre Sabotaging Your Mortgage Preapproval

Homebuyers make a lot of mistakes that hurt their chances of getting a mortgage preapproval from their lender. You don’t want to join their ranks and sabotage your home purchase. To find out what those missteps are, we talked to two lending experts: Casey Fleming, a mortgage...
Posted On 06 Sep 2016

Thinking of Buying? The Real Cost of Owning a Home

Owning a home means you can blow out a wall to create a more spacious kitchen or paint your bedroom a flaming fuchsia — things that are certainly deposit-forfeiting and likely eviction-motivating offenses in rental land. Let’s say you want to buy your own place, but you want to...
Posted On 06 Sep 2016