Home Ownership

Sept. 1, 2015

Checking for Water Leaks

An unexpected, larger-than-normal water bill could lead a person to think that they might have a leak. Before incurring the cost of a plumber, it is fairly easy to run your own test.

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Locate your water meter. They’re usually in the front of the house, near the street. In some ...

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July 28, 2015

It's Hard to Imagine

With mortgage rates below 5% since 2009, you’d think any homeowner who should refinance would have already. However, it is estimated, there are approximately 6.5 million borrowers who would benefit with significant monthly savings by refinancing. iStock_000064771413_300.jpg

Rodney Anderson of Supreme Lending, on his weekly radio program, described a ...

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May 26, 2015

Who would want to be without one?

When the 75 year old man who had been widowed four times was asked why he was getting married again, he said “for the little bit that they eat, I wouldn’t want to be without one.”

In a torrential rainfall, you wouldn’t want to be without an umbrella. It ...

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May 12, 2015

Live the Dream

Consumers are more easily living the American Dream of owning a home because of the incredibly low mortgage rates. Today, most buyers can get a much lower rate than their parents or grandparents got on their first home.

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In a recent housing survey, FNMA released information about consumers' thoughts on ...

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April 23, 2015

Looking to Lower Your Mortgage? Keep These Simple Tips in Mind

With interest rates at historic lows over the past few years, homeowners across the board jumped on the refinancing bandwagon in order to get better rates and lower payments. But refinancing isn’t the only way to lower your mortgage. And if you’re a new buyer just looking into obtaining a ...

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April 21, 2015

Are You Ready for 'Owning a Home'?

I am always thrilled to hear when folks make the jump to home ownership. And it's important for prospective homeowners to know about all the resources available to them to help the experience go as smoothly as possible, especially when it comes to financing.

Earlier this year, the U ...

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March 10, 2015

Invisible, Odor-free and Potentially Hazardous


Most people’s first introduction to Radon is during the inspections of a home. It can be as much a surprise to a seller as it is a buyer. Radon is an invisible and odor-free, cancer-causing radioactive gas.

Radon can get into a home through cracks in solid floors, construction joints ...

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Jan. 20, 2015

Get Ready to Garage Sale

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A well-planned garage or yard sale can make room in your home, get rid of unused items and make some money but it needs some planning to be successful.

  • Start early to research and plan
  • Promotion is key
  • Display items attractively
  • Price items right
  • Organize checkout

Saturdays are generally the ...

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Jan. 13, 2015

Downsizing Might Make Sense


With roughly 12.5% of the population over 65 years of age, it is understandable that some of them are thinking of downsizing because they may not need the amount of space they did in the past. There is something to be said for the freedom acquired by divesting yourself ...

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Jan. 2, 2015

Homeowner Tax Benefits

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There are many reasons for wanting to have a home of your own like a place to raise your family, share with friends and feel safe and secure. While investment opportunities rank high for most people based on the fact that homeowners’ net worth is over forty times higher than ...

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