Tips & Guidelines

Your Final Walk-Through Checklist

By the time you get to the final walk-through step of buying a home, you may be a dangerous combination of excited and exhausted. You’ve negotiated the perfect price, had the home inspected and requested repairs. You’re ready to move in! But a lot could have happened to the home during that time. What you […]

Perfect Neighborhood

Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

Amid the excitement of hunting for the perfect house for you and your family, don’t forget to pay attention to your surroundings. It doesn’t matter how perfect your chosen house is — disliking the neighborhood can make your living situation unbearable. And it works the other way, too. A neighborhood you love may be worth […]

First Time Home Buying Mistakes

5 Common First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

You’ve scrimped and saved for years—dreaming about owning your first home. Now it’s time to make one of the largest purchases of your life. Are you ready? Have you done all of your research? Almost half of Americans have some regrets about the home they now own, according to a survey by Trulia. A little […]

Home Improvement Tips

The Best Home Improvement Projects for You

If you’re exploring home improvement options, you know there are a lot of tips out there. But there are most likely just two reasons that you would be researching major home improvement projects: You either want to improve your home, or you absolutely need to improve your home. If either of the above reasons apply […]

Emergency Kit

Preparing an Emergency Supply Kit

Every September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, and as our nation braces for another natural disaster, it is important to reflect on your own preparedness. Do you have an emergency supply kit? Do you know where your family would evacuate to if the need arose? Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Through its Ready Campaign, the […]

Questions Ask Lender

8 Questions to Ask Your Lender

It is your mortgage lender’s job to help you get a loan that is best for you. It can be intimidating and confusing treading new territory when buying a home. Familiarizing yourself with the terminology used in real estate and finding a lender who will walk you through the process makes all the difference in […]

Selling Your Home

How to Make Your Home More Salable

In the housing market, supply often exceeds demand and most people can generally sell a house faster by lowering the price. But there are other ways to improve your home’s attractiveness without lowering the asking price. If you’re looking to sell your home in today’s competitive real estate market, the following are some tips on […]

Are You Ever Too Old to Get Approved for a Mortgage?

Whether you’re looking to downsize into the upgraded home of your dreams, refinance to pay off your home a little quicker, or looking for some extra cash to help fund your retirement, we want you to know that nobody is ever too old to get approved for a mortgage loan. Age is never a factor […]

Low Cost Home Updates

Low Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

Need maintenance tips to prolong the life of your home? Whether you’re a first-time buyer or your home is heading to market, it’s important to invest in regular upkeep to avoid hefty costs in the long-run and make the most on a future sale. A seasonal facelift can also improve your family’s quality of life. […]