20
SEP
2018
fall home decor

Decorating Your Home for Autumn

Now that the seasons are changing, it’s time to refresh your home decor to reflect the warmth of autumn. Sometimes we get caught up on buying new decorations and spending a lot of time overhauling the house, but that’s not always necessary. Here are a few easy tips for taking...
13
SEP
2018

Median Age Influences Area Housing Costs

At first this statement may catch you off guard, however, once you really dig into age and housing costs, it begins to make sense. The folks at trulia® mapped the country based on age and then looked at housing costs in some of the major metro areas. We’ve all heard from real...
06
SEP
2018

September: National Preparedness Month

Depending on where you live in the country, being prepared for a disaster can mean different things. For those in the west, it might mean earthquake readiness, the Gulf Coast needs to be ready to evacuate in case of a hurricane, and the East Coast learned this year about the...
28
AUG
2018
Preparing Your Home for Fall

Preparing Your Home for Fall

School is in full swing and that means fall is just around the corner. With the change of season, you want to make sure your exterior home maintenance gets completed before it gets too cold. Taking care of your home with regular maintenance will help reduce the chances of...
23
AUG
2018
relaxing home

3 Ways to Make Your Home a More Relaxing Place

Many of us long for our homes to be a haven of relaxation and a respite from the stress of the world, but when we look around our houses, our realities may be the opposite of our dreams. Real life often takes precedence over designer looks, but that doesn’t mean our homes can’t...
17
AUG
2018
USDA Home Loans

Program Focus: USDA Loans

If you’re looking to buy a home in a rural or suburban area but don’t have a down payment, you may want to look at a USDA loan. As an option with 100% financing, this may open the door to homeownership for you! This U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan isn’t just for farms,...
10
AUG
2018

Pro Home Staging Tips

Are you hoping to sell your home quickly? Before you put your house on the market, take care of any concerns your potential buyers may have ahead of time. There’s no need to call in an expensive interior designer, knock out walls, and overhaul your entire house to convince others...
02
AUG
2018
back-to-school home prep

4 Essential Back-to-School Home Prep Projects

The back-to-school season can feel rushed and chaotic, especially if you’ve already got a lot going on at home. While kids may be excited to get back to school with all their friends, they can still experience anxiety and moodiness as they settle into the new routine. Try a few...
24
JUL
2018
self-employed homebuying

Homebuying for the Self-Employed

More and more homebuyers have “side gigs” or are completely self-employed. If you’re looking to purchase a home and your income isn’t easily tracked on a paystub or W-2, getting a home loan is more complicated. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 10% of the workforce...
17
JUL
2018
understanding interest rates

Understanding Interest Rates

When you need financing to buy your home, it’s important to have a good understanding of your interest rate. It’s one of the key factors that determines how much you’ll pay each month. It also impacts the final total you pay for your home over the life of the loan...