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...
10
JUL
2018
home appraisal

Home Appraisal: Myths and Facts

If you’re financing your new home, a home appraisal is required. There are many misunderstandings about what a home appraisal is and isn’t. If you are buying or selling, you should understand what it is and how the appraiser determines the fair market value of your home. Myth: A...
03
JUL
2018
firework safety

Firework Safety

Every year we look forward to celebrating our freedoms on the Fourth of July. There’s something about fireworks shimmering in the night sky that re-ignites our appreciation for all the privileges we enjoy as Americans. But fireworks are risky, even when we’re careful, so before...
26
JUN
2018
summer hosting

5 Excellent Home Entertaining Ideas for Summer

Gathering with friends and family to share a meal is one of the greatest ways to enjoy the summertime. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to make a great get-together at home work well. Here are some ideas to help you make new memories, beat the heat, and savor your summer. 1....
20
JUN
2018

Stories from First-time Homebuyers

  Depending on who you speak to about homeownership, there’s no doubt you’ll get a wide variety of responses. At Hamilton, we obviously know how the pride of homeownership can deeply impact a young couple starting out or an older couple with grown children who’ve spent a...
13
JUN
2018
summertime water safety

Summertime Water Safety Tips

Summer across the country usually means plenty of time in the water – whether you have a residential swimming pool, community pool, or plan to head over to the beach, lake or your favorite water park. It’s important to always remember that wherever you plan on making your summer...
12
JUN
2018

Chairman’s Blog: Strong Job Growth

Dear Colleagues, The Great Recession caused the loss of 8.7 million jobs in the U.S. and many more around the world. Since then, 18.9 million new jobs were created here over a record 92-month period.  The unemployment rate is now 3.8%, which is the lowest since 2000. For African...
05
JUN
2018

Five Often Overlooked Benefits of Homeownership

June is National Homeownership Month, and today we’d like to share some of the lesser known benefits of owning a home. Most buyers know that their home will increase in value, and in many situations, create a forced savings. In addition, a house payment is often less than renting...
31
MAY
2018

2018 Hurricane Preparation

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and here are some steps you can take to care for your family and your home. At Hamilton Group Funding, we care deeply about your safety and well-being. When a Storm is Approaching Know your Evacuation Zone. This can be found either on...
22
MAY
2018

5 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

As the temperatures begin to climb, we close our windows and turn on the air conditioning hoping to avoid high cooling bills. There are some things you can do that will help lower your energy bills this summer and all year long. Most of these are simple tasks you can do with just...