Homeowner’s Insurance 101 – What you need to know

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Odds are that your home is the single most valuable investment that you own and the largest line item on your monthly budget. So, it only makes sense that you’d want to make sure it’s protected.  What’s surprising is that many homeowners never think twice about their homeowner’s insurance policy, let alone read and understand it. They know how much it costs each year but probably couldn’t tell you what’s covered and the limits. BUT, knowing what is covered and what’s not can make all the difference when disaster strikes. Continue reading “Homeowner’s Insurance 101 – What you need to know”

Money Managing tips for Recent Graduates

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One of the biggest milestones in your life is graduating from college. It’s a symbol of independence and the start of your life as an adult. You’ll be on the hunt for a new job, a possible new place to live (Mom and Dad’s isn’t that bad, right?), and starting to manage your own money, including paying back those student loans. You don’t want to start your finances off on the wrong foot or overextend yourself from the get-go. Continue reading “Money Managing tips for Recent Graduates”

When should you refinance your student loans?

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Taking out student loans for college tuition and room and board is commonplace these days. If you recently graduated from college or decided to take a break from classes, be prepared to start paying back those loans 6 months from the time you leave school. While many students don’t pay close attention as those loans accumulate year after year, the lender does, and once you hit that 6-month threshold, expect those payment notices to start rolling in! Continue reading “When should you refinance your student loans?”

5 Home Repairs you should NEVER do yourself

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In the era of DIY home repair and upgrades, it’s not surprising that homeowners are tackling more and more projects outside of their comfort zone. Not only do they save money (hopefully) but they learn new skills along the way. While there is a long list of home repairs that can easily be tackled by your average homeowner, some complicated tasks should be left to the professionals. Faulty work could lead to bigger problems, safety issues, and your home not being up to the current building code – in addition to costing you more money in the long run. Continue reading “5 Home Repairs you should NEVER do yourself”

7 Ways to Protect Your Personal Data

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It seems keeping your personal information safe these days is like a full time job. From managing all your online accounts to monitoring your credit to validating what is spam. We live in an online global economy. Gone are the days where you can trust every email, every phone call and every piece of snail mail.  Unfortunately, we must be on high alert 24/7, but it shouldn’t be a full-time job just protecting your personal information! Continue reading “7 Ways to Protect Your Personal Data”

I need cash – should I borrow from my 401K or my home’s equity?

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If you are looking for cash to invest in real estate, pay down high-interest loans, complete a home improvement project, or pay off an emergency medical bill, you might be wondering which the better option is: borrowing from your 401k or your home equity via a loan or line of credit. The answer depends on how you plan to use the money, how much money you need, and how long it will take you to pay it back? Continue reading “I need cash – should I borrow from my 401K or my home’s equity?”

Fall maintenance tips to keep your home in tip top shape

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Fall is the perfect time to give your home and yard a little TLC before Old Man Winter moves back in! We’ve compiled a simple, and easy DIY checklist that will make your Winter more pleasant and hopefully prevent any surprises from popping up! Even if you choose to hire a repair person to tackle these To-Do’s it’s still a good investment and can save you from potential headaches down the road – and some big expenses. Continue reading “Fall maintenance tips to keep your home in tip top shape”

The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home

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Building equity in your home, the difference between a home’s fair market value and the outstanding mortgage balance, is every homeowner’s goal. After all, it is the whole point of buying a property vs. renting it. Home equity is valuable savings, but it can also be a valuable finance tool. Continue reading “The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home”