Is buying a vacation home right for you?

Don’t let dreams of a tropical breeze keep you from thinking it through. Do you dream of a retreat for you and your family, away from your everyday routine — a cottage on a lake, a cabin in the woods, … Read more

5 tips to help you score the best sale price on your home

Don’t let negotiations stress you out. Are you in the process of selling your home? It can be a stressful time, with potential buyers looking to bargain for the best deal they can get. So before your home, sweet home … Read more

Fixed vs. Adjustable: Which one should you choose?

Buying a home is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. But before you can pack up and move in, you may need to secure a mortgage. This is often a long-term commitment — on average, homeowners expect to pay … Read more

Could a refi be right for you?

It might, if one of these 6 situations applies to you. Refinancing is a great way to shorten the term of your mortgage, lower your interest rate and payment amounts, and as a way to access cash out of your … Read more

4 ways your HELOC could help with hefty expenses

If you have equity in your home, you may be able to use it to borrow money for renovations, big-ticket expenses — or to finance another purchase or project. A home equity line of credit (HELOC) offers access to funds … Read more

7 ways to winter-proof your home

Steps to help reduce costs and protect your home this winter. If you’re like many U.S. homeowners then you may be bracing yourself: Winter is coming. The season can have a negative impact on your home — and your budget. … Read more

5 ways to furnish your house on a budget

You’ve moved into your new digs, and you’re ready to make your house a home. There’s just one problem — furniture and home decorations don’t always come cheap. Buying a house is a big expense, often leaving you with little … Read more

April may be less taxing if you own a home

4 ways to save serious tax dollars. If you bought a home recently, congratulations! You may be able to start building equity, paint your walls any color you like, and potentially save on your tax return, too. In fact, you … Read more

8 home-buying myths debunked

If you’ve been thinking about buying your first home, you may have a few questions ― and a few misconceptions ― about how the process works. Take a look at the following eight home-buying myths we’ve debunked: 1. Myth: A 30-year … Read more