Home Owner Education

Home Owner Education Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home      Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it […]
Home Owner Education The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth Wealth is within reach for many people; however, the majority of Americans say it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21 percent of people aged 50 […]
Home Owner Education Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide   Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and […]
Home Owner Education Lowe’s, AARP Team Up to Help Consumers Age in Place  Lowe’s, AARP Team Up to Help Consumers Age in Place  Which flooring is best for minimizing falls? What aging-in-place modifications do I need to do at home? What are the small, steady upgrades I should be making as I age? How can I make my bathroom safer? It’s harder to manage in my kitchen, so […]
Home Owner Education 5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home 5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, shopping for a new home can feel daunting. In fact, 56% of buyers said that “finding the right property” was the most difficult step in the home buying process.1 Buying a home is a significant commitment of both time […]
Home Owner Education Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies According to the FBI, more than one million burglaries are committed in the United States each year, with victims suffering an estimated $3 billion in combined property losses.1 Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion. Most burglars […]
Home Owner Education New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?   New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?   Homebuyers today are facing a huge dilemma. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale.1 Nationwide, there were 1.27 million active listings in September, down 13% from the previous year. According to the National Association of Realtors, that’s about 2.4 months of inventory, which […]
Home Owner Education Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time! Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time! Selling your home when you still need to shop for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the demand for new homes keeps rising, but the supply feels like it’s dwindling.¹ You’re not alone either if you’re already feeling drained […]
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Home Owner Education Tornado Tips Tornado Tips Tornadoes in the United States occur most often in “Tornado Alley,” a swath of land that bisects the country: southern South Dakota, Nebraska, eastern Colorado, most of Kansas and Oklahoma, and the panhandle area of Texas. Most twisters move from southwest to northeast, or west to east. Most last less than 10 minutes. […]
Home Owner Education Should You Rent Your Home? Should You Rent Your Home? If you, like 68 percent of Americans, own your own home, the thought has probably crossed your mind: if you were to be offered your dream job out of state, should you sell or rent your home? Naturally there are many factors to weigh before making such an important decision. […]
Home Owner Education Lawn Care Lawn Care Lawn care needn’t take up all your time, but you do need to make a commitment to having healthy grass. Why? It not only provides a comfy carpet for kids to play on, but prevents soil erosion, absorbs many air pollutants and filters contaminants from rainwater. Healthy grass also helps clean the air […]
Home Owner Education Interest Rate Buy downs Interest Rate Buy downs What is an interest-rate buy down? It’s a tool to help you qualify for a larger loan and purchase a higher-priced house than you could under normal circumstances. A buy down allows you to pay extra points up front in return for a lower interest rate for the first few years. […]
Home Owner Education Burglar-Proof Your Home Burglar-Proof Your Home Burglars break in to 65,000 American homes per year. That’s a scary statistic, but you don’t have to become part of it if you know how to protect yourself, your family and your valuables. Think that hollow plastic rock out front where you keep your key fools anyone? Never leave keys in […]
Home Owner Education 20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget 20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments […]
Home Owner Education How to Increase Your Home’s Value How to Increase Your Home’s Value There is really only one reason to try to increase the value of your home: if you’re trying to sell it. If you’re not, deliberately increasing your home’s value most likely will increase your tax bill as well. There are ways to increase your home’s value for resale that […]
Home Owner Education Home Inspections Home Inspections Atop the long list of items to do when buying or selling a house is the home inspection. But what is involved? How much does it cost? Why is it done in the first place? It’s important to understand what a home inspection entails and how it affects the sale of your home […]
Home Owner Education Servicing Your Furnace Servicing Your Furnace When it’s cold, it’s easy to remember that the furnace is your friend. On winter nights, the convenience of pushing a button or dialing a knob to produce a comfortable climate is worth its weight in gold. But you can’t afford to consider your furnace only when you need it. For reliable […]
Home Owner Education Build Home Equity Faster Build Home Equity Faster Equity is the part of your property that you actually own. It’s the current value of a property less the amount of the liens secured against it. If you own property that’s worth $250,000, and you have a mortgage with a remaining loan balance of $100,000, your equity in the property […]
Home Owner Education Top 4 Deal Killers for Homebuyers Top 4 Deal Killers for Homebuyers Falling in love is exhilarating. It can also be a bit scary, especially when a home has captured your heart. What if something goes wrong and you end up not spending the rest of your life with this stack of brick and mortar you’re lusting after? No matter how […]
Home Owner Education Why You Should Be Excited About the Housing Market Why You Should Be Excited About the Housing Market What an amazing year 2015 was for home sellers, and 2016 promises to be even better. By December of 2015, with 5.26 million sales, we had seen a more robust housing market than we’ve seen since 2006. In fact, as of early 2016, America’s housing market […]