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 Explore our blog for insights on buying, financing, remodeling, and taking care of your home.

Six Tips on Choosing the Right Neighborhood for Your New Home

If you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll also be looking at the neighborhood. In fact, the character and amenities of the neighborhood may be as important to the property value as the house itself. Whether you’re looking for a neighborhood with large houses and expansive lawns, or a modern condo in a thriving downtown area, there are characteristics that make up a great living area. Wondering what to look for? We suggest the following:

Buying Your First House? How to Choose a Realtor that's Right for You.

If you're buying your very first house, you're most likely searching for your dream home on one or several apps or taking virtual tours via online listings. While online house searching can maximize your ability to compare and contrast homes by the features that are important to you, do they, or can they, replace the services of a professional Realtor? We've put together some FAQs about the services of local Realtors®. Read on!

Home Values Increasing for Second Straight Year

Looking to buy a home in 2018? If so, you’ll be able to apply for a larger conventional mortgage with the recent announcement that we’re increasing our single-family loan limits to $453,100 in 2018. Home values are rising across the nation. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), an independent regulator of the secondary mortgage market including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, housing prices have risen 6.8 percent over a year’s time.

Important Steps for First-Time Homebuyers

You’ll only buy your first home once!  With the right preparation, you can shop for a house, apply for a mortgage, and close the deal with confidence.  Begin your homebuying journey by following these important steps:

4 Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas to Wow your Guests

Thanksgiving is a day devoted to family and food and for giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest, even in today’s fast-paced world. If you’re planning a feast for family and friends, you can cut down on the frenzy by taking some time to plan and set your Thanksgiving table before the crowd arrives.

Keeping the Home Fires Burning - Fireplace Maintenance & Safety Tips

It’s autumn – the perfect season to pamper yourself with a cup of hot cocoa while snuggling up in front of a cozy, crackling fire. Before you light up your fireplace, however, it’s important to follow the fireplace safety tips below to keep your home fires burning – with no surprises:

Four Quick Tips to Improve your Credit Score

 Are you looking to buy a new car, apply for a mortgage or pursue a new career opportunity anytime soon? Then you may also know that your ability to secure a loan, a low interest rate, and even that coveted new career position, is dependent upon a vital piece of financial information – your credit score.

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