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7 Questions to Ask If You’re Considering a Home Equity Agreement

A home equity agreement (HEA) allows you to access your home equity without taking out a loan or selling your home. Here are some questions to ask if you're considering one.
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How to Shop for Homeowners Insurance 

Finding a homeowners insurance policy can be a challenge. We offer guidance on what to look for and how to save money.

How Do I Qualify for an Unlock Home Equity Agreement (HEA)? 

To qualify for an Unlock HEA, you’ll need to meet several property and personal-finance requirements. Here's an overview of the conditions.

The Pros and Cons of a Home Improvement Loan and Where to Get One 

A home improvement loan is one way to finance a renovation. We look at where to find one and other options to fund your next project.

Getting a tax refund? Here’s how to spend it wisely 

Expecting a tax refund? Here are some tips to make the most of that money.

How to Pay Off a Home Equity Agreement 

There are a variety of ways to pay off a home equity agreement (HEA), beyond just selling your home. We look at the options.

What Happens if I Fall Behind on My Property Taxes? 

If you’re behind on paying your property taxes, don’t panic. It’s a scary situation to be in, but we have some guidance.  

How Do I Choose a Real Estate Agent? 

Key takeaways:  If you’re considering buying or selling a home, you have a long to-do list ahead of you. But one of the very first things to do is to decide whether you’ll need professional help, and if you do, how to find the right professional.  People have been doing “for sale by owner” for […]

Comparing the Options for Accessing Home Equity  

A Home Equity Agreement (HEA) is a no-loan option to access your home equity. Here's how it compares to other traditional ways of tapping home equity.

Home Improvements that Save Energy and Money

Key takeaways:  Reducing energy use and costs are good ideas any time, but with Earth Day around the corner (April 24 this year), you may find a little extra motivation to implement some cost-effective, energy-saving improvements.   Energy-efficient upgrades can make your home more comfortable while significantly lowering energy costs. Plus, you may even be able […]

How to Decide Where to Retire 

Retiring is an enormous life change, and if you’re thinking about moving after you stop working, that transition may become even bigger. In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the most important considerations to help you tackle the decision of where to retire.  In the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies 2023 survey, retirees ranked […]

Time for Taxes: 6 Key Changes to Know About This Season 

Nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes, according to Ben Franklin. But this time of year, we can add one more thing: at least some tax-filing rules, deductions and exemptions.  As you start to prepare your information to file your 2024 return, be sure you are up to speed on what’s […]

What Will Mortgage Rates Do This Year? 

Key takeaways:  Get ready for lower mortgage rates? While the one eternal reality of mortgage rates is just how hard it is to forecast them, it’s probably still worth checking in on what those who make their living forecasting the housing market think. And yes, the general consensus is that the days of “higher for […]
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