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Understanding A Home Equity Agreement

Gain clarity on the key terms of home equity agreements (HEAs), such as home valuations, rights and obligations toward the property, ending the HEA.

How Do I Determine How Much I’ll Need to Retire?

Key takeaways: If you’ve been thinking nervously about the prospect of saving for retirement, you’re not alone. What’s more, the options you have for calculating, investing and spending may seem overwhelming. But before you start throwing numbers into an online calculator or buying financial products or services aimed at retirees, take some time to consider […]

How to Keep Your Home Free From Pests This Summer

No matter what time of year, pests are unwelcome guests. In many parts of the country, though, it’s summer when they become, well, pests. Keeping things under control can vary dramatically by region, state and local areas, but here are some tried-and-true steps you can take – inside and outside of your home – to […]

How to Prepare Your Home’s Exterior for an Appraisal

Key takeaways:  If you’ve ever prepared your home for a sale, you know you don’t take any chances. You probably tidied up all the clutter, cleaned everything, and tried to make your aesthetic choices as neutral as possible, to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. There’s an argument to be made that you […]

The Federal Reserve Just Took a Break. Is This the End of Interest Rate Hikes, or the Start of Another Surge?

Key takeaways The Federal Reserve ended its June meeting by declining to raise interest rates, but strongly suggesting that it intends to resume rate hikes, with the possibility of two coming later this year. In fact, most members of the central bank now think rates will have to go even higher than they had anticipated. […]

Building a Budget for Your Summer Vacation

Key takeaways: Summer vacation is a time-honored tradition for most Americans. Sunny days, long evenings, barbecues, and often, a trip. But before you get packing, stop, think and do some planning. A little budgeting can go a long way in ensuring a fun trip that won’t leave you financially strapped and stressed. Start by referring […]

How to Save on Major Housing Expenses

Let’s face it, owning a home can be a great way to build long-term equity, but it can also be expensive. Between the mortgage, utilities, taxes, repairs, maintenance, insurance and in some cases, lawn care and homeowners association fees, the costs can really add up. Here’s a look at how to save money on three […]

7 Financial Management Must-Do’s for New Graduates

It’s time again for new graduates to toss their caps high aloft, celebrate – and get down to the business of working and earning an income. Many grads have secured entry-level positions and are launching their careers. Others are still in the hunt and will land that first job soon. Next up: Getting the first […]

If You Can’t Afford Your Mortgage Payment, Don’t Panic. Get Help

Key takeaways:  You have a budget, you have a job, and you have good intentions, but sometimes, life happens, and you struggle to make your mortgage payments. If you’re in that boat now and wondering how you’re going to keep up with your mortgage payments, don’t panic. There are options. The first thing to do […]

The Fed Raised Rates Again, but Cuts Could Be Coming Soon

Key takeaways: The Federal Reserve (Fed) raised interest rates again at its May meeting, but signaled it was done with rate hikes for a while, even as investors increasingly expect the central bank to reverse course and start cutting later this year. When the Fed first started raising rates in 2022, inflation and the economy were overheated. […]

8 Warm-Weather Home Improvements to Enhance Your Home’s Value

Temperatures are rising. Days are getting longer. Flowers are blooming. As your attention – and time – moves outdoors, you may find summer home-improvement projects rising to the top of your list. From quick DIY tasks to more extensive projects requiring professional help, making needed home improvements can  increase enjoyment of your time outside, as well […]

Estate Planning: Get Your (Financial) House in Order

Key takeaways: You may think wills are only for older people, or richer people. But the reality is that everyone should have not only a will, but a range of documents that allow for all your belongings — including you! — to be taken care of as you wish if you aren’t able to make […]
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