Home Ownership

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster or Invest More?

In many ways, choosing between paying off your mortgage faster or investing more mirrors the decision faced by casino visitors every time they place a bet. Those flashing lights and obnoxiously loud sound effects cover up what’s really happening. Think of it this way. With each pull of the handle, you “invest.” Any seasoned gambler…

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Payment Relief For Federally Backed Mortgages Was Just Extended

If you received payment relief for your mortgage over the past few months, we have good news. That relief will be extended if you still need it, along with a few extra conditions. The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently announced that federally backed mortgages will continue to allow homeowners to seek relief from payments. It…

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The 5 Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home

If you’re hoping to increase your equity and the value of your home, it’s time to consider making a few upgrades. Renovating, updating, and even repairing different aspects of your home can make your home worth more.

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How To Successfully Renew Your Mortgage

Most people renew their mortgage once every three to five years. For many, the experience can be a stressful one. It’s fraught with negotiations, bartering, budgeting, and number crunching. While the end goal of every homeowner is to get the best possible deal, it’s often easier said than done. Bank representatives can be shrewd negotiators.…

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Bought a House? Don’t Forget About These New Expenses

There’s a reason a house is called a “money pit.” They are really expensive. If you’ve recently bought a house (or are planning to buy one in the near future), then you should be aware of the many expenses you’ll incur as a homeowner. Many of them are new, that you didn’t have to contend…

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