Buying A House With Resale In Mind

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Interesting information from Dian Hymer of Inman News: At the end of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, homeowners in many areas cashed in big profits when they sold. This enabled them to trade up to a bigger home, sometimes in a better neighborhood. Homeowners used their homes as piggy banks through the use of home […]

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Consumers Cutting Back on Holiday Splurges

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The November poll hosted on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website queried consumers regarding holiday spending. The results revealed that 50 percent of consumers intend to spend less on holiday purchases this year than last, indicating they are in a worse financial position, while thirty-seven percent plan to spend nothing at all, as […]

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How-To: Prioritize Your Debt

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Is all debt created equal? Maybe not. In order to pay down debt faster while paying the least amount of interest, you’ll need to prioritize some debt over others so that you can pay the least amount in the long run–being strategic about which ones you pay off first can save a significant amount of […]

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Tips for Choosing a Health Insurance Plan

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Family Features—Over half of all Americans will need to make choices about their health insurance by 2014, and already, millions are making decisions about their Medicare drug or Medicare Advantage plans. But many people struggle with choosing the right plans for personal health care insurance, family plans, or deciding on behalf of a loved one. […]

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Tips for Rebuilding after a Storm

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In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, thousands of homeowners along the East Coast are assessing the damage their homes sustained in the storm and will soon begin the rebuilding process. A natural disaster of this magnitude can be daunting, leaving many unsure of where to begin. If your home was affected, read the following […]

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Investing In Long-Term Energy Savings – Great Information from John Voket

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In this segment, we’re going to talk about long-term energy savings and consider a few effective but higher cost efficiency initiatives. While these investments are somewhat larger than that of simply caulking a window, the potential savings are larger as well. These investments include: -Making sure you have good insulation in exterior walls, ceilings with […]

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Raising Financially Intelligent Children

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All parents want to support their children’s learning process. From algebra to a musical instrument, parents can help their children improve their education through support and encouragement. But what about financial intelligence? According to a recent BMO Harris Bank national survey conducted by Ipsos America, Inc., a leading market research company, nine out of ten […]

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Back-up Generators: How to Use Them Safely

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In the wake of last week’s superstorm Sandy and other damaging weather conditions throughout the year, many homeowners have invested in back-up generators to keep their homes humming when the power goes out. According to the Building Performance Institute (BPI), however, generators can pose serious danger to a home’s inhabitants when not used properly, especially […]

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Winter Proof Your Home

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Even if the temperatures are still mild in your neck of the woods, there is no denying that winter is on its way, and it’s time to winterize your home. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), many winter-related disasters can be prevented if people take a few simple steps to protect their home from […]

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Winter Proof Your Home

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Even if the temperatures are still mild in your neck of the woods, there is no denying that winter is on its way, and it’s time to winterize your home. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), many winter-related disasters can be prevented if people take a few simple steps to protect their home from […]

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Prevent Pests When Selling Your Home

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Nothing turns off prospective homebuyers more than bugs and critters – dead or alive. And when there are visible signs of rodent pellets on the floor, some prospective buyers may even run out of the house screaming. Home sellers need to ensure that bugs and critters don’t turn a potential sale into a lost opportunity, […]

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Keep Your Home Fire-Free

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A fire is one of the greatest homeowner fears. Not only could you lose your home and valuables but, more importantly, your family could be at risk! To put your mind at ease, and protect your home from potential fires, follow these simple tips. -Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every […]

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What to Expect From a Home Inspection

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If you’re at the point of having a home inspection done, Congratulations! You’re that much closer to getting your dream home! But, as with any of the steps to purchasing your home, there are key points to address and understand. The following are items you’ll want addressed before settlement: •Know that the home inspector is […]

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Made in America: Brick Options Rise with Housing Upswing

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As the U.S. housing market reports a cautious rebound, genuine clay brick manufacturers continue to invest in progressive technology for sustainable exteriors in more textures and colors at a wider price range. Historically a provider of steady jobs, brick manufacturers continue to increase environmental efficiency with environmentally-friendly plants to offer Made-in-America quality–and endless green building […]

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Boost Curb Appeal with Exterior Renovations

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As you drive through your neighborhood, whether it’s Barclay Farms, Alluvium or Short Hills, you’ve probably noticed that the houses resemble each other in some way. There may be a few different model types in the neighborhood. But typically, homes built between 1955-1985, have a “cookie-cutter” look. Mass production during this time period was in […]

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No Short Cuts to Healthy Aging

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September happens to be healthy aging month. No matter where you are chronologically, it’s never too late, nor too early, to take care of yourself. There’s no getting around it. There are no short cuts to getting & maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But, it is worth every effort. The following tips are to help you […]

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MBA Survey Shows Mortgage Applications On the Rise

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As reported by Paul Ausick at www.dailyfinance.com and RISMedia, mortgage applications increased 11.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 7, 2012. This week’s results include the customary upward adjustment for the Labor Day holiday. The Market Composite Index, […]

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Remodeling? Follow These 4 StepsFirst

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Remodeling your home, whether to update for resale or just to improve your quality of living, can be amazing and fun. But picture yourself halfway through your kitchen remodel, only to realize the money you budgeted isn’t enough to cover completing the project or unexpected issues that arose. This is a perfect example of why […]

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Mortgage Rates Up Slightly

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Mortgage rates continued to climb this week, with the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rising for the third consecutive week, to 3.86 percent according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The average 30-yearfixed mortgage has an average of 0.42 discount and origination points. But, let’s keep these numbers in perspective. These rates are […]

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Creating Escapes at Home

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While vacationing on a secluded island for peace and relaxation would be a wonderful retreat, you can remove some of the hustle and bustle of your daily routine by creating peaceful escapes throughout your own home. The bathroom, for example, is the only place where you can shut the door and have complete “you time” […]

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