Questions You Need to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Questions You Need to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

With new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you should be ready with plenty of knowledge before you go to the closing table.  From sifting through endless paperwork to searching for optimal loan terms, purchasing a home can be as mentally taxing as navigating through a mountain range without any GPS. Channeling your energy

The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing (Part II)

The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing (Part II)

After you’ve found your perfect house (and read Part I), your journey is just beginning . . . The conclusion to our 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing. Pest Inspection This is separate from the home inspection, and the name of what you have to do is quite self-explanatory. The pest inspection assures that your

Recognizing and Reducing Pet Stress: A Pet Owner’s Guide for a Happier Pet

Recognizing and Reducing Pet Stress: A Pet Owners Guide for a Happier Pet

Life can be stressful, even for your pet which has no real responsibilities. Know how you can spot the signs of stress in your cat or dog and help them relax. Cats and dogs are living things with brains, feelings, hormones, and emotions. Have you ever left your pet for an extended period of time

Does Going Green Actually Help Sell a Home?

Does Going Green Actually Help Sell a Home

Your home’s solar panels and geothermal system may seem like its best features, but some buyers may feel differently about going green.  With the dangers that face our planet with the use of oil and natural gases, some Americans have responsibly taken things into their own hands and installed alternative energy solutions like solar panels

Should You Go With an ARM or Fixed Rate Loan?

Should You Go With an ARM or Fixed Rate Loan?

As the end of the fixed portion of your ARM approaches, it may be time to start thinking about refinancing or even shopping for a new home. If you purchased your home with an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), thinking you’d sell the home before the fixed portion of your ARM ended, be glad to know

The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing (Part I)

The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing (Part I)

After you’ve found your perfect house, your journey is just beginning. After weeks or months of searching, you have finally found your perfect house. You’ve placed the offer, and they’ve accepted it. Now all you have to do is close, and you get the keys! Only one question: what is closing? It’s what happens when

Tapping Into Your Home Equity to Live Well in Retirement

Tapping Into Your Home Equity to Live Well in Retirement

Learn two ways to tap into your home equity so you can live well into retirement. There are many reasons why many people today aren’t properly financed for retirement. We’re living longer, baby boomers are retiring earlier, and so we have to stretch our savings further than at any other time in history. That doesn’t

How to Keep Your Dog from Ruining Your Yard

How to Keep Your Dog from Ruining Your Yard

You love your dog, but sometimes the dog can do something that can drive you mad—like ruining your yard. Before your dog arrived, your yard was likely lush and lovely. Blades of grass evenly spread out throughout your yard to create a beautiful sea of green; everything was peaceful. Then came in the canine which