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4 Home-Building Mistakes to Avoid

It can be exciting to think about having a home built exactly the way you want it. But there are also some pitfalls to watch out for when building a home that you may not have experienced buying a pre-existing house.

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Helpful Hacks to Simplify Your Move

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, full of hope and possibility. Yet there’s no doubt about it – the process of packing and physically moving all of your belongings can be a stressful experience as well.

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Investing in International Funds

Whether or not you invest in international funds depends on many factors, including your timeframe, goals, risk tolerance and financial situation.

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Mortgage Q&A: What’s In a Rate?

With so many factors determining a mortgage interest rate, it can be confusing to understand whether you’re getting the best possible rate. No matter what current interest rates look like, make sure you do your homework before sealing the deal.

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You Shop for Shoes Online – Not Your Mortgage

It might seem easier – or more convenient – to shop for your mortgage online. But there are 3 big advantages to working with a local, reputable lender on what is likely one of the biggest purchases of your life.

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The Gift Nobody Will Return

Gift cards are a great gift for teachers, teenagers or that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.

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Consider These 5 Money Moves to Improve Your Financial Health

Many people see the new year as an opportunity to make positive change.

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Qualifying for a Mortgage without Income Is Possible

Income is not the only way to qualify for a home loan. If you have assets, such as money in your bank account, retirement accounts, stocks and bonds, you can qualify for a mortgage.

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When and How to Freeze Your Credit

Month after month, reports of data breaches saturate the news. In today’s day and age, you can never be too safe with your personal and financial information.

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Supporting Charitable Causes and Easing Your Tax Burden

When it comes to charitable giving, donating cash might not always be the most effective method.

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How to Get Noticed in a Seller’s Market

Looking to buy a new home? Some locations are still considered a seller’s market, where many houses are selling quickly – some in just a few weeks or less, and some for more than the asking price. This is especially the case if the home is in the entry- to mid-level price range.

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How You Can Make a Difference (and Save on Taxes) with a Trust

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” Those words (from Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation) powerfully define the altruism behind charitable giving.

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Choosing a Safe Password and PIN

When your banking account and debit cards hold as much sensitive information as they do, it’s important potential thieves can’t gain access.

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The Low-Down on Life Insurance

The loss of a loved one is hard enough on a family without the financial challenges that can go with it.

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