The Hidden Costs of Owning a Vacation Home

The Hidden Costs of Owning a Vacation Home

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Who doesn't love the idea of collecting rent on a home in a beautiful vacation-friendly location -- and visiting for free when there aren't any guests? It's a lovely concept, but there are several "hidden" costs to owning a vacation home that your daydreams don't...

Be Informed: What is Escrow?

Be Informed: What is Escrow?

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The first time you heard the term, "escrow" you may have been thrown for a loop. While the word may have had you confused the first time, here are some essential things to know about escrow--what it is, what it's used for, and how it works.

How To Manage Stress When Dealing With Home Financing

How To Manage Stress When Dealing With Home Financing

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One excellent way to improve your financial profile is to buy a home of your own. But we won't lie: It's a long and potentially incredibly stressful process, especially when it comes to the dollars and cents of securing a mortgage loan.

Home Safety Checklist

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Look around your home and chances are you’ll be able to spot plenty of opportunities to keep your family safe. Here are the top items to make sure you have around the home and are in top shape and checked regularly.

How To Finance Your Vacation Home

How To Finance Your Vacation Home

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Looking for a vacation home just might be more fun than looking for a new everyday home. A key piece of the vacation home puzzle is how to get financing. The good news is that it can be a straightforward, and painless process. Here are some simple tips and things to...

Storm-Proofing Your Home

Storm-Proofing Your Home

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Whether you live in a flood, hurricane, or tornado zone, you want to make sure your home is ready to stand up to whatever mother nature can hurl its way. The best time to storm-proof your home is before severe weather strikes and well in advance of warnings of imminent...