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    How To Buy A House While Selling Your Own

    02-16-2021 | Blog

    Throughout owning a home, you may find your family’s needs expanding outside of what your current home provides. At that point, you could be looking at ways to transition to a home that better suits your family. With kids, school, sports, and other afterschool activities to juggle already, you’re going to want to make the moving process as straightforward and simple as possible.

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    5 Costs to Consider Before Buying a Home in Texas

    02-12-2021 | Blog

    Are you considering taking the leap from renting to owning? Depending on how much you’re currently paying for your monthly rent, your monthly mortgage payment might not be that much more expensive.

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    10 Affordable Date Night Ideas

    02-08-2021 | Blog

    Who says love doesn't cost a thing? It’s no secret that date night can get expensive and repetitive. While “dinner and a movie” is usually the go-to date for most couples, the costs can quickly add up and those options aren’t always available.

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    Understanding Home Equity & How To Use It

    02-02-2021 | Blog

    Borrowing money against your home's equity can pay for the kitchen remodel you've always dreamed of, or it may be used to send your child off to college. Home equity loans have very few limitations on how you utilize the funds. However, because a home equity loan puts up your home as collateral, you'll want to use yours wisely and repay it on time.

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    The Average Length of a Bathroom Remodel

    01-28-2021 | Blog

    Remodeling can be a great investment. It can improve your quality of life, your comfort, and increase your home’s value. However, one concern homeowners have is how long it takes to remodel a bathroom.

  • Five Money-Smart Resolutions You Should Make This Year

    01-04-2021 | Blog

    Many people use the new year as a chance for a fresh start. When it comes to your finances, this is the perfect opportunity to think about changes to your current financial habits. If you’ve struggled to increase your savings or spend less, start the year right with these tips.

  • a young work-from-home stay-at-home mom at her computer with her young daughter

    4 Things That Will Help You Become a Stay at Home Mom

    12-18-2020 | Blog

    Even the most career-oriented adults experience changes in priorities once children arrive. Suddenly, landing that new promotion with the opportunity for travel isn’t so appealing anymore. Instead, you’d rather have steady hours that get you in the car on the way home ahead of rush hour.

  • Protect Yourself From Holiday Scams

    12-09-2020 | Blog

    ‘Tis the season for fraudsters to take advantage of the holidays. 2020 has been a challenge for us for all, and we want to do our best to make sure you are protected from additional challenges like fraud and scams that can pop up over the holiday season.

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    6 Questions To Ask When Buying Your First Home

    11-27-2020 | Blog

    Deciding to buy a home can be one of the most exciting decisions in your life. Finally having your own space to expand, raise a family, and customize with your dream features is a major life goal for many people!

  • a happy family dancing in their newly remodeled kitchen

    7 Kitchen Remodel Tips That Save You Money

    11-27-2020 | Blog

    As your family grows and your lifestyle changes, you may find yourself outgrowing your current space. Deciding whether to move or remodel your home can have a significant impact on your finances. If you’ve decided to remodel, it’s a good idea to start with the room that will add the most to your home’s equity. In most homes, that room is the kitchen.

  • a family signs paperwork at the dealership to seal the deal on their new family car

    Best Family Cars For Growing Families

    11-27-2020 | Blog

    As you add members to your family, you might be outgrowing your beloved vehicle. If it’s time to purchase a new car, making sure that it has enough space for your kids, their friends, and all of the bits and pieces that come along with their hobbies and after-school activities is vital. It’s also extremely important to make sure that the car you purchase will keep your family safe and be reliable for the long-haul.

  • Family deciding whether to remodel or move

    Deciding Whether To Remodel Or Move [A Guide]

    10-27-2020 | Blog

    Owning a home is a huge asset. But, as your family grows, your house does not grow alongside it. Perhaps you are running out of bedrooms, need an extra bath, or valuable square footage has been designated for years as a catch-all storage space, and now you need it back! When your living space no longer works for your family, it may be time to consider a change.

  • first-time home buyers moving boxes in their new home

    First-Time Home Buyer Benefits & Disadvantages

    10-26-2020 | Blog

    So, you've decided to buy a house. Leaving behind the days of landlords, rent payments, security deposits, and roommates can be an exciting step in your life!

    However, there are some benefits, but also disadvantages, to be aware of that come along with being a first-time home buyer. We've compiled some helpful information to guide you along in your journey and know what potential pitfalls to watch out for.

  • Couple looking at new cars on display inside a dealership

    7 Great Cars, Crossovers, & Trucks With A Low Cost Of Ownership

    10-24-2020 | Blog

    When it comes to buying a new car, crossover, or truck, the sticker price won’t exactly tell you if you’re getting a good deal. Many outside factors can cause that seemingly inexpensive car to cost you more money in the long run.

  • A young couple kissing their newborn at home

    8 Things That Will Financially Prepare You for a Baby

    10-09-2020 | Blog

    Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. However, deciding to expand your family can also come with a lot of financial uncertainty.

    We have compiled a list of advice to help you prepare for a baby financially and ease your worries. We want you and your partner to enjoy the excitement and joy that comes with this experience, and not have to focus on money-related anxiety.

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    First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Strategies

    10-09-2020 | Blog

    Purchasing a home as a first time home buyer is a new and exciting experience. However, it can also come with its concerns. One primary concern is how to come up with the money for a down payment.

    Thankfully, there are various options available to help you get the funding for your down payment, so don't let this one piece of the puzzle stop you from achieving your goal of purchasing your own home.

  • Young couple getting the keys to their first home after following first time home buyer tips

    13 of the Best First Time Home Buyer Tips

    09-18-2020 | Blog

    The process of buying a home can be overwhelming—especially if it’s your first time. You want to make sure you’re getting the right house for you at the best value, but without prior experience, how can you really know?

  • Cheerful young couple Preparing for home ownership

    How To Prepare For Homeownership in 3 Easy Steps

    09-18-2020 | Blog

    Buying a home for the first time is both thrilling and intimidating. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself as you prepare for homeownership.

  • a couple looking at houses for sale online

    Calculate How Much House You Can Afford

    08-20-2020 | Blog

    When you're ready to buy a house, one of the first questions that often comes to mind is, "how much house can I afford?" This number will help you decide the neighborhood you choose to live in, the size of your home, your down payment, and how quickly you can afford to purchase.

  • Income for Life: Guaranteeing Retirement Income to Last a Lifetime

    07-23-2020 | Blog

    No matter what your retirement goals, an important part of the road ahead is ensuring a steady stream of income.

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    Credit Cards For Excellent Credit

    04-30-2020 | Blog

    A credit score is far more than a number: it is a reflection of hard work, careful planning, and total investment in a set of financial goals. People who maintain excellent credit scores over long periods have learned to apply these concepts in many areas of their financial life.

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    How to Make Good Investment Decisions: Up-Down-Bear-Bull

    04-29-2020 | Blog

    You may have heard about the stock market dropping and being in a “bear market”, but what is a bear market? What’s the difference between a bull market and a bear market? How does this affect you?

  • stack of credit and debit cards

    Credit vs. Debit Cards - What's Right For You?

    04-24-2020 | Blog

    Both credit cards and debit cards perform the same basic function, but each provides unique features and/or perks that lend themselves more readily to certain financial goals. Therefore, having a better understanding of credit vs. debit cards and the benefits or drawbacks they offer is the best way to make an informed choice with your financial interest in mind.

  • Mom teaching about finances

    Fun Kid Activities to Teach Kids How to Save

    04-20-2020 | Blog

    As we all evolve to the new “norm”, some of us are balancing working from home, homeschooling our kiddos, and managing a household. Luckily, we have some fun activities to do with your children while educating them about money management.

  • What to do if your income is reduced

    What To Do If Your Income Is Reduced

    03-30-2020 | Blog

    Making ends meet paycheck-to-paycheck can be stressful in itself. But what happens in times of financial crisis - like a nation-wide pandemic, or an economic recession? Taking a closer look at your finances, and creating an actionable spending plan can help you survive (and recover from) unforeseen financial hardship. 

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