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    A Guide to Budgeting for Home Renovations

    10-03-2021 | Blog

    Renovating your home is a win-win situation. For as long as you live there, you'll get to enjoy your remodeled kitchen, bathroom, and any other space that deserves an upgrade.

  • a young woman smiling, sitting at her laptop with a credit card she is using online to build her credit

    How to Build Your Credit

    08-16-2021 | Blog

    Your credit score will be with you your whole life and can affect everything from the car you drive to where you live. You may be wondering how to build your credit as a new consumer or improve your credit after it has taken a hit. Thankfully, there are ways to quickly and effectively build your credit history and boost your credit score.

  • A happy African-American couple packs moving boxes together in anticipation of moving to a new home.

    Mortgage Application Checklist: What You'll Need to Apply for a Mortgage Loan

    08-13-2021 | Blog

    Applying for a home loan can be daunting, especially for first-time homebuyers.

    But this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, completing a mortgage lender’s loan application can be fairly straightforward if you take the time to get organized.

  • a family choosing a car at the dealership and taking a selfie in front of their new vehicle

    How to Choose Your Next Car

    08-09-2021 | Blog

    If you're going to be in the market for a new (or new-to-you) vehicle soon, you may be wondering how to choose your next car. What should you consider when car shopping? What questions should you ask before you buy? Learn more about just a few of the factors to keep in mind when looking for your next vehicle.

  • a happy family outside of their home, mother and father both have a child on their back

    How to Know When to Refinance Your Mortgage [Guide]

    08-05-2021 | Blog

    Refinancing a mortgage can be a smart financial move when done correctly. It can save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your loan and even help you pay off your home faster.

  • a couple stands outside of a brick home for sale, woman is pointing at the exterior

    Checklist: Choosing a House with Enough Space at the Right Price

    07-08-2021 | Blog

    A home is one of the most expensive things that most people will buy in their lives. It’s not a decision you want to take lightly. Get it wrong, and you could be stuck with an expensive monthly payment for more home than you need. And if you don’t buy a big enough home, you could end up with a place that you quickly outgrow.

  • 7 Things to Consider When Buying a House

    06-18-2021 | Blog

    The U.S. real estate market continues to reach unprecedented levels of demand, with bidding wars occurring throughout the country and many homes going under contract after just hours on the market. If you're considering a change, it's important to do your research first to ensure that you're ready to jump on your dream home once you find it. Below, we'll discuss seven key things to consider when beginning the home-buying process.

  • a couple sits on their couch looking at kitchen remodeling ideas on their tablet

    The Average Length of a Kitchen Remodel

    06-14-2021 | Blog

    A kitchen remodel can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your home—and in today's hot real estate market, having a modern, clean kitchen may help spark a bidding war.

    But having your kitchen out of commission for weeks at a time can be a major inconvenience. How long will your kitchen remodel take, and what can you do to accomplish your remodel as quickly as possible?

  • a happy family sitting together on the floor of their newly remodeled kitchen

    7 Home Improvements with the Best ROI

    06-10-2021 | Blog

    One of the great things about owning a home is that it’s an investment. The money you put into your home is money invested toward your future. One way you can increase the value of your home is by completing home renovations. Not only that but investing in home improvement can enhance your quality of life while you are in the home.

  • a happy family of three smiling, embracing by the FOR SALE sign in front of the new home they just purchased

    How to Decide on the Right Type of Mortgage Loan

    06-08-2021 | Blog

    The journey to homeownership can be overwhelming at times—from finding a great realtor to shopping for the right type of mortgage loan. After all, choosing a mortgage loan, which best fits your needs, is just as important as choosing your new home.

  • couple looking at blue print plans for their home renovation

    5 Loans That Can Be Used For Home Improvements

    04-23-2021 | Blog

    If you’re undertaking home improvements, you’ve probably been thinking about how to pay for the costs associated with your project. Home improvements can help you increase the value of your home, allowing you to get a better return on your investment in the long run. However, the money for the renovations has to come from somewhere.

  • a young family sits on the floor of their home near a ladder and supplies used for remodeling a house

    10 Step House Remodeling Plan

    04-09-2021 | Blog

    Ready to bring your dream of a home remodel to reality but don’t know where to begin? 

    Whether you want to fix up a bathroom or renovate an entire floor, we can help you through your remodel. Despite the size of the project, the general gist of what you will need to do is the same.

  • a plumber working on a bathroom remodel

    7 Bathroom Remodel Tips That Save You Money

    04-09-2021 | Blog

    Bathroom remodels can transform the way your space looks and feels all while increasing the value of your home. And, if you’re getting ready to renovate your bathroom, you probably want to use the most efficient and most cost-friendly approach.

  • Mom teaching about finances

    Fun Activities to Teach Kids How to Save

    03-31-2021 | 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.

  • Couple moving boxes into their new home

    How to Buy Your First Home in Virginia

    03-13-2021 | Blog

    Each year, many people discover and fall in love with Virginia’s majestic mountains, beautiful farmlands, and stunning beaches. With its rich history, thriving economy, and top-tier colleges and universities, it’s an ideal place to buy a home and raise a family.

  • family moving into bigger house

    7 Reasons to Buy a Bigger House

    03-12-2021 | Blog

    Whether you’re in a transition phase of life or just thinking about ways you could use more space, sometimes a bigger house can be exactly what you need. We’ve gathered some of the most common reasons why you may want to size up to a bigger house. Once you read them, you’ll see that you’re not alone in considering the change.

  • a father putting up a for sale sign in front yard, wife and child in the background packing car with moving boxes

    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.

  • Homebuyer Couple

    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.

  • couple dancing in kitchen

    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.

  • a happy couple on their home computer

    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.

  • a happy couple smiling in their bathroom

    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.

  • couple buying their first home

    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!

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