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Dream About Buying a Fixer-Upper? What to Know

You stumble across a home that’s got good bones and character in every corner, but the positives get overshadowed by some of its out-of-date features. You can see yourself living there, but not without some minor (and maybe major) upgrades. Buying a home is a major life move. During your search, you may see some...

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What Roof Financing Options Are Available?

A roof over your head is one of life’s necessities. And when the one currently over your head needs repairs or replacing, it isn’t something to ignore. Do you know what else will be hard to ignore when the time comes? The cost of repairing or replacing the roof. If your emergency fund isn’t big...

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Swimming Pool Financing: How To Finance a Pool in 2022

Ahh, the quintessential summer lounge by the swimming pool – with sunglasses on, a lemonade in your hand and the occasional bark from your neighbor’s dog. ☀️⛱️ Pools can cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars depending on what you want and where you live. So if you’ve longed for a pool in your...

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Outdoor patio deck

How to Finance Your Deck or Patio

You’re ready to add a deck to your home. Maybe you want a place to relax, a place to party, a play for the kids to play or you simply want to add value to your home.  You’ve done your homework. You figured out how much it will cost to build your deck, considered design...

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How To Finance a Home Addition

Purchasing a home addition not only creates space and adds value, but it provides room for new possibilities. Perhaps family is coming to stay with you, or your home is feeling a bit cramped. Or maybe you’re in the market for a new home and feel that space would be just perfect with a sunroom....

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What Type of Loan Is Best for Home Improvements?

Your home may be your single greatest long-term investment. If your home needs some repairs or improvements or you want to renovate your home to make it more liveable, it can make a lot of sense. Also, a smart home remodel can improve the value of your home, providing a return on investment of up...

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Want Solar Panels? What To Know About Your Financing Options

Solar panels are a great way to save money while shrinking your carbon footprint. Typically installed on a home’s roof, solar panels convert sunlight to electricity. But they aren’t free to buy or install. So, other than writing a big check, how can you pay to put solar panels on your home? There are ways...

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How Much Does Hardwood Flooring Cost? A Guide to Wood Flooring Prices

When your parents bought their first home, they probably had floors covered with wall-to-wall carpet. These days, more homes feature hardwood floors instead of carpet. Carpets are easier to install, but a wood floor looks beautiful, is built to last and is easier to clean than carpet or linoleum. It can also be a great...

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Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper or a Move-In Ready Home?

If you’re in the market for a home, you may be wondering if it’s better to buy a new house or remodel an existing one. Whether you go with a move-in ready home or a fixer-upper, each option comes with its pros and cons. Understanding what they are can help you to make the decision...

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A MoneyTips Guide to Home Improvement Loans

Thinking of renovating or remodeling your home? You’re in good company. More people than ever are choosing to stay put, investing their time, money and effort into home improvements instead of selling.  One of the biggest reasons is hypercompetitive housing markets, which are increasing property values across much of the country. And if you can...

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