August 2019

Found 3 blog entries for August 2019.

It happens every year. The weather warms up, vacations begin, and it starts to seem like summer will last forever. When fall rolls around, it's easy to feel like your family isn't ready. Did the kids get outside to play often enough? Have you spent plenty of quality time together? And when will you find the time to buy all of those back-to-school items?

While September can be a stressful time for families, there are a few steps you can take to get back into the swing of things. Here are five things you should to do to mark the end of summer and prepare the kids (and yourself) for fall....

1) Go school supply shopping (again)

It's a moment most parents have to deal with at some point. The first day of school is fast approaching—or maybe it's

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Preparing a thorough budget is one of the keys to a successful home purchase. Of course, it's not just a property's sticker price that buyers need to consider. If you're getting ready to buy your dream home, there are several other costs you'll have to cover before you can take ownership. 

By knowing what to expect financially, you can avoid being caught off guard on closing day. Here are the major costs you'll be responsible for before you can call your new living space home...

Deposit 

A deposit is required when you make an offer on a home. This money will count towards your down payment, and you ultimately get to decide on the amount (though higher sums are more attractive to sellers). While it's true that your deposit is due early on

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Are you gearing up to purchase a home? If you're like most buyers, you'll need to obtain a mortgage first. Unfortunately, this step can be stressful, time-confusing, and a little bit confusing. Many buyers find themselves wondering what lenders are looking for—and how they can secure a loan that will truly meet their needs.

The good news is, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that the path to homeownership is smooth. If you're preparing to apply for a mortgage, here are five tips for increasing your chances of success...

1) Whip your credit into shape

Credit is one of the first things lenders look at, so it's important to get yours looking as good as possible. Start by getting a copy of your credit report. If it contains any

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