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First-Time Home Buyer Tips and Tools

First-Time Home Buyer Tips and Tools

It’s time to buy your first home! Hooray! This is a big deal and a major milestone in your life. It’s definitely not something to do on a whim. As a first-time n=home buyer, there are a gazillion things you should know before you take the plunge. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make a smart decision, not only on which home is the best choice for you, but also on which financing option will best fit your unique situation.

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How To Rent Out a Room in Your House

How To Rent Out a Room in Your House

Many homeowners are struggling to make their mortgage payments these days. A great way to save some cash every month is to refinance your home loan. But, what if refinancing isn’t in the cards for you right now? What are your options? It may be a good time to think about renting out a room in your house. Taking in a boarder will increase your cash flow, but it will also increase your workload.

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Man Cave? How about a Mom Cave?!

Man Cave? How about a Mom Cave?!

I live in a small house with my husband and young son (and a dog and cat). I love them all dearly, but often feel totally overrun with their stuff. Nowhere in our house is sacred. Not even the (only) bathroom. Sometimes a mom just needs some peace and quiet and a clean place to sit down.

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Your Kids Can Save You Money at Tax Time

Your Kids Can Save You Money at Tax Time

While driving home from work the other day, I was listening to a call-in show on NPR. A woman called to find out the best way for her family to save money for their child’s college fund. It made me think about how expensive our little bundles of joy can be. The good news – kids don’t always separate you from your money – sometimes they actually help you keep some! Here are a few ways your kids will help fatten your wallet come tax time.

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