How to Get a Building Permit: Don’t Renovate Without It!

By Cathie Ericson How to get a building permit is one of those things you’ll need to learn when you renovate your home. That’s right—even though you own your house, you still need to get permits for structural changes, to ensure that your changes will be “up to code,” as they say. Before you start grumbling about…

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8 Surprising Ways Your Neighbors Can Actually Help You Save Money

By Stephanie Booth Nearly 30% of Americans don’t know their neighbor’s first name, according to a 2017 survey by home security company Safe Home. That’s a shame! Especially since being friendly with those on your block has a range of benefits ranging from boosting your mood to actually protecting you from a heart attack. And…

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What properties qualify for a USDA loan?

What properties qualify for a USDA loan? November 3rd, 2017 by Sean Stephens When is a property NOT eligible for a USDA loan? It can be equally as important to understand when a property DOES NOT qualify for a USDA loan, as to what type of home DOES qualify for a USDA loan. Today’s topic…

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Do you know how to calculate a USDA monthly payment?

December 1st, 2017 by Sean Stephens How do you calculate a USDA monthly payment? When trying to calculate a USDA monthly payment on your own – be careful! Many online mortgage calculators are simply not designed to handle calculating USDA specific monthly payments and they may leave out other important items such as property taxes,…

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