White cape cod home with green lawn. Homeownership

6 benefits of homeownership

White cape cod home with green lawn. HomeownershipHomeownership is an aspiration for many, but not everyone is even aware of all the benefits that come from owning your own home. Here are six ways that you can gain from ownership.

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Tips to make the most of your outdoor space

Outdoor patio space with fire pit at night. outdoor spaceSummer is the perfect time to create an inviting outdoor space for your home. The possibilities are endless when it comes to sprucing up your yard, deck, patio or balcony. Here are some considerations to keep in mind before you get started.

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What rising mortgage rates mean to you

Graph with blue graphical interface and rising line. Mortgage rates After falling over the past three decades, mortgage interest rates finally seem to be on the rise again. Although no one can predict the future of rates (economic trends, government policy and public opinion all play a hand), the current consensus seems to be that rates will continue up from their recent historic lows. So, what does this mean to you? Here are the ways you could be affected by rising rates.

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The right mortgage for each season of life

View of a porch setting with two wooden Adirondack chairs in background and tulips blooming in foreground. Mortgage payment.Getting a mortgage is more than a one-time event. It’s an important ongoing part of your lifelong financial strategy, and it should change and evolve with you and your family’s needs, goals and circumstances. Whether you want the smallest mortgage payment available, to be debt free as soon as possible, to minimize the cost of your loan or to have the most cash available to save, spend or invest elsewhere, each will require a different mortgage solution. Here are some guidelines to consider at each stage of life when deciding what direction to take with your mortgage.

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