The right type of mortgage for every stage of life

When you’re buying or refinancing a home, the mortgage that’s right for you may depend on where you are in your life. Your mortgage is a part of your lifelong financial strategy, and it should change and evolve with you and your household’s needs, goals and circumstances. Whether you want the most affordable payment available, ...

How to make your home pet-friendly

An estimated 67% of U.S. households are home to one or more pets. These animals bring a special joy to many homes, but they also bring unique needs. If you have a pet or plan to get one, here are some ways you can make your home more pet-friendly.

Why you should check your credit reports regularly

As many as 1 in 3 Americans don’t check their credit reports. Are you one of them? You’re entitled by law to check your reports for free once per year, and as of this writing, free weekly credit reports are available through December 2022. If you’re not already checking your credit reports, here’s what you ...

Why more homebuyers are bidding above asking price

Buying a home has traditionally involved negotiating the sale price down from the seller’s asking price. Recently, however, the opposite has become common. Thanks to the hot real estate market, as many as half of all home sales now close for more than asking price. Here’s why this is occurring and how you can decide ...

Smart ways to use your tax refund

Last year, the average federal tax refund was over $2,500. Tax refunds are a happy windfall for many people, and it’s tempting to spend that lump sum of cash on something fun. However, if you can resist the urge to splurge, here are four ways you can invest your refund toward your future:

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