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Should You Buy or Rent a Home?

If you’re feeling stressed about rising rents and interest rates, you are not alone. Most American renters say their rents increased in the past 12 months, and for many, their wage gains didn’t keep pace. In addition, mortgage rates have reached a two-decade … read more

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Helping Teens Develop Financial Literacy

Developing financial knowledge and effective money management habits are important steppingstones for teenagers to become financially stable adults who aspire to build assets and achieve personal goals. For example, most teens (88%) would like to own a home someday, according to a survey … read more

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What to Do if Your Mortgage Application is Denied

If you dream of homeownership, having your mortgage application denied can be devastating. If this does happen to you, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. In 2020, 13 percent of all purchase mortgage applications — a total of nearly 650,000 — … read more

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home insurance

What You Need to Know About Insurance when Moving and Buying a Home

Much of the country is still in the middle of a red-hot real estate market. Home values have been rising due to high demand and first-time homebuyers should be aware of how the value of their home impacts the way their insurance premiums … read more

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Kitsap Area Ranks Well for DIYers

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago, living space has taken on new importance for many Americans. From early COVID lockdowns to lasting remote or hybrid work arrangements, people have been spending more time at home and collectively … read more

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homes

Moved and bought a home? Here’s what you should know

Much of the country is still in the middle of a red-hot real estate market. Home values are rising due to high demand and first-time homebuyers should be aware of how the value of their home impacts the way their premiums are calculated. … read more

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A National Look at the Homebuying Market

What might the housing market look like in 2022? Mortgage Cadence, a digital mortgage lending company, surveyed over 1,000 Americans to better understand this year’s opinions. For many people, 2021 was the year to buy a home. Whether it was first-time home buyers, … read more

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home offices

Tips for Taking Write-Offs on Home Office Updates

Home business owners may not always be aware of the tax write-offs they can take. This includes write-offs on any office expenses or updates, so long as your home office meets certain basic requirements. Ideally, you will work with your accountant on figuring … read more

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Budgeting with the ’50/20/30′ Rule

We just finished the first quarter of 2022. Did you start a budget? If not, don’t make it too complicated. The most important part of preparing a budget is getting started. You can track your spending with Quicken, Mint, Excel or paper and … read more

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