The recent Equifax global settlement in connection to a massive data breach, only proves that identity theft is almost impossible to avoid. As security information experts continuously work hard to protect our sensitive information, cybercriminals also work double-time to find security loopholes to steal our information. Although it’s almost impossible to avoid identity theft and fraud, there are steps we can do to reduce its risks.
Summer makes it perfect for families to enjoy sumptuous grilled foods. However, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) noted that grilling puts many homes at risk of catching fire. As we plan to enjoy grilling during the summer months, it’s critical that we practice safe grilling techniques to prevent house fires.
Eligible veterans planning to buy a home next year may take advantage of an expanded Veterans Affairs program that may allow them to fulfill their ultimate dream home. This could be a great chance for deserving veterans and their spouses to secure a comfortable lifestyle after serving the country. However, what they may not realize are the fees associated if they wish to avail of the VA Home Loan Guaranty benefit.
Upon hearing the term “smart home” you may have flashbacks of The Jetsons, Back to the Future II or other futuristic depictions of fully-automated homes that prepare your dinner and take care of your laundry. It may seem silly, but we are moving closer to that reality every day.
Whether you’re planning to stay in your home for several more years or are looking to move within months, it’s never too early to start thinking about what it will take to get top dollar for your home. Fortunately, there are a few quick and inexpensive things you can do now to boost your home’s value so that once the time comes to go on market, you don’t find yourself with an overwhelming to do list.
Setting a budget and saving money for a down payment can be a challenge, but a gift from a willing (and generous) family member can certainly help reduce the financial strain. However, before you head to the bank to make the deposit, there are some rules and requirements that you should know about accepting gift funds.
By now you’ve heard tons of cost-effective, energy-efficient tips for keeping your home warm in the winter; make sure doors and windows are insulated, use a programmable thermostat and maintain your heating system, close the fireplace damper, etc.
It’s that time of year when the housing market traditionally tends to slow down. How can you make sure your home still sells as quickly as it would in a hot market? Some sellers are taking the extra step and utilizing these four early-bird tactics to ensure that their home has gained so much interest that it’s scooped up as soon as it hits the MLS.
Considering buying your first house? Before you can open the door to your new abode, you’ll first need to tackle the homebuying process. For first time buyers, this process can be especially daunting. To help make your first purchase a smooth one, avoid these six first time homebuyer potential pitfalls:
The Millennial generation is vastly different than previous generations, and it has affected many aspects of our society. Millennials’ lifestyles and preferences have even started to alter the real estate world. Let’s take a look at how Millennials are shaking up the housing market: