Energy Upgrades Can Improve Property Value, But Are There Financing Pitfalls?

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There are loads of good reasons to make energy efficient improvements to your home but choose wisely to get the most bang for your buck.  Not only does it matter what you upgrade but even more important is how you pay for those improvements.  That tankless hot water heater could land you in financial hot water if you’re not careful! New windows, doors, roof, insulation, et cetera will all make your home more comfortable and potentially more attractive as well as increasing the value.  Few…

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Do you Know How to Recognize an Email Scam?

Email scams are on the rise.  Do you know how to recognize an email scam?  The scammers have become much more clever than they used to be and are spoofing different service providers than were previously targeted.  Check out the video to learn how to recognize a scam and protect yourself from theft of money or identity. The latest scams purport to be from Docusign, a trusted eSigning service and Amazon, the popular shopping site.  Don’t be fooled into clicking a link that looks legit!…

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Should You Pay A Record Retention Fee When Buying or Selling a Home?

Most real estate agents work on a commission basis.  That means that whether you are buying a home or selling your house, the agent representing you is most often paid as a percentage of the purchase price. An excellent agent is worth every penny they get paid.  And sometimes, worth much more than the commission earned on a particular transaction.  For example, right now I’m involved in what should have been a simple, slam-dunk transaction that has dragged on for 10 weeks and involved much…

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5 Easy Ways to Save Money in 2016

As a new year begins, many folks are making resolutions about how this year will be different than last year.  One of the popular resolutions each year is to save money. What’s important about saving money to you?  Thinking about a vacation, a new car, or buying a home?  No matter what’s important to you, these tips can help with the savings. So let’s look at the top five easy ways to save money in the new year:  Change your smoke alarm and CO detector…

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