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Money Experts

What you need to know about rates & down payments… According to Freddie Mac: A person “can get a conforming, conventional mortgage with a down payment of as little as 5 % (sometimes with as little as 3 % coming out of their own pockets)”. Freddie Mac’s purchase of mortgages with down payments under 10…

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Summer Seasonal Maintenance Guide

If you live in the Midwest, here are maintenance jobs you should complete in spring and summer to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in top condition. Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each season to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. What maintenance tasks are…

Connected Homes in Neighborhoods

HOAs: What You Need to Know About Rules

Lobbying for change in your homeowners association’s rules requires procedure, compromise, and perhaps joining the board. If you live in a newer suburban community or planned unit development, you — like some 63 million other Americans, according to the Community Associations Institute — are probably a member of a homeowners association. It’s also a good…

Projects

4 Fun Boredom-Busting Summer Projects for Kids

This summer keep little hands busy while engaging their minds with easy-to-do projects that will banish boredom.   When it comes to kid-friendly projects, a little advance planning helps avoid last-minute trips to the store and provides your child with a smooth DIY experience. While gathering project materials, keep your young person’s safety in mind.…