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Mortgage Payments Are Getting Relatively Cheaper
Posted Thursday January 23, 2020 in Mortgage

The average mortgage payment is about $1,500 per month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, coming in at about the same amount as the cost of renting (the average cost to rent was $1,476 in October). Mortgage payments have decreased about 3% since mid-2018. They’re expected to get even lower this year, possibly 3.3% to… Read more »

Benefits of Quartz Countertops
Posted Thursday January 16, 2020 in DIY Home Improvement

For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of activity. It is where meals are made—and sometimes eaten—and functions as a gathering spot for family and friends. So as the epicenter of so much action, your kitchen deserves to be functional and stylish—and that all starts with your countertops. Lately, the countertop surface that’s… Read more »

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Fixer-Upper in Maui
Posted Thursday January 9, 2020 in Real Estate

The last thing you want to do is purchase a home that ends up costing you more to fix than you calculated for. So before you spend a lot of your time and money on a fixer-upper, you need to know the questions to ask first. Is the Investment Worth It? Deciding on whether to… Read more »

Signs Your Maui Home May Have Termites
Posted Thursday January 2, 2020 in Home Improvement

Although you’ve probably heard of people having rat and roach infestations, people often forget about termites because their effects aren’t as visible. Termites are small insects that eat through and live in wood. If you reside in an area where termites are common, it’s important you know what to look for: The Sounds Despite their… Read more »

When a House Becomes a Home
Posted Thursday December 26, 2019 in Real Estate

We talk a lot about why it makes financial sense to buy a home in , but more often than not we’re drawn to the emotional reasons for homeownership. No matter the size or shape of a living space, the feeling of a home means different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent… Read more »

States With the Largest Home Equity Gains
Posted Thursday December 19, 2019 in Real Estate

National home equity in the third quarter of 2019 rose 5.1% year over year, reaching an average of $5,300 per homeowner, according to CoreLogic’s Home Equity Report. States that saw the largest equity gains are Idaho (where homeowners saw an average increase of $25,800), Wyoming ($24,000), Utah ($21,000), and Montana ($17,800). Meanwhile, the number of… Read more »