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How to Budget For Your Next Home Renovation

November 8, 2021

In 2020, Americans spent much more time than usual working, eating and entertaining themselves inside their homes. That’s due in no small part to the COVID-19 pandemic. One study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found Americans spent 10 waking hours a day at home in 2020; in 2019 it was less than eight hours a day.

That meant Americans also had more time to scrutinize their spaces — which has led to a serious home improvement boom. Spending for nearly every kind of home improvement and renovation project, from painting and other minor facelifts to a complete home renovation, grew nearly 3% to $420 billion in 2020, and it’s expected to grow another 4% by the end of 2021.

Posted in: home, improvement, loan, money, remodel, save

What Are FHA Loans for First-Time Home Buyers?

October 15, 2021

Being a first-time home buyer is equal parts exciting and stressful. The idea of finding the home of your dreams to start the next chapter of your life is thrilling, but the thought of making such a major financial commitment is nerve-wracking. And once you start the process, your head can go spinning. What are FHA loans? How do I obtain a mortgage? What other types of mortgages are available? What are closing costs?

The best thing you can do as a first-time home buyer is to take things one step at a time. The first step to buying your first house is obtaining a mortgage. Several factors go into choosing the right one, which you will walk through in this article. Learning the types of loans available to you will help you make an informed decision about your finances now and well into the future.
 

Posted in: buyer, FHA, first-time, home, loan, mortgage, VA

Scenarios When You Should Refinance an Auto Loan

October 4, 2021

If you find yourself asking, “Should I refinance my auto loan?” it probably means you’re unhappy with your current monthly payment. If you’re ready for a change, now is a good time to look into auto loan refinancing.
Refinancing an auto loan is often a great way to save money on your monthly payments, but it’s not the best option for everyone. Doing your due diligence is important to make the best decision for your unique financial situation.

Posted in: auto, loan, refinance

Just Got Engaged? Here's How Your Local Bank Can Help You Afford Your Wedding

August 3, 2021

Wedding costs can vary depending on the location and the type of the wedding you plan, and more and more, couples are paying for a significant portion of their wedding, if not the whole event. Even if you try to be frugal, a wedding is often a big expense. The right banking partner can help you come up with ideas for how to save for a wedding.

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How Do Home Construction Loans Work?

June 28, 2021

Building a new house can be an exciting time. You’re preparing to customize your home to suit your needs exactly — maybe you’ve even been dreaming about this house for a long time. To help prepare you for financing a new build, we’ve outlined some key points of home construction loans, so you can move forward with more confidence.

Posted in: a, build, construction, home, loan, mortgage, renovation