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Tapping Home Equity: How, When and Why It Makes Sense

As a mortgage is paid down, the difference between what the home is worth and what is still owed — the equity — grows. This equity increases further if the value of the home continues to increase. Equity is considered an asset of the homeowner and is often the largest asset they hold.

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Tips for making a successful offer

There is one crucial milestone that stands between finding the perfect home and getting it before someone else does — a successful offer. In a competitive market sellers have choices and are less inclined to review all offers. Buyers must be prepared to act fast and be savvy with their offers. Standing out from the…

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A Guide to Charitable Giving Strategies

The state of public health and the economy over the past year and a half led large numbers of people to turn to charities for help. These same forces created both challenges and opportunities for business owners and high net worth families, many of whom have reevaluated what they want their legacy to be.

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Education is Key to Keep Ahead of Fraud

Business fraud is as old as business, but it’s constantly evolving and taking new forms. Especially over the past year and a half, with many workers first shifting to their homes and now returning to the office, security gaps and changes in behavior have emerged that fraudsters are able to turn to their advantage.

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Refinancing and divorce

Divorce involves complicated financial matters. Topping that list is jointly owned real estate. If you get the house, what happens next? Are you buying out your partner? What happens to shared earned equity? How will you manage mortgage payments? Can you apply divorce settlements to the loan?

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Managing Your Credit Rating

Credit ratings are an important measure of a person’s financial wellness. Think of them as a report card for your finances. Lenders review credit ratings to determine the risk associated with the requested loan. The higher your credit score is, the more likely it is you will repay your loan. As a result, individuals with…

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