Using Home Equity

How to use a HELOC to add value to your home

Homeownership is a powerful investment tool. The more value you add to your home, the more you'll make back when it’s time to sell. If you’re a homeowner with little cash

Home Improvement

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is a time to enjoy you home, not work endlessly on it. But there are still a couple things you should check. We have six tasks to get you ready

Using Home Equity

Should you use home equity to TAKE A VACATION?

If you’re thinking about a vacation and wanting to do something smarter than add to your high-interest credit card balance, is home equity a smart way to go?

Using Home Equity

Transforming your empty nest for guests – is it worth the trouble?

The sharing economy provides flexible options to pad your nest egg. But is the trouble worth it?

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7 ways your home can help with your finances

If you’re like most American families, your home makes up the predominant slice of your household wealth. Do you know all the ways you can be using it?

Using Home Equity

Can home equity help close the college-funding gap?

Getting accepted to college may be the first challenge; figuring out how to pay for it could prove to be more tricky.

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5 ways to stay sane during a renovation

Renovations don't have to be overly stressful. Use these tips to keep things under control

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How to build the backyard of your dreams

Remodeling your backyard is more than just a few new plants or spruced-up deck, here's what to consider

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Regular maintenance can feel like a regular pain, but overlooking small repairs can add up to big bills later.

Home Improvement

How to turn a surprise repair into a smart renovation

A bathroom pipe leak cracks open an opportunity to increase a home’s value for our Head of Wealth

Debt

Financial Literacy: Credit and debt

Having good credit is key to getting good rates when you need to borrow money, which can help your bottom line. But understanding what you can do to impact your credit and how debt can impact you may help you the most in the long run.

Using Home Equity

Could your home equity help lift student debt gloom?

For graduates who were able to buy homes and family who own, equity could be a more affordable way to pay off debt.

Home Improvement

3 ways to avoid hiring a bad contractor

Remodeling your dream home can quickly become a nightmare if you don't hire the right person for the job.

Using Home Equity

Using a home equity loan can be better than a personal loan to pay off your debt

By tapping into on your home’s equity, you can consolidate multiple debts into a single monthly payment and often with significantly lower interest rates.

Using Home Equity

Yes, home equity lines of credit can still have tax benefits*

Home equity debt still has tax benefits that can effectively reduce the cost of home improvement projects.

Home Improvement

5 home improvement projects that pay you back

If you're planning on selling your home in the near future, it's a good idea to consider whether the project will help you command a higher sales price.

Home Improvement

5 home renovations to improve your life and property values

Many home renovations can increase your enjoyment of the property while living there. But it's worth knowing which improvements hold their value.

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How to be smart with home equity

Your home's equity is a valuable asset, and you can use it to fund high-cost goals. But it's critical to use the money wisely.

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The pros and cons of consolidating debt with home equity

Debt is rarely cheap, especially if it’s credit card debt. If you have high-interest debt and a home, it may be worth your time to consider consolidating debt utilizing your home’s equity.

Planning For The Future

How your home can help your retirement

Many retirees have another, often-overlooked asset that can be a source of retirement funds – your home. If you're approaching or already in retirement, you may want to consider how your home could help sustain your lifestyle.

Home Improvement

Why winter can be a great time to remodel

While remodeling in the winter months may require more planning to avoid disruption, you could get a great deal on the work.

Using Home Equity

Cash-out refinances: What you don’t know can hurt you financially

For many, a cash-out refi can appear to be the best option because rates are fixed and seem lower than other equity-out options. However, if you actually dive into the numbers, there are big reasons to not give up a low, fixed-rate mortgage to cash out equity.

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Credit card debt consolidation FAQs

When you consolidate your credit card debt, you’re taking out a new loan to pay off your old loans, and there are some important questions to consider before deciding if it's right for you.

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Home equity for home improvement

Home equity solutions allow you to turn a portion of your home’s equity into cash. There are a number of benefits to using equity to fund your next project.