Should You Finish Your Basement?

You bought your house with its unfinished basement assuming it would suffice as a storage and laundry area. Now you’re having second thoughts about it. Turning it into a safe, comfortable recreation area seems tempting, but ...

How to Budget for Your First Home

Homeownership is an exciting achievement, but it’s also a huge responsibility. Entering into home-ownership when you’re ready is more important than doing so right away. Starting off on the right foot can positively impact ...

What to Know Before Buying an Old Home

Old homes can be attractive to buyers because they often boast lower selling prices than new homes, offer unique character not found in new builds, and give buyers a chance to restore something to its former glory or make it all ...

Pros and Cons of Building an Addition

Your needs are changing and your family is growing, so the house you live in no longer suits you. The most common solution is to move into a bigger house, but that’s not necessarily your best option. Building an addition onto ...

How Much Should You Spend on Housing?

When you’re laying out your budget, housing money is probably a pretty big chunk. After all, shelter is one of the most basic human needs. Before you sign up for a new lease or mortgage, make sure that the monthly payments won’t ...

Determining If You Should Build An In-Law Suite

Opening your home to family is a wonderful gesture, but if your home is not equipped with enough space or privacy to accommodate their needs, you might be considering constructing an in-law suite into or onto your home. Before ...

The Cost of Breaking Your Lease

When you sign up to rent an apartment or house, you sign a lease that sets out how much you will pay to live there and for how long. If you need to move out before the time is up, you will need to break your lease. Depending on ...

Home Equity Line of Credit vs. Home Equity Loan

If you’re in need of funds for home repairs, renovations, or paying down high-interest debt, you may have considered a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit. While both of these financial options allow you to borrow ...

New House vs. Home Improvements

Sometimes it’s hard not to be tempted by the greener grass of a new home, especially if your home isn’t exactly how you want it to look or function. But the idea of putting your house on the market and leaving your beloved ...

Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly with a Loan

Taking out a loan to improve your home might make you think of gutting your kitchen, updating your bathroom or even adding on an addition or finishing out the basement for more living space. These projects will certainly improve ...