New Exclusive Financial Assistance Program Now Available with Colonial

One of the biggest challenges facing potential homebuyers in purchasing a home is saving for the down payment and closing costs. As rent and home prices increase, it can be difficult to save the money necessary for these expenses. ...

What is Escrow?

If you have ever shopped for a house, you have heard of the term “escrow” or the phrase “in escrow.” It’s usually used regarding real estate, but it is also applicable to other large purchases, especially when you want ...

Affected by a Recent Weather Event? We’re Here to Help

Thousands of our family, friends and neighbors have been affected by recent storms, and as a long-time mortgage servicer and insurance provider, we know that it can be challenging to figure out what comes next. Our communities ...

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 ...

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 ...

Overlooked Tax Deductions for Homeowners

While owning a home has its benefits, most homeowners will agree that their mortgage is a hefty expense to pay every month. To lessen the monthly burden of a mortgage payment, here are four tax deductions for which you may qualify ...

Should You Refinance Your Loan?

In some ways, refinancing your current loan for a new loan can feel like trading apples for slightly different apples. You still have a monthly payment and long-term financial responsibilities, but refinancing has the potential ...

Tips for Estate Planning

When it comes to the topic of estates, Stephen White, regional leader of wealth planning for BMO Wealth Management, sums up the importance of having a plan. “Spending a little time to get all your affairs in order is one of ...

How to Maintain the Charm of an Older Home When Remodeling

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to renovate an older home is to implement trendy improvements rather than timeless ones, as Nicole Curtis, host of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict,” relates. She recommends home owners ...

Should You Get a Construction Loan or a Home Equity Line of Credit?

It’s always been your dream not to simply buy a home for retirement, but to build one from the ground up that is perfectly suited to your vision for how you want to spend your twilight years. To achieve this dream, two of the ...