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close-up of a residential septic tank system.
It’s a home feature that can make prospective buyers nervous: a septic tank. Part of a home’s wastewater system, a septic tank is found in households that aren’t served by municipal sewers. Instead, these standalone systems are designed to dispose of and treat the household’s wastewater independently, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If you’re…
family of three walking around the park..
Moving can be a lot to handle, especially if you’re relocating with your kids. If your family is in the process of a move, here are some things to think about to help you settle in. 1. Get Schooled Selecting a new school for your child can seem daunting. If you’re unsure about where to…
couple discussing home purchasing contract with lender.
House hunting can be a little stressful, especially if your dream home is located in a sought-after area. So, how do you put in an offer that will be accepted? How do you get the upper hand in a bidding war? Here are some home-buying tips to help get you started: Set the Stage Start…
group of neighbors having a picnic in a front yard.
What a great feeling when you finally turn the key and open the door to your new home. After you settle in, you may start to wonder about the new neighbors. They’re likely to be as curious about you as you are about them. And while the practice of existing residents greeting new neighbors may…
young couple looking at house from the driveway.
If you’re moving to a new home, you may likely text or email your loved ones to inform them of your new place. Both are efficient methods, and they get the job done. But there are some more creative ways to announcing your next move. Here are five fun ideas on how you can let…
hands holding piggy bank and model home.
Mortgages may seem to have a language all their own. Whether you’re a veteran homeowner or looking to buy a home for the first time, you may want to keep this mortgage 101 glossary handy. Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM) An ARM is a mortgage with interest rates and payments that may vary, says Trulia. How frequently it varies depends on…
five townhomes in a row.
When you moved into your townhome, you probably loved everything about it — the high ceilings, the spacious kitchen and most of all, the neighborhood. Once you added your personal touches, you may have thought, “I’m finally home.” But if you’re looking to have a family sometime soon, your small space in a bustling part…
home safety
Home safety may not be the first thing you think about when moving into a new home. Sure, you may have had a home inspector check the property before you bought the place, but this inspection may not find every defect in a home. To help guide you, here’s a home safety checklist you may want to…
first-time homebuyers
Dreaming about your first home? Some first-time homebuyers can tell you, buying a home can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience. Before you start viewing listings and attending open houses, it helps to learn about your financing options. There’s a chance that your first purchase may not be your “forever” home, but more likely a…
Keys to Homeownership: Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
First-time homebuyers have a lot to consider as they navigate the road to homeownership. From figuring out finances to choosing the right neighborhood to making sure everything is in order for the closing, it may be easy to become overwhelmed. The PDF below may help make the process a bit easier. Download and print these…