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Home Improvements for Building Equity in Lancaster, PA

access_time Posted on: October 4th, 2022

Central Pennsylvania’s property market continues to run red hot, which means it’s a great time to be a homeowner here in Lancaster. Even if you aren’t ready to sell just yet, strong housing prices mean every dollar spent on your home goes a little bit further. Here’s how to build equity in your home by making some smart choices about home improvements. How to Build Home Equity With Home Improvements Home improvements are a great way to get more out of your biggest investment — your house. With property prices still on the rise throughout Lancaster County, money spent on improvements that your family can enjoy today will be worth… read more »

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Here’s How to Take Advantage of the Student Loan Forgiveness Program

access_time Posted on: September 28th, 2022

The average undergraduate student now graduates with nearly $25,000 in debt. Under an unprecedented student loan forgiveness plan announced by the White House, millions of Americans could have all or some of their outstanding student loan debt to the federal government erased. Let’s take a look at how student loan forgiveness could affect your school loans and some smart ways that you could use the extra money in your pocket if all or part of your federal loans are forgiven. What Is Student Loan Forgiveness 2022? The student debt relief plan announced by President Joe Biden aims to ease the burden of the almost $1.6 trillion in federal student loan… read more »

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The Housing Market & Your Home Equity

access_time Posted on: September 16th, 2022

Home prices are rising across the U.S. along with interest rates and the cost of living. But it’s not all bad news. When the market value of your home increases, the amount of home equity you have goes up with it.  You can then use your home equity to fund improvements (or anything else!), which will increase the value of your home even more. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the current housing market and how it impacts your home equity. What Is Home Equity? Home equity is the difference between what your home is currently worth and what you owe on your mortgage. Here’s… read more »

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Qualifying for a Mortgage: What You Need to Know

access_time Posted on: August 8th, 2022

Qualifying for a mortgage is a big step on the way to becoming a homeowner. Here’s what you need to know about credit checks, pre-qualification, income verification, and down payments. How to Qualify for a Mortgage Qualifying for a mortgage means you are firmly on the road to becoming a homeowner, but getting there can be a nerve-wracking process! Let’s take a look at what goes into a typical mortgage approval process and answer some of the questions you may have. What Do You Need to Qualify for a Mortgage? To qualify for a mortgage you’ll need to demonstrate to your bank or credit union that you’re willing and able… read more »

Can I Refinance My Home Equity Loan?

access_time Posted on: July 22nd, 2022

Can I refinance my home equity loan? Many homeowners wonder if refinancing an existing home equity loan or line of credit is a good idea. Let’s look at why you might want to refinance your existing loan and how to go about doing it. Double Dip: Can I Refinance My Home Equity Loan? Your home is your most valuable investment and many property owners leverage that value with a home loan or line of credit. Changes in the property market and your personal financial situation might have you wondering if it is possible—and smart—to refinance your existing loan. Why Refinance? While there’s theoretically no limit to the number of times… read more »

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How to Pay Off a Mortgage Early

access_time Posted on: July 14th, 2022

Paying off your mortgage early comes with a variety of benefits like eliminating debt, saving money on interest payments, and increasing your cash flow! Your mortgage payment is likely to be your highest monthly payment amount.  Keep reading below where we cover some tips and strategies for early payoff. Take these into consideration to help you achieve your goal of paying off your mortgage early. Benefits of Paying Off Your Mortgage Early The sooner that you pay off your mortgage, the less interest you’ll have to pay on the loan. This can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your loan regardless of your chosen term!  Using your… read more »

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What Higher Mortgage Rates Mean for Buyers Now

access_time Posted on: June 28th, 2022

The Fed’s aggressive rate hike at the beginning of May has reshaped the real estate landscape. Let’s take a look at what higher mortgage rates mean for homebuyers. Silver Linings: Higher Mortgage Rates Might Not Be All Bad Everyone knew it was coming and now it’s here: the Federal Reserve’s rate hike in May was the sharpest in 22 years. At first glance, the move is bad news for would-be homebuyers, signaling an end to rock-bottom mortgage rates, but there are some glimmers of hope for those struggling to get into the nation’s overheated housing market. More Expensive Money Mortgage rates have been rising since the start of the year… read more »

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Home Buying Strategies for a Competitive Real Estate Market

access_time Posted on: June 17th, 2022

Housing is in high demand in central Pennsylvania as young families and retirees flock to the area’s spacious suburbs and livable cities. Read on for some handy home buying strategies to help you snag your slice of the action.   The Location You Want, The Home Buying Strategies You Need   Hoping to buy a house in Lancaster County or Harrisburg? You better look sharp. Housing in the area continues to be in high demand as more and more city folk look for greener pastures in the wake of the pandemic. Going Upcountry Areas around Harrisburg and throughout Lancaster County have been drawing increasing numbers of retirees and young families, attracted by… read more »

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Credit Cards

access_time Posted on: May 24th, 2022

Credit cards are everywhere! In fact, the average American has four credit cards and that number is only going up. Credit cards are versatile financial tools that come with many benefits. But there are also some disadvantages of which you should be aware. Keep reading to learn more. 7 Advantages of Credit Cards Whether it’s one of the major credit cards or a retail card specific to one store or brand, credit cards make it easy to purchase items you need, and those you want. The following seven advantages of credit cards make it hard to ignore their usefulness. 1. They’re Convenient Cash is anything but convenient. For starters, you’ve… read more »

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What You Should Know Before Getting a Mortgage

access_time Posted on: May 18th, 2022

Buying a home is an exciting experience! And, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you understand the steps. Whether or not you’ve been through the process, if you’re considering buying a home, now is the time to brush up on what to know about mortgages before applying. Here, we’ll walk you through how mortgage payments work, the application process, and what mortgage options you have once you’ve made the purchase. How Mortgage Interest Works When it comes time to purchase a home, you’ll hear a lot about rates. Think of an interest rate as the price you pay for using someone else’s money. More specifically, your mortgage rate is… read more »

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