10 Military-Focused Nonprofits Making a Difference

The month of November is typically thought of as a month of gratitude and giving back. Maybe you’ve already maxed out your 2020 charitable giving, but if you happen to be looking for a place to give, consider one of these top ten military-focused nonprofit organizations making a difference.  According to Charity Navigator, annually, over […]

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Avoid the Most Common Mistakes When Buying or Selling a Home

Buying or selling a home will likely be one of the greatest financial decisions most people will make in their lifetime. Oftentimes this decision can be made from a place of feelings and emotion rather than logic and wisdom. For many military families, these decisions are compounded by difficult challenges like unfamiliar markets, doing business […]

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DIY: Simple Technology Upgrades for Your Home

There are simple technology upgrades that you can do in nearly every room in your home. For most, you don’t need expensive or specialty tools. Just a weekend and a little bit of work. Not only will many of these projects lead to a smarter, happier home, but many of them could also add dollars […]

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Can I Afford an Investment Property?

As military members with a transient lifestyle, you may not be able to purchase a home and live there until the mortgage is paid for. Over the course of a career, you may live in dozens of homes. But frequent relocation doesn’t have to mean opting out of making homeownership work for you. In fact, […]

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Teaching Kids About Money in a Creative Way

Only 23% of kids say they talk to their parents regularly about money, according to survey results shared by Money Confident Kids. In a 2014 survey of 15-year-olds in the United States, the Organization for Economic Co‑operation and Development found that 18% did not learn fundamental financial skills that are often applied in everyday situations, […]

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Giving Back This Holiday Season

Something about the smell of pine, the cooler temps, and the Salvation Army bells ringing in the air bring out a sense of goodwill in most folks. Hey, even Mr. Scrooge eventually came around! Seeing as how 30% of all annual charitable donations take place in December, end-of-year giving campaigns are often one of the […]

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First-Time Home Buyer Basics for Military Families

Being a home buyer is overwhelming, but being a first-time military home buyer adds a whole new twist. Not only are you going through the emotional process of choosing the right home for your family and your finances, but you’re also thinking through the layers of other circumstances that may impact your purchase. What if […]

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DIY: Under-Cabinet Lighting

If you’ve bought or sold a house, or even if you’re just beginning that adventure for the first time, you’ve likely heard about the importance of a kitchen. For many families, a kitchen is much more than where you assemble the meals that sustain your family (or hang takeout menus with magnets on your refrigerator). […]

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How to Improve Your Credit Score

If you’re even considering purchasing a home, you should be paying attention to your credit history. When was the last time you checked your FICO score? It’s a good idea to check your score at least annually to see what your score is and if there’s anything incorrectly reported that could be counted against you. […]

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What We Wish You Knew Before Buying a Home

Experienced real estate agents are accustomed to working with clients who have a wide range of knowledge, from first-time buyers just learning words like “mortgage” and “escrow” to multiple property investors exchanging homes as tax shelters. Those of us who primarily serve a military market are more likely to work with clients looking for their […]

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