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Home improvements are not all equal.  Some provide more value for resale than others. However resale value is not the only criteria that should be used to determine the projects to complete. Deciding which home improvement projects make financial sense is not an easy task.

Are you planning to buy a home this spring or summer? Now is really the time to start planning to make sure you are well prepared to get the best rate, price and have the best experience.  And, you will want to be the most attractive buyer in a seller’s market.

Before transitioning from renter to homeowner, it’s important to consider the true costs of home ownership. To find out what you can really afford, make sure to include items from the list below in addition to the sale price of the home.

Buying your first home can be exciting and scary. Where do you begin and how do you know what’s right for you? FORUM offers great resources to help you get started.

Categories: Homeownership, Planning

​Buying a home is likely the largest purchasing decision you’ll ever make. When getting started, it’s important to determine your needs versus your wants. This includes everything from the location of the house all the way down to the bathroom layout. You may not be able to have everything you want, but creating a list will help you prioritize what is most important to you in a home.

This is the time of year that everyone starts thinking about all the ways their current house doesn’t fit their needs.  Should you start looking for your next dream home now?  Here are a few questions you should consider before deciding the answer.

Categories: Homeownership

To rent or to buy? That is the question! Both renting a place or buying a home come with advantages and disadvantages to consider. It can be difficult to tell which is a better deal, but ultimately it needs to make sense for your own financial situation.

Are you thinking of buying a home this year?  Are you not sure if you are really ready to buy a home?  There are a few important questions that you have to ask yourself. And you need to really make an honest evaluation of your current financial situation.  This self-review is key to making the right decision regarding homeownership.

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