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8 Ways to Battle Rising Mortgage Rates

An improving housing market is great for the economy but not necessarily for first-time homebuyers. According to HSH.com, mortgage rates rose from 4.4 percent in April up to 4.90 percent in October. While rising mortgage rates certainly make transactions more...

Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered

Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you’ve probably got questions. Here’s a quick guide to get you and your fire started this fall. How do I use a wood-burning fireplace? If a cave man can start a fire, so...

10 Basic Home Insurance Facts

Home insurance may not be the first thing you think of when you start shopping for a mortgage loan, but the two are related. Are you wondering, "Is home insurance important?" A mortgage lender requires you to carry home insurance in order to protect their loan...