Tips for the first time home buyer

Shopping for a new home for the first time? Here are some resources and tips that can help you through your decision-making process.

Thinking about a new home?

Home Buying Process

Here are some financial savings, life considerations & steps to be aware of regardless of where you are in the home buying journey.

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

Every neighborhood has something different to offer. The trick is to figure out what matters to you and then learn how to find a good neighborhood that's the best possible match.

How to Navigate the Process as a First Time Home Buyer

Buying a home for the first time can be daunting.

House Hunting

House hunting, getting a mortgage and prequalifying for a mortgage loan takes some research and thought to avoid wasting time and expensive risks.

Do You Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy a House

While it's possible to buy or sell a house without a realtor, there are advantages that you shouldn't discount because you think it will save money.

House Shopping: Rent vs. Buy?

Weigh the pros and cons to determine which is best for you.

Home Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Avoid making these home buying mistakes whether you are a first time home owner or a veteran home buyer.

What to Know Before You Buy That Fixer-Upper

Buying a fixer-upper? Be sure you know what you are getting yourself into as you renovate your home after purchase.

Looking for a mortgage?

Fixed Rate Mortgage vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Learn the differences between a fixed rate mortgage vs an adjustable rate mortgage in order to make your decision.

Home Inspection: What's Included and Not?

A home inspector can help make sure your dream home won't be a nightmare. Also learn what to expect before the inspection.

Buying a Home

There are advantages and disadvantages to buying or renting homes. What should be considered when looking for a home? Learn how to search for a home and what to consider when financing.

Closing Documents to Keep After Closing

A guide to the closing documents you should keep after you buy your house and and what you can get rid of.

Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

Prepare by budgeting for the other charges and costs associated with buying a home, even if you've bought before.

Moving tips

The Ins and Outs of Moving Insurance

Your belongings probably aren't covered while in transit, so consider getting coverage.

How to Pack a Storage Unit and Protect What's Stored in Them

Tips for selecting a rental storage unit, packing personal possessions, and how to protect everything.

Moving? Don't Forget to Make Insurance Changes Too

Before you move, you should move insurance by talking with your agent. Read why transferring insurance is so important.

Questions to Ask if You're Considering Downsizing

Questioning whether downsizing your home is the right choice? This video will answer all your questions before you decide to downsize.

Insurance articles to consider

Times to Review Your Insurance

Insurance protects you, your family, and your property, but it can only do its job if it's up to date.

What To Consider When Choosing a Beneficiary

What factors should you consider when choosing a beneficiary?

Reasons to Buy Life Insurance

Life insurance is often thought of as a way to protect loved ones by providing for final expenses and estate taxes but you can think beyond that.

What Is Life Insurance

Life insurance is a simple way to plan for the financial future of people you love. Make informed decisions about the right ways to keep your family protected.

Is Life Insurance Worth It?

Deciding if life insurance is worth buying starts with looking at what's important to you and how you want to protect it.

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Here are some of the main factors to consider when you start thinking about the people & assets you want to protect & how long you want to protect them.

Home Inventory How to Create One

A home inventory is a way to help make home or renters insurance coverage decisions & expedite the insurance claims process after theft, damage or loss.

How To Be Prepared for Home Insurance Reviews

Make sure you regularly review your home insurance coverage to be properly covered. Here are some tips to have a good insurance review.

Insurance Questions to Ask Your Agent

Insurance needs are ever-changing — which means you probably have questions. Here are 5 that are important to ask.

What if Insurance Is Not Enough to Cover Damages?

You may want to consider a personal article insurance or personal liability insurance policy to help protect your possessions, home and future earnings.

Personal property and casualty insurance

What is Personal Property and Casualty Insurance? Learn more information on automobile, homeowners, watercraft, condo, renters and more.

Tips for home maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance Essentials, Inside and Out

Get ready for spring by adding these indoor and outdoor tasks to your routine.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall home maintenance tasks can be dangerous — know the risks and follow these safety tips as you get your home ready for fall.

DIY Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your home to protect against snow and below-freezing temps can help your home withstand the ups, downs and erratic moods of Mother Nature.

Summer Home Maintenance

Summer home maintenance can be done by checking appliances, caring for the house's exterior, being safe in the garage and caring for your landscaping.

What Not to Store in the Garage

Wondering what not to store in the garage? Some items might surprise you. Learn more about what can stay and what should be stored elsewhere.

What Not To Store In The Basement

Finished and unfinished basement storage can be tricky. Follow a few rules to make sure you keep the right things in your home's lower level.

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