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Planning for Retirement: A Checklist

Planning for retirement is a manifold and ongoing process, with many variables to consider. Dive into it with this checklist, courtesy of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC): • Map out a yearly budget for each year you plan to be retired, up to age 100. Expect to need 80 percent of your current annual income each year, minus anticipated... (more)

3 Reasons to Remodel This Fall

Most house remodels occur in spring and summer, when the weather is unlikely to derail a project—but according to one expert, another season is just as ideal for remodels: FALL. Why fall? Dan Fritschen, product manager at RemodelOrMove.com and author of six books on home remodeling, lists three reasons: 1. The off-season means more contractors are available for... (more)

3 Tips to Keep in Mind as You Search for a Starter Home

Two generation family looking at a house for sale Buying your first home is an exciting milestone, one marked with a fear of the unknown and a level of excitement at what’s to come. And for many first-time buyers, a starter home is a great investment. A starter home is perfect for those who want the independence of living in their own home, but don’t quite have... (more)

4 Tips to Consider When Moving to a New State

Relocating to a new state offers the opportunity to start fresh and experience a life you may not have otherwise planned. But, like anything new, moving can present its own unique challenges, from organizing what to bring and discard, to deciding where to enroll the kids in school, to ensuring everyone remains happy and positive. Truly, the devil is in the details. But... (more)

5 Tips to Reduce Your Monthly Energy Expenses

Energy bills are way too high, and unfortunately energy-saving methods, like solar panels and high-efficiency appliances, cost money, too. However, there are many ways to reduce energy expenses without spending anything. Here are five practical, energy-saving tips. 1. Unplug Devices and Keep Lights Off The household appliances that tend to use the most energy... (more)

10 Stress-Less Tips for a Move

Do you know upwards of 15 million people move during peak real estate season? Moving is an exciting time, but can also be overwhelming. Take the stress out of the process with these tips, courtesy of Penske Truck Rental: 1. Prepare to pack. Save time by ordering moving supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, labels and tape in advance online. 2. Purge. Less is... (more)

What to Do If Your Home Has Radon

Do you know radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most homes with high levels of radon gas can be remedied. If you have tested your home for radon and have confirmed elevated radon levels (4 picocuries per liter in air [pCi/L] or higher), consult your local health agency or radon authority... (more)

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