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Home and Mortgage | Home Improvements

Looking to Move? Here Are the Best Home Improvements for Resale

By: America's Credit Union
March 12th, 2019

When considering investing money in home improvements for resale, you should have two primary goals: improving your home's appeal and increasing property value. Expenses which do neither, aren't worth the money or the time. Consider the following renovations, upgrades and repairs that will help you sell your house more quickly for more money.

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Home & Mortgage Tips | Home and Mortgage

Quick Tips To Increase the Value of Your Home

By: America's Credit Union
March 10th, 2019

When it comes to increasing the value of your home, you should not spend home improvement dollars willy-nilly; some upgrades and renovations are considered more valuable than others.  Rather than putting your hard-earned cash down the garbage disposal in unnecessary expenses, consider the following checklist of home improvement items that are worth every penny.

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Home & School | Home and Mortgage

Two Top Ways to Use Your Home Equity to Remodel

By: America's Credit Union
March 7th, 2019

At its core, the concept behind home equity is a simple one.  It’s a term that describes the market value of the “unencumbered interest” in your home – meaning, the difference between the fair market or “appraised” value and the outstanding balance of any and all loans that you may still owe. Home equity is calculated by taking 80% of that value and subtracting the loan balances. So, if your home was worth $200,000 and you still owed $100,000: $200,000  x  80%  =  $160,000   -$100,000      $60,000             The equity on your home would be $60,000.            What a lot of people don’t realize (especially first time homeowners,) is that it’s definitely possible to remodel your home to help it look and feel precisely how you want it and improve the amount of equity you have at the exact same time. Below are two responsible home equity techniques that you’re definitely going to want to know more about.

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Home and Mortgage | Mortgage Payment

How To Increase the Value of Your Home Before Listing It For Sale

By: America's Credit Union
March 5th, 2019

Whether you're about to list your house for sale or you've just moved in and plan to stay a while, you should make the most of the money you invest into your home in the form of upgrades, repairs and remodels. To be sure you see a return on these types of investments, you must spend your money wisely, making not just the upgrades that you would enjoy having in your home, but also those that will increase your home's value from the perspective of potential buyers and future appraisers. Consider the following tips before you decide which upgrades are worth it and which renovations can wait for the next owner's bank account.

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Insider | Life

Many Businesses Don't Have a Succession Plan

By: America's Credit Union
February 22nd, 2019

Change management is always a major concern for organizations, but few challenges are more disruptive than an executive departure.

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Home & School | Personal Finance | Investing & Retirement | Life | Budgeting | Savings Plan

The Impact of Taxes in Retirement

By: America's Credit Union
February 15th, 2019

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Personal Finance | Savings Plan

More Than Half of Americans Can't Cover a $1,000 Emergency with Savings, According to LendingTree Survey

By: America's Credit Union
February 6th, 2019

Only 48 percent of Americans say they could handle a $1,000 emergency expense using cash or savings in their bank accounts, a survey from online loan marketplace LendingTree finds.

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Interest Rates | Home Prices

Higher Interest Rates Won’t Stop First-Time Home Buyers, According to Zillow

By: America's Credit Union
February 4th, 2019

Home values have become more sensitive to changing mortgage interest rates as rates climb back toward historic norms. Years of rates near historic lows have kept monthly payments manageable even as home values were rapidly rising.

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Insider | Home & School | Life

A Robotic Companion for Your Pet

By: America's Credit Union
January 30th, 2019

Even pet play is being taken over by robots.

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Many Finance Execs Willing to Provide Tuition Reimbursement

By: America's Credit Union
January 25th, 2019

A college diploma may not always be required for new hires in accounting and finance, especially when it comes to functional areas such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit and collections, and payroll, according to staffing firm Robert Half.

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