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The 6 Most Overlooked Costs of Owning Your First Home

August 05, 2015


You've gone over your budget, looked at potential places and selected the one that you can see yourself in for years to come. So it's finally time to buy your first home. Congratulations! It's exciting to have a place to call your own, but after you sign the dotted line and walk into your new space you might discover that there were a few things you glazed over on your move-in checklist.

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Topics: Buying a Home

Lake Trust Member Highlight: Sarah, First Time Homebuyer

July 14, 2015


Home isn't just a place where we sleep or store our stuff; it's a mode of self-expression and a marker of where we are geographically and in life. Sometimes we can't really explain what makes a home; maybe it's the people who share the place with us, the decorations that describe who we are or the memories we make while residing there. Because of these things, it's no wonder we get emotionally attached to something that is essentially an organized pile of wood.

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Topics: Buying a Home, Member stories, Be Yourself

9 Ways I Saved On My Kitchen Remodel

May 13, 2015


A kitchen is the focal point of any home. So it's important to have a space that's comfortable to work in and appealing to look at. But with the average price of a kitchen remodel in the tens of thousands, is there really a way you can afford to update your space without breaking your budget?

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Topics: Savings Tips, Buying a Home

5 Steps to Financing Your New Home

March 30, 2015


Spring is just around the corner. Birds are chirping, the snow is melting and “For Sale” signs are popping up in front yards. If it’s time for a change of scenery, you’re going to need financing to get into your new place fast. So what do you need to know about getting a mortgage?
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Topics: Buying a Home, Budgeting

4 Things to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home

March 23, 2015

There comes a point in time when renting an apartment with your buds just doesn’t cut it anymore. The constant stream of people in the house and labeling your food gets annoying after a while. Maybe it’s time to think about your own place. But how do you know when you’re ready to buy a house?

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Topics: Buying a Home

10 Simple Steps of the Home Buying Process

March 16, 2015

Knowing how to navigate through the home buying journey can be overwhelming. We'll help make the process a bit easier by preparing you for what’s ahead.

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Topics: Buying a Home