Home ownership is an excellent way to invest in your future. What if you are upside down on your current mortgage and need a loan modification, though? Perhaps you are unable to find a lender to give you a mortgage loan because you do not have decent credit? Do you have to move or need a bigger house because your family has outgrown your current dwelling but have little equity?
Are you a veteran who is considering buying or refinancing your home? You have spent most of your life helping others. You have given all you have, day in and day out. It’s not just a career for you. It’s who you are. There may even have been a moment or two when you have questioned if anyone in the United States appreciates what you have done for our country. We do. We really do, and we want to help you with some tips to save you money during this process.
Buying a home is one of the most significant and influential decisions you’ll ever have to make. Being a homeowner is an achievement of which to be proud. However, just because you can buy a home, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily ready to. There are several things you should look at in your lifestyle and personal feelings before making such a decision. If you’re considering home ownership and you’re not sure if you’re ready yet, here are five signs that point to yes.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
Hero Eleanor Mardin is based in scenic Holderness, NH, an area surrounded by lakes and other nature to explore. After proudly serving in the US Navy (EN1SW, 1981-1985) for more than a decade, she continues her dedication to country and community as a fire chief. We asked Mardin about her life in the Navy, her experiences as a firefighter and fire chief, and her dedication to her community and family.
“Never take counsel of your fears” Stonewall Jackson
Staff Sergeant Justin Keplinger is stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, where he proudly serves as a Signal Collection Analyst and Airborne Jumpmaster Senior Rated Parachutist. Staff Sergeant Keplinger has served in the United States Army for 15 years and has been at his current duty station since 2011. Staff Sergeant Keplinger is a dedicated soldier, husband to his wife, Kacy, father to his son, Jackson, and servant to his church and community. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, he is mentoring the youth at his church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Of serving others, he says “I can think of no higher calling than to serve someone other than yourself.”
Few things in life are as stressful as selling a house. To make it worse, sometimes a property just sits on the market without any prospective buyers. If you’re frantic because your home hasn’t sold yet, here are seven reasons why it may not be selling.
What do you want prospective buyers to remember after visiting your home? On average, they will have under an hour to visit every room, ask a few questions and revisit the master bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. They need to focus and imagine their family living in your house. Anything that distracts them or repels them from imagining living there can lose you a potential sale. Here are eight decorating trends that can turn off prospective buyers.
Being a military spouse is challenging on many levels. This life may not be what you imagined or desired for yourself or your family. Having a spouse who is in the military can leave you and your family alone for long periods of time. It can get challenging to cope with, especially when making major decisions without their input. This life is different than those who don’t have loved ones deployed overseas in dangerous environments that leave you guessing if they’re okay. As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, you move around frequently and can’t plan on staying in the same place for long. These moves might require you to buy or sell your home just to remain as close as possible to the person you committed to sharing your life.
Teachers across the nation are suffering from a burnout epidemic. Being a good teacher is physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding. It requires a lot of long hours and dedication to giving students the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and life. They are the backbone of our society, but they are exhausted.