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Don’t Believe These Common Credit Score Myths

The world of credit scores and credit reports can be a bit intimidating and confusing for many people. There’s a lot of information out there, and unfortunately, not all of it is true. In this article, you’ll learn four common credit score myths and what the truth actually is.

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4 Helpful Tips for Choosing a Realtor That’s Right for You

Buying a home is a big financial investment and is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. So, when it comes to choosing a realtor to work with, it’s essential to choose a realtor who has your best interest in mind and can help you get the most out of your time and money.

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How to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Mortgage if You’re Self-Employed

Being self-employed is a dream for many. It offers a fantastic lifestyle that is flexible; you get to be your own boss, and it provides a greater sense of freedom. It does have some challenges, though, and one of those is getting a mortgage loan. Here are five tips that can improve your chances of being approved for a home mortgage if you’re self-employed.

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Remodeling Projects that Get the Most Return for Your Money

Remodeling areas of your home can make it more comfortable and more enjoyable for you and your family. Home improvement projects can also get very pricey, however, so it’s wise to consider how much return you can expect to get out of the renovation before you take it on. Here are some of the top remodeling projects that will get you the best return on your investment.

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5 Reasons Why Owning a Home is Better than Renting

Owning a home is a milestone that offers a great sense of pride and accomplishment, and it’s a great feeling to have a place to call your own. It’s a huge commitment, though, so if you are still feeling conflicted and wondering if homeownership is worth it, here are 5 top reasons why owning a home is better than renting.

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10% Down on Cabin Financing

You've probably said it before: “Someday I'd like to buy my own cabin.”

Buying a cabin might feel like it’s a long way off. With most vacation property financing solutions requiring big down-payments, buying a lake lot, second home, hunting land, or cabin seems financially out of reach for most people.

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4 Critical Issues for Your Home Inspection

You’ve been to so many open houses that you’re starting to feel like a real estate expert. But it paid off! You finally found your dream home and made an offer. But the time for making big decisions isn’t over. One question you probably have is: Do I really need to pay to get an inspection? While an inspection is not always an absolute requirement, you should get one to rule out any major issues. 

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3 Top Reasons to Work with a Local Mortgage Lender

When it comes to working with a lender on refinancing or buying a new home, you have many options. Those options range from large and online banks to smaller ones right in your community. Here are three good reasons why working with a local lender is your best option.

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What is Covered With Your Homeowners Insurance?

Homeowners insurance is a critical form of financial and personal property coverage since most of your assets and wealth are typically tied up in your home. Because of that, it’s vital to talk with your insurance agent on any special needs you think you might have. In the meantime, here are the basics of what homeowners insurance usually covers and what it doesn’t.

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The Four Questions You Need to Ask Before Refinancing Your Home

Amid a challenging economy due to the ongoing fallout of COVID-19, mortgage rates have fallen to historic lows and many people are taking this opportunity to refinance their home. Mortgage refinancing is close to a seven-year high, and demand has more than tripled over last year. If you are thinking about refinancing, here are four questions you need to ask before signing on the dotted line.

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Mortgage Lending from Northview Bank

At Northview Bank, we are here at every stage of life, from helping children set up their first savings accounts to helping business owners make a dream become reality. 

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How to Avoid Cabin Fever

Let’s face it, too much time indoors can drive a person crazy. Frigid temps and brutal wind chills can limit outdoor activities, but there are many things your can do to prevent cabin fever.

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First-Time Homebuyer Guide

Buying a home seems so complicated and expensive, but don’t worry! We can walk through the process together, from getting your financing set up to moving in after the closing. This first-time buyers' guide was written just for you, to help simplify one of the biggest purchases you'll make in life.

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How to Budget for Home Improvements

There is no need to be worried about the financial impact of your home improvement projects. Here are four options to keep things affordable:

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Inexpensive Hunting Cabins for Comfortable Shelter

We know it can take years to complete your ideal piece of hunting land with the lodge of your dreams. When you find property you love without a livable structure, consider these options while you prepare to build the lodge of your dreams.

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Comparing Types of Home Loans

There’s nothing like walking into a house and realizing it’s the one — your dream home!

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Need Money? Equity May Be the Answer

If you've been paying down your home mortgage for some time then you probably have significant equity to tap. So what can you do with it?

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Paperwork to Prepare For a Mortgage Application

Looking for a fast and easy mortgage experience? How do you prepare for success? Here’s what you and any co-borrowers will need for a smooth loan process:

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What You Need to Know Before Making an Offer

When buying in a seller’s market, inventory is low, buyer competition is high, and you need to make the right offer to be awarded your dream home. Here’s what you’ll need to know:

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5 Reasons Selling Land By Owner Might Be a Big Mistake

Your land is among your most valuable assets. When it's time to sell, get the most out of it by using every resource available to get market value or higher, without getting lost in tricky transactional details.

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Inexpensive Hunting Cabins

It can take years to complete your ideal hunting land with a cozy structure. This could mean a lot time, sweat and money. So consider these simple alternatives until you're ready to build!

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The Benefits of Leasing Your Land

Ever considered leasing your land for hunting, farming or both? The benefits of leasing your land can help increase its value while adding income to your pockets.

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Thinking Outside the Box to Buy Land

When it comes to dreaming about a plan to purchase land, leverage your resources. You just have to think outside the box.

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Four Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

The arrival of the new year is a good time to think about your personal finance. Here are 4 strategies that can help you acheive financial success throughout this new year.

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Creative Ways to Generate a Down Payment

Coming up with a down payment can seem like an insurmountable obstical for many prospective homebuyers. The hurdle may not be as high as you think!

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Streamline Your Mortgage Application

The mortgage application process can feel stressful, but it doesn't have to. Here's what you can do to prepare for the process.

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Refinancing Explained

Curious about refinancing?  Is it a good option for you? Here's a little more about what a refi is and some possible benefits.

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Want a Higher Credit Score?

When buying a home, your credit score plays an important role. It influences the interest rates you qualify for, as well as general loan options. These tips can help!

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A House is Possible, Even if You Have Student Debt

A recent report shows that 27 percent of all homebuyers have student loan debt. And first-time buyers? A whopping 40 percent have student loans. So how do they do it?

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4 Ideas to Teach Your Children About Finances

There's no doubt that teaching your child smart money management habits is vital to their long-term success.

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Pros & Cons of Paying off a Mortgage Early

Is prepaying on your loan a good move? It depends on several factors, including the loan's interest rate, your financial situation and more. Take a look at the pros and cons of paying off your mortgage early.

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Budgeting for a Future Home Purchase

Determining how much home you can afford requires consideration of a number of expenses you'll face as a homeowner.

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Is a Second Mortgage a Good Option?

If you're thinking about taking out a second mortgage, it's important to understand how it works and how it will affect your budget. You don't want to put your home at risk by borrowing more money against it.

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Should You Get A Second Mortgage?

After settling into your home and mortgage, you may eventually find yourself in the position to need or want a second mortgage. Here are some things you'll need to know. 

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How to get a better Mortgage Rate

A good credit score can lead to a better interest rate on your mortgage. Need to improve your score? Here are a few things you can do.

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House Hunting? These Features Will Save You Big Over the Long Haul

House hunting is largley about finding a place you can make into a safe, comfortable home that isn't going to cost you an arm and a leg to repair or maintain. Here are some features to look for that can save you expensive headaches and give you the most value.

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Shopping for a Home Loan? 5 Terms to Know

Before you begin the process of buying a new home, get comfortable with these five mortgage terms to help expedite the mortgage process allowing you to focus on the perfect home.

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5 Money Moves That Will Ruin Your Mortgage Application

You don't need perfect finances to get a mortgage, but it's best to have a basic understanding of loan requirements. The more you know, the less likely you are to make mistakes that can ruin your application. Here are a few missteps to avoid if you're preparing to buy a house.

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What Happens If I Inherit Property With a Mortgage?

For inheritors of mortgaged properties, there are considerations for bringing the property title and deed to actual ownership.

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Personal Loans

There are a number of reasons why you might consider a personal loan. So how do personal loans work?

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5 Dead-Easy Ways to Start Saving for a House

Homeownership. That first home might not be as far off as you think, and getting started is easier than it appears.

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Listen Your Way to Financial Knowledge

Looking for a way to improve your understanding of finance? Well, there are loads of fun and intelligent podcasts that fit the bill. Here are five great finance-related podcasts to follow. 

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The Seriousness of Bad Credit

There are a few ways to ensure your credit remains healthy, and healthy credit may be more important than you think.

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