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Making Your Refinance Work Hard for You

Interest rates are at historic lows. If you’re a homeowner, you may be looking to refinance your mortgage to lock in a lower fixed rate for 15 or 30 years into the future. Circumstances and rates vary, but in general, if you can reduce your rate by 1 percent or more, it may be worth it.

COVID-19 Pandemic Relief for Renters and Homeowners

With “Safe at Home” orders across the country and businesses closing, Americans who have lost wages or business income due to the pandemic are finding it hard to pay for their housing. What should you do if you can’t currently pay -- or anticipate becoming unable to pay -- your rent or mortgage?

Forget shopping around. Answer these questions when you look for a mortgage.

Buying a house is a decision you’ll have to live with for years – maybe decades. So when the time comes to buy a new house or refinance the one you have, it’s worth taking the time to get it right. It’s possible, however, to find the right mortgage without a lot of hassle. To make it simpler, answer these questions first.

Buying or Refinancing? Specialized Home Loans Could Help.

Your home is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make and the biggest single piece of your overall financial picture. Whether buying or refinancing, some people may wonder if they’re quite ready to take that step. No one should take the decision lightly, and it’s worthwhile to look at all your financing options before shopping around.

How the New Tax Law Could Affect Your HELOC

Homeowners should pay particular attention to how the new tax law affects certain kinds of loans - and how another change could help.

4 Tips for Downsizing Your Home

So many of us think bigger is better, but that’s not always true when it comes to your home. If you’re dreaming of a home with less square footage to clean or a smaller yard to maintain, keep these in mind before you put your current house on the market.

Before You Buy

Buying a new home can be so exciting. And exhausting. And fun. And emotional. Here are five things new home buyers can do to make the process easier.

5 Tips for Investing in Property

The same fundamentals that make Knoxville a strong housing market—job creation, low cost of living and a good climate—also make investing in local real estate an attractive option. If you’re considering purchasing property as an investment opportunity, here are five tips to keep in mind.

Housing Outlook for 2015

Continued low interest rates and a growing economy helped the national housing market improve in 2014. Locally, home sales increased and spent less time on the market. New and extended loan programs from the federal government should keep the momentum going in 2015.

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