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3 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Home Renovation Projects

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Mar 20, 2019 12:40:00 PM

Whether you decide to tackle a do-it-yourself project or hire someone else to remodel your kitchen, beautify your bathroom, or finish the basement, these three common mistakes can throw a wrench in your plans for a stress-free home renovation project.

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Topics: Home Equity, Home Ownership, Investment Property

4 Strategies to Manage Irregular Income

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Feb 21, 2019 6:48:00 AM

How can you make a budget when you are never sure how money will be coming in? It's a dilemma that many entrepreneurs, artists, and commission-only salespeople face. If doing the work you love to do is important to you, here are four things you can do to manage an unsteady source of income:

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Topics: Money Management, budget, Work, Business

Home Equity FAQs - How long will it take to process the loan?

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Jan 10, 2019 8:55:00 AM

Normal processing time from application to closing for a home equity application is 2 - 4 weeks depending on the complexity of the loan request. So what exactly happens during the home equity application process?

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Topics: Home Equity

Your Car Lease Terms Explained

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Dec 6, 2018 9:55:00 AM

Let's get real and admit that poring over the terms of your car lease probably isn't high on your to-do list. When I get a new car, I'm tempted to ignore the rather boring and overwhelming terms of the deal. I’d much rather think about the fancy GPS system, the heated seats (score!), and the beautiful interior than things like interest rates, doc fees, and destination charges.

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Topics: Cars

What is better than a lease? Check out our car leasing alternative.

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 20, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Whether you've already started the car buying process or are just beginning, you're probably wondering whether to buy or lease a new or used car.

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Topics: Cars

Replacing a Furnace? A MassSAVE Home Energy Assessment can help.

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Sep 5, 2018 6:10:00 AM

When you first consider the home improvements which will increase your home value, you probably think about a new coat of paint, some landscaping improvements, or the proper staging of your home while it's on the market. While these are all effective methods for increasing your home's overall appeal, there is another thing to consider - the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Through the Mass Save Home Energy Assessment program, you can even get an interest free loan to upgrade your furnace.

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Topics: Mass Save

10 Holiday Home Improvement Tips

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 28, 2017 11:11:38 AM

The holidays are a great time of year for entertaining family and friends. But, you may look around your house and think about sprucing things up before you bring the first guests in. You don't have to put large amounts of money out to get a nice impact for the holidays as well as your home's value. Here are 10 holiday home improvement tips that will boost your home equity value.

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Topics: Home Equity, Holidays, Home Ownership

4 documents you must have to get your car loan

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM

You've taken the test drive, fallen in love, and negotiated a great deal at the car dealership.  What do you have to do to get your money and drive away happy?  

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Topics: Money Management, Cars

Examining the Home Inspection Process

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Oct 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

With all the assorted fees and costs that come with buying a home, shelling out hundreds of dollars to have the home inspection can seem like a prime area to save money by skipping a step. But foregoing the inspection could end up costing you thousands of dollars later, even on new construction. So if you are going to spend the money, you might as well get the most out of it. Here’s how to optimize this important process.

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Topics: Mortgages and Refinance

Understand the Interest Rate on Your Credit Card

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Sep 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Credit card interest rates can be a tricky business. Yours may start low then go sky high after a few months. Your rate can also change if you pay late, charge beyond your limit, perform a balance transfer, or get a cash advance.

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Topics: Credit Card

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