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The 2 Things Everyone should do to Lower Heating Costs this Winter
Mon, 10/22/12 | 17 Comments
The 2 Things Everyone should do to Lower Heating Costs this Winter

Fall is my favorite time of year.
Michigan’s fall climate brings vivid changing colors, crisp cool mornings, and a reprieve from the muggy-swamp-ass-humid summer months. That’s Pure Michigan.
But one thing I don’t love is the ensuing …

The BIG Home: American Dream or Disease?
Mon, 07/2/12 | 13 Comments
The BIG Home: American Dream or Disease?

The Big Home American Dream
One of the biggest financial mistakes that I see time after time from friends, co-workers, and family is buying a big house.
Human beings are dreamers and planners. We like to think …

Should you Buy Mortgage Life Insurance?
Tue, 05/22/12 | 4 Comments
Should you Buy Mortgage Life Insurance?

One of the relatively newer insurance products to hit the market is “mortgage life insurance”.
If you’ve bought a home in the past few years, you’ve probably been offered the opportunity to purchase a policy.
And if …

How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost? Plus: Tips on how to Lower it
Tue, 04/10/12 | 7 Comments
How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost? Plus: Tips on how to Lower it

Recently I laid out a story that hit close to home on why you need home insurance, despite it seeming like a waste due to the limited nature of catastrophic events.
A few readers voluntarily followed …

A Humbling Reminder of why you Need Home Insurance
Wed, 03/28/12 | 10 Comments
A Humbling Reminder of why you Need Home Insurance

Just another sunny, 75-degree early evening in March in Michigan… OK, that’s not so normal…
Clouds started to roll in quickly. The skies started to turn grey. Then thunder. Lots of thunder. Weird thunder. Non-stop rumbles …

What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? And how can you Avoid or Get Rid of it?
Tue, 03/6/12 | 25 Comments
What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? And how can you Avoid or Get Rid of it?

When you go to buy your first home, the topic of private mortgage insurance (PMI) will assuredly come up.
It’s a dirty little three-letter acronym associated with your pending mortgage that you should know inside out.
Why?
What …


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