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September 19, 2019

Why Working for a Christian Business Owner May Be Your Best Career Move

A candid conversation on why working for a Christian CEO is great even if you aren't a Christian.
September 12, 2019

The Things NOT to Avoid in Refinancing Your Home

Well, those 5% mortgage interest rates didn’t make landfall as predicted for 2019.  Instead, the winds of change flew in the other direction with rates tumbling to under 4% (hat tip to interest rate meteorologist, Barry Habib of MBS Highway for predicting this), producing a mini-refi wave across the country.…
September 5, 2019

The One Leadership Conference That Actually Delivers!

Inside the longest running, most highly attended leadership conference in the world, The Global Leadership Summit.
August 19, 2019

How To Be The Leader When You’re Not the Boss

Two simple things you need to know so you can start leading in your career TODAY.
July 19, 2019

Thoughts on Turning 30

Dean Harrington, Founder and CEO, shares his thoughts on Shamrock turning 30.
June 17, 2019
A family holds up keys to their new home.

It’s National Homeownership Month!

June is a cool month, this video shows you just how cool.
June 4, 2019

How to Enjoy the Mortgage Process

Insiders tell you just how to avoid the pain and frustration of the mortgage process.
May 7, 2019
African American woman expresses joy as she hears news on her cell phone

Tips to Overcome Charge-Offs

The responsibility for paying a charge-off still lies with you even if it's in collection. Here are some quick tips on how to overcome a charge-off.
April 2, 2019

How to Answer the Most Important Question in Business

This 1 minute read will help you learn to identify the 3 reasons why people should do business with you.
March 22, 2019

What’s Behind a Name?

A Leprechaun, March 17th and the Luck ‘O the Irish had little to do with the naming of Shamrock Home Loans. Here’s the real story.
January 3, 2017

Shamrock Financial Wins National Brightest and Best Award for the Third Consecutive Year

For the third time in as many years, Shamrock Financial Corporation has, yet again, won one of the sought-after National Brightest and Best Companies to Work For™ award. Handed out by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR), the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ competition acknowledges those businesses…
July 24, 2014

How To Create a Loan Officer Business Plan in 5 Easy Steps

High-producing loan officers don’t get to the top by accident. Successful loan officers have a formula for success which often includes a few simple disciplines repeated daily or DAS. (Daily Action Strategies) In addition, they have a road map they refer to frequently which leads them to the fruition of…
June 5, 2014

How to Find Your Perfect Niche Real Estate Market in 3 Simple Steps

Real Estate Agents and Mortgage Professionals know how difficult it is to be the “go-to” resource for every type of home buyer and referral partner. It’s a time-consuming circus act and it usually won’t result in dealing with folks who will do business the way you do. Conversely, some people…
March 13, 2014

Delete The Words Past Client Marketing From Your Vocabulary

There are certain words and phrases in the English language that are not acceptable to use for a variety of reasons. The real estate industry is no exception. The words and phrases you use can have a subtle yet marked effect on your approach to sales. One such phrase is…
June 17, 2019
A family holds up keys to their new home.

It’s National Homeownership Month!

June is a cool month, this video shows you just how cool.
June 4, 2019

How to Enjoy the Mortgage Process

Insiders tell you just how to avoid the pain and frustration of the mortgage process.
January 2, 2019

Why Are You Asking for That Again? – an Open Letter to My Frustrated Buyer

Picture this: it’s 2006, you can’t get You’re Beautiful by James Blunt out of your head, you’re heartbroken that Jessica Simpson just filed for divorce from Nick Lachey, and your friend is telling you about some new social networking service called “Twitter”. Your new neighbor moves in across the street…
December 3, 2018

The Home Buying Statistic You Shouldn’t Ignore

Should I buy a home NOW or wait until 2009? (OK, that’s a joke, 2009 is like so last decade) As anyone with a landlord will tell you, buying a home is a soundtrack always playing in the back of your mind. (When your rent goes up it starts to…
October 29, 2018
A woman and her infant does a load of laundry

Does the FHA Require Appliances in a Property for Their Mortgages?

Getting an FHA-backed Mortgage When you buy a property, chances are you need a mortgage. After all, who has that much cash laying around for such a large financial transaction? And in many cases, to buy that house, your mortgage may need to be backed by the Federal Housing Administration…
September 24, 2018
what is an open house

What is an Open House and What You Should Expect

Sell That House! If you’re in the process of selling your home, you may be pondering the different strategies to help make that sale. Online ads. Real estate agent referrals. And don’t forget about that classic one – having an open house. Do you know what is an open house?…
September 17, 2018
what happens after an offer is accepted on a house

What Happens After an Offer is Accepted? – Part 4

What happens after an offer is accepted on a house? When you initially sign a purchase offer, what do you think about next? Moving in, decorating, and imagining get togethers with friends and family. But hold the phone! You’ve missed a few steps in between. After you give in your…
September 11, 2018
real estate counter offer etiquette

Counter Offer Etiquette – Part 3

Present your poker face  Whether it is about the price offer, the closing date, or the deposit money, real estate transactions always contain confidential details. The buyer doesn’t know if there truly are competing offers, and the seller doesn’t know precisely about the buyer’s financial situation. When a buyer does…
August 27, 2018
what is reasonable to offer below asking price

What is reasonable to offer below asking price? – Part 2

Get an education, move out, meet someone special, and buy a home together. Does this sound like anyone you know? Could it even sound like you? Even if this scenario isn’t exactly you, wanting to buy a home is a dream that many Americans have. And buying a home is…
August 14, 2018
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Making an Offer on a House Tips-Part 1

Making an offer on a house tips (Part 1 of 4) When it comes to looking at houses to buy, what have you been doing? Going through the open houses, having private viewings, and enjoying drive-bys? It’s only natural. After all, the more houses you see, the better the chance…
June 5, 2018
interest rates

Why Home Buyers Should Care About the 10 Year Treasury Bond

Bond. The 10 Year Bond. Did you hear the news? In mid-May 2018, for the first time in more than four years, the 10 year bond yield actually made it above 3%! OK, so this fact may not have you jumping for joy. In fact, you may not feel much…
May 15, 2018

Give Your Home a Little Lovin’ with a 203K Loan

So you’re in the market for a home. You see your dream home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms on a cul-de-sac with that gorgeous backyard deck. Picture this: you and your family having barbecues, snuggling on the couch on colder nights, and creating culinary masterpieces in the large kitchen. But…
May 10, 2018
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6 Tips for Overcoming Real Estate Offer Rejection

If you are a home buyer, here are some questions for you: How many houses have you viewed? How many open houses have you attended? Now the final question: has your real estate offer ever been accepted? That’s probably a big fat nope. If you have experienced this scenario, then…
April 24, 2018
mortgage payment formula

What’s in a Mortgage Payment Formula, Really?

Your mortgage payment: a set amount of money that is withdrawn from your account on a regular basis for years. Sure, you may just chalk it up to another large fixed expense. But understanding how your mortgage payment formula is calculated can help you make healthier financial decisions. So rather…
February 5, 2018
Scam alert on a keyboard

Wrong Ways to Get Your Credit Score for Mortgage Lenders

Don’t be fooled – ‘Free’ Credit Report Offers vs. Credit Score for Mortgage The word ‘free’ is always a word that catches the eye. It is very effective bait. Bait and switch that is when it comes to credit reports. Many (or most) are actually scams that will snag you with…
September 12, 2019

The Things NOT to Avoid in Refinancing Your Home

Well, those 5% mortgage interest rates didn’t make landfall as predicted for 2019.  Instead, the winds of change flew in the other direction with rates tumbling to under 4% (hat tip to interest rate meteorologist, Barry Habib of MBS Highway for predicting this), producing a mini-refi wave across the country.…
January 24, 2018
Two people about to shake hands across a pile of scattered papers

Say Goodbye! How to Get Rid of PMI

The Skinny of Private Mortgage Insurance Buying a home: you scrimp, you save, you sacrifice, and eventually, you get approved for a mortgage! And while there are many different costs associated with buying a home, some people may need to pay for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) on top of everything…
June 22, 2017
home equity

Accessing Home Equity by Refinancing

Does this scenario seem familiar? Every month, you pay money mostly towards interest, plus some towards the principal, until you have paid off your debt. If this sounds like a mortgage payment to you, then you’d be right. Even though, at the beginning of your mortgage, most of your hard-earned…
June 6, 2017
best mortgage lenders

Shamrock Financial – One of the Best Mortgage Lenders

Choosing One of the Best Mortgage Lenders If you have ever bought a home or are in the process of doing so, you know that you have a lot of boxes to check on your task list. You need to save up for that down payment, find the right real…
May 4, 2017
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Want to Live Debt Free? Consider Refinancing

Debt Free, Schmebt Free? Living debt free is a life-long pursuit for many people. Having no debt frees up cash for other purchases, means paying no more interest, and removes the financial shackles of your creditors. Yet you could have a mortgage, a car loan, and multiple credit card loans…
May 2, 2017

What Your Credit Score Range Says About You

A Primer on Your Credit Score When you apply for a loan – mortgage, car, or credit card – the lender will want to take a peek at your financial information, and that includes your credit score. This magical number indicates the likelihood that you will be able to pay…
November 9, 2016

Are You Working with the Best Mortgage Company?

When someone is looking to buy or sell a home, they may start the transaction on their own, but in most cases, they will contact a real estate agent. A qualified agent will know how to price a home accordingly, find comparable listings, suggest ways to improve the curb appeal…
October 6, 2016

How Much Will I Save By Refinancing?

The Price of Refinancing When you want to take advantage of lower interest rates, change the type of mortgage you have, or access equity on your home, you may ask yourself, “How much will I save by refinancing?“. Refinancing involves getting a new loan, with different terms, to replace your…
October 4, 2016

The Best Ways for Refinancing a Home

Thinking about Refinancing? Whether it is saving money, paying off your mortgage earlier, or accessing equity, there are many reasons why you would want to refinance. Simply, refinancing is obtaining a new mortgage with new terms that will enhance your financial situation. If you understand how refinancing works and what…
September 30, 2016

Great Refinancing News: HARP Extended Until 2017

*Note: The HARP program was recently extended again to go until December 31st, 2018.*   Home ownership is a reality for quite a few Americans, but a dream for many others. To help that dream come true, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that it will extend its…
September 27, 2016

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance?

When interest rates are lowered, when you want to change the type of or the duration of your mortgage, or access equity in your home, you may think about refinancing. Refinancing is the process of having your original mortgage paid off and then replaced with a new one with new,…
September 9, 2016

The Purpose of the Home Appraisal for Refinancing

Refinancing Your Home When interest rates are lower or you want to take advantage of more favorable mortgage terms, it may be time to refinance. But when you refinance, just about everything is dependent on the home appraisal. Why is this? It ensures that the mortgage lender does not lend…
August 18, 2016

How Refinancing Your Home Works

About Refinancing If you find that you are having problems making the payments on your mortgage, due to higher interest rates, the type of mortgage you have, or other personal financial issues, it may be time for you to consider refinancing. In a nutshell, refinancing is the process of getting…
July 20, 2016

Reverse Mortgage Solutions for Seniors

If you are a senior, or know one, who wants or needs to access to funds in retirement, you might think that getting a part-time job is your only option. It isn’t. If you have equity in a property, then consider reverse mortgage solutions to get a cash flow for…
July 14, 2016

Refinancing After Divorce – The Basics

Divorces can be an unfortunate part of life. There are many aspects that need to be addressed at this time and one of those is the division of the marital property. It is common for one of the spouses to want to keep the property, and that would involve a…
September 24, 2018
what is an open house

What is an Open House and What You Should Expect

Sell That House! If you’re in the process of selling your home, you may be pondering the different strategies to help make that sale. Online ads. Real estate agent referrals. And don’t forget about that classic one – having an open house. Do you know what is an open house?…
August 27, 2018
what is reasonable to offer below asking price

What is reasonable to offer below asking price? – Part 2

Get an education, move out, meet someone special, and buy a home together. Does this sound like anyone you know? Could it even sound like you? Even if this scenario isn’t exactly you, wanting to buy a home is a dream that many Americans have. And buying a home is…
February 28, 2018

Real Estate Facebook Ads – Harness the Power

About Advertising Your Real Estate Listings  To be successful in the business of real estate, one of the critical components is to make your name – and your listings – highly visible. After all, how can you sell properties if there is no one you can sell them to? A…
December 20, 2017
Facebook Market Real Estate

The Facebook Market: How it’s Changing Real Estate

The Evolving Face of Social Media You may or may not be a fan, but there’s little doubt that you haven’t heard about it: Facebook. This is the social media platform where you can tell people what you are thinking, show pictures of your latest vacation, and “like” whatever your…
December 7, 2017
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Characteristics of a Successful Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying and selling homes, you will meet up with a whole cast of characters. Think mortgage lenders like Shamrock Financial, home inspectors, the sellers, legal reps. And you cannot forget about the successful real estate agent! This person is the connection between you and the house…
October 19, 2017

Why Sell Your House? Five Compelling Reasons

Why Sell Your House? To sell or not to sell – that is the question. If this thought has been floating around in your mind, what has been stopping you from taking the plunge? Perhaps you are unsure about whether you would make a profit, or when you should put your…
July 6, 2017
how to get a home loan

Getting That Home Loan in Five Easy Steps

How to Get a Home Loan Unless you just won the lottery or inherited money from a long-lost relative, to buy your first home, you will need to get a home loan. Definition: Your mortgage is a loan that a mortgage lender gives to you to buy a home. That…
June 6, 2017
best mortgage lenders

Shamrock Financial – One of the Best Mortgage Lenders

Choosing One of the Best Mortgage Lenders If you have ever bought a home or are in the process of doing so, you know that you have a lot of boxes to check on your task list. You need to save up for that down payment, find the right real…
April 18, 2017

A Complete Guide to Home Inspection

Your Ultimate Guide to Home Inspections When you want to buy a new TV or smartphone, you may look through flyers, research various options, and ask for recommendations to make sure you get the best value for your money. So why wouldn’t you do that with a home? To avoid…
April 5, 2017
home closing

How to Make Sure Your Home Closing Goes as Planned

After weeks of helping your clients search for that property that meets both their budget and their wants, at last you found the one! But that’s just the start of the process. You now need to guide your clients through the home closing process to cap the financial transaction. Your…
March 28, 2017
credit rating

Credit Rating Changes Means Good News for Consumers – July 2017

Here Comes Your Credit! Being approved for a mortgage is a great thing. Preparing your finances to get approved is another. On their end, mortgage lenders need to make sure that every borrower is a good credit risk. This means that the mortgage lender needs to be convinced that the…
March 7, 2017

5 Popular First Home Mortgage Loan Programs

If you are thinking of buying your first home, then you know that there are plenty of decisions to make, and one of those is about your first home mortgage loan program. Which mortgage to get, what terms are best, which mortgage lenders to consider – it can get overwhelming…
March 3, 2017
MA Real Estate Disclosure Form

New MA Real Estate Agency Disclosure Form

Out with the Old, In with the New No one likes a complicated form, and real estate is no exception. Therefore, if you are a real estate agent working in Massachusetts, then you need to be aware of changes that will affect you in this new MA real estate agency…
February 3, 2017

Real Estate Postcards – A Little Can Do a Whole Lot

The location, the prices, the market, the trends. If you have any hope of becoming a rock star real estate agent, you need specific and current knowledge about these topics, and more. But then ask yourself these questions: Do clients know whom you are? Do they know what you have…
December 29, 2016
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Changes to FHA Loan Limits – January 2017

Consider an FHA Mortgage You have decided to buy a home and that’s great! While the decision itself may be exciting, doing all of that required administrative work – locating pay stubs, collecting bank account details, assembling debt details – is not.  Then comes the issue of decision making: What…
March 21, 2018
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What You Don’t Know About NMLS State Licensing Changes

There are a lot of Americans. Over 325 million, according to the United States Census. And every one needs a place to live. Some choose to rent while others aspire to the American Dream – home ownership. In fact, the home ownership rate in the US was just over 64%…
December 15, 2017

Why Loan Officers Are So Cool

What is a Loan Officer? Think about the people you know – how many of them own a home, condo, cottage, or some other type of property? Chances are, quite a few of them do! Now think – aside from using a real estate agent and making an offer on…
July 6, 2017
how to get a home loan

Getting That Home Loan in Five Easy Steps

How to Get a Home Loan Unless you just won the lottery or inherited money from a long-lost relative, to buy your first home, you will need to get a home loan. Definition: Your mortgage is a loan that a mortgage lender gives to you to buy a home. That…
June 15, 2017
mortgage company

Are you working for the Right Mortgage Company?

When you are a loan officer, you want to recommend the best personal and business loans for your clients. Finding the right mortgage lender for your clients is not just about getting the best interest rate. You want to make sure that you work with experienced professionals who want more…
June 6, 2017
best mortgage lenders

Shamrock Financial – One of the Best Mortgage Lenders

Choosing One of the Best Mortgage Lenders If you have ever bought a home or are in the process of doing so, you know that you have a lot of boxes to check on your task list. You need to save up for that down payment, find the right real…
March 30, 2017
social media marketing

Social Media Marketing for Loan Officers: Measuring Effectiveness

The Impact of Social Media When you’re a loan officer, part of your work relies on creating, building, and maintaining relationships with clients and other professionals. And that means getting your message out there for all to read. For an all-encompassing marketing strategy, you probably rely on a variety of…
March 28, 2017
credit rating

Credit Rating Changes Means Good News for Consumers – July 2017

Here Comes Your Credit! Being approved for a mortgage is a great thing. Preparing your finances to get approved is another. On their end, mortgage lenders need to make sure that every borrower is a good credit risk. This means that the mortgage lender needs to be convinced that the…
June 10, 2016

How to Become a Loan Officer

When you need a loan for your home, car, or college tuition, you would talk with a loan officer to determine if you are an acceptable risk. In terms of buying a home, these professionals assist potential buyers in determining the right loan product for each client and inform them…
August 4, 2015

The Fine Print: How to Negotiate Your Loan Officer Employment Contract

After the resumes and the interviews, it finally happens – you get the job offer for a loan officer. You’re excited to sign on the dotted line, but not so fast. You need to take a long hard look at your employment contract. An employment contract defines the obligations of…
June 9, 2015

New Bill Will Affect NMLS License Requirements for Loan Officers

In July of 2008, a federal law, known as the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing (SAFE) Act, was passed. The intent of this act was to ensure that state-licensed Mortgage Loan Originators (MLOs) met certain National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) requirements. These include: Passing a written test Completing…
April 2, 2015

Get Prepared: New NMLS License Code of Conduct

The Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) is the main governing system surrounding the management of licenses for individual Mortgage Loan Originators (MLO) and mortgage businesses for state and/or territorial agencies in the United States. The primary tasks of MLOs is to advise potential borrowers about the various mortgage loan products…
July 24, 2014

How To Create a Loan Officer Business Plan in 5 Easy Steps

High-producing loan officers don’t get to the top by accident. Successful loan officers have a formula for success which often includes a few simple disciplines repeated daily or DAS. (Daily Action Strategies) In addition, they have a road map they refer to frequently which leads them to the fruition of…
March 13, 2014

Delete The Words Past Client Marketing From Your Vocabulary

There are certain words and phrases in the English language that are not acceptable to use for a variety of reasons. The real estate industry is no exception. The words and phrases you use can have a subtle yet marked effect on your approach to sales. One such phrase is…
November 19, 2013

How to Stand Out and Say Thank You with Corporate Gifts

With the holiday season fast approaching, many businesses start to plan the corporate gifts that they will send to current clients, prospective clients, and suppliers. Not only is it a thoughtful way to thank them for their business, but it is a great marketing strategy to keep your business close…
February 12, 2013

7 Tips for Fixing Your Lousy LinkedIn Profile

The social media landscape is changing (I know, I know..more changes!) and having a presence online isn’t something to put off for a rainy day. Prospects and clients will look to the social networks for guidance on who to work with for their next purchase or refinance.
September 12, 2019

The Things NOT to Avoid in Refinancing Your Home

Well, those 5% mortgage interest rates didn’t make landfall as predicted for 2019.  Instead, the winds of change flew in the other direction with rates tumbling to under 4% (hat tip to interest rate meteorologist, Barry Habib of MBS Highway for predicting this), producing a mini-refi wave across the country.…
June 17, 2019
A family holds up keys to their new home.

It’s National Homeownership Month!

June is a cool month, this video shows you just how cool.
June 4, 2019

How to Enjoy the Mortgage Process

Insiders tell you just how to avoid the pain and frustration of the mortgage process.
May 7, 2019
African American woman expresses joy as she hears news on her cell phone

Tips to Overcome Charge-Offs

The responsibility for paying a charge-off still lies with you even if it's in collection. Here are some quick tips on how to overcome a charge-off.
January 2, 2019

Why Are You Asking for That Again? – an Open Letter to My Frustrated Buyer

Picture this: it’s 2006, you can’t get You’re Beautiful by James Blunt out of your head, you’re heartbroken that Jessica Simpson just filed for divorce from Nick Lachey, and your friend is telling you about some new social networking service called “Twitter”. Your new neighbor moves in across the street…
December 3, 2018

The Home Buying Statistic You Shouldn’t Ignore

Should I buy a home NOW or wait until 2009? (OK, that’s a joke, 2009 is like so last decade) As anyone with a landlord will tell you, buying a home is a soundtrack always playing in the back of your mind. (When your rent goes up it starts to…
October 29, 2018
A woman and her infant does a load of laundry

Does the FHA Require Appliances in a Property for Their Mortgages?

Getting an FHA-backed Mortgage When you buy a property, chances are you need a mortgage. After all, who has that much cash laying around for such a large financial transaction? And in many cases, to buy that house, your mortgage may need to be backed by the Federal Housing Administration…
September 24, 2018
what is an open house

What is an Open House and What You Should Expect

Sell That House! If you’re in the process of selling your home, you may be pondering the different strategies to help make that sale. Online ads. Real estate agent referrals. And don’t forget about that classic one – having an open house. Do you know what is an open house?…
September 17, 2018
what happens after an offer is accepted on a house

What Happens After an Offer is Accepted? – Part 4

What happens after an offer is accepted on a house? When you initially sign a purchase offer, what do you think about next? Moving in, decorating, and imagining get togethers with friends and family. But hold the phone! You’ve missed a few steps in between. After you give in your…
September 11, 2018
real estate counter offer etiquette

Counter Offer Etiquette – Part 3

Present your poker face  Whether it is about the price offer, the closing date, or the deposit money, real estate transactions always contain confidential details. The buyer doesn’t know if there truly are competing offers, and the seller doesn’t know precisely about the buyer’s financial situation. When a buyer does…
August 14, 2018
couple making offer on a house tips

Making an Offer on a House Tips-Part 1

Making an offer on a house tips (Part 1 of 4) When it comes to looking at houses to buy, what have you been doing? Going through the open houses, having private viewings, and enjoying drive-bys? It’s only natural. After all, the more houses you see, the better the chance…
June 5, 2018
interest rates

Why Home Buyers Should Care About the 10 Year Treasury Bond

Bond. The 10 Year Bond. Did you hear the news? In mid-May 2018, for the first time in more than four years, the 10 year bond yield actually made it above 3%! OK, so this fact may not have you jumping for joy. In fact, you may not feel much…
April 24, 2018
mortgage payment formula

What’s in a Mortgage Payment Formula, Really?

Your mortgage payment: a set amount of money that is withdrawn from your account on a regular basis for years. Sure, you may just chalk it up to another large fixed expense. But understanding how your mortgage payment formula is calculated can help you make healthier financial decisions. So rather…
February 5, 2018
Scam alert on a keyboard

Wrong Ways to Get Your Credit Score for Mortgage Lenders

Don’t be fooled – ‘Free’ Credit Report Offers vs. Credit Score for Mortgage The word ‘free’ is always a word that catches the eye. It is very effective bait. Bait and switch that is when it comes to credit reports. Many (or most) are actually scams that will snag you with…
December 29, 2017
Save Money for your Future

Weird but Effective Ways to Save Money

SAVING MONEY FOR YOUR NEW HOME – EASIER THAN YOU MAY THINK Saving for a down payment for your first home can seem like an overwhelming project. With some savvy saving and creative budgeting, you may reach that goal sooner than you think. If you don’t have a budget and you…
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