Pros and Cons of PMI

The Pros and Cons of PMI

Kali Hawlk Home Buying

Ever heard of a little thing called PMI? It’s a few letters that can have a big impact on the way you buy your home, take out a home loan, and pay your mortgage each month. Let’s look at the pros and cons of PMI. First thing’s first: you need to understand what PMI is and why it may apply …

Pay Off Debt with Home Equity

Pay Off Debt with Your Home Equity – No Monthly Payments

Benjamin Feldman Home Equity

Having debt is a burden that no one wants to experience. Whether it’s credit card debt, medical debt, or something else, it never feels good. Debt also can prevent you from doing the things you want to do, such as traveling or starting a family. For homeowners who have equity in their homes, there is a great way to get …

Is it a good idea to buy a home in 2017

Is 2017 a Good Time to Buy a Home?

Kali Hawlk Home Buying

While mortgage interest rates are still relatively low, we’ve already seen indications that they could increase during the remainder of 2017 or in 2018. At the same time, home prices are shooting up in many major markets. Coastal markets have seen some of the biggest spikes in home prices recently. Boston experienced a 11% increase in the last 12 months, for …

summer reading

Our 6 Favorite Personal Finance Stories from Summer 2017

Benjamin Feldman Unison

Ah, summer reading. There’s no simpler pleasure than sitting down with a good book — or a good blog post — and getting lost in a story. To that end, we’ve put together a list of our favorite personal stories from various financial bloggers over the last few months. These stories cover a range of topics, from home buying to …

Paying for Home Improvements

Paying for Home Improvements Is Easy with Unison

Benjamin Feldman Unison

You love your house, but it needs some work, right? We all know what it feels like to look around your home and see those little (or big) opportunities to make it more comfortable, more modern, and possibly even more valuable. Maybe it’s the outdated kitchen with worn cabinets. Or the bathroom with pink tiles and a leaky faucet. Whatever …

How Long Do Home Improvements Last

How Long Do These 18 Home Improvements Last? [Infographic]

Benjamin Feldman Home Ownership

­Let’s face it: the maintenance on a home can be quite challenging. “A house does not have a check engine light. In other words, you don’t know something is wrong until it happens,” says Frank Lesh, executive director of the American Society of Home Inspectors. How Long Do Home Improvements Last? The following chart—with expert recommendations from Frank Lesh—gives you …

Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value to Your Home

Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value to Your Home?

Benjamin Feldman Home Ownership

Remodeling your home is a great American pastime. It can be great fun conceiving of a project, watching the work unfold and then living in the remodeled home. Perhaps you’re thinking of starting a project on your home. Before you break out your sledgehammer and get to work, you should understand which renovations can make the most difference in the …

Home Buying Guides

Get Our Free Home-Buying Guides

Benjamin Feldman Unison

Are you planning to buy a home? Do you want to buy a home but aren’t sure where to start? If so, you should take a minute to download our free home-buying guides below. Many prospective home buyers are excited about the prospect of owning their own home, but they find the process of buying a home complicated and intimidating. How do …

Best Home Improvement Summer

What Are the Best Home Improvements To Do During the Summer?

Benjamin Feldman Unison

The summer season is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to barbecue, hang out at the pool—and make some home improvements. Whether you’re toying with the idea of putting your house on the market or you just want to put in a little work to make your home a more enjoyable place for you and your family, summer is …