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A wildfire burns on the hills above a home

7 steps to prepare for wildfire season

If we’ve learned anything from past fire seasons, it’s that wildfires can happen just about anywhere. And the time to prepare isn’t when you’re getting a Level 3 evacuati...

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Best road trips in the Pacific Northwest

When you are ready to hit the open road, the Pacific Northwest will not disappoint, no matter where you venture. Between the volcanoes, the Gorge, scenic waterways and th...

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8 things you should do after buying a car

Purchasing a vehicle is exciting! After the negotiations and payment details have been worked out, it might be tempting to think you’re done. In fact, there are several m...

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5 factors that have the greatest impact on your credit score

When something is potentially vital to your financial future, it’s important to understand how a credit score can best represent your creditworthiness. This means knowing...

Does a higher down payment make your offer stronger?

Buying a home is exciting! You found your new home and now it’s time to make an offer. How much money should you put down?

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Renovating vs. relocating: 4 things to consider

When your current home isn’t perfect, you can choose to live with it, invest in making improvements or begin searching for a new home. Before you decide, consider these f...

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Increase the value of your home with a cash-out refinance

If you’re like most homeowners in America, then there’s one thing you absolutely want to happen: your home to increase in value. A home is your biggest investment.

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How to use the equity in your home to buy a vacation home

Are you interested in purchasing a vacation home but not sure how to do it? Well, the money you’ve already put into your current home might do the trick.

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Will refinancing hurt my credit score?

You’ve decided it’s time for a home loan refinance. Great! Who doesn’t want a better interest rate? As with any loan application, though, you may be wondering whether a h...