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Is Homeownership Right for You?  homeownership is right for this couple

Buying your first home can be one of the most rewarding investments you will make in your lifetime. But the experience can quickly turn sour if you’re not financially—and emotionally—prepared. While it can be easy to get caught up in excitement of finding your dream home and ditching the landlord, it’s critical to consider whether you’re truly ready for the responsibilities of homeownership.


What Is Streamline Refinancing?  woman in kitchen reviewing her financial statements

PennyMac offers “streamline” refinancing options to consumers to get better mortgage terms without an extensive qualification process. Streamline refinance programs typically allow borrowers to bypass many of the traditional mortgage requirements by offering minimal credit scoring requirements, no new appraisal, easier income and asset verification, and limited paperwork. Reducing the paperwork can often make the process easier and faster, which is why it’s called “streamline refinancing.” Streamline refinance refers only to the amount of documentation and underwriting that the lender must perform, and does not mean that there are no costs involved in the transaction.


Plot Before You Plant: 9 Landscaping Secrets from a Pro  woman planting flowers

“The secret is to conceal, reveal and simplify,” says Eric King, a professional landscape architect based in Atlanta, Georgia who has appeared on HGTV, and is now an instructor for Emory University’s Landscape Design certification program. King refers to improving curb appeal, but this approach can be applied throughout your yard, creating a more attractive landscape that reduces maintenance -- and mistakes. Here are 9 tips on how to bring out the best in your greenery, using a landscaping approach.