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7 Steps to a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

It may be hard to believe, but the year is half over. Take a timeout from barbecues and beaches to give yourself a mid-year financial checkup.

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Vacation Scams to Watch for This Summer and How to Avoid Them

The lure of planning an affordable ‘dream vacation’ can be tempting but watch out if something seems too good to be true.  Here are a few common summer vacation scams that you should be wary of before booking your trip. 

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8 Steps to an Energy-Smart Home

Cut your energy costs this summer by making your home smarter!

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7 Questions to Ask Before Making a Large Purchase

Before you make that large purchase, ask yourself these 7 questions!

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Your Guide to Getting a Summer Job

Summer is almost here! Time to start planning trips, camps, and summer jobs.

If you’re in the market for a new job this summer, we’ve got a few tips to help jumpstart your job search.

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Ten Tips for Better Password Security

Research shows that 95 passwords are stolen every second, and roughly eight million passwords are pilfered each day.*

Having strong passwords can decrease your chances of becoming a victim. So, to commemorate World Password Day, here are some password-related tips for better online security:

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Why does my mortgage lender need so much information?

You’re ready to purchase a home of your very own, but it seems like you’re being asked to provide an awful lot of personal information to your lender. Is this really necessary? Short answer? Yes. Even if you’re already an established member of USALLIANCE and we have your information, there are still some documents you’ll need to provide and questions you’ll need to answer in order to be approved for your loan. And, it’s not just USALLIANCE that will ask so many questions; every home lender will request similar information to process a home loan.

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A Practical Way to Finance the Construction of Your Dream Home

Building your dream home – one that’s designed with your personal vision and needs in mind –can be an exciting, rewarding experience. Maybe even a life-changing one.

But there can be a learning curve involved – especially when it comes to financing your venture. In most cases, a traditional mortgage just won’t work. Instead, you’ll likely need some type of construction loan. A construction-to-permanent (CTP) loan can be a smart option.

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7 Ways to Spring Clean for Extra Cash

When the weather starts to warm and the spring flowers bloom, it’s time to crack open the windows, let the fresh air in, and give your home a good spring cleaning. But there’s more than just a neat house awaiting you after you banish those dust bunnies. Think about decluttering while you're at it, and you could even earn a few extra bucks.

Here’s how you can spring clean your way to riches – well, sort of.

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It’s Never Too Early to Plan Ahead

“Saving for retirement? No thanks. I’ve got too many bills to pay, money is tight, and besides, retirement is so far away – I have more important things to put my money towards.”

Sound familiar?

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