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In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.

By: Elizabeth LaPerle

August 7th, 2019

What is a Mortgage Rate Lock & How Does it Work?

Homebuying and Mortgages | Credit and Debt

If you’re buying a house, you want to get the best deal possible, which means you want the lowest interest rates—the lower your interest rates are, the less you’ll pay over the life of the loan. Buying a house can take a while, though, and in the time it takes you to find the house and go through the buying process, interest rates could rise or fall significantly.

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By: Alicia White

August 2nd, 2019

How to Pay for College Using Your Home's Equity

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

If you’re a parent, you may find that as the school year gets closer, figuring out a game plan to pay for college gets more overwhelming by the day. For most, funding education from a savings alone is not an option.

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By: Michelle "Shelly" Duprey

July 9th, 2019

What is Private Mortgage Insurance?

Homebuying and Mortgages

Private mortgage insurance (PMI), mortgage insurance (MI), private MI—these are all different names for one insurance product, which I’ll refer to as PMI for the purposes of this article. PMI is required when you take out a home loan with a down payment that is less than 20% of the purchase price or appraisal value, whichever is lower.

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By: Alicia White

March 21st, 2019

It's Time to Prepare for Home Improvement Projects

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting

Homeowners have what seems like a never-ending list of need-to-do and want-to-do home improvement projects. From regular maintenance and repairs to protect your home’s value, to bathroom updates or additions to potentially increase value. The reality is that all renovations and repairs cost money and there is some serious time and planning involved if you want the project done right.

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By: Heidi White

July 10th, 2018

How to Calculate Your Debt Payoff

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

When you pay off debt, you open up options for yourself. You improve your cash flow, so you can stop living from paycheck to paycheck; you free up money so that you can buy the things you need and want to live a more productive and engaged life; and you put yourself in a position to save more money for a more comfortable retirement.

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By: Matt Kilcoyne

June 27th, 2018

Low-Interest Financing Brings Home Energy Efficiency within Reach

Homebuying and Mortgages | Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

If you’re not sure if you can afford to improve the energy efficiency of your home, you’re in good company. Lots of people wonder not only about how to pay for home improvements but also about what upgrades make the most sense. The good news is that you can get help about both concerns. At Efficiency Vermont, it’s my job to give objective advice about lowering energy use within any budget. One of the ways that many people are able to make their dream of an efficient home a reality is with a low-interest energy loan.

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By: Mortgage Originators

May 1st, 2018

Eleven Steps to Buying a Home

Homebuying and Mortgages | Investing in the Future

If you’re buying a home, it's time to get organized! A home is one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make in a lifetime and the homebuying process can be complicated. This is the time to decide what kind of home you want and what you need to do in order to buy it. So, take a moment to consider (and write down) the steps you’ll need to take in the months to come.

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By: Alicia White

March 28th, 2018

New Tax Laws and Home Equity Interest Deductions

Homebuying and Mortgages | Learn Something New

As a result of the new tax legislation, enacted in December of 2017, homeowners will not receive tax deductions on home equity loan interest. Since the 1980’s homeowners have enjoyed a deduction for home equity interest on amounts up to $100,000. The legislation eliminated tax deductions for interest on new and existing home equity loans from 2018 through 2025. It did not eliminate deductions for interest on primary home mortgage loans.

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