Looking in to Low Down Payments for a Mortgage

Looking in to Low Down Payments for a Mortgage

When you think about down payments for a home loan you should consider that the lower your down payment is, the more it will cost you in the long run. Is it worth putting down a low down payment? Find out below. Putting down a low down payment costs you more because of the interest accrued throughout the years of the loan. Not only will you have to cover the principal of the loan but the actual interest as well. In the long run, you could be looking at spending tens of thousands purely based off of interest. Today’s interest rates are low which is appealing to many home buyers. Factor in insurance premiums for down payments less than 20% of the loan, and the whole excitement of hearing the words “low interest” goes down the drain. You have two different...

Three Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Impending Cicada Swarms of 2015

Three Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Impending Cicada Swarms of 2015

Batten down the hatches, folks. Two large cycles of cicadas (cycles IV and XXIII) will be spawning this year across the South and Midwest. If you live in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas it’s best to prepare early. Cicadas wake up when the ground temperature reaches above 64°, especially after it rains. If you thought the droning was annoying outside, it only gets worse if cicadas find a way into your home. Thorough Screening First, you will want to inspect all windows and screens on your property. Replace or repair all holes, or leave windows shut. If you use storm windows, check the screen insert to make sure it is in good repair and properly seated. Install door sweeps under...

Improve Your Property with an Electric Fence

Improve Your Property with an Electric Fence

Written by Farm Supply Store Do you have a property out in the country? Do you own some livestock too? Nothing is quite as beautiful as overlooking your property and seeing your animals enjoying it too. It’s especially nice to do so after a long day while the sun is going down. This setting makes all your hard work worth it. However, you also need some type of fence for your animals. Yes, you need to keep them separate in many instances. You also need to keep them from strolling off your property and potentially into danger. On top of that, farm fencing is designed to keep predators from outside at bay as well. If you don’t take this seriously, you’ll soon be losing animals left and right for no good reason. Sometimes, all it takes is aluminum wire to get...

DIY Pointers: High-Tech, Low-Tech, and No-Tech Ways to Cut Foam

DIY Pointers: High-Tech, Low-Tech, and No-Tech Ways to Cut Foam

Unfortunately, DIY instructions often make up for in enthusiasm what they lack in specificity and this can result in frustrating setbacks and wasted materials. If you are stuck, here’s a quick cheat sheet about different ways to cut foam. High-Tech If you want to buy specialized machinery, foam cutting saws are balanced perfectly for cutting foam. They are the safest and most consistent option, and may be worth the somewhat hefty investment of $150-$400+ if you plan to do foam projects with regularity. If you are only planning to cut large foam once, such as a memory foam mattress, Canada Foam by Mail offers custom cutting that could prevent the need for such heavy-duty machinery. Low-Tech For a more low-tech solution that will be easier on your pocket book, try...

Luxury Bedding Makes a Great Gift for Any Occasion

Buying gifts for someone isn’t always the easiest task; there are countless options to choose from. But, luxury bedding is a present that anyone can appreciate and enjoy, and is appropriate for many occasions. It’s a thoughtful gift that’s useful every day, and increases the receiver’s quality of life by helping them get better sleep. People spend a great deal of time in their beds, and it makes a huge difference if the bedding they relax in allows them to sleep peacefully and comfortably. Children are already going to get plenty of toys and clothes for the holidays and their birthdays. Buying bed sets for them instead can be a great relief for parents. Most children have a cartoon they love, or a hero from their favorite movie, and often you can find...

Exterior Improvements to Add Value to a Home

Curb appeal is one of the first selling points an agent is going to look at when you attempt to sell your home. It’s the moment a potential buyer can see what your home may actually look like with them living in it, like their first time coming home. That front yard appeal doesn’t stop at the grass. It takes a lot to improve the overall appearance of your home. Here are some ideas on places you can start. Windows Windows are not as expensive as you might think. Most people don’t have irregular window sizes, and windows usually pay for themselves in energy savings. Wait until your tax return comes around if you truly fear the costs. The biggest way to save money is to get everything done at once. Buy the supplies yourself and either do the job, or pay a...

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