March 2015

Bear Sightings!

Posted on Mar 29, 2015

It’s that time of year again.  The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and the bears are coming out of hibernation.  
There have been four local bear sightings so far this year, according to the North Shore Black Bear Society.
Christine Miller, education co-ordinator for the bear society, notes that although wake up times and patterns vary each...

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Millennials: Buy? Rent? Live With Parents?

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

The decision to leave home, and where to go, can be a daunting one! How much money is needed to realistically make a home purchase? How does that compare to renting?
Maybe it's best just to stay with parents for the time being?
All these questions and more are answered in CNN's 'Money Guide for Millennials' article. It explores the pros and cons of e...

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Family and Taxes: What You Should Know!

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

It's tax time!
There are numerous benefits, credits, and deductions available to help families with their expenses throughout the year and reduce the amount they owe at tax time. From fitness benefits and childcare credits to medical expenses and transit use, there are many things to consider when putting together and submitting your tax information...

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It's Spring! Time to Clean...

Posted on Mar 18, 2015

Although it feels like spring has been here for weeks now, it officially starts this weekend!
With sunny skies and warmer weather, many of us are compelled to grab the mop and get going! It can be overwhelming deciding where to start and what to do. Here are some tasks to be sure to cross off your spring cleaning list!

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Technology And Our Homes

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

The integration of technology into our everyday lives, has changed the way we exist. This is an interesting article highlighting how technological advances have changed the very fabric of our homes as well as how we utilize them.

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Potential Costs Of Home Ownership To Factor Into Your Budget

Posted on Mar 12, 2015

When preparing to purchase a home, the down payment and mortgage costs are obvious financial considerations. There are some additional costs, however, that need to be taken into account.

1) Private Mortgage Insurance

If your down payment is less than 20 percent, your lender will likely require that you carry private mortgage insurance (PMI). Premiums...

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