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10/21/14  Housing
Preparing your home for winter

Now that it’s almost November, it’s time to get serious about preparing your home for the winter weather that is to come. We review a few steps you should take in the coming weeks to protect your home from winter damage and ensure that you and your family stay snug and warm until spring.

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10/21/14  Housing
What do home inspectors most typically find?

Learn more about two of the problems most commonly found by home inspectors – wiring problems and water damage. In order to avoid delays in finalizing the sale of your home, you may want to address these issues before putting your house on the market.

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10/21/14  Housing
Home prices barometer

U.S. home sale prices in August continue a 30-month trend in year-over-year increases, with August 2014 prices showing an increase of 6.4% nationwide compared to August of 2013, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. 

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10/21/14  Alliant NewsGetting Out of DebtHousingSmart Spending Tips
Prepay your Alliant mortgage for a larger 2014 tax deduction

If you have an Alliant mortgage, you may be able to increase your 2014 mortgage interest deduction* by prepaying your January 2015 mortgage payment. Your January payment must be received by Alliant by Monday, December 22, 2014. (*Consult a tax advisor about the deductibility of interest.)

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8/15/14  Housing
Home prices barometer, August 2014

Nationwide, U.S. home sale prices increased by 9.3% in May 2014 compared to May 2013. From April 2014 to May 2014, the price of sold homes rose by 1.1% while the overall number of homes for sale also increased. Since bottoming out in March of 2012, the Case-Shiller Index, which measures markets including approximately half of American homes, has risen 27.3%.

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8/15/14  HousingSmart Spending Tips
Eight tips on buying a rug

Are you in the market for buying a rug? Rugs add color, comfort and style to a room. Learn eight rules of thumb to use in buying the right rug for your room. 

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