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Busting the myths for first-time home buyers

Busting the myths for first-time home buyers

Don’t assume that having a lot of student loan debt automatically disqualifies you from getting <p>a mortgage. The key factor is not necessarily the size of your loan obligation, but the amount of your total monthly debt payments compared to your monthly income. When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. […]

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Checklist can help buyers avoid costly repairs

Checklist can help buyers avoid costly repairs

Once you get inside the house and close the front door, see if any light is coming through between the edge of the door opening and the wall. This gap is an indicator that the door may need to be replaced since air can escape through it and cause higher energy bills. When you’re about to buy a house, it’s […]

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This year, resolve to take hold of your personal health

With 2015’s predictable arrival come many New Year’s resolutions. I admit that I have made many of these commitments to myself over the years to effect control over the indulgences of life. Many want to lose weight and get in better physical shape, or perhaps they are more personal like working on an important relationship that is not all it […]

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Best diet advice? USDA’s Guidelines for Americans

Best diet advice? USDA’s Guidelines for Americans

by Drs. Glenn Gaesser & Julie M. Jones With the new year comes a potential for a new you, but with every Google search your confusion is mounting on what diets to follow and how to lose those extra pounds. Many websites and books are advocating for low-carbohydrate diets as the sweeping cure-all solution to obesity, but is this diet […]

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The truth about Affordable Care Act and your taxes

The truth about Affordable Care Act and your taxes

The ACA will have the biggest tax implications for those who received the Advance Premium Tax Credit—also known as a subsidy—or those who did not have health insurance coverage. There are a lot of changes to this year’s tax code—46 to be exact—as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What’s most important is to be aware if your […]

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Tips for making a new house a ‘home’

You know that moving into a new home can be one of life’s biggest stressors—the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation. “Everyone has a different sense of what home […]

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Prepare your car for the official arrival of winter

Prepare your car for the official arrival of winter

Preparing your car for harsh winter temperatures before they strike is a great way to ensure your vehicle will be able to handle the year’s coldest months. Both new and old cars need maintenance during this season. Following the car care tips below will help to keep your vehicle running at its peak from now until spring. • Check the […]

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Five questions you should ask your pharmacist

Five questions you should ask your pharmacist

Dr. Andria Fetterman, a faculty member in South University Savannah’s School of Pharmacy, encourages people to use their pharmacist as a resource for information about everything from prescription medication to lifestyle changes. Brandpoint photo A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than just picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can actually be an important, […]

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11 smart tax-reduction moves before year’s end

by Jason Alderman The flurry of activity during the last weeks of December can make it difficult to pay attention to finances. If you want to save on your tax bill come April, now’s the time to make some critical moves. If you have a tax adviser or financial planner, it’s wise to run these ideas by them first. Here […]

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BBB: Check out charities before donating

One of the lesser-known designated days during the Thanksgiving season is “Giving Tuesday,” a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. This year, Dec. 2 was the day for giving thanks—and giving back. The Better Business Bureau enthusiastically supports “Giving Tuesday”—but with the stipulation that donors and volunteers make sure the charities they support are […]

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