Take these 4 steps to clean up your financial house

Take these 4 steps to clean up your financial house

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(BPT) Are you feeling good about your finances? Or do phrases like “account balance,” “credit score” and “retirement savings” give you a twinge of anxiety? Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Only 24 percent of the millennial generation have basic financial literacy, according to the National Endowment for Financial Education. When it comes to getting […]

One school’s impact on the city of Chicago / Building Wealth through Education

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(BPT) One hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg famously called Chicago the “hog butcher of the world,” and the “nation’s freight handler.” The character of the city has changed with each decade, and throughout the years. Chicago has established itself as an educational hub, with world-class research universities, robust community colleges and ample opportunity […]

Alternative financing options work for growing small businesses

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(BPT) How businesses access working capital has shifted, as traditional methods haven’t kept pace with the speed of business. Growth is one of the biggest indicators of small business success. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), more than 500,000 businesses have between 20 and 99 employees as of 2014. These established businesses are in […]

5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers

5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers

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(BPT) Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are things […]

How big of a deck do I need?

How big of a deck do I need?

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(BPT) – As the major outdoor living trend sweeps the nation, decks are getting bigger. But with television shows featuring 3,000-square-foot monster decks, the average homeowner is left to wonder, “Just how big of a deck do I need?” Atlanta, Georgia-based deck builder Frank Pologruto says it all comes down to how homeowners intend to […]

5 tips for financing your next home improvement project

5 tips for financing your next home improvement project

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(BPT) Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country. While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In general, not a single floorboard is […]

How can buying now save you money later?

Do the math: Buying a Home now may save you a lot

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(BPT) – It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. […]