Monthly Archives: May 2013

Is your contractor certified? Here’s how to find out

Hiring a plumber or electrician is a gamble when you don’t know how competent they are. A new registry helps you check their credentials. Houses need work. So, if you have a repair job to do — such as replacing galvanized plumbing pipes with copper pipes — who are you going to call? I faced […]

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Early exit from closed mortgage can cost you dearly

If you sign a mortgage deal for five years, you should ask how much you’ll pay if you leave early. The penalties can be shocking. When you buy a house and sign up for a fixed-rate mortgage, you probably don’t ask about the cost of getting out early. But life is full of surprises — […]

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