Renting vs Buying: Your Responsibilities

Renting vs Buying: Your Responsibilities

Choosing whether to buy or rent your home is one of the biggest decisions you can make, and there are lots of questions surrounding this choice. 

In this new blog series, we'll be examining the major differences between owning and renting a home including the pros and cons and costs involved. Today, we're focusing on the responsibilities you can expect depending on your home decision.

Manage Your 2017 Taxes With These 7 Tips

Manage Your 2017 Taxes With These 7 Tips

A national poll from NeighborWorks America, a nationwide non-profit that provides training and resources to affordable housing organizations, found that nearly half of the taxpayers across the country expect to use their 2017 tax refund to strengthen their financial situation.

If you are looking to lower your debt or save for the future, here are seven quick tips to help you manage and make the most of your 2017 taxes.

Getting Your Home Ready for the Winter

Getting Your Home Ready for the Winter

You may not be quite ready to dust the cobwebs off your winter coats and sweaters, but it’s not too early to begin thinking about getting your home ready for old man winter.

Making your home more energy-efficient through weatherization efforts can save 5 to 30 percent on your energy bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you should start your winter weatherization with an energy audit. An audit helps determine how much energy your home uses, where your home is losing energy, and what repairs to prioritize to make your house more efficient.

Introducing Compass: The New Way to Homeownership

Introducing Compass: The New Way to Homeownership

Whether you’re downsizing for retirement or are in the process of saving for your starter home, the homebuying process is nothing short of stressful.

CNE has been helping homebuyers manage that stress for the last 30 years, but we’ve taken it a step further by introducing Compass, a single place to track your progress on the way to buying a home and keep track of your important documents and information.

4 Ways to Reach Out to Your Neighbors This Holiday Season

4 Ways to Reach Out to Your Neighbors This Holiday Season

Getting to know your neighbors can be a bit intimidating, especially if you are new to your neighborhood. Whether you’ve lived in your home for two months or twenty years, it’s never too late to reach out and connect, and the holidays are a perfect time, especially if you need to borrow a ladder to hang lights or sugar for cookies.

Here are some simple ways you can get to know your neighbors and spread a bit of cheer this holiday season (or any time of year)!

Homebuyer Beware - Avoiding Loan Scams

Buying a new home can be very tricky on many fronts, especially when it is becoming easier and easier to fall for loan scams. Zero percent interest may look great on paper, but doing your research is always the best option to avoid being taken advantage of.

To help you spot the fakes, here are some of the most common scams people come across when applying for and accepting loans. 

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home's Air Clean

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home's Air Clean

Did you know that your home’s air could be considerably more polluted than the air outside? It’s true, and it can cause your family a fair amount of headache (literally) heading into the winter months.

October is Clean Air Month. Celebrate by taking a look at these simple ways you can keep your home’s air as clean as possible in the coming months.

CNE Announces New Home Improvement Loan Program

CNE Announces New Home Improvement Loan Program

CNE is offering a new loan program designed to assist more Chattanooga homeowners in repairing their homes. The program is a partnership between CNE and Citizens Tri County Bank. The loan program provides a new source of funding for homeowners who want to make home improvements. CNE has renovated over 3,200 homes in the Chattanooga area in the past 30 years.

5 Simple DIY Renovations That Can Raise Your Home's Value

5 Simple DIY Renovations That Can Raise Your Home's Value

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a huge renovation in order to add a bit of value to your home. In fact, if you are willing to have a go at DIY, sprucing up your home and adding value can be fairly easy on your wallet.

Here are five simple ways you can add some quick value to your home investment.

AmeriCorps Celebrates 23 Years

AmeriCorps Celebrates 23 Years

September 12, 2017 marked the 23-year anniversary of AmeriCorps’s founding.

In 1994, under President Bill Clinton, AmeriCorps was started as an initiative by the Corporation for National and Community Service to help meet the needs of communities across the country. Two already existing programs were combined in order to produce AmeriCorps: VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).