Toxins in the Home: What First-Time Homebuyers Should Know

Toxins in the Home: What First-Time Homebuyers Should Know

The home buying process can be confusing and overwhelming for first-time buyers, especially when faced with the large amount of necessary steps to take before you put in an offer. One of those steps you should never skip or rush through is a home inspection. Home inspections not only look for structural damage, but they can be your first indication of a presence of toxic materials.

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)!