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Helping customers like you achieve their financial goals is all we do, which is why we’re arming you with our expert insight, tips, and advice to help you get there.

Do You Know the House Rules???

In honor of National Homeownership Month, we wanted to explore the ins and outs of house rules. Do you have house rules? Are they followed? Wondering what the most common rules are—or the biggest faux pas you can commit as a guest in someone else’s home?

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June: APM Elevate Newsletter

Economic Update with APM Consulting Economist Elliot Eisenberg

This month, Elliot talks about housing inventory trends historically, and how that is affecting our current inventory crunch. He also addresses the fears many have about a recession - or even a repeat of the events of 2006-2008 (hint: this is NOT a repeat!). His perspective on the coming months and years includes discussion on rates, rents, and the impending influx of buyers.

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5 Home Ownership Mistakes to Avoid as a First-Time Homeowner

You did it: You reviewed your credit report, worked on your credit score, determined how much house you can afford, got pre-approved, and became a first-time homeowner. We’re exhausted just listing all you’ve accomplished! You should be proud of yourself—very proud of yourself.

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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time for recognizing their significant contributions to the history, culture, and achievements in the United States. (Go here to learn more.)

At APM, we wanted to take this opportunity to learn more about our APM Family and what their history, culture, and heritage means to them.

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Don’t Miss These Top 5 Tax Breaks for Homeowners

When you own your own home, you want to make sure you take every deduction possible to ensure that you maximize your tax refund. You might be wondering how items like home improvement, the mortgage interest you paid, taxable income, and itemized deductions will impact this year’s tax bill.

This can get complicated, but we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the most important tax deductions that homeowners can take advantage of.

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How to Set Effective New Year's Resolutions

The clock is ticking, but we still have a little time before 2022 is upon us. This year, no one could blame you for simply surviving the challenges that 2021 brought, but for those who want to thrive in the new year, setting a few effective resolutions can be your key to success.

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APM Appetizers & Sides to Fill Your Holiday Table

The holidays are HERE! And what better way to celebrate than curled up with a few yummy dishes and the ones you love? Our APM family once again came through—sharing all their favorite holiday appetizers and sides with us. 

Passing recipes down from generation to generation—or coming up with new recipes that beget new memories and traditions—is one of the best things about the holidays. Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, the food, love, and family and friend time are what it’s all about. 

So we’re sharing a little food, love, and family with you, our extended APM family. We hope you enjoy the recipes—and the holiday season!

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The Best Holiday Dessert Recipes from the APM Family

The holidays are all about festivities, food, and family. We’re thankful every day for our extended APM family, which includes our clients. 

We hope the holiday season has been full of the 3Fs, with a healthy dose of fun thrown in.  

In the spirit of the holidays, APM asked its employees to share their favorite holiday family recipes. These were turned into an APM family cookbook, and we’d love to share a little slice of that with you now. 

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The Benefits of Gratitude

Giving and showing thanks benefits more than just the recipient; it does great things for the giver as well. And this isn’t new-age mumbo jumbo. It’s backed by science. 

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The Best Places for Leaf-Peeping—No Matter Where You Live!

Fall is a fun season to be enjoyed regardless of where you reside in the country. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to trek to New England or upstate New York to get a look at the beautiful fall foliage. There are opportunities all over the country—many likely within a day’s drive from you. 

Though plenty of leaf-peeping can be done outside of these regions, here are a few major players to get you started. 

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What to Expect in Your First Year as a Homeowner

You’ve just bought a home. Congrats! Now, you may wake up every morning feeling exactly as you did when you were renting. After all, aside from a new home and possibly a new neighborhood, not much has changed in your day-to-day life. 

While this may be true of your daily routine, your first year as a homeowner comes with some subtle differences compared to renting. For one, you’ve locked in your housing costs—and your residence—for as long as you want. There is also the peace of mind that comes with knowing that this property is yours

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It’s Time to Celebrate the Summer Olympics!

It’s been nearly five years since the last summer Olympics, so people are understandably ready for some action! Whether you’re more of a spectator or participant, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the summer Olympics in style—especially now that gatherings have resumed. 

So dust off your TV screen and backyard games, and get ready to celebrate the summer Olympics in new and creative ways!

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Fun Facts About Independence Day!

July 4—also known as Independence Day in the U.S.—celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  

You may have known that much, but there is so much more behind this beloved summer holiday, so let’s dive right in!

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Have You Thought About Down Payment Assistance in Your State?

Believe it or not, there are many, many people who want to see you in the home of your dreams. We know that dream doesn’t always seem attainable. Money can be tight, and a down payment is just one more thing you have to save for.

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3 Things You Can Do to Prepare to Buy a House

Interest rates are still attractive, and inventory is creeping up, which means now is a great time to jump into the housing market! Here’s the thing, though. While “Zillowing” has become one of America’s favorite pastimes, actually buying a home isn’t as simple as jumping into the market. Unless you’re a cash buyer. In which case, bravo to you! 

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Ready to Plan Your Summer Road Trip? We’ve Got You Covered

It’s beginning to look a lot like…vacation! The skies and flowers aren’t the only things opening up. Now that we have a vaccine(s), Americans are itching to spread their wings and hit the open road. And how can you blame them after the past year we’ve all had?

If this sounds like heaven to you, you’re not alone. With that in mind, you may want to put some extra planning into this year’s excursion to ensure a safe, healthy, and fun time for your family.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Top 10 Things to Do Outside with Kids This Spring

The flowers are popping, the rabbits are hopping, and that dark winter sky is in the rearview mirror. That can only mean one thing: spring is finally here!

Your kids may feel more cooped up than usual this year thanks to the pandemic, homeschooling, and a series of winter storms throughout much of the U.S. So dust off your outdoor clothes and head into the sunshine—we’re about to make up for that lost time.

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Home Renovations That Help Maximize Your Living Space

We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home, but what happens when the home you love no longer meets all your needs? You may feel trapped in the home you have, but that’s not really the case. You do have a few options to consider.

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