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On Q Financial’s First Coat Drive

One Warm Coat is a national nonprofit that promotes awareness of the need for warm coats across the country. Working with distribution partners across the United States, One Warm Coat delivers jackets, overshirts, and coats to shelters and youth organizations to be distributed locally.  We are honored to partner with this fantastic organization for our […]
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What is a Gift Letter for Your Mortgage?

If you are buying a home with not enough money for a significant down payment, you have some options to help bear the financial burden. Aside from down payment assistance programs or discount points, some may have the good fortune to call upon their friends and family for gifts. Rather than toaster ovens or blenders, […]
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Spot Must-Have Home Good Deals This Black Friday

Are you anxious to get started on your holiday shopping? Well, you can get your Black Friday started early this year with home deals at Walmart, Target, and Home Depot, all starting from November 4th! With more retailers rolling out deals throughout November and Black Friday around the corner, it can get a bit overwhelming […]
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Is Travel Safe in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

2020 has been an unprecedented year for most. Amid the pandemic, we have seen people carry on, whether it be through new homeownership or resumed air travel. Others have been in a constant state of quarantine. Our traditions and norms have been turned upside down, and with the holidays approaching, many people are asking how […]
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How to Deal with an Upside Down or Underwater Mortgage

The terms Upside Down or Underwater Mortgage may bring to mind a terrible situation for your home, or you may even associate it with losing your house. While an Upside Down Mortgage is not the best position financially, it is not the end of the world. Read on to learn everything you need to know […]
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10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Illinois

Using Census and Zillow Data, as well as AreaVibes Livability scores, we’ve put together this independent study to find you the best, most affordable places to live in Illinois. Most locations on this list feature homes below $100k. Some are even next to major cities with a higher cost of living like Chicago and East […]