Win the Bidding War With Our 5 Minute Guide to Making an Offer the Seller Won't Refuse

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Ask any experienced homeowner and you'll learn that buying in a 'hot' real estate market can be challenging. A high supply of buyers competing for a low stock of available homes is a combination that can lead to bidding wars, price inflation and other headaches. The good news: with some careful preparation and the right mindset, a bidding war is on...
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Graduating With Student Loan Debt and Worried About Your Mortgage Prospects? You're Not Alone

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Did you recently graduate from college or university? If so, you may still be dealing with a financial hangover in the form of student loan debt. The vast majority of today's students have to borrow to invest in their education, which can affect financial plans once school is finished. In today's post, we will explore buying a home with a mortgage ...
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Four Pieces of Mortgage 'Advice' That You Should Take With the Proverbial Grain of Salt

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Are you in the market for a new home? If you have been talking to friends and family or researching online, you have likely come across quite a bit of mortgage-related advice. As with anything, there is low-quality advice out there which is essential to avoid. In today's blog post we will share four pieces of mortgage-related advice that you should...
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3 Ways That a Reverse Mortgage Can Transform Your Retirement

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Are you a retired individual looking for ways to increase your financial security? If so, you may have heard of a home equity conversion mortgage, more commonly known as a reverse mortgage. Used correctly, this is one of the most effective financial products for retirees who own their home. Let's explore three ways that a reverse mortgage can help ...
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Single and Considering a New Home? Here's What You'll Need to Know About Your Mortgage

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Have you decided that it is time to move on from renting? If you are single and living alone, you may be wondering whether or not homeownership is right for you. Let's have a look at a few key factors that you will need to be aware of when taking out a mortgage as a single person. It's A Commitment – But Not For A Lifetime Some single people shy aw...
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Considering a New Home Next Year? Start Now and Get a Jump on Improving Your Credit Score

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In the market for a new home in 2018? With the new year just a few short weeks away, that leaves you with precious little time to get your finances in order. Let ' s explore a few tips that will help you get a jump on improving your credit score before the end of the year. Grab A Fresh Copy The first step is to order a fresh copy of your credit rep...
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Make 2018 the Year You Escape the 'Rental Trap' by Buying Your Own Home

Are you growing tired of paying rent each month and not building your net worth? Being stuck in the 'rental trap' isn't much fun, but if you are determined, you can break out. Let's explore some of the steps that you can take to make 2018 the year that you become a homeowner. Rent Money Is Lost Money First – why homeownership? As you may already un...
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Mortgage 101: How the Federal Reserve's Moves Can Affect Your Mortgage

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Are you in the market for a new house? If you are planning to borrow a m ortgage to pay for the home, you are likely wondering about your interest rate and how it can fluctuate over time. In today's post, we will explore how the Federal Reserve's rate changes can trickle down into your mortgage interest rate. Understanding The Federal Funds Rate As...
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Taking Out a Mortgage for the First Time? Learn Why a Condo Might Be a Great First Home

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Are you starting to tire of paying your monthly rent to someone and never building any equity? Renting forever can be a significant pain, especially as you ' re contributing to someone else's financial well-being. The good news is that there are affordable real estate options out there for those investing in their first home. Below we will share a ...
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Moving Here’s Where to Update Your Address

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Moving can be stressful enough, but when you think of all the people you have to notify of your new address, that just adds to the stress! We've compiled a list of who to contact to give them your new address to make your life in your new house just a little bit easier. USPS Your first stop should be to change your address with USPS and have your m...
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Understanding 'Bridge' Financing: How to Buy a New Home Before You Sell Your Current One

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One of the biggest challenges a homeowner can face when looking to upgrade or move is trying to sell their current home while buying another. If most of your net worth or equity is locked up in your current house, you will need to move it into cash to help fund the purchase of your new home. The alternative is to wait until your home is sold and yo...
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Let's Talk Closets: Why a Walk-in Closet Is a Must Have for Any New Home Buyer

Let's Talk Closets: Why a Walk-in Closet Is a Must Have for Any New Home Buyer
Are you in the market for a new house or condo? Whether you're looking for something luxurious or intimate, you'll want to ensure that you have enough space for all of life's necessities. Many home buyers focus on bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas as their top priorities. But have you given any thought to your closet space? In today's blog post ...
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Stuck in a Bidding War? 3 Ways to Win Without Busting Through Your Mortgage Approval Amount

Stuck in a Bidding War? 3 Ways to Win Without Busting Through Your Mortgage Approval Amount
Are you making an offer on a new home in a hot housing market? If so, one possibility is that you are going to end up bidding against other buyers who are looking to buy the same home. Unfortunately, in some cases bidding wars are inevitable, and they can be a significant source of stress. Let's take a look at three ways that you can win a bidding ...
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​Current Servicemember or Veteran? 4 Reasons Why a VA Home Loan Is an Excellent Choice

​Current Servicemember or Veteran? 4 Reasons Why a VA Home Loan Is an Excellent Choice
Are you current or former member of the US military service who is looking to buy a new home? If so, you will be pleased to know that there are some special mortgage programs that are open to you. Let's take a look at five reasons why a mortgage backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs is an excellent choice when buying your new home. You Can B...
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​Man Vs. Machine: Why Using a Human Mortgage Professional Is Better Than Trusting an App

​Man Vs. Machine: Why Using a Human Mortgage Professional Is Better Than Trusting an App
Are you currently house-hunting or plan to be in the near future? If you plan on using mortgage financing to pay for your home, you will soon discover that there's no shortage of options available to you. You can meet with a local mortgage professional, apply for mortgages online and even download mobile apps that promise to set you up with a mortg...
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​62 or Older? 3 Reasons Why a Reverse Mortgage Might Be the Perfect Financial Solution for You

​62 or Older? 3 Reasons Why a Reverse Mortgage Might Be the Perfect Financial Solution for You
Are you and your spouse starting to move into your retirement years? If so, you already know that you are going to need a solid financial plan for when your primary sources of income are no longer bringing money in. If you have invested in your retirement, you might be all set. However, what if your house makes up the majority of your net worth? Le...
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Mortgage 101: How Interest-Only Mortgages Work and Why They're A Good Solution for Some Buyers

Mortgage 101: How Interest-Only Mortgages Work and Why They're A Good Solution for Some Buyers
Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or an experienced real estate investor, if you are planning to borrow funds to buy a home you will want to choose the right mortgage product. In today's blog post we'll explore how interest-only mortgages work and why they're the perfect choice for some homebuyers. How Interest-Only Mortgages Differ From Conven...
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How to Use a Mortgage to Buy a Home After Going Through a Bankruptcy

How to Use a Mortgage to Buy a Home After Going Through a Bankruptcy
While it is sometimes the best option to get your finances repaired, the bankruptcy and following discharge period can be tough. However, while it may delay things for a couple of years, the good news is that even a bankruptcy won't stop you from borrowing a mortgage to buy a home. In today's article, we will share some insight into how you can get...
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You Ask, We Answer: Should I Build a New Home or Buy an Existing One?

You Ask, We Answer: Should I Build a New Home or Buy an Existing One?
Are you looking to buy a new house in the near future? If so, one of the choices you will face is constructing your own brand-new home or buying an existing home. The idea of building a new house on the right piece of land might sound enticing, but what if you could have a larger, more luxurious existing home in the same neighborhood for a much low...
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Buying a New Home? Four Key Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Advisor

Buying a New Home? Four Key Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Advisor
Are you in the market for a new home? If you are planning on borrowing some or most of the home's purchase price, you'll want to prepare yourself for the mortgage process. Let's take a look at four key questions that you will want to ask your mortgage professional when you first meet to discuss your home loan. What's The Best Mortgage Option For Me...
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