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Yes, You Should Take the Plunge and Buy a New Home in 2017. Here's Why

Yes, You Should Take the Plunge and Buy a New Home in 2017. Here's Why
Are you thinking about buying a house, apartment or condo? In many markets across the country, there's never been a better time than now to become a homeowner. In this post, we'll share a few reasons why the conditions are right to jump into the market and buy a new home.Interest Rates Are Heading UpIf you're like most home buyers, you're probably ...
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Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home

Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home
At some point in their lives, every renter thinks about home ownership and whether it's worth it. Let's explore the top 5 reasons why young individuals prefer the idea of owning a home over renting.It's All About ControlIt's unlikely to come as a surprise that having control over their living space is the number one reason that younger buyers prefe...
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Closing Costs 101: Expert Tips for Keeping Your Costs Down When Finalizing Your Mortgage

Closing Costs 101: Expert Tips for Keeping Your Costs Down When Finalizing Your Mortgage
Are you thinking about buying a new home? If you are going to make use of mortgage financing, you may be wondering about some of the costs attached. As you may have heard, all mortgages have a number of fees and other costs that are assessed at the "close," or when you finalize the loan. Let's look at a few expert tips that will help you to keep yo...
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Is It Possible to Get a Mortgage With Less-than-Perfect Credit? Yes – and Here's How

Is It Possible to Get a Mortgage With Less-than-Perfect Credit? Yes – and Here's How
Are you thinking about buying a new house? Whether you're a first-time or experienced buyer, if your credit score isn't looking too hot it can affect how much mortgage financing you receive – or whether you're approved at all! But don't fret. It's still possible to get a mortgage approved, even with credit issues. Below we'll share a few ways that ...
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First-time Buyers: Boost Your Chances of Mortgage Pre-Approval With These 4 Tips

First-time Buyers: Boost Your Chances of Mortgage Pre-Approval With These 4 Tips
Buying a home for the first time? If you plan to take out a mortgage, you will likely want to know just how you can get pre-approved for enough financing to get the home of your dreams. In today's post, we will share four tips that will help you to boost your chances of a successful pre-approval when you apply for a mortgage.Polish Up Your Credit S...
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First-Time Home Sellers: Don't Miss These 4 Tips That Will Keep Your Sale Moving Smoothly

First-Time Home Sellers: Don't Miss These 4 Tips That Will Keep Your Sale Moving Smoothly
Are you selling your home? If it's your first time going through a home sale, you've probably got a lot of questions about the process. In today's post, we'll share four tips that can help to keep your home sale moving along smoothly. Let's get started!Tip #1: Enlist The Help Of A ProfessionalFirst, you'll want to ensure that you enlist the help of...
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Real Estate - Moving Checklist

Real Estate - Moving Checklist
FInding a new place to live is an exciting time in anyone's life. You've just navigated the real estate market to find the perfect home, and you will move in shortly. When you've come to the realization that there is so much to do, there is no better way to get organized than to have a checklist.Prepare To PackFirst, decide what is coming with you ...
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Squad Goals: 4 Steps to Throwing a Patio Party Your Friends Never Forget

Squad Goals: 4 Steps to Throwing a Patio Party Your Friends Never Forget
Summer may be the season for swimsuits and beach side barbecues, but it's also a great time to get your friends together for a party in your own backyard. Whether you're ready to show off your new home or are just looking for a good reason to celebrate the season, here are some ways to ensure your party is one that will make the summertime memorabl...
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Understanding Your FICO Score and Why Small Credit Mistakes Can Cause Huge Headaches

Understanding Your FICO Score and Why Small Credit Mistakes Can Cause Huge Headaches
Many people all over the world are dealing with issues involving debt or poor credit history, but most aren't necessarily aware of what exactly makes up their credit score. Unfortunately, it might seem like it's the big stuff that counts when it comes to credit, but little things can have a significant impact on your financial health. If you're loo...
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Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here's What You Need to Know

Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here's What You Need to Know
Outside of the significant financial responsibility of delving into home ownership, there can also be a lot of other risks involved that you may not have thought about as a new homeowner. While the requirement of homeowner's insurance is well known and guarding your house against theft can be commonplace, if you happen to be living in an area that'...
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Budgeting 101: How to Plan Your Budget Around Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

Budgeting 101: How to Plan Your Budget Around Your Monthly Mortgage Payments
If you've decided to invest in a home, you might be wondering how to make all the expenses work from the groceries to your mode of transportation to all those little things that quickly add up. Fortunately, it's easy enough to ensure you have the money each month by calculating your expenses and ensuring there's a little wiggle room in the leaner t...
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3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent

3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent
Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agent...
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Location, Location, Location: How to Ensure You're Buying a Home in the Right Community

Location, Location, Location: How to Ensure You're Buying a Home in the Right Community
When investing in a home, one of the most important things is buying a place that you and your family can feel comfortable in. However, while a place you can envision yourself in is important, it's not worth neglecting the neighborhood you'll be moving into for the perfect home. If you're wondering what you should be looking for in the neighborhood...
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Did You Know: With a Little DIY Work, That Garage Can Be Used for More Than Just Your Car

Did You Know: With a Little DIY Work, That Garage Can Be Used for More Than Just Your Car
Along with the family vehicles, the garage may be the place where all the things you don't want in your house go to disappear. However, you might not be aware that there are several DIY hacks you can use for your garage that will instantly make it a more usable space. If you're wondering how you can fit more in while improving the aesthetic ap...
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Dealing With a Tight Housing Market? 3 Tips to Ensure You Get the Mortgage You Need

Dealing With a Tight Housing Market? 3 Tips to Ensure You Get the Mortgage You Need
In many cities around the country, real estate prices are on the rise and potential buyers are working hard to find a home they can feel good about. However, finding the right home in a tight market can be even more of a challenge when it comes to striking the right balance. If you're hedging around the market in the hopes of finding the perfect ho...
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Buyer Beware: Three Major Red Flags to Watch for When Visiting Open Houses

Buyer Beware: Three Major Red Flags to Watch for When Visiting Open Houses
Open houses are a good opportunity to get out to see what kind of home you're looking for and if it will work for you. Fortunately, they can also be a good opportunity to find out some things about the house you're looking at that might not be listed on the website and may be less than flattering. If you're wondering what red flags to watch out for...
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Understanding Why the Highest Offer Isn't Always the Best One When Selling Your Home

Understanding Why the Highest Offer Isn't Always the Best One When Selling Your Home
When it comes to the real estate market, nothing is better than putting your home up for sale and finding a potential homebuyer who offers you the price you're looking for. However, while the right offer is ideal, there are a lot of things that may come along with a high offer that may be less than perfect. If you're wondering what kinds of things ...
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Facing a Scorching Hot Housing Market? 3 Reasons You'll Want a Great Real Estate Agent

Facing a Scorching Hot Housing Market? 3 Reasons You'll Want a Great Real Estate Agent
For many homeowners who are selling in today's real estate market, pinching every penny can be important. This can mean that it's a consideration to opt out of a real estate agent and go with the DIY approach. However, there are many things an agent can do for you in a hot market that may be worth the money. If you're wondering how a real estate ag...
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3 Ways to Earn Some Spare Cash to Help Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster

3 Ways to Earn Some Spare Cash to Help Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster
A mortgage is one of the most expensive purchases you'll make in your life, and for many the idea of being indebted to it for years can seem like quite a burden. However, while you won't necessarily be able to pay off your home with instant savings, there are ways that you can pay it down more quickly. If you're wondering how to drum up some extra ...
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Buying a Home for the First Time? Five Real Estate Terms You'll Need to Know

Buying a Home for the First Time? Five Real Estate Terms You'll Need to Know
The terminology involved in the real estate market can be vexing for the newcomer, but if you're getting prepared to buy a home, there are a few choice words you should take some time to learn. While it's hard to learn the ins and outs in one article, here's a place to begin with five terms you may be hearing a lot of in the future.Amortization Per...
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