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Buying an Older Home? Watch Out for These 3 Key Flaws That Could Spell Trouble

Buying an Older Home? Watch Out for These 3 Key Flaws That Could Spell Trouble
Are you a fan of homes with a bit more character than newer, modern designs? Whether in pristine condition or more of a "fixer upper," older homes are incredibly popular in cities across the country. However, there are some key factors to consider if you're thinking about buying a home built decades ago before modern standards were enforced. Let's ...
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​Selling Your House? 3 Strange Questions That Potential Buyers Might Ask and How to Answer Them

​Selling Your House? 3 Strange Questions That Potential Buyers Might Ask and How to Answer Them
Are you listing your home for sale now, or in the near future? If so, you have probably come to terms with the fact that soon you'll be having strangers tour through your home asking all kinds of questions about it. In today's blog post we'll take a look at three strange questions that buyers might ask and how to approach answering them."Has Anyone...
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4 Home Staging Ideas That Are Heavy on the "Wow" Factor but Light on the Wallet

4 Home Staging Ideas That Are Heavy on the "Wow" Factor but Light on the Wallet
Staging is one of the most important aspects of any home sale. The more attractive your home is to potential buyers, the faster you can finalize the sale and move on. With that in mind, let's explore four home staging ideas that won't cost a fortune but are sure to impress your buyers.#1: Clean The Place Until It ShinesThe first and most obvious op...
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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 Convent...
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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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Let's Talk Buyer Qualification: How to Ensure You Sell Your Home to the Right Buyer

Let's Talk Buyer Qualification: How to Ensure You Sell Your Home to the Right Buyer
Are you listing your home for sale? If so, it is time to get ready to meet with buyers and their real estate agents. And while you surely want to sell your home as quickly as possible, you will also want to do your homework to make sure you're selling to the right person. Let's explore the process of buyer qualification and why it's important to do...
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Four Mistakes to Avoid When Making an Offer for Your Dream Home

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Making an Offer for Your Dream Home
You've scoured the new home listings, been to all the open houses and have finally found the home of your dreams. It is now time to draft an offer and begin the negotiation process. Below we'll share four mistakes that you will want to avoid when making an offer on your dream home.Mistake #1 – Not Working With A ProfessionalThe first mistake that h...
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Did You Know: Your Choice of Community Will Impact Your Mortgage – Here's How

Did You Know: Your Choice of Community Will Impact Your Mortgage – Here's How
If you are in the market for a new home, you've probably begun the process of choosing the neighborhood or community in which you want to live. The perfect spot to call home will depend on your age, the size and composition of your family, your working life, and other factors. However, one thing you may not know is that the community you choose to ...
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Ready to Buy Your First Home? Don't Forget to Check Your Credit Score – Here's Why

Ready to Buy Your First Home? Don't Forget to Check Your Credit Score – Here's Why
Whether you're just out of college, recently married or simply haven't jumped into the market yet, buying your first home is an exciting prospect. It can also be an expensive one, which is why most people will take out a mortgage to help finance the cost.If you are planning on engaging with a mortgage lender, you'll need to have your finances in or...
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Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster With These Money-Smart Strategies

Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster With These Money-Smart Strategies
As with any loan or line of credit, there are benefits to getting your mortgage paid down. You'll pay less in interest, potentially saving thousands over the repayment period. Moreover, you'll own your home outright that much quicker.Let's explore four money-smart strategies that will help you to pay your mortgage off faster.Start With The Obvious ...
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3 Useful Tips for First-time Homebuyers Trying to Navigate the System

3 Useful Tips for First-time Homebuyers Trying to Navigate the System
Whether you're tired of renting, need more space or want to make an upgrade, buying your first home is the solution. However, if you have never participated in the market before it can be a bit daunting at first. Let's explore a few useful tips that are helpful for first-time homebuyers who are new to the process of buying real estate.Tip #1: Begin...
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Speed up Your Mortgage Closing Process With This Handy Four-step Guide

Speed up Your Mortgage Closing Process With This Handy Four-step Guide
Are you in the market for a new house or apartment? If you are financing the purchase by taking out a mortgage, you'll want to know how to make this transaction run as smooth as possible. In today's article, we'll share a quick four-step guide to speeding up the mortgage closing process.Step #1: Check In On Your Credit ScoreThe first step before ap...
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​Trying to Sell Your Home As a Fixer-Upper? Highlight These Key Areas to Attract Eager Buyers

​Trying to Sell Your Home As a Fixer-Upper? Highlight These Key Areas to Attract Eager Buyers
Are you going to sell your house soon? If it's a bit of a 'fixer-upper' – meaning that it's in need of some renovation work – you may find some challenges in marketing it to potential buyers. Reducing the listing price is one option available to you, but there are other ways to highlight this kind of home. Let's have a look at three key areas that ...
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Real Estate Negotiations: 3 Tricks That You Can Use to Ensure Yours Is the Winning Bid

Real Estate Negotiations: 3 Tricks That You Can Use to Ensure Yours Is the Winning Bid
You've toured through several listings, attended all the open houses, and have found your potential new dream home. Now the hard part begins, especially if you're working against other buyers who are keen on getting the same home as you. Let's look at three tricks that you can use to make sure the bid you submit on a home is the one that wins.Don't...
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Wrapping It All Up: Don't Forget These Important Tasks After Closing on Your New Home

Wrapping It All Up: Don't Forget These Important Tasks After Closing on Your New Home
The negotiations are over. The seller has accepted your bid and the paperwork has been signed. Shortly, you'll be handed the keys to your new home and you can start moving in. But of course, the work doesn't end after the real estate closing process. In fact, it's just beginning! In today's article, we'll share a few essential tasks that you'll wan...
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Go Big or Go Home: 3 Reasons Why Your First Home Should Be a Spacious One

Go Big or Go Home: 3 Reasons Why Your First Home Should Be a Spacious One
Buying a home for the first time? One of the key considerations you'll need to make is just how much 'house' you want to buy. While going minimal might seem like a good idea to save on costs, having a smaller living space can end up cramping your lifestyle in many ways. Let's look at three great reasons why your first home should be roomy, spacious...
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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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