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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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​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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Real Estate 101: What Is a "Short Sale" And How Does It Work? Let's Take a Look

Real Estate 101: What Is a "Short Sale" And How Does It Work? Let's Take a Look
Are you a budding real estate investor who is on the hunt for great deals on local homes? If so, you have probably heard about "short sale" homes, although it can take a bit of searching to find one. Let's take a closer look at real estate short sales to learn how they work and when you might want to take advantage.What Is A Real Estate Short Sale?...
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4 Things You Should Never, Ever Say If You Hope to Sell Your Home

4 Things You Should Never, Ever Say If You Hope to Sell Your Home
Have you ever had a conversation with a total stranger where you said something that you regret? If you are placing your house or condo on the market, you're eventually going to end up having to chat with potential buyers. Yes, your real estate agent is likely to do most of the talking. However, you will still have to deal with buyers that want to ...
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Selling Your Home? Here's 3 Reasons Why You Won't Want to Handle the Sale Yourself

Selling Your Home? Here's 3 Reasons Why You Won't Want to Handle the Sale Yourself
Are you thinking about selling your home? If so, you may be weighing the pros and cons of working with a professional real estate agent. Let's take a quick look at three great reasons why you won't want to handle the sale yourself.You Won't Save As Much As You ThinkLet's start with the most common and obvious reason that homeowners try to handle th...
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Understanding the Differences Between 'Prequalified' And 'Preapproved' For a Mortgage

Understanding the Differences Between 'Prequalified' And 'Preapproved' For a Mortgage
Are you in the market for a new home? If you are going to rely on mortgage financing to cover some of the purchase cost, you will need to start the application process as soon as possible. However, what if you just need to know how much you will be able to borrow so you can start finding homes in your price range?Let's take a quick look at the diff...
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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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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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The Quick and Easy Guide to Determining How Big of a Mortgage Your Family Can Afford

The Quick and Easy Guide to Determining How Big of a Mortgage Your Family Can Afford
Are you shopping around for a new house or an apartment? One of the key considerations you will need to make is figuring out how much you want to invest in your new home. Below you'll find our quick and easy guide to determining just how much "house" you can afford. Let's get started!Start By Making A Proper BudgetThe first thing you'll want to do ...
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Selling Your Home? 3 Ways You Can Use Your Social Network to Speed up Your Sale

Selling Your Home? 3 Ways You Can Use Your Social Network to Speed up Your Sale
There are many traditional ways to sell your home, from the MLS listings to a sign in the front yard. However, the ease of the Internet and the utility of social media can make it easier than ever to find the right buyer. If you're getting prepared to put your home on the market and are trying to determine a strategy, here are some ways you can use...
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Forget About the Bank of Mom and Dad -- Here's How You Can Save Your Own Down Payment

Forget About the Bank of Mom and Dad -- Here's How You Can Save Your Own Down Payment
Since you'll want to have approximately 20% of the purchase price of your home for a down payment, it can seem nearly impossible to come up with the funds. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can save a little over time and not have to borrow from the Bank of Mom and Dad. If you're looking to invest in a home in the short-term and are lookin...
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$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100
Whether you're trying to improve the look of your home or are getting ready to put it on the market, the idea of renovations can seem like a significant financial burden to take on. Fortunately, there are a variety of easy solutions for improving the look of your home without all the added expense. If you're wondering how you can spend $100 wisely,...
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Selling Your Home This Summer? Here's Why You'll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help

Selling Your Home This Summer? Here's Why You'll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help
With the power of social media, it's easier than ever to use Twitter and Facebook and your own home website to sell your home online. However, there are a lot of different buyers on the market and that means it's important to keep all your options open when it comes to marketing your home. If you're wondering how you can harness the power of your n...
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To Paint or Not to Paint Before Selling Your Home, That Is the Question. Here Are Some Answers!

To Paint or Not to Paint Before Selling Your Home, That Is the Question. Here Are Some Answers!
If you're planning some renovations before you sell your home, you're probably trying to determine what will boost its value best so you can get out the money you're putting in. Pulling out the paint for some touch-ups may be one of the most common things you'll hear about, but before taking on such a sizeable job, it's worth considering the needs ...
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Understanding How Mortgage Calculators Work and When to Make Use of One

Understanding How Mortgage Calculators Work and When to Make Use of One
Investing in a home is a big financial decision, and along with the decision to buy is the question of how much mortgage you'll be able to afford. While your debt-to-income ratio can be helpful in determining the range for your mortgage amount, a mortgage calculator can be a beneficial tool in coming to a potential price. If you're curious about 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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Want a Quick Mortgage Approval? Come Prepared With These 5 Key Items

Want a Quick Mortgage Approval? Come Prepared With These 5 Key Items
Whether you're finally prepared to get into the real estate market or you want to know how you can make a deal quick, there are a few necessary documents you'll need to prove your reliability to a mortgage lender. If you're wondering what will be involved in getting the application approval you're looking for, here are the documents you'll want to ...
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Seller's Remorse: How to Move on From Your Old Home Once You've Sold It

Seller's Remorse: How to Move on From Your Old Home Once You've Sold It
There's often so much enthusiasm that goes along with buying a home that the idea of leaving the old one behind is left in the dust. But, while you may love both your old home and your new home, it can be difficult to leave what's old behind. If you're struggling with adjusting to your new dwelling place, here are some tips for how to make it feel ...
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6 Tips That Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Home Inspection

6 Tips That Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Home Inspection
A home inspection may be one of the last things that needs to be done before the deal is sealed. However, it's very important to have a proper inspection done so that you can ensure you're offering price is appropriate for the home you're getting. If you're prepping for an inspection soon, here are some things you'll want to consider beforehand.Cho...
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Spring Staging Tips: Using Your Lawn and Flower Beds to Boost Your Curb Appeal

Spring Staging Tips: Using Your Lawn and Flower Beds to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Every open house involves so much clean up and de-cluttering that it's often easy to forget about the first thing your guest will see when they arrive; the exterior! Instead of foregoing the first impression, here are some tips for fixing up your yard and all its vegetation so you can make a positive impression on potential homebuyers.Get Out The P...
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