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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 Pe...
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Dusty Attic, No More: How to Convert an Attic Into a Usable Living Space

Dusty Attic, No More: How to Convert an Attic Into a Usable Living Space
The attic may be one of the spaces in the house that everyone prefers to avoid, but many people forget that an attic can be a great place for a bedroom or an additional living room. If you're wondering how you can go about upgrading your attic for everyday use, here are some things to think about before you move forward. Consider The Access Routes ...
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Understanding What a "Piggyback" Mortgage Loan Is and How It Works

Understanding What a "Piggyback" Mortgage Loan Is and How It Works
As a potential homebuyer who is new to the market, many of the terms and mortgage products available to you can be more than a little confusing. Piggyback loans might be a little less familiar than many other options, but if you're ready to jump into the housing market this type of mortgage can be useful for you. If you're hoping to invest in a hom...
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Fore! Understanding the Pros and Cons of Buying a Home on a Golf Course

Fore! Understanding the Pros and Cons of Buying a Home on a Golf Course
With the popularity of living in high style, many people are considering life along the golf course to get in the game and dwell in a picturesque place. While there are many benefits to this kind of living, there are also several drawbacks to consider before investing. If you're wondering whether a home on the green is a possibility for you, here a...
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Thinking About a Second Mortgage on Your House? Here's What You Need to Know

Thinking About a Second Mortgage on Your House? Here's What You Need to Know
Whether it's to consolidate debt or make funds available for a home renovation, many people consider a second mortgage to make it possible to pursue other options. However, like any important financial decision, it's important to be informed about the financial implications before diving in. If you're currently weighing your mortgage options and ar...
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The 10-year Mortgage: Why a Shorter Amortization Period Can Be Your Best Option

The 10-year Mortgage: Why a Shorter Amortization Period Can Be Your Best Option
From 'down payment' to 'adjustable rate' to 'debt-to-income' ratio, there are so many terms involved in the mortgage process that it can be hard to learn them all and keep them straight. However, whether you've heard it, the term 'amortization period' might be one of the most important ones associated with your financial well-being. If you're curre...
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5 Things That First-time Home Buyers Wish They Knew Before They Signed

5 Things That First-time Home Buyers Wish They Knew Before They Signed
Without a doubt, it can be both overwhelming and exciting to find your dream home and be able to put the money down for it. However, there are a lot of things to know before signing on the dotted line so you can avoid buyer's remorse. Instead of going it alone, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you decide to commit to your new home. A Good...
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3 Classic Credit Mistakes to Avoid If You're Trying to Secure a Mortgage Loan

3 Classic Credit Mistakes to Avoid If You're Trying to Secure a Mortgage Loan
The mortgage application process can be fraught with a lot of stress on its own, but if you've experienced issues with your credit in the past it can be even more taxing. While there may be a lot of things you may not be aware of when it comes to their impact on your credit, here are some things to watch out for if you're planning to purchase a hom...
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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. Ch...
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Saving for a Mortgage Down Payment? 4 Tips That Will Help You Get There Faster

Saving for a Mortgage Down Payment? 4 Tips That Will Help You Get There Faster
For most people, the idea of saving more money each month is enough of a burden without having to think about investing in a home. A down payment, however, will require a lot more saving know-how and a lot more in liquid assets in order to be able to buy. If you're trying to find ways to save a bit more each month, here are some sure-fire tips for ...
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Yes, It's Getting Easier to Get a Mortgage. Here's How You Can Take Advantage

Yes, It's Getting Easier to Get a Mortgage. Here's How You Can Take Advantage
It can be hard to stay on top of a changing real estate market from day-to-day, but it's a matter of fact that there are more available mortgage products out there than ever before for many kinds of homebuyers. If you're wondering how you can take advantage of easier lending opportunities and strike while the iron is hot, here are some things to co...
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Did You Know: Single Women Are Buying Homes Faster Than Single Men -- Here's Why

Did You Know: Single Women Are Buying Homes Faster Than Single Men -- Here's Why
With low interest rates and uncertainty as to where the real estate market will be in the next six months, many people are opting into ownership and investing in a home. Interestingly, according to the National Association of Realtors, approximately 17 percent of homebuyers in the United States last year were women, which is a much higher percentag...
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Can I Qualify for a Mortgage After Declaring Bankruptcy? Yes -- and Here's How

Can I Qualify for a Mortgage After Declaring Bankruptcy? Yes -- and Here's How
It may feel like a very daunting task to consider buying a home after you've declared bankruptcy, and there's no doubt that it's an uphill battle. Fortunately, while you'll have hard work ahead, there are things you can do to make your dream of home ownership a possibility. Whether you've just declared bankruptcy or some time has passed, here are s...
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Refinancing This Spring? How to Choose Between Variable and Fixed Interest Rates

Refinancing This Spring? How to Choose Between Variable and Fixed Interest Rates
From choosing a real estate agent to finding the right home, the process of getting a mortgage is rife with many different choices. If you're investing down the road, it's likely that you've heard about variable and fixed interest rates and are wondering about the differences between the two and how they can benefit you. While what will work best f...
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It's Tax Time: Learn How Buying a New Home Can Help to Reduce Your Tax Burden

It's Tax Time: Learn How Buying a New Home Can Help to Reduce Your Tax Burden
Most people do not look forward to tax time, whether they get money back or not, but as a homeowner there are a lot of things you can do that will help to reduce your taxes and get you a refund. If you're getting prepared to invest in a home and are wondering how it can benefit you, here are some deductions you'll want to watch out for. Minimizing ...
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Suffering in a 'Low Inventory' Real Estate Market? 3 Helpful Tips for Finding a Home to Buy

Suffering in a 'Low Inventory' Real Estate Market? 3 Helpful Tips for Finding a Home to Buy
Many homebuyers struggle with finding a home that is within their price range, but many of those perusing the market also struggle when it comes to the search. If you're currently on the real estate market and are having difficulty finding a good selection of homes, here are some ways to expand your search so you can find an opportunity you're prep...
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What Fees or Costs Are Involved With a Reverse Mortgage? Let's Take a Look

What Fees or Costs Are Involved With a Reverse Mortgage? Let's Take a Look
As a means of avoiding monthly mortgage payments, a reverse mortgage is a way for homeowners to tap into their equity in order to defer the payments on their home. While this can be a beneficial option for those who are older than 65, it's important to be aware that - like any mortgage product - there are a number of associated fees. If a reverse m...
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5 Tips for Crafting a Counter-offer That Doesn't Scare Away a Potential Home Buyer

5 Tips for Crafting a Counter-offer That Doesn't Scare Away a Potential Home Buyer
If you've recently put your home up for sale, one of the most exciting parts of the selling process is getting an offer. However, all is not said and done once you've received an offer, as you'll probably want to negotiate a better price. If you're wondering how you can counter without losing a potential buyer, here are some tips when the time come...
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Til' Debt Do Us Part: How to Get a Mortgage If One Spouse Has A Terrible Credit Score

Til' Debt Do Us Part: How to Get a Mortgage If One Spouse Has A Terrible Credit Score
A poor credit history is a reality for many people, but it can be particularly daunting when it comes to investing in a house. Fortunately, simply because you or yours have experienced bad credit doesn't mean that you should be penalized in the future. If your spouse has struggled with bad credit in the past but you're both preparing to move forwar...
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Student Loans vs. Down Payments: 3 Ways You Can Manage Both and Buy a New Home

Student Loans vs. Down Payments: 3 Ways You Can Manage Both and Buy a New Home
The idea of paying off your student loans and buying a home at the same time can seem like an impossible feat given the impact on your Debt-to-Income (DTI) ratio. However, there are ways it's possible to have enough funds and good enough credit to make your dream of home ownership come true a little more quickly. If you're currently considering how...
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