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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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​Learning to Love Technology: 3 Tips That Will Help You to Embrace Home Automation

​Learning to Love Technology: 3 Tips That Will Help You to Embrace Home Automation
Are you still using a key to unlock your door and twisting a dial on the wall to set the temperature? Home automation technology has made considerable strides in the past couple of years, so it might be time to invest. In today's blog post we will explore three tips that can help those looking to make the leap into a fully automated home. #1: Start...
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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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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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​It's Hammer Time: 4 Common Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

​It's Hammer Time: 4 Common Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Investing in your home by remodeling or renovating is an excellent way to increase its value. However, a significant renovation project can quickly turn into a disaster, especially for those who are inexperienced. Let's take a look at four of the more common home renovation mistakes that homeowners make and how you can avoid them. Mistake #1: Skipp...
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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 Anyon...
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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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3 Key Ways That Driverless Cars Are Going to Reshape How We Design and Use Our Homes

3 Key Ways That Driverless Cars Are Going to Reshape How We Design and Use Our Homes
Are you ready for the coming shift to driverless cars? While it might seem like some sort of futuristic vision, the truth is that driverless vehicles will be on the road within a few short years. Let's explore three key ways that driverless cars are going to help to shape how we think about our homes in the very near future. 1: Goodbye, Garages It ...
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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 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 Shines The first and most obvious ...
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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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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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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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The Quick-and-Easy Guide to Getting Started With House Flipping

The Quick-and-Easy Guide to Getting Started With House Flipping
Investing in real estate is one of the oldest means of building and storing wealth. However, it is only just recently that "flipping" of houses – buying at a low price, renovating and selling at a higher price – became popular. For many, house flipping has become a full-time career and their primary source of income. So, are you interested in learn...
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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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Flood Insurance

Flood Insurance
Because flood insurance is not covered by your standard homeowners policy, you will need to consult your insurance agent or mortgage professional to determine if it is required for your property. If there is the possibility of a chance of flooding, it is wise to purchase a policy that covers the structure and your personal belongings. Your lender m...
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Selling Social: How to Leverage Your Social Network to Sell Your Home Faster?

Selling Social: How to Leverage Your Social Network to Sell Your Home Faster?
There were days when the marketing of a home involved plunking a sign into the front yard, but with the power of the Internet, there are many mediums through which home sellers can find potential buyers. If you're currently looking at ways to use the power of social media in order to get your ideal purchase price, here are some things you can do to...
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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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