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23
Jan
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5 Common Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make
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You’ve saved up, gathered all your strength to start the process, and excitedly told your family and friends that you’re ready for your first home. Before diving in and looking at your options – or settling on that “perfect” place you’ve always had in mind – it is important to cautiously navigate the waters of the competitive housing market. Rash decision-making or choices made under pressure could potentially be a bad move on your end in the long run. Not…

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Dec
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Questions to Ask When Searching for a Title Company
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When buying a home, picking the right title company will determine whether your house-hunting process rolls over smoothly or not – especially in its final stages. Your title company of choice will likely give you the most accurate information on estimated closing cost and final closing cost statements. While many decide to choose their title company by word of mouth, there are several questions you should ask when choosing one that will boast a good insurance policy and easily handled…

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Oct
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Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?
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When paying monthly rent, it’s hard not to miss the security and comfort of a home. While buying a home may seem feasible, it is important to draw out the next steps in your long-term life plan before making new moves. Just because you can buy a home doesn’t mean you should. However, with the right timing and planning, putting down the dollars on one of your biggest life investments can be incredibly rewarding. If you’re thinking about buying your…

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Sep
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Relocation Resource List
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Whether you are making the first move into your new home or you figure that you already know the ins and outs of navigating a new place, it’s always a good idea to have a reference list handy when planning out your agenda. Moving may often seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t always have to be. Knowing which relocation resources are at your disposal is the first step to making a smooth move! From your old place to the…

19
Aug
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The Pros and Cons of Renting and Buying a Home
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To Rent vs. To Buy? The choice between renting a home and buying one of the biggest financial decisions anyone will ever make. However, the costs of buying are more complicated than renting, making it tough to tell which one is the better option.  When choosing whether to rent or to buy a home, ask yourself the following questions.   How long are you staying in the area?   Are you taking a position that will only last for a…

08
Jul
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Should You Target a Foreclosure Property for a New Purchase?
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A foreclosure is a process by which a homeowner’s right to their property is relinquished because they failed to pay their mortgage. If the homeowners cannot pay off the debt, the home will become an asset of the bank. Foreclosed properties are more common than people think and can lead to one person’s loss becoming another’s gain. Foreclosures can come with risks as well as benefits. The multitude of these risks and benefits can often intimidate new homebuyers from sealing…

13
Jun
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What Will Rehabbing That House Really Cost You?
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Are you interested in rehabbing a newly purchased property? Or perhaps you are looking to rehab your personal residence? Either way, the cost of rehabbing a house is determined by many factors including the cost of labor, insurance, tax, permits, materials and many other hidden costs. To estimate the exact cost of repairing a house, you need to determine what needs to be fixed, which may be difficult. We wanted to make this process easier for you so we broke…

17
May
Mortgage Documents Explained
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3 Most Important Mortgage Documents You'll Sign Explained You’re just about ready to make that big investment on a new piece of property. However, it might be a smart choice to break up the payment plan and take out a loan. Better yet, understanding the specific timing rules that lenders and buyers must follow when closing a purchase is very important because it can affect the length of completion of the mortgage process. While realistic, the house that you are…

13
Apr
5 Tips For Organizing Your Whole House 
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There’s always something new that your house needs. Whether it’s a new backsplash for your outdated kitchen or an appliance upgrade to smart home devices, our fantasy homes often seem unreachable after calculating costs and total time. However, the chances are that there’s an even easier, cost-effective way to make your house look more presentable and more livable, which can be a quicker fix than you think. By organizing your whole house, removing the clutter and saving space in tight…

22
Feb
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How to Spot Potential in an Older Home
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If you’ve been eyeing a beautiful home on the market that needs some interior work, the chances are that it is much more affordable than it seems. An increasingly competitive industry, house flipping can yield up to a $100,000 profit per home if budgeted properly. Whether looking for opportunities to resell outdated homes or renovating an existing house for the perfect location, there are several words from the wise that may help. Know Your Buyer The market in which your…