4 Tips for Competing With Cash Buyers

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In today’s hot market, bidding wars have become the norm. With many out-of-state buyers and property investors looking for a great deal, all-cash offers are also becoming common. A cash offer can seem tempting for sellers since it offers the possibility of a faster closing. But despite this perk, cash buyers don’t always win. Many […]

Homebuying When You Have Student Debt

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Did you know you can buy your dream home while paying off student loan debt? It’s true and even quite common. While student loans are factored into your debt-to-income ratio, they shouldn’t prevent you from becoming a homeowner. And fortunately, there are many programs and options available to prospective buyers, some you may not be […]

Homeownership in Your Golden Years

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Independent living is often cited as being good for one's well-being, so it's no surprise that aging in place has become so popular. Thankfully, many options in today's housing market make it possible. Preparing for physical safety and financial security are the most immediate concerns that come to mind as we plan for aging in […]

Should You Purchase Your Dream Home First?

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  Gone are the days when a three-bedroom, two-bath starter home was the norm for first-time homebuyers. Today, many buyers are skipping that stage altogether and going straight for their dream homes. They're buying bigger, more expensive properties with upgraded features, and they plan to live there for the long haul. Not sure which type […]

Could You Use a Detached Living Space?

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Today's homeowners and homebuyers love detached living spaces. These small stand-alone structures located on the property come with all sorts of benefits — from added room for storage and recreation to extra income. They're also easy and affordable to design and install. Starting at around $9,600, this additional square footage can deliver serious bang for […]

Hire An Agent When Building A House

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Many homebuyers think they don't need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you're buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix? The truth is, buying any home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It […]

Want a Home That’s For Sale By Owner?

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Homes that are for sale by owner — when a seller decides not to hire a listing agent — are more common than you might think. They account for about 8 percent of all home listings currently on the market. If you're on the house hunt, you're likely to come across one in your search. […]

Four Things You Should Put On Your Moving Checklist

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Moving can be hectic. With dozens of to-dos, a tight timeline and a growing pile of boxes, it's easy to get frazzled and let things fall through the cracks. But it doesn't have to be that way. Get organized now by making a checklist to work from. Set deadlines for the most critical tasks like […]

Five Types of Home Inspections to Know

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Most buyers and sellers know that a home inspection is an essential part of the purchase process. But in real estate, there's more than just one type of inspection to consider. In fact, there are dozens. Whether you're purchasing a new home or investment property, selling your current home or trying to build equity in […]

Your Checklist of Crucial Home To-Dos

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Cleaning the gutters and weeding the garden are tasks that come with regular, visible reminders. But how do you keep up with other necessary maintenance that might not be as noticeable? Here are some essential home maintenance tasks that are often overlooked: Appliances: If you want your fridge, dryer and other appliances to last you […]