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 […]

How to Safeguard This Big Investment

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Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial commitments you'll ever make, and it's understandable to want to protect your investment throughout the purchase process. When you're ready to make an offer on a home, adding a contingency to your contract can give you time to assess the property and feel confident that it […]

How Will You Ring In National BBQ Month?

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It's National Barbecue Month, the time to celebrate flame-grilled foods and the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy backyard burgers with family and friends or you're a vegetarian with a penchant for travel, there are so many ways to celebrate this month that fit your unique culinary style and tastes. Here's some grilling inspiration for your […]

Affordable Ways to Update Your Home

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Tired of your home looking off-trend and out of touch? Or investing in an older home and want to update it? You don't need deep pockets to do either. In fact, upgrading your home can be quite affordable with the right projects. Here are five ways to make a big impact without spending a lot: […]

Easy Ways to Save for a Down Payment

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With rising rental costs and the amount of student debt at an all-time high, it's no surprise that many potential buyers are unable to save up for a down payment. If you've found yourself in this boat, don't lose hope. With the help of technology and a little foresight, you can save for that down […]

4 Home Improvements With High Returns

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Remodeling your home can be a great way to increase its value and ensure you get good returns when it comes time to sell. But before you go tearing out your floors or adding another bedroom, take note: Not all projects are created equal. In fact, according to recent data from Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. […]

Curb Appeal: 4 Fixes for a Lush Lawn

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The colder months are notoriously hard on foliage — and subsequently, curb appeal. Fortunately, spring is just around the corner, and that means now is the perfect time to prep your lawn for its revival. Try these easy fixes, and you'll have lush landscaping in no time. 1. Reseed and fertilize. Have bare or thinning […]

All Things Tiny

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Tiny Homes: What are the pros and cons? What constitutes a tiny house? Generally, tiny homes measure between 100 and 500 square feet. Many are portable, but some city ordinances and housing divisions require homes to be set on a foundation. What are the pros? People are drawn to tiny houses for a number of […]

5 Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home

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Have you outgrown your home? Or has your home outgrown you and your household? Fewer and fewer families expect to stay in their first or second home for the long haul. Here are some factors to determine if you're financially and emotionally ready to sell your house: 1. Growing or shrinking household — Are you […]

2018’s Hottest Hues!

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Color can impact the overall mood of your surroundings as well as what potential buyers feel when they step inside your home. The challenge comes in choosing the right combination for your particular space. See what forecasters are predicting and learn how to implement the hot colors of 2018. Hues to Use Experts from Pantone, […]

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

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Your home is an investment that requires ongoing maintenance to stay in tiptop shape. If you neglect annual and quarterly tasks, however, you risk overlooking potential issues that could lead to expensive repairs down the road. Stay on top of preventive maintenance tasks with a seasonal checklist and the reminders below. Winter – To prevent pipes from bursting, drain […]

Three Methods to Organize Your Home

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We all have some level of attachment to our things. However, many of us feel as though we're drowning in stuff. Fortunately, there's been a growing movement toward minimalism, and there are numerous methods that can help. Below are three decluttering philosophies to help you clear out and clean up your home and life. Feng […]

Spring Lawncare Guide

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by Julie Day As the world outside finally begins to turn green after a long winter, it’s time once again to pay attention to your lawn. Spring is a sensitive time for your yard – the soil is spongy, the plants are tender, and the weather is unpredictable. Your lawn will thank you for being […]

Spring 2015 Home-Buying Guide – 5 Realtor Tips

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Spring and all its glory is right around the corner—just take a look at the signs all around you. No, we’re not talking about the budding flowers or the chirping birds—we’re referring to those “For Sale” signs that start popping up on lawns across the country as the weather starts heating up. And once the […]

5 Ways Spring Home Sellers Can Gain An Edge

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Along with tulips and daffodils, "For Sale" signs will soon be popping up across neighborhood lawns. An improving labor market in the U.S. is expected to spur increased home sales in 2015, so if you've been wanting to sell your home, low interest rates and tight inventory levels should create an attractive environment. "With the improving economy, we will […]

Rent vs. Buy

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This Article was reprinted from nationamortgagenews.com The U.S. economy is improving and, with it, rents are rising nationwide. In many U.S. markets, on a monthly basis, it’s more expensive to rent a home than to own one. Thankfully, the expanding economy has softened mortgage eligibility requirements. Credit score minimums are dropping and banks have become […]

Most wanted modern kitchen appliances

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The real estate world is an ever-evolving industry, with homebuyers often driving the change. Kitchens have been a frequent source of buyer fixation as they have transitioned from a place for food prep to a gathering place for family and friends. Along with functionality, buyers want an attractive space they will enjoy even when the […]

Tips when buying a second home

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Brush up on location, lifestyle and finances while searching for your retreat. Buying a second home has become one of the fastest growing trends in the United States. In fact, more than 30 million Americans are expected to enter the second home market within the next decade. It can seem like a daunting task, but […]

Home Inspection

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Because a home purchase most likely is the largest investment you’ll ever make, it’s essential that you have a thorough understanding of the property’s condition. A comprehensive professional home inspection will provide you with a detailed and much better understanding of the property you intend to buy. The standard home inspection is an objective visual […]