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Have You Budgeted for Closing Costs?

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Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing costs required to obtain a mortgage. What Are Closing Costs? According to Trulia, “When you close on a home, a…
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Gifts and Gadgets for Every Room in the House

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  Are you searching for new and innovative gift ideas this holiday season? If so, check out our list of the hottest home technology offerings. We’ve selected a few of our favorites for every room in the house. These smart systems and devices add comfort, convenience, and a “cool factor” that will delight your friends…
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Purchasing Home Insurance Top 10

Top 10 Considerations When Purchasing Home Insurance 1. You Need Home Insurance Homeowners need to purchase home insurance to protect their homes and personal property. Those who rent need insurance to protect their furniture and other personal property. Protect against liability for accidents that injure other people or damage property. 2. Determine How Much Coverage is…
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8 Lesser Known Fees that Factor into the True Cost of Home Buying

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  With your focus on building your down payment fund and figuring out what your mortgage payment will be, it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller fees that come along with a home purchase. Here are eight and what they could cost you. 1. Home Inspection A home inspection helps protect you from purchasing a…
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Planning on Buying a Home? Know Your Options!

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Planning on Buying a Home? Know Your Options!   When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build. With limited existing home inventory available today, especially in the starter and middle-level markets, many buyers are considering a new home…
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Selling Your Home During the Holidays

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Aliens don’t vaporize buyers during the holiday season!  Selling your home during the holidays has many benefits. Less Competition Many homeowners elect not to put their home on the market during the holidays and wait until January so you will have less competition.  Reduced inventory means more buyers checking out your home! Motivated Buyers Anyone…
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Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.

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Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with residential rental prices. Let’s shed a little light on this subject. In the most recent Apartment Rent Report, RentCafe explains how rents have…
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5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

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Woman at home in Madrid In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from realtor.com’s article, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind.” 1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage…
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Everything You Need to Know About iBuyers and the “Instant Cash Offer”

Technology is changing the way we do almost everything, and real estate transactions are no exception. In fact, a new crop of tech companies wants to revolutionize the way we buy and sell homes. iBuyer startups like Opendoor, Offerpad, and Properly are rapidly expanding into new territories, and now established players, like Zillow, are starting…
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