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While buying your first house is an exciting time and a big milestone, it’s important to keep in mind that there are some actions to avoid during the buying process. Here are some common but avoidable mistakes that first-time homebuyers sometimes make. Skipping the Prequalified Process When you decide to take the big step towards … Continue reading 4 Common First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes


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When you decide that you’re ready to buy a house, it can be tempting to start searching for listings on Zillow or drive through your favorite neighborhood looking for “For Sale” signs. The last thing you want to do, however, is to find the perfect house and then realize it’s out of your price range. … Continue reading How Much Home Can You Afford?


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Buying a home is a huge financial commitment, but according to the results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, homeownership can still be a better deal than paying rent. The report states that in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States, homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year … Continue reading 3 Questions to Consider in Renting vs. Owning


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Are you planning a move to a new neighborhood or community? Meeting your new neighbors can provide a sense of community that helps you feel safer, more settled and happier in your new environment. For some people, this could mean stepping out of your comfort zone, so here are four tips to help you connect … Continue reading Meet the Neighbors


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Plenty of people have the goal of buying a home, but factors hold them back from making it happen each year. Rising interest rates or not enough savings for the standard 20% down payment are just a few examples that cause people to push off the thought of owning a home. Maybe next year’s rates … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Buy This Summer!


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Not everyone can afford the standard down payment when buying a home. Instead, they achieve their dream of home ownership through mortgage insurance. So what exactly is mortgage insurance, and how does it affect your home loan? What is Mortgage Insurance? Mortgage Insurance is an insurance policy that compensates mortgage lenders for losses due to … Continue reading Do I Need Mortgage Insurance?


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When you’re buying, refinancing, or selling your home, a home appraisal will always be one of the key components of the transaction. Simply defined, a home appraisal is an unbiased opinion from a professional appraiser on a home’s value. Home appraisals are done to determine whether the home’s contract price is appropriate given the home’s … Continue reading Everything to Know About Home Appraisals!


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College commencement speeches have been delivered and diplomas handed out. It’s time for the real world which, for many graduating students, means tackling their student loan debt. Having student loans won’t keep someone from buying a house, although they need to be comfortable with the idea of taking on a large amount of debt while … Continue reading Buying A Home With Student Loan Debt


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You found the home that’s right for you. Even better, your offer was accepted, and you are getting closer to moving in. Not so fast! The home inspection is the next big step in the process, and it should never be overlooked. Home inspections may seem daunting at first, especially to a first-time homebuyer. Go … Continue reading 4 Points to Know About Home Inspections


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You did it – you bought your first home! You made it through all the paperwork, you saved enough for that big down payment, and you finally settled in. Everything seems perfect until that dishwasher starts to leak all over the kitchen floor. Calling the landlord won’t work this time around. Welcome to the joys … Continue reading Understanding Home Warranties


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