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If you are a first-time homebuyer, you might think that the price tag on the home is the only cost involved for a mortgage. However, there are other expenses that might catch you off guard. If you’re shopping for your first house, prepare for these additional, and often unexpected, homebuying costs. Home Inspections After your … Continue reading 3 Hidden Homebuying Costs


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Determining the right time to sell can help you maximize the sale price of your home while also taking some stress out of the process. Here are some factors to help you decide when is an appropriate time – both financially and emotionally — to sell your house. Time of the Year Most people consider … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Sell Your House


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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 good amount of debt while … Continue reading How to Buy A Home While Balancing Student Loans


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Today we tend to do everything online—from dating and being social to ordering groceries and banking.  But, when it comes to getting a home loan, does it make sense to go with one of those online mortgage companies? If you’re thinking about going online to track down a home loan, here’s a quick rundown of … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Online Mortgages


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Traditionally, we think of the homeowner path as upsizing. When we are young, we buy a small starter home to fit our needs and income. Later, our needs change as our family unit grows, and we move into a larger home to fit our needs. There are times in our lives, however, when smaller spaces … Continue reading Knowing When to Downsize


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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!


Mortgage payoff

It’s all part of the American dream: owning a home, then paying off the mortgage to become debt-free. And even though you may be able to pay off your mortgage early, is it the best thing for your finances? There are many things to consider before you pay off your mortgage. Let’s take a look … Continue reading Before You Pay Off Your Mortgage, Consider This


Loan closing tips

I once knew a loan closing  attorney who, when reviewing the note and mortgage with a new borrower, would jokingly say, “You’re welcome to read over everything, and if you find anything in your favor, the lender will be happy to correct that mistake!” Of course, he was being facetious and he used that line as … Continue reading Loan Closing Tips


The American dream of home ownership isn’t fully realized until you own your home free and clear. And for most of us, that’s the goal we’re working toward… paying off the mortgage and owning our home outright. However, there are some things to consider before you pay off your mortgage. As tempting as it might … Continue reading Thinking of Paying Your Mortgage Off Early? Think Again.


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