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How Much Time Should You Spend Searching for a House?
Posted on 02/16/2020
How Much Time Should You Spend Searching for a House?
Generally, the length of the homebuying journey depends on the individual. In some instances, a buyer will purchase the first house that he or she views in-person. Or, in other cases, it may take a buyer several weeks or months to find a house that matches his or her expectations. There is no need to rush the homebuying journey....
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Simple Improvement Ideas for Your Home
Posted on 02/09/2020
Simple Improvement Ideas for Your Home
Image by ZandersDirect from Pixabay Home improvement is something we all strive for, but many of us never really follow through with completing that goal. With the hectic lives that we live, it’s hard to find time to make those important upgrades to your home. However, home improvement doesn’t always have to be hard and time-consuming. Add Some...
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What Can a Seller Learn After a House Showing?
Posted on 02/02/2020
What Can a Seller Learn After a House Showing?
Let's face it – a showing can be a stressful experience for a house seller. If a seller makes even a single mistake planning for a showing, a buyer may be turned off by his or her residence. And as a result, a seller's home may linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months. Ultimately, each...
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How to Make Sure Your Moving Day Goes Smoothly and Safely
Posted on 01/26/2020
How to Make Sure Your Moving Day Goes Smoothly and Safely
Moving day; you’ve waited months for this day to arrive, working hard to make sure you, your family, pets, and belongings are ready for the big move. With all of the preparations and various people involved, it’s easy for moving day to become dangerous. To ensure that you and your family have a safe and smooth moving day, I’ve...
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3 Signs You Likely Will Receive an Offer to Purchase Soon
Posted on 01/19/2020
3 Signs You Likely Will Receive an Offer to Purchase Soon
As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to generate interest in your residence. That way, it won't take long to start receiving offers to purchase after you list your home. There are many signs that homebuyers may soon submit offers to purchase your residence, and these signs include: 1. Buyers are setting up home showings....
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How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early
Posted on 01/12/2020
How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early
Paying off a mortgage early is a dream of many homeowners. By making larger payments on your home loan, you can cut years off of your loan term and save thousands of dollars in interest payments that you can use toward savings or investments. But in an economy that has seen decades of wage stagnation and increasing costs of...
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USDA Loans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Posted on 01/05/2020
USDA Loans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
The US government has been helping Americans achieve their goal of homeownership for decades. Through programs offered by the Federal Housing Authority, the USDA, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, millions of Americans have been able to afford a home who would have otherwise struggled. The focus of today’s post is one such service: loans offered through the USDA...
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 Security Habits That Help Keep Your Home Safer
Posted on 12/29/2019
Security Habits That Help Keep Your Home Safer
While there's a lot to be said for the value of high-tech home security systems, there are many basic, inexpensive things you can do to safeguard your home from intruders. Keeping your home secure begins with awareness, good communication, and positive habits. Where does good communication come into play? One example is the need to have a trusted neighbor...
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Posted on 12/22/2019
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Tackling projects around the house allows you to boost your skills, saves you money and ensures your home stays in peak condition -- usually. While DIY projects can be safe, successful and rewarding, there are some instances where you're better off leaving the work to a pro. From jobs that are dangerous...
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Key Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
Posted on 12/15/2019
Key Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
After you receive an offer to purchase your residence, determining the best course of action often can be difficult. Because if you make the wrong decision, you risk missing out on an opportunity to sell your house and maximize its value. Ultimately, it may prove to be beneficial for a home seller to submit a counter-offer. There are many...
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Should You Consult with Family Members Before You Buy a Home?
Posted on 12/08/2019
Should You Consult with Family Members Before You Buy a Home?
Let's face it – the mere thought of informing family members about your decision to pursue a new home may cause your blood pressure to rise. However, there are many reasons why it often is beneficial to notify family members about your decision to kick off a search for a new residence. These reasons include: 1. You can identify...
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How To Tighten Your Budget When You Buy A Home
Posted on 12/01/2019
How To Tighten Your Budget When You Buy A Home
Once you buy a home, you realize that every penny of your budget matters. The initial purchase of a house can be financially overwhelming. You’ll be withdrawing thousands of dollars from your account to secure the home. Once you close on the house, it’s time to buckle down on your budget. Continue reading for some tips on how to...
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