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Here’s What to Do Now if There is a Move on the Horizon

Making a residential move is a huge undertaking. When that move involves more people in the household than just yourself, it becomes even more complicated. There are plenty of checklists for moving day, but what about the months leading up to your intended moving day? Even if you are just getting started on your home search, there are a number of steps you can take now to make moving day easier on you...

Renovating? Here are 5 Steps to Successfully Hiring a Contractor

Finding a qualified and experienced contractor can be the deciding factor on whether you are making a sound investment in upgrading your home or throwing your money away.  With so much on the line, here are five steps to take in choosing the right person for the job: 1. Begin with a budget. It’s easy for costs to quickly get out of hand if you don’t establish your budget before any...

Busting the Myth of the 20 Percent Down Payment

Homeownership brings with it a number of benefits. But, many homeowners believe the required down payment is well beyond reach.  If that sounds familiar, you’ve probably been told you need to put 20% down to purchase a home. On a $300,000 home, that’s $60,000. Add costs for closing, inspection, appraisal and other fees and it’s no wonder a lot of people don’t think they will ever own a...

Avoid Doing These 10 Things While Your Mortgage is in Process

Buying a home can be a lengthy process. So, it’s understandable that once you’ve provided all the proper documentation to your lender, you feel like you can relax a bit an enjoy the more fun parts of buying a house.  But, if you’ve got a big purchase in mind–maybe some new furniture and electronics–think twice. It’s important that once you’ve completed the application and the...

Finally Get Your Home Neat and Orderly With These 3 Easy Steps

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably start out the new year with the best of intentions to finally get organized and defeat clutter once and for all. Then, before you know it, February is here. You look around and realize you have as much clutter as you ever had. Mail is piled up on the kitchen counter. Your work mess is spread out all over the dining room table. Your closet is bursting at...

Three Questions to Ask if You Are Thinking About Building a New Home

There’s no denying that building a new home—rather than buying an existing one—remains popular with homebuyers. In fact, new home construction increased 5.2% on a year-over-year basis last year. New home starts totaled 1.38 million in 2020. That’s an increase of 7% compared to 2019. If you’re thinking of a new home, you may have given some consideration to new construction,...

Self-employed? Here’s What You Need to Know About Applying for a Mortgage

The number of self-employed individuals across the country continues to grow, with an estimated 16 million people opting to be their own boss. While the gig economy is booming and self-employment has become increasingly commonplace, the hurdles faced with obtaining a home mortgage remain. Ask any lender and you’ll learn the stark truth: it’s easier to qualify when you can show a W-2. That...

Hiring a Contractor? Here’s What to Expect on the Job

If you’re about to start a home improvement project, you may have looked into enlisting the help of a contractor. Hopefully, you’ve read reviews, gotten estimates, asked for references, and ensured they were licensed and ensured. So, what’s next? Doing your due diligence in hiring a contractor is important, but it isn’t the only thing to keep in mind as you progress through the project. Being...

What’s Holding You Back? 5 Myths About Buying a Home

Buying a home is a big commitment, but it also has a great many advantages. If you’re throwing money away on rent month after month, what’s holding you back from making the move to homeownership? The truth is, there are a lot of myths about buying a home that keep people from making the move. But in reality, instead of renting, they could be owning their own home. Here are five of the most...

Here’s How to Give Your Kitchen That Wow Factor Without Shocking Your Budget

What’s the most important room of the house? Most people would say the kitchen. It seems no matter how incredible your living room is, everyone always wants to congregate in the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home and the place where memories are made. It’s no wonder, then, that the kitchen is often an important factor when buyers are looking for a new home. It only makes sense that if...

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