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Moving with Pets: Tips for Keeping Them Safe and Calm

They’re members of the family, so it’s not surprising that anxiety over how Fluffy or Fido are going to manage through your upcoming move is high on your worry list. Some pets take to change better than others, but it’s fair to say most pets will go through some level of stress when moving from one home to the next. Here are some tips on how to reduce their stress (and yours!) and help them make...

Considering a Lease Back Option? Here’s What Sellers and Buyers Need to Know

There are a lot of times when a seller wants to sell their home quickly, but that doesn’t always mean they are ready to move quickly. Situations like waiting on a new construction home to be finished, the start or end of the school year, problems scheduling movers or the timing of a work-related relocation are just a few of the reasons a seller may want to stay put for just a bit longer. Rather than...

3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Home Mortgage

If you’ve done your homework, you know how important it is to get your financial house in order before applying for your mortgage. But in many ways, that’s just the first step. A lot of buyers let out a big sigh of relief once they’ve gotten through their application, and end up making some mistakes that can cost them time, money and headache. In some cases, a misstep could even cost them their loan...

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Viewing Properties

The idea of buying a home can be exciting–especially if it is your first home purchase. Homeownership can offer a number of financial and emotional benefits. While there are several steps to get through before you can start to enjoy homeownership, it’s important to be sure you’re ready for what lies ahead before you start viewing properties. Here are three important questions to ask yourself as you...

Many Factors Determine Your Home’s Value

Whether you are thinking about putting your home on the market or simply want to keep up with the market value of your largest investment, it’s helpful to understand the primary factors that can impact your home’s value. While homes in the same neighborhood may have comparable values, a number of things go into determining a home’s value that can differ from home to home. Here is a look at some of...

Your Debt-to-Income Ratio: What It Is and How it Impacts Your Ability to Get a Mortgage

Your debt-to-income ratio is one of the key factors in qualifying for a new home loan. But how much do you really know about this important calculation and what can you do to move it in your favor? Your debt-to-income ratio, or DTI, is used by mortgage lenders in making a decision regarding your worthiness for a home loan. If your DTI is too high, you could end up paying a higher interest rate or worse...

Keeping it Simple: Five Steps to Home Ownership for First-time Homebuyers

The real estate process can seem complicated, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. The thought of dealing with tight inventories, financial requirements and complex negotiations can seem almost an insurmountable challenge. It’s enough to make your head spin and leave you wondering where do you start? Where do you turn next? Wouldn’t it be great if the whole process could just somehow be...

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