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Posted on 01/24/2021
Mortgage Pre-Approval Pros and Cons You Need to Know
Image by Mediamodifier from Pixabay As you enter the home buying process, some people may recommend that you seek mortgage pre-approval. This is typically one of the first steps in the process, and you may view it as something you have little choice over. Yet mortgage pre-approval is not a requirement to start shopping for a house, and...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
How Do I Know If I'm Eligible for a USDA Loan?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay If you're looking for loans with excellent interest rates, you may have heard the term USDA bandied about. This special type of loan is attractive on paper, but the reality is a little more complicated than what meets the eye. Learn more about what a USDA loan is meant to do, how to...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Young or Retired, Many Potential Home Sellers Stay Put
Image by Mudassar Iqbal from Pixabay Construction of affordable starter homes is failing to keep pace with the number of first-time house hunters. At the same time, more homeowners are resisting the siren song of selling to these potential buyers in order to move up or downsize. It's a trend called "rising tenure length." Owners are staying put....
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Buying Your First Home: Keys to Remember
Photo by Roman Samborskyi via Shutterstock Buying your first home is exciting! And scary! But you don’t have to fear the process if you take the time to become fully prepared for homeownership. Below are the seven primary keys to preparing yourself and smoothing the process. How to Know You’re Ready Determine how much you can afford. The...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
What You Should Know About Today's Energy Tax Credits
Photo by Photo Mix Company via Pixabay Are you familiar with the ITC? That's the Investment Tax Credit that went into effect in 2005. Since then, it's been extended several times, and now covers homeowners, in some portion, through the year 2021. The ITC is also often referred to as the Federal Solar Tax Credit, and it's been...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
How to Make the Switch to Condo Living
Photo by Douglas Bagg on Unsplash Whether you'd prefer the townhome look or a high-rise building, there's likely a condo available locally in the style you want. What types of amenities would you like? A dog-friendly community (or not)? A pool? Your own gardens? One or more full baths? All of these can vary among condo properties. Some...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Tips for Home Security Lighting to Keep Your House Safe
Photo by Malcolm Garret via Pexels No matter how safe your neighborhood is, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions against break-ins or thefts. Installing home security lighting is a highly effective way to deter intruders. This type of lighting also provides plenty of light for walkways and paths, making it safer for you and your family to walk...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
How to Pay Off a Mortgage Quickly
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay One of the critical steps involved in looking for a home is the process of negotiating for a mortgage. Many people dread this process because they find out exactly how much money they are going to have to pay each month. At the same time, this is also an opportunity for people...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
Home Upgrades Baby Boomers Seek
Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash Downsizing appears to be a common theme among Baby Boomers as they transition from family life and professional pursuits to retirement. Not all members of this generation are willing to give up the spacious and beautiful homes to which they've grown accustomed, however. As some downsize, others are on the hunt for...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
3 Ways Buyers Can Secure the Best Mortgage Terms
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay The perfect home is not the only thing you'll need to shop for when you want to become a homeowner. In order to get the best terms, the lowest monthly payment and a reasonable interest rate, start doing some homework now -- before you even attend your first open house. 1. Check Your...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
DIY Countertop Projects
Photo by Zachary Nelson on Unsplash When a style is hot, it's hot. You'll start seeing a particular medium, color or pattern everywhere. But once that hype fizzles, you're often faced with a countertop that seems dated and even loud. Unfortunately, replacing a counter isn't as affordable as getting a new hairstyle. You're stuck with it for a...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
Update to a Transitional Bathroom
Photo by Андрей Постовой on Unsplash A transitional bathroom is a popular design trend that is a cross between modern and traditional. What are the key features of a transitional bathroom? A combination of two styles: A transitional bathroom can have different meanings to different people. Usually, it is a mixture of a recent era with the current...
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