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The Repercussions of a Mortgage Not Closing on Time

By Mary Mack / May 25, 2022
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You’ve worked hard for years, saved up the down payment, and have finally found your perfect dream home. And now that you have your offer accepted and are in escrow, you’re ready to sign on the dotted line and close…

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The Federal Reserve, Higher Mortgage Rates, and What it Means for You

The Federal Reserve, Higher Mortgage Rates, and What it Means for You

By Aly Yale / May 13, 2022
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The Federal Reserve opted to increase the federal funds rate by half a percentage point this week — the biggest jump in over two decades. Typically, when the Fed tightens monetary policy and increases its funds rate, we see higher…

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8 Thank You Notes to Show Your Agent Gratitude

8 Thank You Notes to Show Your Agent Gratitude

By Nathan Frontiero / May 11, 2022
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Real estate agents help us navigate huge life milestones and transitions. They help us buy our dream homes and put down roots. They find buyers for the homes we grew up in, and they secure the nest eggs that set…

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7 Things People Love About Living in Rural Areas

7 Things People Love About Living in Rural Areas

By Aly Yale / April 15, 2022
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In the wake of the pandemic, many Americans found themselves wanting to move — and often to more rural and remote parts of the country. For some, it was to avoid the high transmission rates of the big city, while…

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4 Steps That Can Help You Go from Renting to Owning a Home

4 Steps That Can Help You Go from Renting to Owning a Home

By Aly Yale / March 18, 2022
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Rents have risen significantly over the last year, and for many renters, it has them feeling trapped. They spend thousands on a property that’s not theirs — and as that property gets more expensive, they can save less and less…

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6 Money Conversations to Have Before You Get Married

6 Money Conversations to Have Before You Get Married

By Aly Yale / March 11, 2022
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Getting married ties more than your lives together. It also binds your finances — and that can be a challenge if you don’t have some open, honest, and candid conversations about money early on. It’s true: According to a survey…

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4 Ways to Cut Costs as Inflation Rises

4 Ways to Cut Costs as Inflation Rises

By Aly Yale / March 9, 2022
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You’ve probably heard by now that inflation is up — way up. In fact, it’s actually at its highest point in four decades. As a consumer, this means one thing: Higher prices. Prices on groceries and consumer goods are higher.…

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National Credit Education Month: 5 Tips on How to Build Your Credit Score From Scratch

National Credit Education Month: 5 Tips on How to Build Your Credit Score From Scratch

By Tara Mastroeni / March 2, 2022
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If you don’t have much experience with credit, the idea of learning how to build up a credit score from scratch can seem intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. By following a few simple tips, you can…

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A Dynamic Duo for Homebuyers: Approved to Move™ and Guaranteed On-Time Closing

A Dynamic Duo for Homebuyers: Approved to Move™ and Guaranteed On-Time Closing

By Aly Yale / February 9, 2022
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Today’s hot housing market is challenging for homebuyers. In most areas, bidding wars are the norm, and buyers are forced to waive inspections, increase their offers, and take other drastic steps just to get noticed.  This can sometimes mean exceeding…

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How to Get Pre-Approved for a Home Loan

How to Get Pre-Approved for a Home Loan

By Tara Mastroeni / January 28, 2022
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If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard someone tell you to get pre-approved for a home loan. However, you may not know what a pre-approval is or how to get a letter of your own. In…

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