Home Buying Tips and Purchase Considerations

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2018 Real Estate Guide for the First Time Home Buyer

By Aly Yale / April 4, 2018
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Millennials are finally entering the home buying market—and for good reason. Mortgage rates are at historical lows, construction is starting to tick up, and incomes are growing. It’s the perfect storm for a green, first time home buyer. But just…

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Should You Buy a Home or Keep Renting?

By Mary Mack / April 1, 2018
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There are definitive reasons for both sides. Find what’s best for you. First and foremost, this age-old question ultimately depends on your individual needs. Yes, buying a home means you’re putting money into your own investment. Yes, when renting, you…

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Pay for Home Repairs with One of Our Home Renovation Loans

By Mary Mack / March 31, 2018
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We’re all about helping our customers get to a better place—both financially and in terms of their living situations. We offer several options for home renovations that allow you to buy or refinance a home that needs a little TLC.…

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Understanding Your Mortgage Quote

By Mary Mack / March 28, 2018
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Prevent surprises at the closing table. Learn about the programs available to you. You’ve decided to buy—that’s a major financial commitment. Since you’ll probably have your mortgage anywhere from 15 to 30 years, it’s important to understand what your mortgage…

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Getting Started on Your Home Purchase

By Mary Mack / March 24, 2018
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Buying a home can be a challenging experience, but you have help. Your real estate agent is there to help with the home search and your mortgage lender is there to get you through the mortgage process. Utilize these people…

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Single Ladies! 9 Tips for Buying Your First Home

By Aly Yale / March 16, 2018
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Gone are the days when marriage or having kids had to precede buying a home. Today, single women make up one of the largest segments of home buyers in the nation—and that trend is only going to continue as more…

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Renting to Own: How to Transform Rent Payments into a Mortgage

By Aly Yale / March 6, 2018
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Why pay rent toward someone else’s mortgage when you could put that cash toward your own? That’s exactly the thought behind renting to own agreements, which let you rent a property, apply a portion of your rent costs toward the mortgage and,…

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Listing Your Home 101: Doing It the Right Way

By Tim Coutis / February 27, 2018
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If you’re selling a home this spring—before you even begin to think about that next home—you need an experienced REALTOR® who knows the local market well. One who can help you prepare for listing, determine a fair asking price, market…

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Regional Real Estate—Where You Live & What You’ll Pay

By Aly Yale / February 21, 2018
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America’s a big and varied country. Each region has its own unique character and style—along with its own real estate prices, preferences, and market. For a home buyer, that means one thing: lots of options to choose from. No matter…

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5 Fascinating Homes of Former U.S. Presidents

By Mary Mack / February 19, 2018
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Everyone knows the most famous presidential home in the United States (hint: it’s white), but where do these fine fellows live when they aren’t leading the country? We wanted to highlight five of our favorite homes that former U.S. Presidents…

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