Home Buying Tips and Purchase Considerations

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Are You Ready to Be a Homeowner? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

By Aly Yale / July 22, 2019
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So you’re tired of the rent race. You’re sick of throwing money into the proverbial hole, and you want to start paying your own mortgage — not your landlord’s. But are you really ready? You see, there’s more to owning…

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Real Estate Investing Basics: How to Start Building Your Portfolio

By Aly Yale / July 10, 2019
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There’s money to be made in real estate — and many of our country’s most successful leaders and influencers are the proof. If you’re hoping to join their ranks, then you’re not alone. As billionaire Andrew Carnegie once put it,…

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What Does it Mean When a Home is Under Contract?

By Aly Yale / July 1, 2019
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If you’ve been actively searching for a home, then you’ve probably seen the term “under contract” or “pending” on a listing before. But what does it mean? And does it rule the home out completely? That depends. Generally, “under contract”…

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3 Signs a Fixer-Upper Could Be Worth It (and 5 Signs It’s a Money Pit)

By Aly Yale / June 26, 2019
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Fixer-uppers can be tempting (especially if you’re an HGTV fan). They let you get creative, put your own mark on the home and, in some cases, even make serious cash when it’s time to sell. But not all fixer-uppers are…

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How to Lower Your Closing Costs

By Aly Yale / June 24, 2019
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After your down payment, closing costs typically come in as your second-most expensive home buying charge. For most buyers, they can be somewhere around 2% to 5% of the total purchase price — or about $4,000 to $10,000 on a…

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What to Consider Before Buying a Home with a Pool

By Tim Coutis / June 21, 2019
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There are a number of factors to consider if you’re thinking of buying a home with a swimming pool. While the social, health benefits, and glamour of a pool may be enticing, owning and maintaining one properly comes at a…

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How to Make Buying a Home Less Stressful

By Aly Yale / June 17, 2019
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Home buying can be one of the most stressful processes you’ll ever go through. You’re on a time crunch, you have thousands of dollars on the line, and you’re dealing with dozens of vendors, reams of paperwork and, of course,…

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Buying a House with Bad Credit: Can It Be Done?

By Aly Yale / June 12, 2019
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Your credit score plays a huge role in your ability to get to mortgage — not to mention how easy the process is and what interest rates you’ll qualify for. Are you worried your credit isn’t good enough? You’re not…

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Wedding Planning and Home Buying: Can You Do Both at the Same Time?

By Aly Yale / June 8, 2019
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Getting married and buying a home are both huge milestones. And the idea of doing both at the same time? That can be pretty scary. For one, buying a house and planning a wedding both require serious time and effort.…

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New Spouse, New Home? How to Make Home Buying Possible After Tying the Knot

By Aly Yale / June 1, 2019
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Getting married was a big decision. Now it’s time for another one: Should you buy a house together? More importantly, can you afford to? Though it might seem impossible after that costly wedding and honeymoon, homeownership isn’t as out of…

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