buying

9 Tips for Single Parents Who Want to Buy a Home

9 Tips for Single Parents Who Want to Buy a Home

By Aly Yale / August 12, 2020
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As a single mom or dad, it’s easy to think homeownership is out of reach. To buy a house, you’d need to scrimp and save for that down payment (plus closing costs) — but most of the time, you’re just…

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Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes; Here’s How to Not Lose Out on That Dream Home

Homes Are Selling Like Hotcakes; Here’s How to Not Lose Out on That Dream Home

By Aly Yale / July 23, 2020
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Houses are selling at their fastest pace in two years, according to Zillow, with the average home going under contract in just 19 days.  The speed is thanks largely to a shortage of housing inventory across the country — one…

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How to Negotiate Inspection Repairs Like a Pro

How to Negotiate Inspection Repairs Like a Pro

By Tara Mastroeni / July 9, 2020
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When you’re in the process of buying a house, negotiating after you’ve completed your inspections is a big deal. After all, it’s only natural that you would want your new home to be in the best shape possible once you…

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Buying a New Home? Expect Lots of Mail

Buying a New Home? Expect Lots of Mail

By Aly Yale / June 25, 2020
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Buying a new place is exciting. You get to decorate, meet the neighbors, and make that new house a home.  One thing you may not expect, though? That’d be all the mail that typically comes with it. Are you moving…

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Home Prices Are About to Rise; Here's How to Buy Fast Before They Do

Home Prices Are About to Rise; Here’s How to Buy Fast Before They Do

By Aly Yale / June 17, 2020
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As home buying demand starts to pick back up, home prices have started to rise again. As of May 2020, the median national listing price was a whopping $330,000 — up 1.6% over last year and a new high for…

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What Is Loan-to-Value Ratio?

What is Loan-to-Value Ratio?

By Aly Yale / June 11, 2020
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Your loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is one of the many factors a mortgage lender considers when evaluating your loan application. Put simply, it’s a percentage that reflects the size of your mortgage as a total share of your home’s value. How…

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Should You Buy a Starter Home or a Forever Home?

Should You Buy a Starter Home or a Forever Home?

By Tara Mastroeni / June 10, 2020
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At the start of their journey, many first-time homebuyers are often faced with a big choice. Do they buy something smaller and more affordable to get their foot in the door of homeownership? Alternatively, do they wait and save up…

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8 Questions You Need to Ask Before Making an Offer on a Home

8 Questions to Ask Before Making an Offer on a House

By Aly Yale / May 21, 2020
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Finding that dream house is only the first step. If you want that home to be yours, you also need to impress the seller, out-best other buyers, and make a right-sized offer to get you there. Are you considering making…

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escrow and the role it plays in the home buying process

Escrow and the Role It Plays in the Home Buying Process

By Tara Mastroeni / May 7, 2020
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If you’re buying a home, you’ve probably heard your real estate agent mention the term “escrow.” However, you may be wondering, “What is escrow — and what role does it play in the home buying process?” In that case, you’re…

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Selling a Home During COVID-19? Here’s How to Stay Safe

Selling a Home During COVID-19? Here’s How to Stay Safe

By Aly Yale / May 6, 2020
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It might be a weird time to sell a house, but it’s not a bad one by any means. There’s still demand from buyers, home prices are strong, and mortgage rates are low if you’re looking to buy a move-up…

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