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Best days to buy a home

10 Best Days to Buy a Home (Mark Your Calendars!)

By Aly Yale / October 9, 2019
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We’re officially into fall, and if you’ve been thinking about buying a home, we’re quickly approaching the best days of the year to do it. According to a study from ATTOM Data Solutions, October, November, and December claim nine out…

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9 Tips and Tricks for Winning a Bidding War

By Aly Yale / July 29, 2019
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If you’re buying a home in a hot market or you’re just eyeing a super in-demand property, you very well might find yourself in a bidding war, competing with dozens of other offers, buyers and, in many cases, even investors.…

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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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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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First-Time Homebuyers, Don’t Skip This Super Important Step

First-Time Homebuyers, Don’t Skip This Super Important Step

By Aly Yale / April 12, 2019
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Working with a great real estate agent, getting pre-approved for your mortgage, and organizing your financial documentation early are all important — and well-known — steps for first-time homebuyers. But there’s also a lesser-known must-do for first-timers that’s not as…

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How to Stand Out in a Competitive Housing Market

By Jon Clark / March 2, 2019
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For 2019, homes for sale may stay on the market longer than they did at this time last year, and prices may drop as a result — but the good homes that are priced right will still go fast. In…

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Pre-Approval vs. Pre-Qualification: How Are They Different?

By Aly Yale / December 18, 2018
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If you’ve done even the smallest amount of research on buying a home, then you’ve likely seen the words “pre-qualified” or “pre-approved” thrown around — especially if you’ve started vetting lenders. Though the two terms might sound quite similar, pre-qualification…

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Best Kept House Hunting Secret: 9 Reasons to Buy in the Off-Season

By Aly Yale / December 17, 2018
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You hear a lot about buying a home in the spring and summer — the so-called “hot” times to buy. But what few home buyers know? Buying in those times actually might work against you. With more competitive, higher prices…

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4 Must-Know Facts about Mortgage Points

By Jon Clark / November 7, 2018
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When you obtain a mortgage, your lender may charge “mortgage points.” What does this mean, and how can the concept be used to your advantage? A single mortgage point is equal to one percent of the total mortgage amount. For…

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5 Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment

By Aly Yale / September 26, 2018
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The need to save for a down payment has become one of the biggest hurdles for today’s home buyers. Faced with rising home prices (meaning a larger down payment is required), plus surging student loan debt, many buyers can barely…

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