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You’re Buying a Home! Here’s How to Negotiate Like a Pro

By Mary Mack / April 22, 2018
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So, you’re ready to buy a home and you, of course, want it for the best price. If your offer is too low, the seller could pass on you for another buyer. Your real estate agent will be key in…

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Thinking of Buying an Older Property?

By Mary Mack / April 11, 2018
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Older homes tend to have distinctive design features and small details that usually can’t be found in new properties today. You may, however, notice that older homes require more maintenance and might have outdated systems that need to be replaced.…

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Buying vs. Renting: What All Renters Should Know

By Aly Yale / April 9, 2018
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If you’ve been paying rent for a while now, you may be at the point where you’re weighing the pros and cons of buying vs. renting. Renting trends aren’t looking good for Americans. Rents have skyrocketed in most major cities…

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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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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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Apply for a Home Loan Online: A Beginner’s Guide

By Aly Yale / March 20, 2018
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The mortgage application process has traditionally been a cumbersome, time-consuming, and paperwork-heavy one—one that required lots of printing, signing, and meeting in person. But now, thanks to the online home loan, the process has become infinitely easier. Today, applying for…

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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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Fast Facts About the Housing Market: January 2018

By Mary Mack / February 28, 2018
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At the end of 2017, we were able to look at the past year and see that existing-home sales were up 1.1% from 2016—and it was the best year for sales since 2006. January 2018 looked a little bit different,…

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Fast Facts About the Housing Market: December 2017

By Mary Mack / January 31, 2018
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Now that we’re almost a full month into 2018, we can look back at the end of 2017 and get some perspective on the year. Overall, 2017 was a great one for existing-home sales. It was up 1.1% from last…

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How to Know If You Are a Good Candidate for a Mortgage Loan

By Aly Yale / January 1, 2018
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For a first-time buyer, the thought of applying for a mortgage loan can be daunting. Will you qualify? What sort of rate will you get? What type of mortgage should you apply for? Are you even a good candidate in…

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