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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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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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buying a multigenerational home

Buying a Multigenerational Home? Here‘s What You Should Look for

By Aly Yale / April 17, 2020
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Gen Xers account for the largest share of multigenerational home purchases, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. It’s no surprise either, with their parents getting older, many are taking on caregiving duties and shunning the help (and costs) of…

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housing inventory shortage

Inventory Shortage? No Problem. Here’s How to Find a House When Listings are Scarce

By Aly Yale / December 18, 2019
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A shortage of housing inventory made it difficult for many homebuyers to find a house this year. And according to many experts, next year may be much of the same. As more and more Baby Boomers age in place and…

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winning a bidding war

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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Understanding the Mortgage Underwriting Process

By Tim Coutis / March 14, 2019
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Underwriting can seem like the most mysterious part of the mortgage loan approval process. What are underwriters? And what do they do? A Quick Overview of Mortgage Underwriting Mortgage underwriters assess risk. Using specific, pre-determined guidelines, they look at things…

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what to do if you inherit a house

What to Do if You Inherit a House

By Aly Yale / February 11, 2019
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There’s no doubt about it: a home isn’t the easiest thing to come into. Do you sell it and cash in right away? Do you move in? Do you wait around for the market to improve and its value to…

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mortgage rate locks

The Ultimate Guide to Rate Locks

By Aly Yale / February 7, 2019
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When mortgage rates suddenly dipped to long-awaited lows earlier this year, rate locks became more popular than ever, giving buyers peace of mind that those low rates would be honored — even if it took weeks (or sometimes months) to…

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owning vs renting

Why It Can Be Better to Purchase a Home Than Rent

By Jon Clark / December 28, 2018
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It’s an age-old question that is once again at the forefront of many people’s minds: Is it better to rent or purchase a home? People who are considering a change in their current living situation may wrestle with the decision…

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Buying a Home in 2019? Make These 4 New Year’s Resolutions

By Aly Yale / December 27, 2018
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Thinking of buying a home sometime next year? Then forget pledging to eat healthier or get more sleep this NYE. Instead, make these financially-focused New Year’s resolutions and put yourself on the path to affordable homeownership: Improve your credit score…

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