4 Steps to Prepare for Homeownership

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Buying a home is a big undertaking. From finding the right property and negotiating to sorting out the legal details and moving in, there are dozens of important steps along the way. And for many first-time buyers, it can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier, even if you’re still in …

Understanding What Comes With the Home

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When you buy a pre-owned home, do you know what will come with the house? Do you get to keep all the appliances, the art on the walls or the outdoor pizza oven on the patio? Determining what will stay with the home and what will go with the previous owner will vary by seller and contract. Here’s how to …

You can compete with all-cash offers. Here’s how.

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In today’s hot market, bidding wars have become the norm. With many out-of-state buyers and property investors looking for a great deal, all-cash offers are also becoming common. A cash offer can seem tempting for sellers since it offers the possibility of a faster closing. But despite this perk, cash buyers don’t always win. Many times, they make low offers …

Homebuying When You Have Student Debt

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Did you know you can buy your dream home while paying off student loan debt? It’s true and even quite common. While student loans are factored into your debt-to-income ratio, they shouldn’t prevent you from becoming a homeowner. And fortunately, there are many programs and options available to prospective buyers, some you may not be familiar with. Here are four …

Hottest Bathroom Trends for Any Budget

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A bathroom remodel is one of the most rewarding projects you can undertake as a homeowner. When well-planned, it can improve your home’s aesthetics while adding convenience. And it usually offers a significant return when it comes time to sell. Remodels don’t have to break the bank, either. With just a few hundred dollars and a little elbow grease, you …

Could you use a detached living space?

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Today’s homeowners and homebuyers love detached living spaces. These small stand-alone structures located on the property come with all sorts of benefits — from added room for storage and recreation to extra income. They’re also easy and affordable to design and install. Starting at around $9,600, this additional square footage can deliver serious bang for your buck, as detached areas can …

Hire an Agent When Building a House

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Many homebuyers think they don’t need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you’re buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix? The truth is, buying any home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It can mean paying more than …

Want a home that’s for sale by owner?

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Homes that are for sale by owner — when a seller decides not to hire a listing agent — are more common than you might think. They account for about 8 percent of all home listings currently on the market. If you’re on the house hunt, you’re likely to come across one in your search. What’s different about buying one …

4 Things to Put on Your Moving Checklist

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Moving can be hectic. With dozens of to-dos, a tight timeline and a growing pile of boxes, it’s easy to get frazzled and let things fall through the cracks. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Get organized now by making a checklist to work from. Set deadlines for the most critical tasks like hiring movers, renting a storage unit and …

5 Types of Home Inspections to Know

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5 Types of Home Inspections to Know Most buyers and sellers know that a home inspection is an essential part of the purchase process. But in real estate, there’s more than just one type of inspection to consider. In fact, there are dozens. Whether you’re purchasing a new home or investment property, selling your current home or trying to build …