5 Ways to Use Your Refund Toward a Home

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Who doesn’t love getting a tax refund? It’s exciting to know that your bank balance will get a boost. But remember, a refund isn’t a bonus — it’s your hard-earned money, which is why you should make the most of it. If you’re thinking of buying a new home this year — whether it’s your first home or the one …

Preparing for the Spring Housing Market

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We’re approaching spring, which means the housing market is getting ramped up. Experts agree that the market is softening for buyers, but will it be a full-on buyer’s market? Definitely not — at least, not by springtime. This spring, buyers will likely see fewer bidding wars, slower price growth and less competition. But sellers will still have some leverage. Are …

Smarter Technology for a Smarter Home

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Smart tech has come a long way for homeowners. With the right tools, you no longer have to get up to turn on lights or change the thermostat. Have a habit of forgetting to lock the front door or turn on your porch light at night? Smart home tech can help with that, too. Are you thinking of installing a …

Are you ready for the top hues of 2019?

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Colors have the ability to evoke emotions and change our attitudes. They can inspire and motivate us to try something new and bold. They can alter our moods and appetites, or even make a room feel small and cramped. If you plan to redecorate a few rooms in the new year, the right color choices can make all the difference …

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 …