January 05 2022

How to Prep Your Home When Heading on Winter Vacation

For peace of mind when you're gone on a winter trip, here a few simple tricks and tips you can use to get your home...

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December 14 2021

FHA Loan Limits Increase for 2022

Check out how the FHA is making things easier for those hoping to buy a home in 2022.

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November 10 2021

Pet-Friendly Remodeling Ideas

Here are a few ideas for making some pet-friendly changes to our homes to make them more fun, friendly and comfortable...

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November 03 2021

Fall Garden Cleanup Checklist

Find out which chores to skip, which are must-dos, and how to keep your garden looking beautiful in the fall.

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October 27 2021

Should You Buy a Home with Cash?

Paying upfront instead of obtaining financing is often seen as a way of getting a leg up on other potential buyers. But is it...

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October 19 2021

5 Ways to Make Your Offer Stand Out in a Tight Housing Market

With huge buyer demand and a shrinking inventory, this market means you'll need to be strategic, creative, and prepared in...

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October 12 2021

Should I Buy a Home with an HOA?

In the excitement of buying a new home, it can be easy to overlook the presence of a Homeowners' Association, or HOA. But an...

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October 04 2021

14 Brilliant Ideas for Decorating Your Porch This Fall

Simple and inexpensive solutions for a cozy, colorful porch that says "welcome."

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September 23 2021

7 Surprising Things First-Time Homebuyers Should Never Do, According to Loan Officers

Loan Officers Rachel Alcaraz and Haley Aivazian share their must-follow tips for first-time homebuyers.

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January 25 2017

Mortgage Tip #1 - Do Not Change Jobs

It is important that the lender knows you are reliable and have a steady income. One way of proving this is to not suddenly change jobs. Since employment verifications happen within five days of closing, it's best not to make any large lifestyle changes...

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January 24 2017

Breaking Down Your FICO Score

Most people are familiar with the FICO score version of the credit score. Scores on the FICO scale range from 300 to 850. However, there isn’t just one credit score range to go by. There are different types of credit scores, and each of them has its own...

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January 20 2017

Tips on Buying in a Tight Market

Increase your chances of getting your dream house instead of losing it to another buyer, with these easy steps. Get prequalified for a mortgage. You'll be able to make a firm commitment to buy and make your offer more desirable to the seller. Stay in close...

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January 20 2017

Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

The neighborhood you choose can have a big impact on your lifestyle, safety, available amenities, and convenience all play their part. Make a list of the activities, movies, health club, church you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far...

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January 20 2017

4 Tips to Getting Your Finances in Order

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to improve your finances, even though it may sound like a dull task. For some, the idea of sorting out their finances isn’t very appealing, but it can help set yourself up for a solid financial...

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January 14 2017

What Is a REALTOR?

A real estate agent is a REALTOR when he or she is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, The Voice for Real Estate -- the world's largest professional association. The term REALTOR is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real...

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January 14 2017

What Your Home Inspection Should Cover

Siding: Look for dents or buckling Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight...

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January 14 2017

What Is Appraised Value?

It's an objective opinion of value, but it's not an exact science so appraisals may differ. For buying and selling purposes, appraisals are usually based on market value: what the property could probably be sold for. Other types of value include...

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January 14 2017

The Pros and Cons of Condos

Condominiums and townhouses offer an affordable option to single-family homes in most areas. But consider these facts before you buy. Storage. Some condos have storage lockers, but usually there are no attics or basements to store belongings. Outdoor space....

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