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Five Tips to Help Buyers With Online Home Searches

Five Tips to Help Buyers With Online Home Searches

Today’s home searches do not begin by simply driving by a “for sale” sign and stopping in to view a home. In many cases, buyers begin searching for their next properties from the comforts of their current homes. In fact, online home searches have become such a reality for today’s home buyers that listing photos have become an integral part of curb appeal. If you’re

Don’t Have a 20% Down Payment? You Do Have Options

Don’t Have a 20% Down Payment? You Do Have Options

It has long been believed that buyers must put 20% of a home’s purchase price down to qualify for a conventional home loan. Is this really the case? First-time homebuyers can find some relief from federal loan options. But, these buyers are not the only ones who can take advantage of options when it comes to conventional mortgages.   It’s true. A 20% down payment will likely en

Five Things You Should Know About Zoning Before Buying a Home

Five Things You Should Know About Zoning Before Buying a Home

For many people, buying a home is all about falling in love with a property that has all or most of the features on their needs and wants list. Things like the number of bedrooms and floor plan, and options like hardwood flooring and granite countertops, can be deciding factors when it comes to a home. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve found the right property, it is common for your mi

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

Once you get past closing day, it’s smooth sailing to get into your new home, right? Well, sometimes. There is still one big hurdle when it comes to buying and settling into a new home… move-in day. Although moving day can be stressful, there are things you can do to make it easier on the whole family. Here are 15 quick tips you can do to make your moving day go smoothly: 1. Dec

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

Five Tips for Throwing a Great Housewarming Party

In the process of moving into a new home this summer? Well, don’t forget to christen your new space with a housewarming party! We know, we know, the last thing you may feel like doing when you’re in the midst of unpacking boxes and setting up your new home is entertaining. But you may be pleasantly surprised by how it feels to take a minute, welcome a few friends, meet a few neighbors

5 Things Buyers Should Know Before Buying a Home Without an Agent

5 Things Buyers Should Know Before Buying a Home Without an Agent

When it comes to real estate, you’ve probably heard of homes being listed as “for sale by owner.” This is when a home is put up for sale by its owners, without the help of a real estate agent. Similarly, it is possible to buy a home without the help of a professional real estate agent. It is possible, but not necessarily easy. Though some buyers are able to find a home, make a

New Homeowners: Buy These 10 Things Before Moving In

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New Homeowners: Buy These 10 Things Before Moving In

Homeownership is an awesome role, but it requires a bit of responsibility. For everything from changing light bulbs to hanging up home décor, homeowners are responsible for their own routine home maintenance and other odd jobs around the house. And these tasks require supplies! With all the excitement that goes along with buying a home, it can be easy for new homeowners to overlook some

Five Must-Dos for Unmarried Couples Who Want to Buy a Home Together

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Five Must-Dos for Unmarried Couples Who Want to Buy a Home Together

With June’s arrival, summer wedding season will be in full swing. But, today, more and more couples are foregoing their nuptials and taking a financial leap into mortgage matrimony. It is becoming more popular for couples to buy a home before tying the knot. If a legally binding mortgage sounds more appealing than a legally binding marriage for you and your partner, you’ll need to b

Moving With Pets? Tips to Make the Transition a Smooth One

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Moving With Pets? Tips to Make the Transition a Smooth One

You know you’ll have to pack more than a few boxes. You’ll patch some holes and possibly repaint. You’ll probably even pack an overnight bag or two to make sure your family members have all of their favorite things when most things are tucked away in boxes. But, what will you do for your pets when it comes time to move into a new home? It goes without saying that moving into a

10 Things You Must Do Before Moving Into a New Home

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10 Things You Must Do Before Moving Into a New Home

As if the summer season isn’t busy enough, typically full of backyard gatherings, baseball games, vacations and many more activities—can you imagine adding a major move into that mix? There are many people who, despite that on-the-go nature of summer, also move into a new home during these next few months. So, in addition to all the fun events that are filling up summer calendars, h