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Decades of Difference: Buying a Home at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond

Decades of Difference: Buying a Home at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond

With age comes… different priorities—and nothing could be truer when it comes to buying a home. What a first-time homebuyer wants and needs is likely far different from what a veteran homeowner, who has decided to downsize, is looking for. Of course, any potential home buyer needs to take things like their credit score, savings and debt-to-income ratio into consideration when they

Don’t Make a Move Without Doing These Five Things

Don’t Make a Move Without Doing These Five Things

This summer, we’ve given a lot of advice to people looking to buy a home and those looking to sell theirs, too. You know what those two things have in common? Moving. And, when it comes to a stress-free move, everyone could use a little advice. If you’re in the process of packing up to move to a new home this summer, here are five things you won’t want to forget as you’r

Stay or Walk Away? What Happens When a Buyer Breaks a Contract

Stay or Walk Away? What Happens When a Buyer Breaks a Contract

Making the choice to buy a home is obviously a serious decision. But, you know what else is quite a conundrum? Deciding to walk away from a home you’ve been planning to buy. For a number of different reasons, prospective buyers may be on their way through the closing process when they decide that they simply cannot go through with their purchase. What could make a buyer do such a thing? H

Don’t Get Burned by Bad Decisions When Buying a Home

Don’t Get Burned by Bad Decisions When Buying a Home

We’re not only in the heat of the summer months, but we’re also in the heat of the hottest home-buying season around! So, how do you keep your cool once you’ve placed an offer on a home and you’re waiting to close? Avoid doing these things to make sure your home-buying dreams don’t melt away this summer: Don’t apply for more credit. This means no major

Eight Reasons to Never Judge a Home by its Listing Photos

Eight Reasons to Never Judge a Home by its Listing Photos

You’ve probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. You’ve likely also been told not to judge a book by its cover. So, when you’re looking to buy a home, should you accept what a picture shows and judge a home by its listing photos? The answer is a resounding “no,” but it also is two-fold. You should neither dismiss nor fall in love with a home based on

Avoid These Five Financial Mistakes When You Buy a Home

Avoid These Five Financial Mistakes When You Buy a Home

For many of us, summer’s official arrival means it is time for vacations, concerts and other outdoor fun. Of course, all of that excitement comes with a price. If you’re in the process of buying a home, spending on summer activities may be more than you have bargained ? or budgeted ? for! To help homebuyers avoid costly money mistakes this summer, we’ve compiled a list of five

Home-buying BFFs: Who You Need By Your Side When You Buy a Home

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Home-buying BFFs: Who You Need By Your Side When You Buy a Home

You’ve probably heard about celebrity bromances and girl squads, you know those little groups of famous friends who’ve vowed to be besties forever. Maybe you’ve even got your own tight-knit group of friends. Well, when you're buying a home, there are a few key people who will play a major part in your home-buying process and they’re more than worth the title of BFF!

Time to Move Up? Ask These Five Questions First

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Time to Move Up? Ask These Five Questions First

The spring home selling and buying season is underway. And, like the weather, the market is hot! So, if you have been thinking about selling your home and moving up to a larger one, now may be the perfect time to do so. But, how do you know if you’re ready? Whether you’re planning to move to a new city or simply a new neighborhood, there are several things you should consider bef

With Age Comes Three Major Concerns When Buying an Older Home

With Age Comes Three Major Concerns When Buying an Older Home

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “With age comes beauty.” This certainly is what many home buyers feel when they tour through older homes. Of course, there is beauty to be found in new homes, too. But, there often is something so majestic about the original architecture and charm of a historic home. If you’re a buyer who is drawn to homes that are centuries or even a few de

Eight Foolish Flops for First-time Home Buyers to Avoid

Eight Foolish Flops for First-time Home Buyers to Avoid

At this point, April Fools’ Day may be a distant memory; but, anyone who works in the real estate industry will tell you that some foolish things can happen on any day of any month. Often times, first-time home buyers fall into a group that may be fooled by some of these prank-worthy predicaments. Here are eight foolish trends that first-time home buyers can fall into: 1. They don&rsqu