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04.18.22

Homeownership has been a keystone of the American dream. The ability to decorate your walls, paint a room sky blue, and live with a furry companion without landlord approval makes buying a home attractive, as do the substantial financial benefits such as tax savings and equity building. What’s more, there’s nothing like the peace of mind that comes from the knowledge that your home is truly yours.

Read more about The Pros and Cons of Buying a House

04.05.22

Shopping for a new home can be an incredibly exciting experience. Along with that excitement, you may also end up feeling overwhelmed or even intimidated, as the realization sets in on what a life-changing decision you are making. You will have many questions: Where should you buy? How many bedrooms do you need? And most importantly — does your home wish list fit your budget?

Read more about Mortgage Pre-Approval: What Is It? Why Do I Need It?

01.16.22

So, you’ve finally found your dream vacation house. Sure, it may need a little work — okay, a lot of work — but you’re confident it will all be worth it in the end. That is, until your home renovation projects start to go down the toilet (or worse, the toilet starts falling through the floor). Buying a vacation home? Here’s how to know if the property you’re considering is a great investment, or just a great way to empty your wallet.

Read more about Buying a Vacation Home: 4 Critical Factors & Expert Advice

10.13.21

What does your ideal home look like? Is it a classic Victorian set far back from the road with stately elm trees shading the formal garden, or a brand-new split level in an up-and-coming housing development with a communal pool, tennis courts, and a playground for the kids?

Read more about New Homes vs. Old Homes: Which Is Right For You?

07.20.21

Whether you are buying or selling a home, your real estate agent will be your partner through one of the most significant transactions of your life. Finding the right agent should involve careful planning and research, but many of us just don’t know where to start. Here are 12 questions that will help you avoid the bad actors in your search for a great real estate agent.

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06.15.21

Deciding whether to renovate your current home or buy a new house can be emotionally fraught and financially complicated. As well, there may be aspects of the "stay vs. go" equation you may not have contemplated.

Read more about Should I Stay or Should I Go?

06.14.21

Purchasing a new home is a huge undertaking. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’ve navigated the waters before, the process can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to go it alone. A real estate agent—specifically a buyer’s agent—will help with every step of the of the homebuying process.

Read more about The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent: Do I Need One?

01.20.21

Mortgage rates are near record lows. Learn how to capitalize on these low rates to save money on your mortgage — or afford more house than you ever dreamed possible.

Read more about With Rates at Record Lows, Affordability Grows for House Hunters

12.22.20

Many potential homebuyers and investors overlook bank-owned properties, but for buyers who take the time to understand the REO process, these homes can be a significant opportunity.

Read more about The REO Guide: 10 Steps to Buying a Bank-Owned Home