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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Mortgage Applications
Posted on 12/08/2019
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Mortgage Applications
If you’re a first-time buyer, odds are you’ve never seen or heard much about mortgage applications. However, for something as important as buying a home, it pays off to go into the process knowing what to expect. Mortgage applications aren’t all that complicated in and of themselves. Most of the time, your chosen lender will walk you through the...
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Most Popular Mortgage Options
Posted on 12/01/2019
Most Popular Mortgage Options
When it comes to financing your home, you have a several mortgage options available. Each type of mortgage offers different advantages, so be sure to do research before applying. Below are some of the most popular types of mortgages borrowers may consider. Conventional Loans A conventional loan is a mortgage not insured by the federal government. In most...
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Dealing with Water Leaks
Posted on 11/24/2019
Dealing with Water Leaks
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Is your house leaky? According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), household water leaks account for up to a trillion gallons of water wasted each year. According to their calculations, the average home leaks about ten thousand gallons annually or more than 90 gallons every single day. So how do you tell...
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How To Prepare Your Home For Sale
Posted on 11/17/2019
How To Prepare Your Home For Sale
Getting your home ready for sale is a long process that will require some patience and hard work on your part. However, if you’re successful, you’ll be able to market your home to the best buyers and get top offers, making the whole thing worth it. There are potentially an endless number of things you can do to prepare...
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What Does It Really Cost to Buy a Home?
Posted on 11/10/2019
What Does It Really Cost to Buy a Home?
The cost of buying a house extends beyond a seller's initial asking price. In fact, there are many "hidden" costs that buyers need to consider as they decide whether to purchase a house, such as: 1. Closing Costs There are various closing costs that a buyer may encounter before he or she finalizes a house purchase, including survey, appraisal...
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What Does It Take to Maximize Your Home Sale Earnings?
Posted on 11/03/2019
What Does It Take to Maximize Your Home Sale Earnings?
You don't have to be an expert home seller to maximize your house sale earnings. In fact, there are many things that you can do to optimize the profits from your home sale, such as: 1. Craft an Effective Home Listing An effective house listing enables you to make a great first impression on prospective homebuyers. Thus, if you...
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Choosing an Area Rug
Posted on 10/27/2019
Choosing an Area Rug
When selecting an area rug, several factors will go into determining the size, shape, material, and even the thickness you want. Just like buying a home, it is all about location, location, location. Ask yourself these questions: - Where will you use the rug? - How much traffic does that room get? - Must it hold up to...
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Are You Ready to Employ a Moving Company?
Posted on 10/20/2019
Are You Ready to Employ a Moving Company?
If you buy or sell a house, you may need to hire a moving company as well. That way, you can work with an expert moving company to ensure all of your personal belongings can safely make it to your new address. Ultimately, there are lots of things you can do to put yourself in the best position to...
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Bring Your A-Game to the Property Selling Journey
Posted on 10/13/2019
Bring Your A-Game to the Property Selling Journey
It generally is a good idea to bring your A-game to the home selling journey. Because if you fail to put your best foot forward, it may take many weeks or months to stir up interest in your residence. Ultimately, there are lots of things that you can do to generate interest in your home, such as: 1. Bolster...
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 Exploring the Advantages of Buying a Vacation Home
Posted on 10/06/2019
Exploring the Advantages of Buying a Vacation Home
Generally speaking, taking a family vacation can "recharge your battery," give you a new lease on life, and enable you to get back to work with a renewed sense of purpose. That's the ideal scenario when everything falls into place. However, if you're one of those families that are always looking for a new place to explore every year,...
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Common health Issues Your Cats may Experience
Posted on 09/29/2019
Common health Issues Your Cats may Experience
Cats are wonderful pets, but before you get one into your home, some illnesses are common to our little feline friends. Below are six common health issues to look out for: Cancer Just like humans, cats can have cancer too. In cats, the two common types of cancer are feline leukemia virus and lymphosarcoma. Lymphosarcoma is very deadly,...
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DIY Tips for a Speedy Home Sale
Posted on 09/22/2019
DIY Tips for a Speedy Home Sale
Photo by Rawpixel.com via Pexels Selling? Ready to wow potential buyers with some high-impact touch-ups? Here are some top ideas to mesmerize home buyers—without spending a fortune on renovations. Dazzle Them at the Doorstep Many of today's home sales, and certainly most fast transactions, begin with online browsing. First, snap a photo of your home. Take it from...
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