Buying a Home

March 31, 2017

3 Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage Quickly

 

The word mortgage traces its lineage back to the Old French roots mort (death) and gage (pledge) — which means that etymologically speaking, you’ll be dealing with your mortgage until you shuffle off this mortal coil. Practically speaking, though, you’re probably looking at payments for anywhere between 10 and ...

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Dec. 16, 2016

How Accurate are "Zestimates"?

Are Zestimates Accurate?

When searching for a home, you may come across many different ideas of how to determine the market value of a house. Of course, a seller’s asking price is telling of how he/she values the home, but buyers often seek to understand how a home is actually valued in ...

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Dec. 1, 2016

What is “Rent to Own”?

What is Rent to Own?

Don’t let the prospects of buying, renting, or renting-to-own overwhelm you! While there is so much information out there and so many options when it comes to finding a new home, we hope to help make things a little easier to understand. Rent to Own is different from both owning ...

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Nov. 9, 2016

8 Tips for Choosing a Neighborhood

8 Tips for Choosing a Neighborhood

Making a move to a new home often means also moving to a new town. This presents an opportunity to explore what many towns around you have to offer. Because the neighborhood around you will greatly affect your satisfaction in a new house, we recommend really narrowing in on your ...

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Nov. 2, 2016

Tips to Help Your Child Settle Into a New Home

Tips to help your child settle into a new home

Moving into a new home is an exciting time for everyone. The dog explores her new back yard, you meet and make connections with your new neighbors, and your kids find new top-notch ways to build pillow forts during sleepovers. All the “new,” however exciting, can also be a ...

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Oct. 4, 2016

The Pros & Cons of Small House Living

The Pros & Cons of Small House Living

Any house can feel like home if you put the right time, care, and people into it. Fortunately, homes come in all shapes and sizes, allowing us to have some options when looking into a house to make our home. When looking into buying or renting a new home, many ...

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Sept. 28, 2016

5 Common Home Buying Mishaps to Avoid

5 Common Home Buying Mishaps to Avoid

Buying a home can be a very exciting and overwhelming adventure. Purchasing a place to call your own is a defining life experience for many, and opens up so many opportunities to explore your creativity. If you are in the process of looking for a new home—congratulations! There are many ...

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Aug. 24, 2016

Homebuyer FAQ: Can I Back Out of a Home Purchase Before Closing?

Can I back out of a home purchase before closing?

Sometimes, life can be unpredictable. Well, let’s be honest, most of the time life is unpredictable. This should not scare homebuyers from taking the steps to buying a home, but it is essential to understand the basics of buying a house and know what you're committing to along the ...

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July 13, 2016

Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home

 Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home

To build or not to build, that is the question! The great debate for homebuyers these days is whether they want to purchase a home that is empty or one that has been previously occupied. New construction homes are houses that have never been lived in and have been ...

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June 3, 2016

Buying a Historic Home: What You Need to Know First

What You Need To Know Before Buying a Historic Home

Throughout American history, people have left their marks on this country in a number of ways. One avenue to look back and connect with the culture and identity of those who came before us is through appreciating the places where they lived. Historic homes are a treasure to many communities ...

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