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Posted on 03/29/2021
Managing Your Car Insurance During a Move
Image by Suphaksorn Thongwongboot from Shutterstock When relocating to a new home, you’ll need to plan to pack, hire movers, and to change your address with the post office but don’t forget to update your car insurance. If you’re moving to a new state or just to a new zip code, you will have to make some changes to...
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Posted on 03/22/2021
Thing You Need to Know About Applying for a Jumbo Mortage
Photo by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke via Pixabay A jumbo mortgage refers to a high-priced loan, usually meant for a luxury property. And while this loan may have once been reserved for the millionaire investors of the world, it may not be as exclusive as you think. If you're interested in what it takes to apply, it helps...
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Posted on 03/15/2021
5 Expert Tips for Cross-Town Moves
Image by skeeze from Pixabay Moving across town should be a little less stressful than moving from one state to another, but it does require some thinking ahead and careful planning. If you’re tackling a cross-town move, the better you plan, the easier the move will go. Here are some tips to make your move as easy as...
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Posted on 03/08/2021
Tips for Keeping Your Home Looking Great
Image by fede13 from Pixabay Just as your car needs regular maintenance, so does your home. It may not be the highlight of your weekend, but home maintenance is crucial. Keeping your home in tip-top shape will help prevent problems down the road and give you an edge when you decide to sell. Check Your HVAC System A...
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Posted on 03/01/2021
Can an Outdoor Kitchen Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers?
Photo by toddpharistx via Pixabay Today's home buyers are looking for ways to maximize their space and their enjoyment of that space. While having friends and family over to enjoy a meal out on the patio or a backyard BBQ has long been a favorite way of spending time with loved ones, it's frequently left the hosts separated...
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Posted on 02/22/2021
Is an HOA Community Right for You?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay When you’re looking into buying a new home, one of the decision you’ll need to make is if you want to live in an HOA community or not. Homeowners association (HOA) communities offer certain advantages and disadvantages compared to non-HOA communities. Knowing more about these pros and cons can help you make the...
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Posted on 02/15/2021
Getting Started: How to Overcome the Hassle of Rental Properties
Photo by OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay It’s only a hassle if you’re not in control. There are a lot of ways to do investment property wrong, but here are the ways to do it right so that it’s an asset, not a nuisance. Be picky about the property. While you don’t need to purchase anything high-end, always choose something...
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Posted on 02/08/2021
Should You Set a Deadline for Purchasing a Home?
If possible, it helps to maintain a flexible deadline as you navigate the homebuying journey. Because if you have a tight deadline in place, you risk making a rash homebuying decision. And as a result, you may pay too much to acquire a home. Perhaps even worse, you risk purchasing a house that fails to match your expectations. As...
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Posted on 02/01/2021
Tips for Sellers: Plan for a Property Showing
As a home seller, it is crucial to do everything possible to prepare for a house showing. Yet determining the best ways to prep for a showing sometimes can be difficult. Fortunately, we're here to help you get ready for any showing, at any time. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you plan for a...
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Posted on 01/25/2021
Do You Need to Revamp Your Home Selling Plan?
If you want to achieve the best-possible results during the house selling journey, you need to be flexible. Because if your initial home selling strategy fails to deliver the desired results, you need to be ready to make adjustments. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you revamp your home selling strategy. 1. Analyze the Local...
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Posted on 01/18/2021
Renting Vs. Buying - Which is Right for You?
Photo by Athitat Shinagowin via Shutterstock You’ll often hear it stated that paying rent is throwing money down the drain. As a motivation to buy a home, however, that might not be the best idea. A rule of thumb is that if you can purchase a home for fifteen times what you currently pay annually in rent, buying...
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Posted on 01/11/2021
How the Appraisal Impacts a Home's Sale
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay As the home buying process nears the closing, both buyers and sellers need to prepare for the appraisal. This often the last step the lender requires before approving financing for the buyer, so it’s an important part of the home sale process. What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is an unbiased, professional evaluation...
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