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The AmeriFirst Home Buyer Learning Center

What Does it Take to Buy a House?

Posted by Dan Moyle on Wed, Feb 3, 2016

Buying a car, setting up an international vacation and planning a wedding are all complicated ventures. Buying a house? That's downright impossible, right? Not so fast.

Home buying is complicated, no doubt. However, with the right road map - or GPS tool - you should be able to manage much of it on your own. Every journey begins with the first step. Where do you start when it comes to buying a home? With preparation, of course.

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Topics: Mortgage Questions, first time home buyer

Home Décor: How To Outshine Your Neighbors

Posted by Guest on Tue, Feb 2, 2016

6 Tips to Make Your Neighbors Jealous

When people look at your home, what do they notice? How can you make it stand out? To help answer these questions and make your home a little more impressive, here are some important tips to try.

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Topics: AmeriFirst guest blog, housing design

Exterior Upgrades That Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal

Posted by Guest on Mon, Feb 1, 2016

Making a great first impression is always important. That goes for your home, as well! If a potential home buyer likes what they see on the outside, they’ll probably be interested in seeing what things look like on the inside. 

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Topics: AmeriFirst guest blog

5 Eco-Friendly Upgrades for Your Home

Posted by Guest on Fri, Jan 29, 2016

You bring reusable bags to the grocery store, drive a green vehicle and support local and environmentally friendly businesses. If reducing your carbon footprint is your 2016 resolution, it's time you consider upgrades that will make your home more eco-friendly as well. Unlike traditional home repair, green upgrades will save you money in the long run by cutting your energy bill and water consumption. If this is your home's green year, consider these five eco-friendly upgrades that benefit both you and the environment.

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Topics: PowerSaver, AmeriFirst guest blog, housing design

Increase Your Home Value with These Renovations

Posted by Guest on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Home improvement techniques can range from simple plumbing jobs to technical affairs like building a sun roof. There are some home improvement projects you should consider avoiding and some detract value from your ultimate price, so be wary of such additions or changes to your home. Hire a certified home inspector and get the correct value of your home before making any decisions. Depending upon the budget and time you are willing to invest, here are certain methods and guidelines to help you with the process.

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Topics: home improvement loans, AmeriFirst guest blog, DIY home improvements

5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your First Year as a Homeowner

Posted by Guest on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

First-time home buyers face an overwhelming array of worries and firsts as they search for and purchase the right home. Stress levels rise as they strive to receive financing, obtain a low interest rate, find a house that meets their needs and budget, win bidding wars and navigate closing costs. 

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Topics: first time home owner, renovation mortgage, DIY home improvements

How the FHA 203k Helped a Cincinnati Couple Begin to Revitalize a Community

Posted by Dan Moyle on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

We love to hear success stories from home buyers. It's a great way to see how we might improve the process. We learn what went well and what fell short during the journey. It's also a wonderful window into how the road to buying a home might be unique while having common points of interest along the way.

AmeriFirst Home Mortgage branch manager & mortgage consultant John A Insco helped one couple through the process of buying their historic home in Cincinnati. While they had some difficult times, as renovation mortgages can sometimes include, you can see the homeowner is happy with the outcome with their FHA 203k.

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Topics: AmeriFirst Newsroom, FHA 203k, renovation mortgage, video

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