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8 Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Posted by Guest on Wed, Mar 1, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

With winter weather comes a whole different set of maintenance requirements for your home. Addressing these before the weather turns bad can ensure that you won’t have costly repairs to deal with. If you plan to sell this spring or winter, these maintenance tips are especially important. A clean water heater and draft-free windows could be the make or break for a buyer who’s stuck between two properties.

When preparing for your winter upgrades, consider what these winter home maintenance experts have to say.

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Topics: first time home owner, first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog

More Than a Feeling: How to Know When You've Found Your Dream Home

Posted by Guest on Wed, Mar 1, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

Searching for your perfect home is exciting, but it can also be a challenge. One of the problems is that there is so much choice. So how can you make your decision? Often people will say that they just knew a house was right for them. But how can you really tell that it is perfect? Here are some tips for how to know that you have found your perfect home.

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Topics: first time home owner, first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog

A Lost Art: How to Build A Family Home

Posted by Guest on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

While there is certainly something to be said for buying a home that is already built in an established neighborhood, the lack of input and creativity is off-putting to many as well. If you in need of a family home that you design and build from the ground up, you are in good company. There are many people around the country who are now enjoying a home built to their unique requirements. Consider these 4 guidelines as you learn how to build a family home yourself.

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Topics: first time home owner, first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog

5 Perfect Housing Styles for Empty-Nesters

Posted by Guest on Wed, Feb 22, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

Experience has taught you what room arrangements, kitchen appointments, and outdoor spaces make life more enjoyable, but what about now that the kids have all moved out of the house? While square footage varies, most empty-nesters look for homes that are the “right size” for them. Typically, that's single-story houses with a relaxed, comfortable floor plan. Practical considerations are the driving feature with low-maintenance functionality and universal accessibility elements scoring high across a range of architectural styles.

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Topics: HomeStyle Renovation, FHA 203k, renovation mortgage, AmeriFirst guest blog

House Extension: Things You Need to Consider

Posted by Guest on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

As your family grows, you will have to address the issue of adequate home space. If you’re not willing to move houses, expanding your home is the best possible solution. Of course, this is not a quick process and you should never rush things. Before the extension itself, there are several things that you need to consider first.

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How to: Paint Your Driveway

Posted by Guest on Mon, Feb 20, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

Even though everyone wants their front yard and driveway to be equally attractive as any other part of their home, the truth is that those segments are often neglected. Such a mistake may not seem very important to some, but when you take into account that it’s the outside of the house that a prospective buyer sees first, this issue doesn’t seem so trivial, does it?

So, every homeowner, especially those who wish to sell their homes, should pay attention to the curb appeal of their real estate, since it’s one of the things that significantly increases the price of your home. One of the things that can be done every few years and that won’t break the bank, but are bound to help you get more money is painting your driveway. Not only will your house look nicer, but a fresh paint coat also reduces concrete cracking and chipping, which means the driveway will last longer.

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Topics: HomeStyle Renovation, FHA 203k, renovation mortgage, AmeriFirst guest blog

Tips for Choosing The Right Fence for Your Family

Posted by Guest on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

When it comes to fences, there are so many possibilities, it can be hard to know where to start shopping. What kind of fence do you want? What’s the right type and style for your needs? How do you know what to look for? Which material makes the most sense for your home? Even though the decision process can easily become overwhelming, the good news is that picking the right fence for your family doesn’t have to be so complicated. Here are a few tips to help you decide!

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Topics: first time home owner, first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog

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