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The AmeriFirst Home Buyer Learning Center

5 Factors That Distinguish a Good Neighborhood From a Great One

Posted by Guest on Wed, Feb 10, 2016

If you are in the market for a new home, chances are good you are busy deciding on how many bedrooms and bathrooms you would like to have, as well as other amenities like a fenced backyard, two-car garage and updated fixtures and appliances. While these are certainly important things to consider, it’s also crucial that you think about the neighborhood where your dream home will be located. When shopping for a new home, you may wish to keep the following factors in mind:

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Topics: first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog

Choosing a Surveillance System for Your New Home

Posted by Guest on Mon, Feb 8, 2016

If you live in a big house, drive a new car and your neighbors spot you buying a new TV or other piece of equipment every now and then – do not be surprised to find that you have probably already been marked for a robbery. Expensive things draw unwanted attention and an experienced burglar always knows who owns something worth stealing in their neighborhood. That is why you should install a home surveillance system as soon as possible and protect your belongings against intruders. However, not all surveillance systems are the same and choosing a perfect one can be challenging. Here are some of the things you need to consider before making a decision on protecting your new home

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Topics: first time home owner, AmeriFirst guest blog, housing design

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

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