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Home Savings: Best Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Utility Costs Low

Posted by Guest on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

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

Going to the mailbox or checking your email to see that you have a new utility bill can sometimes be a shock. Instead of letting the bill get to the point where you can't afford it without taking out a loan or sacrificing something else in the house, try a few tips and tricks to keep the utility bills as low as possible. Once you get into the habit of these ideas, then it'll be easier to complete them without even thinking about what you're doing.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, home maintenance

Home Buying Advice for Seniors

Posted by Guest on Fri, Apr 7, 2017

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

Having a place to call home is a central part of everyone’s life. Many believe that home-buying is a task only to be taken on by young families, however there are some people who are making the decision to purchase homes later in life. The age group classified as “seniors” span over 40 years, starting at age 50. Because people are living longer, healthier lives, deciding to purchase a home after 50 is actually not as uncommon as you might think. If you are considering purchasing a home for the first time, or downsizing to a smaller place of residence, here are a few tips for you! 

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, downsizing

How To Keep Your Water Heater Out of Sight and Beautify Your Space

Posted by Guest on Fri, Mar 31, 2017

Every home needs a water heater. But since it is not one of the prettiest appliances around, you will probably want to conceal it so it’s not a constant eye sore every time you walk into your laundry room. 

Having convenient access to hot water is a big deal. You just can’t toss your water heater because it looks ugly, though you could invest a little more to get a tankless one that is much more attractive that the huge water heaters with tanks. But if you are on a budget, it may be a good idea to spend the extra cash covering it up so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. 

So, how do you cover up a water heater?

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Topics: homeowner information, housing design

Bathroom Supplies Best Suited to Your Daily Needs and Usage

Posted by Guest on Thu, Feb 9, 2017

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

A bathroom is not just your private place, but it is also an integral part of your entire household. If you have a well decorated home but with a shabby bathroom, then the entire purpose of maintaining a stylish house is defeated. Not anymore, as now you can refurbish your bathroom, or construct a new bathroom with high quality bathroom supplies either offline retailers, or from online shops. These are the common types of bathroom supplies that you generally find

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Topics: HomeStyle Renovation, homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

Newlyweds Have a New Bridal Registry with FHA

Posted by Dan Moyle on Sun, Jan 1, 2017

Getting married in Michigan?

Saying "I do" in Indiana?

Ready for nuptials in North Carolina?

If you’re taking the plunge, you can add another option to your "bridal registry" choices. No longer do you have to only go to Bed, Bath & Beyond or Sears to pick out gift ideas. You have a completely unique option: FHA. No, that doesn’t mean you take the bar code scanner and pick out houses (although that could be fun!). Instead, you sign up to receive cash gifts which will fund your FHA home loan down payment. Any gift donations your family and friends give you will go directly into an interest-bearing savings account. Then you can use it as part of the 3.5% down payment on an FHA home mortgage loan.

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Topics: first time home owner, first time home buyer, homeowner information, FHA Loans

Smartphone Features That Can Help You Sell Your Home

Posted by Guest on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

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

No matter how charming your home is, it won't sell if the photos of it you post online are distorted or blurry. When selling your home, the quality of staging photos you take directly effects the amount of queries you'll receive. But that doesn't mean you have to go out and buy a fancy camera or hire a professional. These days your smartphone can handle the job, that is, if you have the right one.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

Security Sense: 5 Ways to Boost Your Home Security

Posted by Guest on Thu, Oct 6, 2016

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

The threat of home invasions is a common point of anxiety, and many people worry about their homes being robbed while they're away. Fortunately, there are more techniques for protecting your home than ever before, and some tried-and-true methods are still just as effective as ever before. Here are five ways to boost your home security.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

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