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The AmeriFirst Home Buyer Learning Center

How the New Tax Law Affects You as a Homeowner and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Janet Veach on Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Looking to remodel your home with a home equity loan this year? You may want to rethink that option as the recent tax-overhaul legislation is putting an end to your ability to deduct the interest paid on home equity loans.

With this new law effective January 2018, one of the best home improvement projects you can take on this year is evaluating your current mortgage and home equity loans, particularly if you have a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC).

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Topics: Mortgage process, Taxes, HELOC

Five Advantages of Turning a Fixer-Upper into the Home of Your Dreams

Posted by AmeriFirst Home Mortgage on Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Location, location, location — the number one rule in real estate. But what if the location you desire seems a bit out of your price range? As an alternative, you could consider looking for a fixer-upper in the neighborhood, or stay in your current residence, and turn a modestly priced house into your dream home.

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Topics: renovation mortgage, Renovation Loan, Mortgage process

How to Negotiate when Buying a Home

Posted by Janet Veach on Fri, Jan 12, 2018

You’ve been searching for a new home and now you’ve found it! You’ve prepared for this moment by getting prequalified for a mortgage you can afford. But wait - you’re in a competitive market and now it’s time to make the offer. What next!?

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Topics: first-time homebuyers, Steps to buying a home, Mortgage process

Six Interior Ideas to Add Excitement to Your Living Space

Posted by Janet Veach on Thu, Jan 4, 2018

Amp up your home this year by making small changes that will add some punch and excitement to your living space. Try these six remodeling ideas that will jazz up your house without busting the bank:

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Topics: Charging Solutions, Pendant Lighting, interior design, Colored Grout, Floating Shelves, Updated Appliances

How To Buy A Home In Eight Steps

Posted by Janet Veach on Thu, Jan 4, 2018

Buying a house requires time, energy and patience. However, preparation and education can make the path to homeownership a lot easier to navigate. Follow our eight steps to make your journey almost as easy as a walk in the park!

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Topics: first-time homebuyers, Steps to buying a home, Mortgage process

The Monthly Mortgage Payment: What Costs are Included

Posted by Janet Veach on Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Buying a home can be one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make. If you’re thinking of making the move, it’s important to estimate your monthly mortgage payment before making a commitment. This knowledge will help you better gauge if a property will fit within your current budget.

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Topics: mortgage payment, mortgage escrow, PITI, homebuyer

Six Tips on Choosing the Right Neighborhood for Your New Home

Posted by Janet Veach on Fri, Dec 22, 2017

If you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll also be looking at the neighborhood. In fact, the character and amenities of the neighborhood may be as important to the property value as the house itself. Whether you’re looking for a neighborhood with large houses and expansive lawns, or a modern condo in a thriving downtown area, there are characteristics that make up a great living area. Wondering what to look for? We suggest the following:

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Topics: neighborhood, Choosing Neighborhood for New Home

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