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The AmeriFirst Home Buyer Learning Center

How to Create a Home Comparison Scrapbook

Posted by Dan Moyle on Wed, May 10, 2017

You've just left your tenth open house this month and your brain is full of details about ceiling fans, crown molding and double-pane windows. You can picture each room and closet, but wait. Did it have energy-saving appliances like that other house you liked? Or was that the third house that also had the solar panels?

It's easy to get mixed up when you're looking for houses. There are a lot of details to remember and comparisons to make. Don't rely on your memory to make this important decision. Instead, it's time to make a home comparison scrapbook to keep everything straight.

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Topics: first time home buyer

What You Need to Know About Pest Inspection

Posted by Guest on Mon, May 8, 2017

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

You focus on numerous aspects while buying a property, but many people tend to overlook pest inspection. Apart from checking the physical condition and structural integrity of the property, it is extremely important to inspect the place for any kind of pests and vermin.

In fact, make sure that pest inspection is included in the purchase contract. If the inspection does not meet the required standards, you can refuse the purchase of the property. Buying a house calls for a huge investment and you must take all the necessary precautions before putting your hard earned money in it. 

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

4 Common Smart Home Technical Issues & How to Fix Them

Posted by Guest on Fri, May 5, 2017

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

Smart homes are not a thing of the future. They are here today. Most modern homes incorporate some sort of smart home technology. They are convenience and safety features, and they can save energy too. Electronic door locks that can be controlled with an app provide enhanced security as you can allow access or lock your doors even if you are not home. Here are the top four smart home technical issues and how you can fix them.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, housing design

6 Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Air Conditioning Costs

Posted by Guest on Thu, May 4, 2017

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

When the summer months draw near, we start to sweat the prospect of skyrocketing energy costs. This can be especially true of new, first time homeowners. It seems like the only options are to pay out the wazoo or suffer through the sweltering heat. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few ways you can keep your home cool this summer without having to go broke in the process. 

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, seasonal

4 Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Summer, Inside and Out

Posted by Guest on Wed, May 3, 2017

Ready for Summer? Don't Miss These Four Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for the Season!

Before the summer season gets truly hot, it's time to get your home ready for the summer. Don't miss our top for pro tips for sprucing up your home now! It's easier than you think -- and when you do it yourself, you'll save money and feel empowered because you're taking care of your home the right way.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

5 Secrets to Securing the Highest Sale Price for Your Home

Posted by Guest on Tue, May 2, 2017

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

You don’t need to completely renovate your property to get a fair price for your home. In many cases, smaller upgrades can increase the value of a home by thousands of dollars and make it very appealing to buyers. Those who are planning on selling a home in the next few months should take a closer look at these few tips and tricks that will help them maximize their profits and reduce the total amount of time that the property is on the market.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog

Is Your Home Safe? 4 Things You Can Do to Protect Your House

Posted by Guest on Mon, May 1, 2017

Your home is likely to be the biggest investment you'll ever make. It's also a crucial haven for family and social life. At times household budgets can be stretched pretty tight, but you'll want to do whatever is necessary to maintain your home's value and ensure the safety of your loved ones.

Here are four important things you can do to protect your home.

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Topics: homeowner information, AmeriFirst guest blog, home maintenance

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