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Explore our blog for insights on buying, financing, remodeling, and taking care of your home.

Home Improvements with the Biggest ROI

  • Thu, Sep 15, 2022
  • 3 min read

Adding value to your home can be a great thing. You don’t need to completely renovate your property to improve your return on investment (ROI). In many cases, smaller upgrades can increase the value of a home by thousands of dollars! Let's take a look at a few of the home improvements you can make to add instant equity to your home.

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Tips for Moving with Young Kids

  • Fri, Sep 9, 2022
  • 3 min read

Everyone knows that moving to a new home or apartment is an aggravating, tedious chore, but once you have a family, moving can become a truly daunting task. Obviously, there is a lot to be excited about with any move – more space in a new neighborhood, a new job or just a change of scenery. For young children, however, it can be a serious disruption.

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Five Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

  • Fri, Mar 22, 2019
  • 8 min read

        You’re buying your first house! No more fighting over parking spaces, unexpected rent increases or putting up with noisy neighbors. If you’re planning to make a move this year, here are five tips that can set you on a path that leads to your very own front door.  

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5 Ways to Fund Closing Costs

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 10 min read

You're almost there! You’ve set a budget for your monthly mortgage payment and saved up a down payment—but there’s one more thing you need to consider: the closing costs for your home.

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What Do I Need to Bring to my Mortgage Loan Application and Other First Time Home Buyer Questions

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 4 min read

Someone buying their first home will have a lot of questions. We see it time and time again. Sometimes, those questions get answered by family and friends. Other times they're answered by a real estate agent. But when it comes to the financial side of buying a home, asking a mortgage expert might be in your best interest.  We hear a ton of questions about mortgage loans, and this is a big one. Everyone hears that it's a mountain of paperwork to apply for a mortgage. Yes, it takes quite a bit of information, but it's not insurmountable. 

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3 Complications When Buying a Foreclosed Home

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

Buying a foreclosed home can come with a unique set of challenges. We're not trying to scare you off from your decision to buy a foreclosure. However, we do want to prepare you for some of the issues you may face, the solutions available and the information needed to help you decide whether this purchase is worth it in the end.   

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Buying Foreclosed Homes: How to Simplify a Complicated Process

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 4 min read

Foreclosures are down in 2013 compared to the last 5 years or so. However, foreclosed homes continue to exist and home buyers still find them in the housing market for sale. Since these properties often come at a price significantly lower than occupied homes for sale, a lot of home buyers consider them “good deals.” 

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