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

What's the HomeStyle Renovation Loan?

Have you found a neighborhood where you'd like to live but the only house for sale is a fixer-upper? Unsure what to do? You could: 

Five Reasons You Should Stop Renting and Buy Your Own Home

Is it time for you to get out of the rent race and buy a home of your own? There are plenty of advantages to homeownership. And while buying isn’t right for every person or for every life stage or circumstance, there are several perks of homeownership that tend to stay stable over time. These include building long-term equity, the comfort and pride that can be associated with owning your own home and, of course, lower overall monthly cost.

DIY Home Decor: How HGTV is Affecting the Housing Market

We live in an instant-gratification society. We want what we want, and we want it now. Some of this is simply human nature. Some of the fault for this lies at the feet of our mass media. We're trained to think a complicated murder investigation can be solved and prosecuted in an hour TV show. Such is the case when it comes to all things home related.   Thanks to networks like the DIY Network and HGTV, we have become accustomed to seeing home renovations wrapped up in a single episode, by homeowners just like you and me. However, that's not how real life works. In real life, remodeling projects take time and a lot of work. Sometimes, they even take the work of a professional!

FHA 203k Projects: 7 Simple Fixes Uncovered

The FHA 203k option for home buyers covers a long list of home improvements, repairs, renovations and rehab projects. But when I came across this house, I saw 7 right away. Take a look.  

Foreclosed Home Renovations: Don't Bust Your Budget

Home foreclosures are, unfortunately, happening in every part of the country due to the economy but this provides an excellent opportunity for many. Buying a home foreclosure can save you a great deal of money. A foreclosure can come to you in excellent condition or may be in need of repairs. If the home you are interested in "needs repairs," there are many things you can do to renovate and repair without busting your budget.

Home Improvement Financing or DIY: What Works Best

You might think that a mortgage company is going to push a home loan for every little home improvement project you may want to do. But here's the thing about doing that: not everyone needs to finance home improvements. It's a shocking truth some lenders don't want you to know. But it's the truth. Not everyone needs to borrow money for home improvement financing, just like not everyone should buy a house.   Sometimes renting is better for some folks, just like some folks can perform do-it-yourself upgrades with no financing.

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