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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.
Searching for the perfect home has become quite the chore in the last couple of years. The headlines say it all - housing stock is down. This means you as a buyer have fewer homes to choose from on the market. What's a buyer to do? This can be especially frustrating for a first time home buyer, as most first timers don't have the means to get into a bidding war. There's an option out there for financing your dream home - even if it looks like a nightmare. The FHA 203k renovation mortgage puts the low down payment option of the FHA loan to work with the power of after-improved value once the remodeling is finished.
This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. “Curb appeal” is a term used in real estate to describe the ability of a home to attract buyers by virtue of its immediate visual impact as you see it from the street. Curb appeal is an important factor in how prospective buyers feel about a home. If the property appears attractive and well cared for, they will go into the home feeling more positive about other aspects. You can increase your home’s curb appeal with a few easy improvements.
This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. Many people miss one big thing when decorating their home (although it plays a great role), and that’s lighting. The living room is space where you spent most of your time reading, hosting parties, watching TV or just spending time with your loved ones, and it deserves proper lighting, both for functionality and esthetics. Here are some things to pay attention to when choosing appropriate lighting solutions for your living room.
This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. Making the transition from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle often involves making alterations in various areas of your life. Creating a home environment that supports and encourages healthy living is one of the first steps that you can take to help you and your family remain committed to the newly established goal. There are many changes you can make in and around your home that can be considered positive steps toward helping you and your family achieve optimum health. Many of the changes not only promote good health, they also generate happiness. Here is what you can do!
This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. Nothing affects the mood in and around a home quite like its windows do. The home's window design influences both its exterior and its interior style. Whether you're installing new windows in your home or selecting windows for a new building project, it's wise to get updated about the most current window technology and trends. Let's discuss 5 of the best window designs for 2017.
This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. If you have a pet, then you know that he enjoys having freedom. One of the ways that you can ensure that your pet gets the fresh air and space to play while being in a safe location is to make the deck pet-friendly. You can create a space so that the animal doesn't get off of the deck, allowing it to be outdoors while you're still inside the house without worrying about what it's doing.