Real Estate

Appraisal Methods
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When you’re buying a home using a mortgage, refinancing your existing mortgage or selling your home to anyone other than an all-cash buyer, the home appraisal is a key component of the transaction. Whether you’re a buyer, owner or seller, you’ll want to understand how…

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Apps for Finding a Great Neighborhood
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A large part of a successful move is finding a good neighborhood. Here’s a few ways to find what pretty much everyone agrees makes up a good ‘hood: Schools: You can view demographics and stats for any school district in the US by navigating to…

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Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step
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Many potential homebuyers underestimate their purchasing power and overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. Completing a quick and easy pre-approval is the first step in determining all mortgage options available to you. Benefits of being Verified by…

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6 Tips for Selling Your Home Faster
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If you’re ready to sell your house, then it’s time to get to work! Putting your house on the market takes a lot more than just sticking a “For Sale” sign in the front yard and adding some photos on the internet. Before you go…

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5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall
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Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers. If you’re in the…

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Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-approval
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Two often confused terms in the home buying process are a mortgage loan pre-qualification and a home loan pre-approval. Here’s what you really need to know about each one. Pre-Qualification A mortgage pre-qualification is simply an estimate of how much home you can afford and…

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Moving Checklist & Planner
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Let’s face it, moving is stressful. Moving all your belongings from one place to another is hard, and so is relocating your life in general. But, let’s not forget that moving to a new place is an exciting time! We scoured the internet looking for…

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Why was I countered?
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As a homebuyer, if you make an offer below list price, the seller may choose to reject, accept or simply let the offer expire. If there are multiple offers, the listing agent will lay out the options for their client and then notify all buyers’…

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Why Use a Local Mortgage Lender?
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Real estate agents who would represent you as a buyer do care which lender you use. They’ll often suggest that you use a local lender who’s experienced with your area’s nuances, such as local taxation rules, settlement procedures and appraisal methodologies. These areas are all…

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Thinking About Buying a Home?
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One of the first steps in the homebuying process is fully understanding your finances. Here is a checklist to help you prepare. Avoid making changes to your financial story that could hurt you ability to qualify for your home loan. Do Make and stick to…

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