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A Veteran’s Guide to Buying a Home

Buying a home is never a stress-free experience. That can be especially true for veterans, who may be in the process of transitioning back to civilian life or dealing with a combat-related disability on top of trying to find and finance a home. Veterans may qualify for several military benefits for buying a home. This […]

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Guía de un Beneficiario de DACA para Comprar una Casa

Actualmente hay más de 643,000 personas inscritas en DACA, la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia. El programa fue creado por el presidente Obama en 2012 para ofrecer una solución temporal a las deportaciones. Obama inició DACA como una orden ejecutiva después de que la ley DREAM (Desarrollo, Alivio y Educación para Menores […]

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A DACA Recipient’s Guide to Buying a Home

There are over 643,000 people currently enrolled in DACA, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. The program was created by President Obama in 2012 to provide a stop-gap to deportations. Obama issued DACA as an executive order after the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act failed to pass in Congress. Although the […]

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Buying a Mobile Home: Everything You Need to Know

In some ways, buying a mobile home is just like buying a house, with a few key differences. For example, do you buy a mobile home and land parcels together? Or will you be buying a trailer home only and placing it on land you own or lease? These factors are important to take into […]

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Can You Negotiate Rent?

Although the rental market took a hit thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, housing affordability remains a national crisis. Whether you lost income due to the pandemic or just looking to get the best deal you can, you might be wondering, “can you negotiate rent?” Like so much else in life, the answer is “it depends.” […]

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Should You Buy a House with A Pool?

As you shop for your dream home, do you envision a backyard oasis complete with a pool? If you’re thinking about buying a house with pool installation already completed, check out our must-read guide on the advantages and disadvantages of buying a house with a pool. A pool is not just a feature of your […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Stage a Home?

Home staging is an important marketing resource available to sellers. A staged home creates an emotional connection with potential buyers by focusing on the home’s finer points and softening imperfections. Buyers can visualize themselves living in the home, which results in a greater pool of potential buyers and less time on the housing market. However, […]

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Should I Hire a Professional Home Stager?

Home staging is the process of strategically decorating and placing furniture in a home you’re trying to sell. The theory is that buyers have an easier time picturing themselves in a home that feels full of life than in one that is sitting empty. Staged homes also appear larger than vacant homes. But when considering […]

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What are Cash for Homes Companies?

You’ve probably seen the signs around your neighborhood: “Cash for houses” or “We buy houses for cash.” If you’re in a hurry to sell, you might be tempted to call and get a cash offer. But can you really sell a house for cash? Who pays cash for houses? Is it a legitimate way to […]

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How to Find a Home for Rent: Best Home Rental Sites and More

If you want to rent your next home, you may wonder how to find houses for rent. It seems that there’s an endless number of rental listing sites for apartments, but homes can be a bit tougher to find. Fortunately, there are several sites that aggregate listings, allowing you to search for the rental home […]

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Can I Rent Out My Home if I Still Have a Mortgage?

Renting out your home, or even just a room can be a great way to generate some extra income. But you may be wondering, can I rent my home if I have a mortgage? Well, it depends. You may not be able to lease your home with your current mortgage if your lender  doesn’t allow […]

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A Landlord’s Guide to Renting Out a Home

The time has come. You bought an investment property. You upgraded the cabinets, patched up the walls, and put in fresh new carpets. Finally, you are ready to start renting out your house — or are you? As a first time landlord, you might be wondering how to rent a house and feeling a little […]

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How to Stage Furniture to Make the Most of Your Space

If you’re a fan of home improvement and DIY shows, you most likely know that staging furniture is an important part of the pre-home sale prep. Home staging levels up your real estate game by arranging furniture and decor in a way that highlights the desirable selling points of your home. And the statistics on […]

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3 Reasons Why Bigger Houses Aren’t Always Better

Buying a home is a monumental event in your life and investment in the future. While you may have narrowed down your list of must-haves and the location of your dream home, the decision to purchase a sizable home may have you feeling uncertain. A greater amount of square footage may certainly be attractive but […]

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What is Home Staging?

We’ve all seen pictures of gorgeous homes when paging through glossy magazines or perusing decorating websites. Potential buyers expect to be “wowed” when they walk through a home that they’re thinking about buying, just like we want to be wowed when we’re scrolling those home decor sites. Buyers don’t want to see baskets of pet […]

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Financial Literacy: Teaching Kids How To Buy A Home

Homeownership has become a hard-to-reach goal for many young adults. The rising costs of houses coupled with high student loan debt mean some young people don’t have the same buying power as their parents did. And with COVID-19 continuing to disrupt our economy, it could make it even harder for young adults to save money moving forward.

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How to Buy a Historic Home

Historic homes are an amazing glimpse into our country’s past. They are unique, structurally stunning, and foster a sense of pride in saving a piece of yesteryear. A historic home is undeniably an investment. Our one-stop guide for everything you need to know about buying a historic home will help ease this life-changing decision. For […]

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Realtor vs. Real Estate Agent: What’s The Difference?

Unlike most professions, the real estate industry has names and titles that can, at times, be confusing. Titles such as realtor vs real estate agent are often used interchangeably. However, apart from being different in terms of their educational qualifications, both professions require varying skill sets. In this post, we take a deeper look at […]

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10 Things That Fail a Home Inspection And How to Prevent Them

A home inspection is a top-to-bottom evaluation of a home, completed by a licensed inspector. Home inspections are usually paid for by the buyer when purchasing a home. The role of the home inspector is to provide the buyer with a comprehensive report detailing problems with the home—both big and small. A buyer typically reserves […]

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How to Find a Realtor When Selling Your Home

No matter the reason, making the decision to sell your home is stressful, emotional, and overwhelming. Choosing the right real estate agent can make all the difference in your selling experience. Equipped with our seller’s guide, you will learn the essential steps in how to find a realtor that is an expert in their line of work, can meet your needs, and successfully sell your home.

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How to Negotiate Inspection Repairs

Most residential real estate contracts today include a clause that gives the buyer a chance to hire a home inspector before closing the deal. A home inspector is a licensed professional who will evaluate the subject property from top-to-bottom and identify any parts of the home that are out of code, or in need of repair or replacement.

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Watch Out For These ‘Red Flags’ When Choosing A Real Estate Agent

If you’re in the market for a new home or selling your old home, one of your biggest concerns may be how to choose a realtor. Most real estate agents are committed to helping their clients find the home of their dreams or get the best possible price for their existing home. Like any profession, […]

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Buying a House With Cash: Pros and Cons

Although the majority of homebuyers finance their home purchase, around 14% pay cash. Buying a house with cash makes your offer more attractive to sellers and can give you an edge in a competitive housing market, especially since so few buyers pay cash. But forgoing a mortgage has some downsides.

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?

Finding an existing home that checks all the boxes and fits your budget can be a huge challenge. If your house hunt has been unsuccessful so far, you may be wondering, how much does it cost to build a home?

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