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Real Estate Agent, iBuyer or FSBO: What’s the Best Way to Buy or Sell a Home?

The homebuying/selling experience is a deeply personal one. After all, this could be the biggest transaction you ever make. A real estate agent can help simplify confusing paperwork, connect you with the right buyers or sellers, work out deals, and reduce your anxiety about the entire process. But even though working with an agent is the […]

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Lower Your Moving Costs With These 9 Tips

Whether you’re upgrading to an apartment around the corner or putting down roots across the country, moving can be a pricey life event. Packing supplies, professional movers and truck rentals really add up. But with some creativity and forward thinking, you can make any move more affordable. Here are nine cost-cutting tips to help get […]

Home Improvement

Fannie Mae RefiNow Expands Mortgage Refinancing Options

Home refinance interest rates dipped near historic lows in 2020, but not every homeowner took advantage of them or had the ability to do so — creating a missed opportunity for savings. And it’s something the Fannie Mae RefiNow program is attempting to change by making refinancing more accessible — and more appealing — for […]

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Building a House vs. Buying One: Which Is Better for You?

When making a large purchase — like a car, designer bag or piece of furniture — one of the big questions to ask is whether to buy new or used. New items are in pristine condition but have higher prices. Pre-loved, vintage or second-hand items often offer extra character at a more affordable price point […]

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Spacious or Snug: How Much Home Is Right for You?

Tall ceilings and open spaces or cozy nooks and intimate vibes? One big question to ask when home shopping is, “How big of a house do I want and need?” To figure out your ideal square footage, you should account for several factors — from aesthetic preferences to budget to your family’s future growth and […]

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How to Win a Bidding War (or Put Up a Good Fight)

These days, mortgage rates are at historic lows and the inventory of homes on the market has followed suit — which means competition among home shoppers is at a high. Across the country, hopeful homeowners are competing against each other (and rising property prices) to land their dream houses. Whether you’re preparing to bid for […]

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When Are You Ready to Buy a House? 5 Readiness Measures

Are you daydreaming about leaving your renter days behind and finally owning a place of your own? Congratulations! You’re about to embark on the exciting adventure of homeownership. Before you hit the open house scene, let’s take a moment. Home ownership is a big step. Yes, there are paint swatches and decisions about countertops in […]

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How Much Does It Actually Cost to Be a Homeowner?

When thinking about your budget for buying a house, you probably focus on the down payment and monthly mortgage payment. But, as a future homeowner, these aren’t the only costs you should factor in. When it comes to buying a home, many of the expenditures related to homeownership don’t come with price tags. Costs will […]

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10 Common Home Buying Myths Debunked

Whether you’re in the market to buy your first home or you’ve been around the block a time or two, chances are you might still feel a little unsure about how to really nail the process. Nobody teaches you how to navigate what is likely one of the biggest purchases of your life, and this […]

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The Great Debate: City vs. Suburbs

In movies and on TV, city life is as glamorous as it gets. But many people who have made the move to a bigger city know the stars can fade from your eyes soon after seeing the price of housing. Still, the convenience, opportunities and energy offered by urban living often make up for expensive […]

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