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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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Mortgage or Marriage: Why Not Both?

After all the butterfly-inducing crushes and story-worthy dates, you found the love of your life. However, following the excitement of engagement comes wedding planning. And you might face a decision: Throw a lavish wedding to celebrate your forever person? Or put those funds toward a forever home? While TV shows may make it seem like […]

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5 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund If You Own a Home (or Plan to)

It’s the time of year when the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and summertime is just around the corner. That’s right: It’s tax season. While hunkering down to file taxes may not be your ideal way to spend a spring afternoon, there’s a silver lining — a refund could be coming your way. […]

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6 Ways to Cope With the Stress of Buying a House

Shoes are way more fun to try on than jeans and financing an SUV is a lot more exciting than a washer and dryer. But one major purchase eclipses all when it comes to both excitement and stress: buying a home. In fact, 40% of first-time homebuyers found the experience to be the most stressful […]

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Top 5 Questions to Ask as a First-Time Homebuyer

Anyone who’s ever watched a show on house hunting can tell you that shopping for a home can push people to the edge. From budget to location to the number of bathrooms — you have a lot to consider. Getting beyond the surface is essential to making an informed decision. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer […]

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What to Expect If You’re Buying a Home in 2021

Hope is in the air this spring as the economy gains strength, an increasing number of Americans receive vaccines, and post-pandemic life starts to feel within reach. As the weather warms, this sense of excitement and confidence can be felt even in the housing market. Mortgage rates remain at historic lows, while more homeowners begin […]

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