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5 Home Improvement Ideas That Lower Your Homeowner’s Insurance Costs

As a homeowner, the idea of remodeling your home to create your little slice of paradise can be exciting. But before you dive headlong into picking out appliances for your kitchen redo or new tile for a bathroom remodel, you might want to consider an upgrade that is more structural in nature. That’s because the […]

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How to Declutter Your Home (Tips for Each Room)

Few feelings compete with the serenity (and sense of accomplishment) that comes from a freshly tidied home. When the laundry is done and folded, kitchen drawers are organized, and bathroom shelves are in order, relaxation comes naturally. But sometimes, getting to that point isn’t always so simple — the thought of a major home clean-out […]

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10 Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment

You’ve saved up for jewelry, a new PlayStation, maybe even a car. But saving for a down payment on a house is a whole new ball game. A savings goal likely in the tens of thousands of dollars can seem almost out of reach as a first-time homebuyer, but in reality, it’s more attainable than […]

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You’ve Got This: How to Make an Offer on a House

You’ve done the most challenging part. You’ve combed through listings and toured kitchens, bathrooms, and all sorts of spaces on the hunt for the home of your dreams. And now you’ve found it — the house you’ve always wanted. It’s time to make an offer. As a first-time homebuyer, you want to be smart with […]

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Are You Ready to Buy a House? Weigh Your Options With This Quiz

Do you have house on the brain? Can you not stop binging shows about realtors and home renovations? If you answered yes, then you could be thinking about buying a house. But are you ready? Take this quiz to see if you are (ready, that is) — or read the article first and gain a […]

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How Much Does It Really Cost to Be a Homeowner?

Can of beans: $1. Gallon of milk: $3.50. Box of spaghetti: $1.30. When you’re shopping at the supermarket, it’s fairly easy to see how much you’re spending since the prices are visibly labeled. But when it comes to buying a home, it’s more difficult since many of the expenses don’t come with price tags. Costs […]

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Home Inspection: What Is It and How Does It Work?

You may have heard the expression that a home has “good bones,” meaning quality, well-made construction. But from an outsider or novice point of view, it can be hard to tell if the house you’re looking to buy meets that standard. That’s where a home inspection comes in. This official assessment can tell you everything […]

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Rates Are Low — But Is Now Really a Good Time to Buy a Home?

As mortgage interest rates sit at record lows, home buyers are flooding the housing market. But is now really the best time to buy, especially for first-time homebuyers? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Yes, low rates are attractive and can make a big impact on the total cost of a mortgage, but […]

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Need a Home Refinance Appraisal? Your Top Questions Answered

Headlines about low interest rates may entice you to apply to refinance your house, but did you know a home appraisal is key to getting the interest rate you want? A home refinance appraisal determines your property’s current market value, and in turn, influences the terms of your new loan. Read on to learn how […]

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Renting Out Your House: How to Make Your Home Work for You

We’re all looking for ways to bring in more money these days. And having some extra cash on hand is always a good thing. But instead of making money from home or other side hustles, what if your home was the thing making you money? You might’ve considered renting your home from time to time. […]

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