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Homebuyer’s Dilemma: Should You Purchase a Home That Needs Repairs?

You’re prepping to buy a home. You’ve worked out a budget, started scouting out properties and are shopping for mortgage options. But there’s one scenario you might not be ready for: finding your dream home only to learn it needs some serious repairs. You might be one of today’s buyers who are increasingly willing to […]

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All-Cash Offer vs. Mortgage: Positives and Drawbacks

They say “cash is king” — and when it comes to making an offer on a home, sometimes the old adage holds true. An all-cash offer can give you an edge and make your offer more enticing to sellers when you’re competing with other buyers against a shrinking supply of homes. But is ponying up […]

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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 […]

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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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