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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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Home Shopping Online? 5 Digital Tools That Do Much of the Work for You

Buying your own digs is likely the largest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime, but that doesn’t mean you should have house-sized stress when home shopping online. Whether you’re a first-time purchaser or repeat buyer, the following digital tools and resources can help folks of all real estate skill levels smartly navigate the homebuying experience […]

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Which Mortgage Is Right for You? Take the Quiz

Whether it’s a fixer-upper, a remodeled ranch, or a downtown townhouse, finding your perfect home can feel like a dream come true. But before you can turn your wish into reality, you have another essential choice to make: what type of mortgage to get. For first-time homebuyers and repeat shoppers alike, picking your ideal mortgage […]

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Jumbo Loan Requirements: How You Qualify for a Mortgage

Jumbo loan qualifications aren’t the same as traditional mortgages when it comes to things like credit scores and down payments. So, if you’re in the market to buy a home, here’s what you need to know about jumbo loan requirements before you start the application process. Jumbo Loan Requirement: Who qualifies? In a nutshell, a […]

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5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Vacation Home

Forget cruises, road trips, or multi-destination vacations — there’s only one getaway spot your heart yearns for: a second home. Whether you’ve been visiting the same special place for years and years or you can’t get last summer’s vacay off your mind, buying a vacation home could be an investment worth considering. Owning a vacation […]

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