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February 28th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

home-buying-process

That lease you signed a year ago is finally up and there’s a nice little down payment stashed at the bank. The landlord is OK with you going month-to-month and you have even been in contact with a mortgage broker, who got you preapproved for a loan.

In short, all the hard work has paid off and it’s time to stop throwing money away in the form of rent every month. But how long will it take to find a home and move in? And how much notice should you give the landlord? (more…)

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January 25th, 2018 at 11:30 am

home-buyer-action-plan

It’s almost the end of January, and many of us are still trying (possibly failing) to fulfill our resolutions for the year.

Instead of holding on to unrealistic resolutions, try setting a personal goal for yourself: Make 2018 the year you buy a home or the year you set yourself up to buy one next spring. (more…)

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December 29th, 2017 at 10:00 am

best-time-to-buy

When is the best time to buy a home? Ask a dozen real estate professionals and you’ll get at least 13 different replies.

There’s no precise science to answering the question. Market forces across the country vary by factors such as weather, terrain, interest rates, school districts, and, of course, housing inventory. (more…)

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December 5th, 2017 at 11:00 am

home-improvements

Few urges are harder to resist than the desire to move into a home you’ve just bought and start making improvements right away. But should you put yourself through all the stress of launching immediate renovations, or is it better to settle in for a while and slowly figure out which modifications will work best in the long run? (more…)

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November 27th, 2017 at 11:00 am

what-is-escrow

So, you’ve found the home of your dreams. You obtained a preapproval letter from a mortgage lender. The seller has accepted your offer. You’re practically home-free, right?

Not so fast. There’s still one step left in the homebuying process: escrow. (more…)

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