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Things You Should Know About Good Faith Deposits
Posted on 02/23/2020
Things You Should Know About Good Faith Deposits
Photo by Clker-Free-Vector-Images via Pixabay When you purchase real estate, you must put down a good faith deposit. Several factors determine how much you will need to put down, but it could be as little as $100. In order to have a valid contract, the contract must have “consideration,” or something of value exchanged for the contract. The...
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Truths About Credit
Posted on 02/16/2020
Truths About Credit
When you want to buy a home, you know that good credit will be necessary. You may have heard some things about your credit score that just aren’t true. Read on to set the record straight on some of the most significant misconceptions about credit. Checking Your Credit Only Gives You Knowledge Checking your credit score or report will...
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How Home Sellers Find Millennial Buyers
Posted on 02/09/2020
How Home Sellers Find Millennial Buyers
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay The home selling trends for 2020 are predicted to skew toward the millennial generation given the most recent statistics of age demographics. While the exact definition of millennial varies, the term usually refers to anyone born between 1980 and 2000 (give or take a few years in either direction). Given the relatively...
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Is Your Dream Neighborhood in a Housing Bubble?
Posted on 02/02/2020
Is Your Dream Neighborhood in a Housing Bubble?
Photo by Gerd Altmann via PixabayCalifornia has been experiencing quite a demand for its housing in the last few years, with seemingly no community left behind. Understandably, this can make buyers nervous that they're going to buy at the top of the bubble only to see it burst a few years after they move in. We'll give you...
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How to Manage Your Home Selling Expectations
Posted on 01/26/2020
How to Manage Your Home Selling Expectations
For those who intend to list a house, it helps to establish realistic expectations. That way, you'll have a good idea about what to expect during the home selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you manage your expectations as you attempt to sell your house. 1. Understand the Housing Market You may own...
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Create a One-of-a-Kind Bathroom Vanity
Posted on 01/19/2020
Create a One-of-a-Kind Bathroom Vanity
Photo by Zbysiu Rodak on Unsplash Antiques can bring a unique feel and vibe to almost any decor. But what happens when your antique piece doesn't exactly work in the room it was designed for? If that is the case, it may be time to upcycle it for use in a different room. Below you will find out...
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Save on Your Mortgage - Shop First
Posted on 01/12/2020
Save on Your Mortgage - Shop First
Photo by Nattanan Kanchanaprat via Pixabay Of course, you want to stay within your budget when buying a house. You certainly want value for your dollar. But a buyer should never lose sight of the fact what they truly desire is getting the home they want and that fits their needs. To that end, potential buyers may put...
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Easy Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do on a Weekend
Posted on 01/05/2020
Easy Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do on a Weekend
Photo by Mark McCammon via Pexels If you usually spend your weekend sorting for ways to update your home, then doing some minor kitchen upgrades might be the ideal way to spend this weekend. Here are some easy kitchen projects that you can do in just a couple days, and you’ll be glad you did. 1. Change Your...
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Funding Options for Home Building Lots
Posted on 12/29/2019
Funding Options for Home Building Lots
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay You’ve decided it’s time to build the dream house you’ve always wanted. An exciting time! Prior to hiring builders to construct your home, it’s critical to understand the financials involved before you start the planning process. Securing funding for land is different than obtaining a traditional home mortgage. For starters,...
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Why Is It Worth Your Time to Conduct an In-Depth Home Search?
Posted on 12/22/2019
Why Is It Worth Your Time to Conduct an In-Depth Home Search?
If you plan to conduct a house search, there is no reason to settle for inferior results. Instead, you should dedicate the necessary time and resources to conduct a comprehensive search for your dream house. Ultimately, there are many reasons why it pays to perform an in-depth home search. These include: 1. You can avoid the risk of buying...
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Perform a Successful Home Inspection
Posted on 12/15/2019
Perform a Successful Home Inspection
A home inspection is a key part of the property buying process. If you fail to allocate the necessary time and resources to conduct an in-depth inspection, you may struggle to identify various home problems before you finalize your property purchase. And if you cannot identify such issues, you risk buying a home that may require costly, time-intensive upgrades...
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Identify Your Residence's Strengths
Posted on 12/08/2019
Identify Your Residence's Strengths
A home seller who understands his or her residence's strengths may be better equipped than others to enjoy a successful property selling experience. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to identify your house's strengths before you list your residence. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you identify your home's strengths. 1. Conduct a...
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