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6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Switching from Renting to Owning a Home

Buying a home has long been considered a quintessential part of the American dream. Owning your own home can also be a valuable long-term investment. But making the transition from renter to homeowner involves more than saving enough money to put an offer on a house. It’s important to do your research and consider all

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How to Find A Quality Real Estate Agent

Whether you’re buying or selling your home, having the right real estate professional at your side as a supportive but firm friend to guide you through the process and the state of housing in your area can save you time, headache, and, ultimately, money.  It’s worth it, therefore, to invest time first in defining what

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Best Questions to Ask a Realtor Before Buying a Home

Buying a home can be equal parts excitement and anxiety, whether you’re a first-time buyer or veteran homeowner, but you don’t have to go it alone. To help you navigate the process, choose an experienced local real estate agent and put their knowledge and skill to work as you start your home-buying journey.  Below are

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Top 10 Mistakes Realtors Make That Ruin Client Relationships

One trait that separates a good real estate agent from a great one is their ability to build meaningful relationships — that means becoming a long-term partner their clients can trust to help them through the buying or selling process. A high percentage of a successful agent’s business comes from word-of-mouth, referrals and repeat business,

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What Buying a Home Actually Looks Like for Millennials in 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, millennials have been eager to dip their toe into the housing market. This new generation has approached home buying differently than their predecessors — from relying on digital resources to buying sight unseen. They also have different preferences and needs, as well as apprehensions. Millennials lived through the Great

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Why Americans Are Surprised by the Real Cost of Owning a Home

Owning a home is a quintessential part of the American Dream. While owning a home can be a smart long-term investment, a recent study found that 60% of U.S. homeowners have experienced buyer’s remorse after their purchase, with one in four saying they often regret buying their home. One of the chief reasons for that

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5 Secrets to Selling Your Home Quickly

In a perfect scenario, you can take your time getting your home ready for sale before listing it on the market. But sometimes, you may find yourself in the position of having to sell home for cash quickly. Whether you’re moving for a job or wanting to close on your dream home without paying two

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6 Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

For most people, buying a home is the largest financial decision they’ll make in their lifetimes. It’s not a deal easily undone once the final papers are signed, so it makes sense to understand the ins and outs of mortgages before taking the leap into homeownership. Here are six mortgage mistakes to avoid (and what

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What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Vacation Home

Why Consider Buying a Vacation Home? There are a variety of reasons to consider purchasing a vacation home. Maybe your family has fallen in love with a destination and visits it often, or you need a central location for branches of your family to gather. Perhaps you’ve recently sold other real estate and are looking

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6 Tips for New Homeowners

While the process of buying a new home can be overwhelming, once you move in, that’s when the stress really begins.  After you’ve settled into your new place, it’s easy to start noticing flaws – leaky faucets, old paint, noisy neighbors, high utility bills. And if you had plans to remodel, renovate, or make repairs

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