Tips for Buying a Foreclosed Home

July 5, 2013

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Homebuyers in the market for a deal on their dream home needs two things: lots of patience and the stomach to do battle with investors. Any home that is in a decent area and priced right is facing keen competition in today’s market. Homebuyers in the market for a foreclosure need those qualities tenfold. Buying [...]

Safety for Children: A Homebuyer’s Guide to Kids’ Rooms and Play Areas

October 5, 2012

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Children alter how families look at homes during the home buying process. A family with children has to consider extra bedrooms, extra bathrooms, and safe places for children to learn and play. Indoor and outdoor recreation should be fun and comfortable, while safety should always remain the highest priority. Kids’ Rooms Kids’ rooms should be [...]

How Your Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage Rate

September 14, 2012

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Credit checks are a necessary part of applying for any loan, but they are especially important during two stages of the loan process: on the day you apply for a mortgage and shortly before closing on the loan. The first credit check is to ensure that you pay your bills on time and have sufficient [...]

A Quick Guide to Buying a Home for a Parent

August 17, 2012

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Allowing your mom or dad to live at home in a property you provide is a wonderful gift – a way to say thanks for all they’ve done for you, and a way to be sure that they’re safe and comfortable. If you’re thinking about buying a home for a parent, you have several options [...]

Considering Kitchen Layouts: What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

August 10, 2012

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The single-guy-who-nukes-his-dinner-every-night crowd probably doesn’t care about a good kitchen. To the rest of us, the kitchen can make or break a real estate deal. To a lot of people a kitchen isn’t just a room in which to prepare meals. It’s a homework area, a place to sit with a neighbor over a cup [...]

How to Buy a House Debt Free

July 6, 2012

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Really want to own a home of your own, or take advantage of the many great real estate investment opportunities available right now, but don’t want to join the ranks of the millions of underwater homeowners out there or have the stress of meeting a mortgage payment every month? The Pros and Cons of Saving [...]

Does Flooring Add to the Value of a Home?

June 22, 2012

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Real estate agents and brokers from Palm Springs, Calif. to Nashville, Tenn. and Garden City, N.Y. can be found online encouraging homeowners to rip up the carpet and replace it with tile or hardwood flooring to increase the value of their homes. But does flooring really add value? New flooring can add a ton of [...]

Your New Home and Its Appliances

June 1, 2012

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The money pit – that’s how lots of homebuyers describe their new purchase. First, there’s the down payment, then the closing costs. Then, there are all the things to purchase to make the home comfortable for you and your family. Sometimes the house just needs a new coat of paint, or new flooring. Many new [...]

Buying Vacation Home Properties: What You Need to Know

May 25, 2012

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Ah, the vay-cay! We work for it, we live for it — typically fifty weeks of the year. When the time finally rolls around, many Americans have their own slice of heaven in which to spend their well-deserved time off: a vacation home. Whether it’s a cottage by the beach, a house in the mountains [...]

Home Buying Tips: Negotiating House Price

July 4, 2011

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Nervous about negotiating the best house price in this crazy economy? We don’t blame you. When it comes to buying a home, negotiation can mean the difference between a few thousand dollars and tens of thousands of dollars. Negotiating a home selling contract in this current real estate market is also financially tricky. This is [...]