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7 Common Fears of First-Time Homebuyers (and How to Get Over Them)

Let's face it: You don't buy a house everyday. And, if you're a first-time homebuyer, the process can be a bit overwhelming. There's nothing to be afraid of, though. Here are some of the common fears first homebuyers face — and how you can overcome them 1. "I've never worked with a real estate agent [...]

By |2018-10-31T14:01:06+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Advice, Purchase|Tags: , |

Need to Pay for College Post-Bankruptcy? Here Are Your Options

Have a child who’s graduating from high school this year? They’re likely not waiting another decade to attend college. They’re going soon — and they need you to help pay for it. Unfortunately, if you're trying to pay for college after bankruptcy, that’s easier said than done. Bankruptcies stay on your credit for at least [...]

By |2018-09-24T11:04:22+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Financial|Tags: , , , |

6 Packing Hacks to Make Your Move Easier

Color coding your boxes, packing room by room, and using your blankets, towels, and sheets as packing materials — these are all moving tips you’ve heard before. Want something a little more creative? Maybe some packing hacks you’d never thought of? Then we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best little-known packing and [...]

By |2018-09-18T09:37:02+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , |

Fast Facts About the Housing Market: June 2018

In June, the National Association of Realtors saw the median existing-home price for all housing types hit a new all-time high. Sales, however, continued to decline — they're down 2.2% from a year ago. This discrepancy between prices and sales is a clear reminder that we're in the midst of an inventory shortage and affordability [...]

By |2018-08-08T15:20:08+00:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Loan Officers, Mortgage, Real Estate Agents|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Isn’t My Home Selling?

In today’s market, most sellers expect their homes to fly off the shelves — and maybe even at higher price than they’re asking for. But what if it doesn’t? What if it sits stagnant, week after week, month after month, without a single bid or serious buyer? Does it mean something’s wrong? Should you pull [...]

By |2018-05-30T09:32:33+00:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Home|Tags: , , , , |

Spring Cleaning & Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

It might only be the beginning of April, but if you’re thinking of selling your home, the time to start spring cleaning is now. Decluttering, organizing, and cleaning your home is one of the very first steps in the home selling process. It should be done before you list your property (so your photos show [...]

By |2018-03-30T12:21:28+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Advice, Home|Tags: , |

3 Practical Things You Can Do with Your Tax Refund

Though it’s tempting to spend that hefty tax refund on splurge items—shopping sprees, a vacation or even just a fancy dinner out—if you’re a homeowner, you may want to think twice. Large tax refunds can actually be a great way to lower your mortgage balance, save money on interest, and even improve the value of [...]

By |2018-03-14T11:24:57+00:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Home|Tags: , , |

Fast Facts About the Housing Market: January 2018

At the end of 2017, we were able to look at the past year and see that existing-home sales were up 1.1% from 2016—and it was the best year for sales since 2006. January 2018 looked a little bit different, though. Existing-home sales are 4.8% below levels from a year ago and are at the [...]

By |2018-08-09T03:07:10+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Advice, Mortgage|Tags: , , , , , |

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