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Buying your own home has many benefits: you can gain equity, have access to potential tax savings, and on top of it all, gain a sense of security and freedom that comes from homeownership. Owning a single-family home also comes with responsibilities that you would occasionally need to set time aside for, such as landscaping and home repair projects. However, if you are looking for the benefits of homeownership in a lower-maintenance package, then buying a condo might be the right choice for you.

Read more about Guide to Condo Mortgages: What You Need to Know


It’s a common perception that in order to enjoy the convenience of urban living, you must resign to living in a bland, boring and inconveniently small space. Thankfully, this is no longer true. Trends are changing and designers are innovating to make it possible for you to enjoy the amenities of your favorite city while simultaneously maintaining a spacious, well-designed home. Here are the top lifestyle-enhancing urban chic design trends, as chosen by expert architects, developers and builders.

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Smart devices can secure your home and make life easier. For example, there’s no need to juggle groceries and keys, with a Bluetooth-enabled or voice-activated front door lock.

Read more about 8 Great High-Tech Tools for Home Security


You saved for ages (or at least what seemed like it) before buying your home, and you invested even more time and money during your years of ownership. But what if something happens to your home and everything you worked so hard for? Could you afford to rebuild and replace it all? For most people, the answer, tragically, is “no.”

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For many people, one of the benefits of homeownership is having the opportunity to use their home equity to access needed cash. While there are many options to get that money into your piggy bank, an attractive option for many is a Cash-Out Refinance.

Read more about Cash-Out Refinancing: When Does it Make Sense?


So you saved up, bought your new home and completed your move! Congratulations on checking such a substantial project off of your list.

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Furnishing a home can be expensive. Maybe a new fridge is on the shopping list, or you’d like to change out rugs in the living room and replace your old furnace with a more efficient and recent edition.

Read more about Equip Your Home for Less: Your Month-by-Month Home Essentials Buying Guide


Whether you are upgrading, downsizing, moving for a new job, or relocating for retirement, changing your living situation is seldom simple. Even if this big switch is something that you are looking forward to, the actual process of moving can be intimidating. However, with the right planning and preparation, your move can, in fact, be one of the easier parts of this big life transition.

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Low unemployment, low interest rates, and rising home values are all typically good things, but they can make buying a home challenging. When everyone is trying to buy, you may end up with competition for your dream home that could turn into a bidding war. Thankfully, there are multiple ways that you can beat the competition to close on the house that you want.

Read more about 7 Tips to Win the Bidding War for Your Dream Home