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01.20.21

Mortgage rates are near record lows. Learn how to capitalize on these low rates to save money on your mortgage — or afford more house than you ever dreamed possible.

Read more about With Rates at Record Lows, Affordability Grows for House Hunters

12.22.20

Many potential homebuyers and investors overlook bank-owned properties, but for buyers who take the time to understand the REO process, these homes can be a significant opportunity.

Read more about The REO Guide: 10 Steps to Buying a Bank-Owned Home

09.09.20

The answer is, no. The down payment amount can vary depending on the type of loan for which you’re applying. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to save, as well as down payment assistance programs and other funding sources for buyers. We compiled a list of alternative options for your down payment. Let’s first see what the down payment amount is for the type of loan you’re looking at.

Read more about Do You Need 20% Down To Buy A Home?

09.02.20

Whether it’s a yard, garage, or pool, here are five often overlooked opportunities to consider while house hunting or updating your home to sell.

Read more about 5 Key Property Features When House Hunting

04.02.20

It’s one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make, and one that most people will only complete a few times in their entire life. It’s normal to feel intimidated and even confused by the home buying process.

Read more about 10 Simple Steps to Purchase a Home in 2020

04.01.20

So, you’ve finally found your dream house. Sure, it may need a little work — okay, a lot of work — but you’re confident it will all be worth it in the end.

Read more about How to Know if That Fixer-Upper Is a Money Pit

01.13.20

When you first start thinking about buying a vacation home, it’s easy to get excited by visions of poolside lounging, hosting fantastic parties, or even just relaxing alone. Owning a vacation home does, however, come with several considerations and commitments. Some of these critical factors are obvious, while others are issues that you might not be aware of. Here are four considerations that all second home buyers should keep in mind as they search, via trusted real estate experts who know the industry.

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01.09.20

With low down payments, low closing costs, and more flexible credit score requirements, it’s no wonder that nearly one in every five home purchases are made using an FHA Loan.

Read more about FHA Loan Requirements

01.08.20

We asked expert home organizers, professional movers, and even home designers for their help — read on to see how you can plan for both an easy to maintain home, and an organized move when the time comes.

Read more about Decluttering Your Home: The Ultimate Guide to Tidying Up