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Posted on 07/12/2020
Is a Balloon Mortgage Right for You?
Image by Jojje from Shutterstock Many people own homes through a mortgage agreement. Traditional mortgages are primarily fully amortized or gradually paid off with regular payments over the lifetime of the loan. Each payment contributes to both the principal and the interest. A balloon mortgage is a short-term home loan with fixed-rate monthly payments that only take care...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Finding the Right Agent for Your Needs and Goals
If you've set a goal of buying your first home within the next year, there are several things you can begin doing now to set the stage for a positive experience. While it pays to familiarize yourself with everything from your credit score to mortgage options, choosing a good real estate agent will prove to be an invaluable advantage...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Planning for a Big Budget Renovation
Image by Malachi Witt from Pixabay You might think renovating a home is simple when budget isn't a factor, but when there are no limits, it's deceptively easy to become side railed. Getting off-track on a home renovation can be disastrous. You may end up with rooms that feel cavernous and impossible to fill or hallways that meander...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
Protecting your Valuables While Showing your Home
Image by Pexels from Pixabay When you list your home for sale, you will have people you don't know exploring the property -- and while real estate agents will supervise them, you will still have extra foot traffic in your home. You can work with your listing agent to ensure that visiting buyers are properly vetted (new listings...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Smart Home Device
Smart home devices enable property owners to automate a wide range of everyday tasks – everything from cleaning each bedroom in a residence to securing a house against burglaries and other threats. Yet not all smart house gadgets are identical. And if a homeowner fails to plan ahead for smart home technology investments, they risk spending money on smart...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
Should You Invest in Solar Panels?
Photo by Vivint Solar on Unsplash There’s little doubt that we all want to do our part to protect the environment and solar energy gives us an opportunity to get off fossil fuels. In a perfect world, we would all promptly discard our furnaces and adorn our roofs with solar panels. But if we lift up our eyes...
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Posted on 05/31/2020
Initiate a Successful California Luxury Home Search
For those who want to acquire a luxury home in Los Angeles, Sacramento or elsewhere in California, it helps to prepare for the property buying journey. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to put yourself in position to succeed as you search for your ideal luxury house in the Golden State. Now, let's take a look at...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Should You Submit Multiple Homebuying Proposals at the Same Time?
If you find lots of great homes are available and cannot decide which residence to buy, there is no need to stress. Rather than submit multiple offers to purchase various houses, you should hone your home search. By doing so, you can discover the right residence, at the right price. Now, let's take a look at three tips to...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
How to Select Your First Luxury Home
Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay Before you commit your hard-earned money to a luxury home, make sure you know what you're purchasing. Just because a house has a high price doesn’t mean it’s truly luxury. A luxury home is built better and has more space and amenities in it than other homes. Even a home with the...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Create a Dream Headboard in 7 Steps
Image by congerdesign from Pixabay Have you always dreamed of having a beautiful stately headboard at the head of your bed? Do you have an old door and wonder just what you can do with it? If you answered yes to both of those questions, boy, do we have the perfect project for you. Using your old door...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Perform an In-Depth House Search
Conducting an in-depth home search may prove to be difficult, particularly for individuals with limited time and resources at their disposal. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to streamline your home search and discover your ideal residence without delay. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey....
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Posted on 04/26/2020
How to Use a Bi-Weekly Mortgage to Your Advantage
Photo by Designer491 via Shutterstock The term “bi-weekly” means every other week. If you get paid bi-weekly, you usually get your check every other Friday. When it comes to a mortgage, typical amortization plans (payments of principal and interest) use a 30-year/360-month calculation. But many lenders offer a bi-weekly plan too. In this case, you would make 26...
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