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The “Welcome Home” Checklist: 6 Homeowner Tips to Help You Get Settled

Buying your first home is an exciting, life-changing experience. But it’s no secret that it comes with a lot more responsibility than, say, renting. Locks. Maintenance. Mail. Lawn care. It can seem […]

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Purchase 5 min read
Should You Buy or Sell First?

So you’re ready to move, but should you buy or sell first? It’s time. Your family’s getting bigger and you need more space, or maybe you’ve got an awesome job opportunity somewhere […]

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Purchase 6 min read
The Cost of Home Ownership

For many, the dream of home ownership seems out of reach. Between the high cost of homes, a competitive market, and the relative ease of renting in comparison to owning, it’s easy […]

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Home & Garden 6 min read
The Most Popular House Styles and Where to Find Them

Environment influences architecture, so knowing where to find the most popular house styles is a great place to start your home search. Whether you’re dreaming of a classic Colonial or a Contemporary […]

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Purchase 4 min read
House Bidding Wars: What to Expect and How to Win

Buying a house these days can feel a bit like the frenzy of Black Friday shopping—minus the low prices. While these might not be ideal conditions, life doesn’t wait for the market […]

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Purchase 5 min read
Tax Proration: How to Pay Property Taxes Like a Pro

Barring very special circumstances, taxes are a fact of life for the vast majority of people. Sales tax, income tax, and for home buyers and owners alike, property tax. By now, you’ve […]

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Home & Garden 3 min read
Smart Home Upgrades: How to Renovate for the Future

Boost your property value with these smart home upgrades. When you make the decision to renovate, the end goal is to increase your home’s value when it’s time to sell. Back in […]

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Purchase 7 min read
Questions Every Borrower Should Ask When Qualifying for a Mortgage

When you’re qualifying for a mortgage, everything seems important. How do you know what’s worth your time and attention? You’re in luck, because we’ve got answers to some of the most important […]

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Home & Garden 3 min read
Does a Swimming Pool Add to Home Value?

As the weather heats up, there’s no denying the appeal of a swimming pool in your own backyard. Before you take the plunge to have a pool installed, it’s important to ask […]

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Mortgage Market 5 min read
Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval: Which is Better?

You know those eye-catching envelopes you find stuffed in your mailbox? The ones that claim you’ve been “pre-qualified” or “pre-approved” for a new credit card or car loan? If you’ve been shopping […]

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Purchase 5 min read
Your Guide to Buying vs. Renting

Whether you’re fresh out of college and just starting adulthood or looking to make your first home purchase to start or grow a family, we have your guide for navigating the tricky […]

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