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Purchase 5 min read
What to Look For in an HOA and Why They Matter to Homeowners

Before you say “No way” to HOAs… HOAs, otherwise known as homeowners associations, often get a bad rap. You’ve likely heard stories of strict HOA guidelines, dictating things like what color you […]

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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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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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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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Purchase 6 min read
Buying Your First Rental Property? Here’s What You Need to Know

Like any investment, buying your first rental property entails some risk. But, the rewards can be pretty sweet, too. Ready to become a real estate mogul—or, at least, the proud owner of […]

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Mortgage Market 6 min read
How Do I Get a First-Time Home Buyer Grant?

Saving up for a down payment or closing costs can be a struggle, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. But, if you know where to look, there are plenty of grants […]

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How Much Mortgage Can I Qualify For?

What is “DTI” and how does it influence how big my mortgage can be? We’ve all done a bit of hypothetical house hunting before, right? You’re up late. You’re curious. You want […]

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Mortgage Market 5 min read
Common Credit Challenges and What You Can Do About Them

Cultivating a healthy credit score is key to getting the mortgage rates you want, but we know that’s easier said than done. The good news is that while some credit challenges may […]

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10 Things No One Told You About Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can come with its own set of surprises. This should help you be prepared for them. Buying your first home is an exciting time. And there are so […]

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Purchase 6 min read
How Much Down Payment For a House? 3 Things You Need to Know

You’re thinking of buying a house. Maybe it’s a house with an attached garage (goodbye bone-chilling morning walks to the car). Perhaps it’s a home with storage space for your autumn decor […]

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Self-Employed and Buying a House: How to Get Financed

You’re self-employed, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself—especially when it comes to financing your home. If the logistics of a self-employed mortgage are holding you back from buying […]

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Purchase 7 min read
When Are Closing Costs Due, and What Do You Need to Know About Them?

Rising home prices, stringent loan requirements, and hidden fees can make a lot of people question whether or not buying a house is the right move. Good news: It doesn’t have to […]

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