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What does a title company do?

When you purchase a home, a title company will research the property to ensure that you are the rightful owner. They'll look through records for anything that might cause problems-ownership disputes, restrictions, unpaid taxes, liens, and more. Their goal is to document the chain of title and identify any issues that could become major problems down the road. At the end of the process, the titl...Read More

Improve or move?

Unless you built a custom home, you probably have a long list of things you'd like to improve in your current home. Browsing online listings might get you in the mood to upgrade to a new home, or you might be thinking about renovating your current home after binging on HGTV. The answer to renovation vs. relocation depends greatly on what you're trying to fix. Thinking about a new kitchen? If yo...Read More

Are You Struggling to Close Buyers for Your Home? It Might Be Time to Look at Your Price

Since most homeowners would like their home to sell at a reasonable price and in a reasonable time, one of the struggles of putting a home on the market is determining the perfect price. Whether your house has been on the market for a while or you're just readying yourself for what comes next, here are some reasons that it may be time to re-consider your price.   How Long Has It Bee...Read More

A Quick and Easy Guide to Using an Online Mortgage Calculator

If you're in the market for a new mortgage, using an online mortgage calculator is a great way to determine what kind of terms you can expect to see and how they'll affect your home purchase. Visualizing what a 3.9% interest rate looks like can be difficult, which is why a mortgage calculator is so useful – it shows you exactly what a certain mortgage will do to your finances. Here are just ...Read More

A Guide to Financing Home Improvements and How Mortgage Refinancing Can Help

If you're planning to remodel or renovate your home in the near future – whether to provide a better living environment or as part of a house flip – you'll need to find a way to pay for your home improvements. There are several different possible sources of renovation money, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. One option that is gaining popularity is mortgage refinancing. &nbs...Read More

3 ‘Must Know’ Pieces of Advice for First-time Home Buyers

When delving into the realities of home ownership, there can be many factors involved that make it difficult to determine what you need to know and what can wait until later. If you happen to be a first-time buyer who's looking for the best tips for purchasing a home, look no further than the following three pointers to set you on the right path.   Get Familiar With Your Credit Scor...Read More

Five Maintenance Resolutions For Your Home

We may be a little removed from New Year’s Day, but it’s not too late to make some new resolutions for your home. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going to break and need to fixed. It’s just a fact that comes with home ownership. Rather than letting expensive repairs take you by surprise, start planning for them. Set aside some money each month that you can eventua...Read More

Refinancing: The Right Move

The federal reserve recently raised interest rates, and if you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), it may be a good time to consider refinancing your home. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to whether your should refinance, so here are a few of the main considerations. How long does your introductory rate last? Most ARMs have a fixed rate for the beginning of the mortgage. This is a...Read More

Happier Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors make for a beautiful, stunning addition to your home. However, they can bring new cleaning and maintenance challenges that aren’t present with carpet. Here are some tips for simple, efficient, and thorough hardwood floor cleaning. Make the job easier Place mats on either side of your exterior doors and always remove your shoes before entering your home—and make sure your...Read More

Calling In A Professional

Renovating your home can be a stressful and expensive endeavor. How much should you spend? Who should you trust? Who’s the best contractor/architect/designer/etc. in town? If you find yourself asking these questions as you consider a renovation, you may want to consider a renovation coach. Expert opinions. Renovation coaches are a recent trend in home remodeling. Think of it as a project ...Read More

Don’t Forget About Home Owners Tax Breaks

One of the many perks of homeownership is big tax breaks. So whether you’re doing your taxes yourself or getting help from a professional, it’s important to take advantage of those breaks! Mortgage Interest Deduction: Before buying a home, a standard deduction may have made the most sense when you prepared your taxes. But homeowners can deduct the interest portion of their mortgage payments...Read More

Instant Home Makeovers

Not every home makeover has to be a major project that lasts days, weeks, or even months. There are a ton of quick touch-ups and fixes that can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your home, even though you can finish the project in less than an hour. A new mailbox: Chances are you’re still using the same mailbox that came with your home. But giving your mailbox a fresh coat of...Read More

What do you say when someone asks, “How much did this place cost?”

Can’t seem to create a living room that feels quite right? Looking for some styling tips that will bring your living room up a notch? Here are five ideas that can dramatically improve your living room. Move the furniture away from the walls: The tendency is to place your furniture against the walls, but giving it a little room to breathe will make the seating area seem cozier while also m...Read More

Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell—whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood—there are a few ways to combat the low inventory. Look to buy first. In most markets it is a real mistake...Read More

Home staging: Does it make a difference?

It seems to be universally accepted that home staging will help your home sell faster or for the best price—it’s been the common practice in the real estate business for a long time, and on the surface it seems like a no-brainer. Of course potential buyers will be more interested if a home is properly decorated, right? That’s not necessarily true, according to a recent academic study....Read More