Real Estate Tips & Advice

Understanding the 203k Loan Process: What Buyers Must Know

In addition to its standard home loan program, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) also guarantees loan options designed to assist applicants in improving a home they already own, or when one loan is desired for both the purchase and renovation of a qualifying home. Called the FHA 203k, this type of loan typically offers a less stringent […]

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4 Ways to Show Your Home Without Sacrificing Your Independence

Sellers know that, in order to sell a home, many showings are often necessary. Many accommodations must be made so that interested buyers get a chance to take a good look at the home. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your priorities, keep your cool and make sure your home is in […]

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Home Selling Made Easy: Timely Tips to Help Get Your Home Sold!

The current combination of lagging real estate inventories and strong buyer interest have combined to create an excellent opportunity for home selling this year. In fact, according to recent market information, buyers in some areas of the country are having to dig deep and participate in veritable bidding wars against other, equally qualified buyers in […]

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Putting Your Home on the Market? Use These Tips to Get Rid of Problem Odors

Getting a reaction from prospective buyers when they arrive to view a home is the goal among home sellers, as long as the reaction is positive. But if buyers step into a home for the first time and find themselves greeted by an overwhelming odor, their reaction is more likely to be simply crossing the smelly home […]

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Buying a Historic Home: What Do You Need to Know?

Historic homes often stir up a sense of nostalgia in buyers. Whether the home is associated with a famous person, an event, or simply has a beautiful architectural style and details, a historic home is an opportunity to buy a piece of history. What do you need to know before you purchase your own part […]

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Selling a Home Shortly After Buying

Sometimes, you buy a home only to realize that your life is taking you in another direction. If you have purchased the home within a year or two of selling it, you may have some benefits and disadvantages at hand. Here’s what you need to know. Financial Disadvantages Anytime you buy or sell a home, […]

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Selling a Home: All About Capital Gains Taxes

When you sell a home, you may hear about making sure you don’t net too much in the sale, lest you become eligible to pay capital gains taxes. This guide explains the basics of capital gains taxes, and shows you how the tax law is applied for primary residences, vacation homes and investment properties. What […]

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In-Law Suites Providing the Right Space for Multigenerational Homes

Not every buyer is looking for a new home that is tailored just for themselves, their spouses and their children. You may be in the market for a house that also provides living spaces for aging parents. With people living longer, your parents may no longer be able to stay in their own home. They […]

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5 Ways to Beautify Your Garden Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale

Gardens in the yard can boost a property’s curb appeal and make a home more attractive to buyers. Planting the right flowers and performing the right maintenance in the garden can turn a home’s flower bed into an asset during the home buying process. Plant Easy-to-Maintain Annuals Home buyers can be intimidated by gardens with […]

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Buying With an FHA Loan – What to Expect

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was created in 1934. The administration’s goal was to provide loan insurance, reduce unemployment, and increase housing construction. The FHA does not make loans directly to borrowers; instead, it insures loans for borrowers that lending institutions may deem high risk based on credit score or low down payments. In the […]

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