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8 People You Want on Your Team When Buying a Home
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 25, 2020, 9:48 AM
Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest investments of your life…
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How to Finance a Home in Retirement
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 20, 2020, 9:01 AM
Without an income, it’s harder for your lender to determine if you can…
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The Real Winner of the Election: Home Buyers and Homeowners
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 16, 2020, 9:38 AM
During election week, the U.S. saw some of the lowest mortgage rates of the…
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2 Rules for Setting Perfect Mortgage Budget
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 13, 2020, 11:13 AM
We can tell how much you are qualified to spend; it's up to you to…
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Leave the Leaves Out: Protect Your Gutter This Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Nov 10, 2020, 9:16 AM
Raking leaves in the fall is a cycle of rake, bag, and repeat. Your lawn is…
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3 Questions to Consider Before Refinancing Your Mortgage
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 5, 2020, 10:33 AM
Refinancing your home loan when interest rates are low could save you…
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Does Your Credit Score Matter in Retirement?
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 14, 2020, 10:37 AM
Most financial experts agree that maintaining good credit is important for…
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Low Down Payment Options: FHA Loan vs. Freddie Mac Home Possible Loan
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 9, 2020, 10:00 AM
You’ve found the perfect place but there’s one thing standing in between…
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5 Painting Mistakes Amateurs Make
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 5, 2020, 9:35 AM
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your space is to add a fresh coat of…
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All American Homes Assigned Flood-Risk Score
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 14, 2020, 10:46 AM
First Street Foundation has designed an interactive website to host flood…
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5 Things to Consider Before Fleeing the City for the Suburbs
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 9, 2020, 9:25 AM
If you’re thinking about a suburban migration, here are some things you…
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Do You Have a Bad Credit Score?
Posted by Mike Dein - Sep 7, 2020, 10:20 AM
What is considered a “bad” credit score and what can you do to improve…
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Stay-At-Home Guidance Drives Home Remodeling Boom
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 26, 2020, 10:26 AM
If it seems like you’re hearing a lot of hammer and sawing lately, your…
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What to Expect to Pay for Closing Costs
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 24, 2020, 9:33 AM
Homeowners who are refinancing an existing loan to save money need to…
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Your New Home Checklist
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 21, 2020, 9:10 AM
Moving into a new home is exciting – and can be overwhelming.  That’s why…
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Private Mortgage Insurance Explained
Posted by Mike Dein - Aug 12, 2020, 10:59 AM
Although some home buyers believe it’s necessary to put down a 20% down…
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Waiting to Buy vs. Buying Now
Posted by John Hardy - Aug 10, 2020, 10:47 AM
Historically low rates have motivated many home buyers across the country,…
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Sellers Requesting Proof of Preapproval Before Allowing Home Tours
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 31, 2020, 9:31 AM
Shopping for a home in the current market conditions have made pre-approval…
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How Your Down Payment and Your Credit Score Impact a Mortgage
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 29, 2020, 9:04 AM
The mortgage application process includes an in-depth review of your…
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1.3 Million Homeowners Put Down Less than 20%
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 24, 2020, 9:47 AM
Saving for a down payment is taking longer, low down payment mortgages are…
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Questions to Ask Before You Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 16, 2020, 10:06 AM
You may be tempted to lower your monthly payment with a mortgage refinance,…
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Report: It Could Take Up to 21 Years or More to Save a 20% Down Payment
Posted by John Hardy - Jul 14, 2020, 9:13 AM
Although many first-time home buyers believe a 20% down payment is required…
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8 Million US Workers Live in Cities Where They Don’t Work
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 1, 2020, 9:47 AM
Many companies have shifted to a work-from-home model as a social…
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Warning: 4 Ways You’re Paying Too Much for Your New Home
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 29, 2020, 10:25 AM
Buying a home is a big investment, you don’t want to spend too much.…
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Design Ideas for the Perfect Home Office
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 26, 2020, 9:34 AM
Having a separate space to work can improve your productivity and help you…
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7 Steps to Your New Home Purchase
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 19, 2020, 9:45 AM
After a disrupted spring home buying and season, many buyers and sellers…
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70% of Homeowners Applying for Forbearance May Not Need It
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 17, 2020, 10:38 AM
Having a mortgage in forbearance will not immediately impact your credit…
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The Credit Score You Should Aim For, According to Experts
Posted by Mike Dein - Jun 15, 2020, 10:07 AM
Experts report having a score of at least 760 will get you the best…
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How to Sell Your Home this Summer
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 12, 2020, 10:06 AM
Did you delay listing your home because of the coronavirus pandemic? Are…
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Making Your New Home Wish List
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 5, 2020, 10:00 AM
If you’ve spent the past months confined to your home, this extra time is a…
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Protect Your Credit Score During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Posted by Mike Dein - May 6, 2020, 9:51 AM
According to a TransUnion survey of over 3,000 people, nearly 60% of…
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Questions You Can Ask the Neighbors Before You Buy Your New Home
Posted by John Hardy - May 4, 2020, 9:22 AM
Shopping for a new home in a new area? Neighbors could be your greatest…
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Shelter-At-Home Improvement Projects
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 27, 2020, 9:13 AM
Stay-at-home orders have disrupted routines. While isolating, there are…
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4 Features That May be Hard to Find in Your Next Home
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 20, 2020, 9:35 AM
Your search for a new home may involve some compromises, especially if you…
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4 Signs Your Home’s Value Is Declining
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 13, 2020, 10:23 AM
Your home could be your biggest investment. Even if you are not planning on…
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Flexible Ways to Use the FHA Loan
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 25, 2020, 10:50 AM
The FHA Loan is a popular home loan for first-time home buyers because of…
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Why the Fed’s Rate Cut Does Not Mean 0% Mortgage Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 23, 2020, 10:04 AM
Last Sunday the Federal Reserve cut Federal Funds rates to nearly 0%. It…
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How Paying Off Debt Sets You Up for Financial Success
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 4, 2020, 8:31 AM
Everyone is trying to spend less and save more, but the key to financial…
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What to Know About Buying a Home Near Water
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 3, 2020, 10:25 AM
Many homeowners are still dealing with last year's flood. Here's some good…
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Household Items You Should Be Cleaning but Probably Aren’t
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 28, 2020, 9:08 AM
Did you know that the kitchen is the germiest part of your home? Cleaning…
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Should you look at homes outside your budget?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 23, 2020, 1:39 PM
Why would you look at homes outside your budget. There are a few reasons…
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Caution: What to Know When Buying a Home in Another Country
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 10, 2020, 3:04 PM
Whether you plan to purchase an international vacation home or move abroad…
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How to Accurately Price Your Home for Sale
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 6, 2020, 9:33 AM
Your home has probably appreciated since you bought it but do you know how…
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Market Forecast January 2020
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 24, 2020, 11:02 AM
Market Forecast: FHFA House Price Index, Mortgage Applications, Existing…
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3 Surprising Documents You May Need for Your Mortgage Application
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 20, 2020, 10:22 AM
Be prepared before you start your application. Before you apply, gather…
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Rising Childcare Costs Hurt Homeownership
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 15, 2020, 9:33 AM
A major challenge, when it comes to affording a home, is the high cost of…
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Preventing Ring Doorbell and Camera Hacks
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 6, 2020, 10:57 AM
Ring has been in the news lately for cyber criminals hacking into cameras…
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Avoid Debt this Holiday Season
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 13, 2019, 1:32 PM
You want to shower your loved ones with gifts but you don't want the…
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What Co-Signing on Someone Else’s Mortgage Means for You
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 11, 2019, 10:09 AM
If you have a good credit and steady income you may be asked to co-sign…
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Commonly Overlooked Home Hazards
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 4, 2019, 10:01 AM
You don’t have to save your cleaning for the spring! Zillow researchers…
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Buying a Home for the Holidays
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 2, 2019, 10:20 AM
During the holidays, home buying and selling activity tends to slow down,…
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Seniors Need to Consider the Financial Perspective of Their Home
Posted by aneedham - Nov 11, 2019, 10:43 AM
After years of living independently and countless memories, you’ve made the…
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7 Inexpensive Ways to Add Value to Your Home
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 30, 2019, 11:10 AM
A couple of inexpensive changes can make a big difference to potential…
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Warning: 7 Outdated Home Décor Trends According to Real Estate Experts
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 28, 2019, 9:51 AM
All good trends must come to an end! It all depends on how long you plan on…
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Expect Bidding Wars this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 22, 2019, 8:53 AM
After a busy Spring, and two late-in-the-year rate cuts we're expecting an…
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Investing in Real Estate vs. Stocks
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 16, 2019, 8:43 AM
While all investments come with a degree of risk and reward, investing in…
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Why School Districts Matter, Even if You Don’t Have School-Age Children
Posted by John Hardy - Oct 9, 2019, 10:32 AM
It will influence the overall value of your home. When it comes time to…
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What Not to Do When the Fed Cuts Interest Rates
Posted by Mike Dein - Oct 2, 2019, 10:01 AM
Lower interest rates mean a lower cost to borrow money, but also a lower…
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A Buyer’s Market Likely Coming this Fall
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 20, 2019, 11:34 AM
Many buyers are taking their time shopping for homes and bidding wars have…
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Watch Out: 7 Common HOA Rules You May Accidentally Break
Posted by John Hardy - Sep 18, 2019, 1:44 PM
Seemingly routine changes to your home’s exterior or a friend visiting in a…
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