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Tips for Buying a House

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Should I Buy a House? 9 Keys to Confidence: A MoneyTips Guide

Knowing when to buy a house comes down to two key things: how bad you want it and if you’re financially prepared. Here’s the common scenario: Your heart says, “Go on, make the dream real,” but your brain is demanding proof that you’re not about to blow up your budget. It’s smart to be thinking...

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How To Buy a House Out of State

Moving into a new home can be a big deal, even when you’re just moving to a new neighborhood or a nearby county. When the move crosses state lines, buying a home in the area can feel like exploring another planet, especially if it’s somewhere you haven’t lived before. The good news is that you’re...

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Home Buying Checklist: From Rookie to Pro

You’ve hit the big leagues now. Batter, batter, you are up! But before you start sweating under the stadium lights, call a TIMEOUT. You’ll want to read this handy little home buying checklist before you take a swing. Buying a home is exciting, but it takes some prep to pull off. Don’t dive into a...

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What Parties Are Involved When Getting a House?

Buying a new home is exciting, but it can also be a complicated process. If you’ve never owned a home before, you may be confused about who’s involved. As you’ll quickly find out, there are many more people involved besides the buyer, the seller and the real estate agent. And once you factor in the...

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Inherited Property: How To Refinance To Buy Out Heirs

When you inherit a home or other property, you have a lot of decisions to make. Maybe you’re thinking about moving in, selling the property or converting the home into an investment property. It’s important to remember that when you inherit a home, you inherit the home’s value and any debts or legal claims connected...

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First-Time Home Buyer Programs

Adulting ain’t easy, we know. One of the more challenging adulthood milestones to reach is buying your first house. And one of the most challenging parts of buying your first house is saving up for the down payment.  Inflation plus stagnant minimum wages equals a generation that makes less money and has fewer opportunities to...

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Tips To Get a Mortgage if You’re Self-Employed

Buying a home can feel exciting. And, no matter who you are, getting a mortgage can feel stressful – especially when you’re self-employed.  Mortgage lenders examine your personal financial history and your business’s financial history as well. But you’re not alone.  As of July 2021, you and over 16 million people in the U.S. are...

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Home Inspection Checklist and Costs

Before you buy your dream house, make sure it doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Do yourself a favor and get a home inspection done. It’s the best way to avoid moving into a house that will require expensive repairs. What Is a Home Inspection? A home inspection is like a checkup for a house. It...

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4 Pros and Cons of Buying a House

Before forging ahead with your house hunt, it’s important to weigh the advantages of buying a house against (sorry to say it) the disadvantages. Homeownership should bring a little zen to your life, which is why creating a pros and cons list for buying a house is so important. It’s also personal: One person’s pro...

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