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How Do Property Taxes Work?

When you buy a home, one of the biggest X-factors can be your property taxes because they can change from year to year. And for as long as you own the home, you’ll be responsible for paying your property taxes. Understanding property taxes is an important part of the home buying process. Property taxes affect...

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What’s a Down Payment and How Big (or Small) Should Yours Be?

Think of your down payment as the cover charge that gets you into the homeowners club. 🔥 A lot of home buyers might need to get creative to pull together the cash they need for this upfront cost, but once they’re over that hump and into their new home, they know it was worth it. ...

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16 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Wondering how to buy your first home? You’re not alone.  For the past 20 years, 1 million to 2 million Americans became first-time home buyers every year. In 2020, that number spiked to 2.38 million. Even as homeownership is rising, it can still feel like a mysterious process for a newbie. We’ll help you understand...

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