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It's important to thoroughly inspect a property for flaws before purchasing a home. Any problems missed during the home inspection process can cost you thousands of dollars in repair costs down the road and can give you a serious case of buyer's remorse. That's why it's important to hire a compet...
07/20/2018
In early 2018, the real estate market was concerned with how rising interest rates would affect the number of people buying homes. According to the Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI), the increased interest rates have not deterred those looking to buy, as originally expected. Instead, the No. 1 f...
07/18/2018
Why does a credit score matter? Not only is a consumer's credit score reflective of their relationship with debt, but it can have a dramatic impact on the quality of loans available. The most life-changing of these loans, for most consumers, is the home mortgage. If you have a low credit score, t...
07/09/2018
If you're purchasing a home for the first time, you'll likely be dazzled by the number of professionals that need to work together to bring the deal to a close. From mortgage and real estate brokers to appraisers and title companies, every piece has a role to play in the larger transaction. The i...
07/06/2018
With most high school graduations over for the year, many students and parents are anxiously preparing for college to start in the fall. One of the biggest expenses for college-bound students to consider is the cost of room and board. Living on campus comes with a hefty price tag in some areas, c...
07/03/2018
Contracting work can be rewarding—but it can also come with a unique set of challenges. The foremost of those challenges: managing expenses. Contracting work means footing your own bill when it comes to business-related expenses, and while tax deductions can be a bonus at the end of the year, the...
06/25/2018
The current housing market is tough on homebuyers. Housing prices are increasing, inventory is on the decline and interest rates are rising. Some reports are predicting one of the worst markets for housing affordability in recent history. In such a challenging environment, having a strong mortgag...
06/22/2018
For many people across the country, owning a home is part of the American dream. But homeownership is also a major responsibility—including cleaning, maintenance and the financial wherewithal to handle an emergency home repair when the need suddenly springs up. In 2015, a survey found that 25% of...
06/18/2018
With 17 storms logged and more than $200 billion in damage, 2017 marked the most expensive hurricane season in U.S. history. With the 2018 hurricane season quickly approaching, now is the time for homeowners to prepare for potential storm damage. Roof damage is one of the most common types of des...
06/18/2018
If you're a borrower seeking funds for emergency expenses, you may be dismayed by the rates available on personal loans, which can average 10%–28%. However, if you're also a homeowner who has built up substantial equity, you may be in luck, as a second mortgage offers significantly cheaper rates ...
06/06/2018
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