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Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Football season has kicked off, temperatures are cooling and pumpkin spice everything is for sale in the stores. Yes, fall is here. While most people associate the spring and summer months as the

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Pros And Cons Of Downsizing After Retirement

With Baby Boomers already rolling into retirement and Gen X looking forward to shrugging off the stress of the 40-hour work week, downsizing could be a strategic move.For many Americans,

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Myths About Buying A Vacation Home

Are you thinking about buying a vacation home? Maybe owning two homes is part of your retirement dream. Maybe you’d like to have a second home in your favorite holiday locale. If you are thinking

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week August 13th 2018

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 13th, 2018 Last week’s economic reports included readings on job openings and inflation along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and

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4 Top Sustainable Home Trends

The emergence of sustainable energy and products have solidified the go-green movement. Solar energy and electric cars are just the tip of the iceberg. The impact of products on the environment has

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Home Trends Includes Natural Mindfulness Designs

Urban and suburban life offers wonderful conveniences and cultural benefits. But a downside that many families are experiencing is the pervasive use of electronics and disconnectedness from nature.

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4 Tips For Downsizing To A Smaller Home

You can make the most of a small home with smart design strategies and careful planning. Maybe your youngest has finally gone away to college, and you have much more space than you really need.

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week August 6th 2018

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 6th, 2018 Last week’s economic reports included readings from Case-Shiller, Commerce Department reports on pending home sales and

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Guide To Buying An AFrame House

A-Frame houses have spiked in popularity over the last couple of years. These adorable homes can be quirky or sleek and modern. They are shaped like a triangle — hence the name. A-Frame houses are

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4 Important Reasons To Install A Home Generator

Home improvements are key investments when it comes to quality of life and property value. While decks, solar panels and smart technologies are trendy options, installing a home generator may be

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Should You Buy A Fixer Upper

Popular TV shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers have brought the charms of owning a fixer upper to light. A fixer-upper can be a great option if you are prepared for the experience of owning

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week July 31st 2018

Last week’s economic readings included reports on sales of new and pre-owned homes, mortgage rates and first-time jobless claims. New Home Sales Slide; Pre-owned Home Sales Meet Expectations

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Top Real Estate Predictions You Should Know About

Top Real Estate Predictions You Should Know About Whether you are a homeowner looking to get the maximum return on investment, a buyer interested in fair market value or an industry insider

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Selling Your Home 4 Ways To Get Your Garage Ready

The garage is often the last thing on seller’s minds when it comes to home staging. It is prudent to make sure your kitchen and bathrooms are perfect for showings. Make sure that you don’t

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Check Out This Great Next Gen Kitchen Technology

There’s perhaps no better indicator that we are living in the technology age than Smart gadgets infiltrating the kitchen. Whether they are little conveniences or big-ticket items, the chef in

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3 Generations Top Housing Market Trends

Historians like to say that those who do not learn the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them. In the real estate industry, the chances of that happening are slim because agents and other

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Home Buying Repair Requests After A Home Inspection

The perfect home has been found, the one in the right neighborhood with the right amount of bedrooms and bathrooms. The home inspection is complete, but a few issues have been found. At this point,

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Surprising Things That Can Derail A Closing

Once you and the seller have negotiated an offer and you’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage, you might think that you are in the clear as far as your closing goes. However, that is not always the

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Backyard Farming Fad Or The New Future

While a kitchen herb garden or pot-grown tomatoes may be commonplace in both suburban backyards and on urban condo patios, an increasingly large number of homeowners look to backyard farming as a

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5 Critical Tips For Buying In A Sellers Market

This summer, quality homes are being scooped up almost as fast as they’re being listed – and for top price. Yes, it’s a seller’s market out there, which is great news if you’re

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week July 16th 2018

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 16th, 2018 Last Week’s economic readings included reports on inflation, mortgage rates, new jobless claims and consumer sentiment. Inflation

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InLaw Apartments Provide Tangible Benefits For Home Owners

Many homeowners are looking for ways to maximize on their investment. One idea that is gaining popularity is a space set aside for aging parents known as an In-law apartments. These additions are

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Rebuilding Costs Rethinking How Much Homeowners Insurance You Really Need

Buying a home comes with numerous financial planning obligations. It’s far from a turn-key operation and one of the significant challenges involves developing a working knowledge about things

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Working From Home 5 Best Tips To Make It Work

Carving out space for a home office isn’t always easy, but if you have the option to work from home even part of the time, it’s essential to have a space that works for you. Here are 5 great

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week July 9th 2018

Last week’s economic releases included monthly readings on construction spending, public and private sector job growth and June’s national unemployment rate. Weekly readings included Freddie Mac

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Top Uses Of A HELOC

Homeowners who have equity built up in their homes can tap into that equity using a home equity line of credit, or HELOC. This financial tool can be a great way to accomplish a number of financial

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week July 2nd 2018

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 2nd, 2018 Last week’s economic reports included readings from Case-Shiller housing market indices and data released on new and pending home

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Home Automation Conveniences Attract Buyers

The rise in Millennial home buyers will inevitably change the items that promote faster and more lucrative home sales. Consider trends over the past decades that have included conveniences such as

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Understanding The Factors That Impact Your Credit Score

Understanding the Factors That Impact Your Credit Score Most consumers believe if they pay their bills on time, they need not worry about their credit score. Oftentimes, it is a rude awakening when

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week June 25th 2018

Last week’s economic reports included readings from the National Association of Home Builders, Commerce Department reports on housing starts and building permits issued. Sales of pre-owned homes

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3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Time House Hunting

In the ideal home-buying scenario, you’d have plenty of time to find the perfect home. However, this is not always possible. Maybe you are relocating for a job and have to buy a house from

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3 Programs That Allow You To Buy A Home With No Money Down In 2018

Home buyers are typically advised to put at least 20% down for a mortgage. Coming up with that amount can seem almost impossible if you have little to no money left over after paying bills each.

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House Hunting When You Are In A Time Crunch

House Hunting When You Are In A Time Crunch In an ideal world, you’d have plenty of time to find the perfect home. However, that does not always happen. Maybe you are relocating because of a job

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How To Manage Investment Property While Working FullTime

In 2017, upwards of 75 percent of independent rental property owners in the U.S. reportedly worked another job on top of being a landlord. That means the overwhelming majority of landlords are

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Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week June 18th 2018

Last week’s economic reports included the post-meeting statement by the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee along with readings on retail sales and inflation. Weekly reports on mortgage rates

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Questions To Ask When Buying New Construction

Buying a new home is exciting. Buying a brand new home can be even more so with the realization of being the first owner and possibly being able to choose your own layout and finishes. The

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Fix And Flip Forget What You See On Television

The drama of home and garden TV shows may be fun to watch, but no matter what you think, reality shows are not at all like real life. If you think it’s easy to buy a house that needs updating and

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Reviews Of New Jerseys Home Purchase Powerhouse

Satisfied Home Buyers Discuss Their Experience With Bond Street Mortgage Vice President, Michael LiPari In case you hadn't heard about our preferred lender, take a moment to browse

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FHA Lowers Monthly PMI Making For Attractive Streamline Refinances

According to the executive order announced yesterday FHA will almost immediately cut .5 percent from the annual premium for the FHA backed loans with terms greater than 15yrs. For most FHA loans

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Take These Steps To Get Your Financial House In Order

(NC)-It’s hard to stay organized in any aspect of life, but keeping your financial records in order is one of the most important things you can do to help your family should a crisis occur. A

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Beware Of Dangerous Electronic Products

(NC) Pretty well every holiday wish-list includes electronics or electrical products. Children, and all of us, are influenced by changing technology, friends, advertising, and on-line shopping

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