How to lower your closing costs – what you can and can’t control

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When it comes to purchasing a home, closing costs are just part of the process. If you’ve purchased a home before, you know that transferring a property and obtaining a loan can be complex. Not only is it a lot of paperwork, but it requires help from numerous different sources and unfortunately for the home buyer, they don’t do that work for free.

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Foreclosure sales – how do they work?

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When it comes to house hunting, you are bound to come across a foreclosure sale or two. It can be a great way to score a good deal on the home of your dreams, but it’s important to know how the process works.

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Are you reading the right reviews?

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When it comes to purchasing new products – whether it’s toys, a new dishwasher, or even a pair of jeans, many people immediately hop online to scour the web for reviews. They want to see the good, the bad, and the experiences of other users. After all, people review just about everything – right?

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Advice from Millennials on How to Buy a House in Your 20s

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If you’ve been paying attention to the real estate trends, you may have heard the Millennials just aren’t buying homes at the same rate as their previous generations. Aside from the simple fact that it’s just not affordable for most, many site reasons like high student debt and low loan availability. Studies show that only 37% of millennials owned homes in 2015 – that’s 8% lower than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers at the same age.

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Starting a business? Here’s what you need to know

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Starting your own business can be both an exciting and scary endeavor. Not only will you need passion and perseverance to weather the ups and downs, but you’ll need to be prepared well in advance of putting up that Open Sign if you want to make it in the long run. If you are thinking about starting your own business here’s what you need to know to get started. Continue reading “Starting a business? Here’s what you need to know”

Homeowner’s Insurance 101 – What you need to know

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Odds are that your home is the single most valuable investment that you own and the largest line item on your monthly budget. So, it only makes sense that you’d want to make sure it’s protected.  What’s surprising is that many homeowners never think twice about their homeowner’s insurance policy, let alone read and understand it. They know how much it costs each year but probably couldn’t tell you what’s covered and the limits. BUT, knowing what is covered and what’s not can make all the difference when disaster strikes. Continue reading “Homeowner’s Insurance 101 – What you need to know”

5 Home Repairs you should NEVER do yourself

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In the era of DIY home repair and upgrades, it’s not surprising that homeowners are tackling more and more projects outside of their comfort zone. Not only do they save money (hopefully) but they learn new skills along the way. While there is a long list of home repairs that can easily be tackled by your average homeowner, some complicated tasks should be left to the professionals. Faulty work could lead to bigger problems, safety issues, and your home not being up to the current building code – in addition to costing you more money in the long run. Continue reading “5 Home Repairs you should NEVER do yourself”

The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home

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Building equity in your home, the difference between a home’s fair market value and the outstanding mortgage balance, is every homeowner’s goal. After all, it is the whole point of buying a property vs. renting it. Home equity is valuable savings, but it can also be a valuable finance tool. Continue reading “The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home”

Want to increase your sales? Learn how to read your customer’s and their personality type

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Whether you are a business owner, a salesperson, or a customer service representative, you’ve probably figured out that people hear, speak, and understand information very differently. Not surprising since every person is unique, BUT even though people make purchasing decisions very differently, they do it for the same reason. They either buy to gain pleasure or to avoid pain – that’s it!  HOW they come to those decisions and work through the process is determined by their personality.  To build those lasting relationships with customers and be able to close a sale, you must be able to read them and understand how they think and digest information. Continue reading “Want to increase your sales? Learn how to read your customer’s and their personality type”

What to expect during a home remodel

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With the overwhelming amount of DIY magazines, television shows, websites, and Pinterest boards, at some point you’ve probably decided that at least one room in your house needs remodeling. It’s hard not to get inspired by some of the unique and beautiful designs that you see, not to mention the improved functionality or space that you might gain. But what you don’t see behind the magazine pages or edited from the tv episode is what REALLY to expect from a home remodel. Remember, no matter how amazing the finished product looks or how much value is added to your home – you still have to live through the remodeling process – which for some may be daunting! Continue reading “What to expect during a home remodel”