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A Guide to Mortgage Paperwork: What Homebuyers Should Expect

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Ready to dive into the world of homebuying? You're likely going to encounter a handful of paperwork along the way, at various stages of the process.

Here is a rundown of a few of the documents you'll likely see.

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Topics: Homeownership, Featured Blog

5 Factors That Go into the Value of Your Home

The value of a home is often based on what buyers are traditionally willing to pay in the area, but each buyer is unique. A single adult may be looking for a home close to work, while a family may want a home in a neighborhood with particularly good schools. Buyers also consider everything from the size of a given house to the current state of the economy when searching for a new home.

Read on for five factors that can go into the value of your home when it comes time to sell.

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Topics: Homeownership, Featured Blog

4 Simple Tips for Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

When it comes to maintaining a green lifestyle, it can be tough to keep up with the best practices—and even more difficult to do everything right. There are some small ways, though, that you can make your own home a little more environmentally conscious.

Here are four of those simple ways to make your household more eco-friendly.

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6 Tips for Prepping Your Home for an Open House

Hosting an open house can be a big undertaking, but there’s no need to feel lost. From getting organized to getting your house picture-perfect, these tips can help you and your real estate agent get ready to find the perfect buyer.

Read on for some starter tips on how to get ready for an open house.

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Topics: Homeownership

Property Listings 101: What the Details Really Mean

When unpacking the many terms and lingo in real estate listings, it can get cumbersome deciphering what each means. This is especially true when property listings feature an array of acronyms you've never heard of before.

We've compiled a set of acronyms you may encounter and how they'll affect the homebuying process.

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Topics: Homeownership

4 Tips for Navigating Real Estate App Listings When Selling

In today's increasingly connected world, Apple's famous slogan "there's an app for that" has never been more true. When homeowners first begin attempting to sell their houses, they are often caught up in a whirlwind of real estate listing app sign-ups and submissions. With so many mobile applications from which to choose, deciding your plan of attack can be a bit confusing. Fortunately, we've got a few tricks that can help save you stress throughout the process.

Read on for four tips to consider when adding your house to listing apps.

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Topics: Homeownership

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Inclement Weather

We've all been there—the weatherman says that a storm is coming and your heart sinks a bit. As a homeowner, times of bad weather can be particularly worrisome. Your house is important, and protecting it will always be in the back of your mind, but there are steps you can take to eliminate that sinking feeling you've come to associate with times of less-than-stellar weather. 

Read on for five things you can do to protect your home from the elements.

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Topics: Homeownership

The Art of Making an Offer on a House: What You Need to Know

Thinking about buying a house, but you're a bit intimidated by the process of making an offer? You're not alone. The process of buying a house has a lot of elements to consider, so it's easy for first-time homebuyers to feel overwhelmed by the process. You can dodge offer paralysis and throw your hat into the ring for your future home by following a few simple steps.

Read on for some key tips to help you navigate the offer-making process.

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Topics: Homeownership

6 DIY Kitchen Projects to Enhance a Starter Home

Looking for some DIY projects to kick off your starter-home revamp? Besides unfinished basements and antiquated carpeting, your kitchen is one of the fastest ways to improve the value of your home. With a few quick weekend projects, you can significantly improve the value of your house and give yourself a kitchen worthy of a master chef.

Read on for six low-cost do-it-yourself undertakings that can add value to your home without breaking the bank.

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What to Keep in Mind When Considering Building a New Home

Each year, individuals and families all across the country take the leap and build the homes of their dreams. New construction is an incredible chance to build something that perfectly matches your needs, but there are a number of moving parts in the process. Do you know how prepared you are to take the next step?

Check out these key points to consider before you begin your build.

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Topics: Homeownership

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