Homeownership 101: Are You Ready?

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Owning your own home is part of the American dream. But it takes more than just dreaming to buy and maintain a home. Before you take the plunge, here are some things to ask yourself. Does it make sense to buy? Buying instead of renting needs to make sense financially. To help you decide, play […]

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How to Choose a Neighborhood You’ll Love

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Real estate agents often say that your neighborhood, location, and community are the only things you can’t change about your home. After all, it’s a lot harder to renovate a neighborhood than it is a house or condominium. In short, make sure you don’t overlook the importance of place when you’re buying your next home. […]

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Should You Refinance for a Shorter Term?

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As interest rates are still at all-time lows, you’re probably thinking about refinancing your mortgage. When you refinance for a shorter term, you save on interest and pay off your home sooner. Sounds good, but taking out more debt is never a simple proposition. Here are some considerations: Can you afford a higher mortgage payment? […]

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Top Home Trends for 2022

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High style will take a back seat to comfort and calm in 2022 as homeowners invest in features and projects that foster a sense of renewal and reflect core values around sustainability and self-care, Zillow analysts predict. Projects and features that foster a sense of well-being and create new space to relax, recharge and work […]

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The Real Mortgage Rate – Or Is It? 

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Advertised rates look tempting, but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s the rate you’ll pay. You have to qualify to receive the best rates with excellent credit and work histories. According to  BankofAmerica.com, interest rates are the annual cost of a loan to the borrower expressed as a percentage. The annual percentage rate or APR, is […]

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How to Negotiate with Difficult Sellers

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Before you submit an offer to buy a home, you don’t know how the seller is going to respond. Some sellers are challenging – they don’t want complications or compromises. They can demand all-cash offers, no inspections and for you to pay over list price. The only thing you can do is make it hard […]

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Renting Out a Room in Your Home

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We’re living in a sharing economy, says Realtor.com, so it should be no surprise that 69% of homeowners in a recent survey would rent out part of their home if it had a separate entrance, kitchen and bathroom and 32% have already rented out a room, space or outdoor feature on their property. You can generate […]

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Add Pizazz to Your Bland Kitchen 

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Neutral kitchens are supposed to complement any décor, but they can become bland over time. What can you do to make your kitchen more exciting? Make it artsy Art galleries have neutral walls because they don’t compete with the art, so hang a colorful abstract painting in a key location. Have fun with artistic-themed dishtowels, placemats, […]

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How to Jump Start the Homebuying Process

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Finding the right house and getting a good deal can mean the difference between living in your castle – however small your kingdom may be – and dwelling in a home that consumes too much of your paycheck. Here are five important questions to ask before you buy. How much house do I qualify for? Getting prequalified for a […]

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Timeless Kitchen Color Schemes

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The color of your kitchen should make you happy. With all of the time you spend in your kitchen, whether cooking, working or entertaining, life is too short to dislike the color and style of the room. The next time you’re thinking about remodeling, consider some of these timeless kitchen color schemes. Classic blue Blue […]

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Pros and Cons of New Construction Homes

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In today’s hot housing market, buyers are likely to consider every available home for sale. And while each home has its unique charms, newly built homes and resale homes come with different upsides and downsides.  As you weigh whether to buy a brand new home or a pre-owned one, here are some factors to consider. […]

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What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

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Accessory dwelling units or ADUs — those separate living units tucked inside a single family home or sharing land with one — are having a rock star moment. Scores of cities and counties in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia, and at least nine states, including California, have changed or adopted laws […]

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Making an Offer: Seller vs. Buyer’s Market

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First Published in Philadelphia Real Estate Mag. How you make an offer in certain market conditions is crucial to a successful home purchase. With all the inevitable stress that comes with purchasing and selling a home, the last thing both parties need is bitter loose ends. Check out some general tips and recommendations on how […]

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Do You Need a Mudroom?

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What are mudrooms? Typically found in parts of the country where mud, rain or snow are expected, mudrooms help keep the rest of your house looking its best. They are areas, usually around back or side doors, where wet coats and muddy boots are left in order to avoid tracking water and mud throughout the […]

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Types of Fireplaces To Consider for Your Home

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Fireplaces are not a one-size-fits-all solution. When you’re hunting for a home, you’ll notice that fireplaces range in size, style and function. What do you need to know about fireplaces before buying or building your next home? Here are the most common types of fireplaces and what to consider for your dream house: Wood-burning Traditional […]

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Homeowners Insurance Issues You Should Know About

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For most people, their home is their most valuable asset. Having the right homeowners insurance coverage to protect that asset is crucial — but many people don’t have enough protection. Here are five specific home insurance issues that every homeowner should take a close look at: Does the policy provide full replacement coverage? Insurers offer […]

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Top Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

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Owning a home comes with some significant responsibilities … and possibly a few headaches and wallet hits. Undoubtedly, there are plenty of projects that call for a professional, even if DIY seems tempting. Nevertheless, some basic home maintenance skills can save you oodles of stress and strain on your finances.  Here are the top things […]

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Best Fall Decor Ideas

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As fall approaches, your decor should subtly shift, too. But transitioning your space for the colder months can be tricky if you are unprepared. While it can be tempting to consider ostentatious fall decor – plenty of pumpkins and various shades of orange – more curated fall decorating ideas will take your space from kitsch […]

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How to Cope With Moving

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When preparing for a move, lean on the coping mechanisms that work best for you during stress. The seemingly endless list of tasks can feel overwhelming, but try to budget a few hours in advance of your move to map out a plan and organize your time to help streamline the process. Below is a […]

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How to Downsize

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Moving into a new house is often bittersweet. You are excited for the change, but sad to leave a home so full of memories. Downsizing can be even harder — a smaller place means you don’t have room for all of your current possessions. But downsizing is also an opportunity to refresh and start anew. […]

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How to Find Your Dream Home

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You’ve been pre-approved and know what you can afford, so it’s time to start home shopping. But the hunt for your dream home will stall rapidly if you don’t know what that “dream” looks like. It’s easy to talk in generalities about wanting a “big” house or an “older” home. But in order to better target […]

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What is Escrow?

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When buying a home, you’ll probably hear your lender or real estate agent use the word escrow. The term escrow can describe a few different functions, from the time your offer is accepted to the day you close on your home — and even after you become a homeowner with a mortgage. There are essentially […]

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