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House Hunting Dealbreakers: The 3 Things to Never Compromise On

You’ve heard it before: “No house is going to be perfect. Even your dream home will have a few compromises.”

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Posted on Jul 19, 2017

The Magic Formula that Can Turn Anyone Into a Homeowner

Prospective homeowners often wonder what it takes to become a qualified buyer. They want to know if there is a magic formula that they can follow in order to transform themselves into someone who is ready to qualify for a mortgage. Luckily, as it turns out, there is.

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Posted on Jul 18, 2017

From People Who’ve Been There: Home Sellers’ Top 5 Regrets

The saying “hindsight is 20/20” can apply to most major decisions in life—you often don’t know how you could’ve done something better until it’s already been done. And in the case of selling your home, it definitely rings true. So what is it that home sellers wish they could’ve done differently, knowing what they know now?

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Posted on Jul 13, 2017

What Nobody Tells You About Buying Your First Home

As of about a month ago, I’m officially a homeowner. My husband and I laid claim to our own little corner of a building that used to be a pickle factory, and so far, it’s been both my greatest joy and the biggest source of stress I’ve ever encountered in my life.

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Posted on Jul 13, 2017

Experts On: What NOT to Do When You’re Trying to Get a Mortgage

While buying a home is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you’ll do in your life, it can also undoubtedly be one of the most stressful. This is due in no small part to the mortgage approval process which, at its best, is tricky and, at its worst, downright perplexing.

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Posted on Jul 7, 2017

Take it From Me: What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Fixer Uppers

When you’re a first-time home buyer growing dizzier by the minute walking through dreamy homes outside of your budget, it’s only natural to consider adding a home that needs a little “TLC” to your short list. Know this, though: fixer uppers come with some special considerations, especially for first-time homebuyers.

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Posted on Jul 5, 2017

Do You Know Difference Between a Hard Loft and a Soft Loft?

Like most budding writers, my childhood dream involved moving to New York City and living in an airy and oh-so fabulous loft apartment. Little did I know at the time, I’d been coveting a hard loft while looking at soft lofts and had no idea there was even a distinction. In fact, if we’re really being honest, I didn’t learn the difference between a hard loft and a soft loft until I started house hunting as an adult.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2017

Here’s What $500k Buys in San Francisco Right Now

San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the country—both in terms of renting and buying —so finding a place there to call your home, especially one that’s affordable, isn’t exactly an easy feat. In order to buy a home in SF, you’re normally going to need an XL budget.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2017

The #1 Thing You Can Do to Save Money on a Home (That Half of Buyers Don’t Do)

There’s so much to think about when buying a place of your own. From the house-hunting process itself to the price negotiations to the inspection, it’s almost instinctive to cut corners and take shortcuts wherever you can. But there’s one place where a little extra effort in your house hunt could pay off in major dollars.

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Posted on Jun 29, 2017

Time it Right: Here’s What the Transition from Renting to Owning a Home Looks Like (and Costs)

There is so much that’s confusing about the home buying process as a first-timer, and all I can really do (beyond writing articles like this one) is absolutely promise that an attentive real estate agent and a knowledgeable mortgage broker will be your lifelines. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about earnest payments, escrow and amortization in that month or so it takes to close. Definitely more than you paid attention to in college accounting, I’ll tell you that much.

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Posted on Jun 28, 2017

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