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First Time Home Buyers

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The first step in buying a house is making the decision to buy a house. But this decision can be as daunting as it is exciting, especially if this is your first home. With your first home, there are a lot of unknowns. Which is understandable; you’ve never bought a house before. This doesn’t mean that buying a home for the first time has to be a terrible experience. Instead, if you are properly prepared, buying your first home can be a memorable and exciting experience. To make this process go as smoothly as possible, here are five tips to get you started.

Tip #1: Checking Your Credit

When you are buying a house, you are more often than not going to be needing to get a home loan. Your credit score is going to be very important in

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There’s a lot on your mind when you’re buying a home for the first time. Even if this isn’t your first house, there is still going to be a lot on your mind. It’s stressful enough looking for a house, getting the inspection done, and finally closing. After everything is over, you have the keys in hand, and you unlock the door to your new home for the first time, you don’t want to be worrying about what happens if the water heater breaks.

If you are a first time home buyer, or especially if you are buying an older house, you will want to look at purchasing a home warranty policy. This way, if you don’t have much, or any, experience taking care of maintain a home, or there are some repairs that you fear would simply be too big for you, you have

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As the younger generations start coming into the age where one would typically buy a home, that is not really happening as much anymore. Previously, many people sought out starter homes, where they could plant some roots in a community, before moving on to a bigger and better house. However, the millennial generation is quite different, especially when it comes to buying their first home.

While this is not always true, a broad range of millennials are a part of a far more mobile society. Settling down and planting roots are not as important, or simply not the first priority of many millennials. Travel and freedom are important, and owning a home is not the same status symbol that it used to be. Of course, this doesn’t mean that there

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Looking for a home can be a fun prospect, or a daunting one. You are looking for the perfect home, whether it is your first home, second, or beyond. Because houses cost a lot of money, you don’t want to overspend, or worse yet, get stuck in a house that’s a money pit. It will eat up all of your money, and you’ll have no chance of making any of your money back when you decide to move.

Even if the house looks like it’s the perfect one, with nothing wrong, it could still be a money pit. The house itself might not even be the problem. The best way to avoid a money pit house is to work with a trust and local real estate agent that knows the market. Otherwise, read on to discover some great tips to help you avoid that money pit and get the

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Rules to know before working with a real estate agent

When you are looking at buying your first house, you are going to want to hire a real estate agent. Of course, you aren’t looking for just any agent. You want a local agent who knows the market, and will be able to give you advice and help guide your first experience with buying a home.

Buying your first home can be scary enough, but finding a real estate agent, and working with one, shouldn’t be. Instead of going in unprepared, you are going to want to know how to work with your local real estate agent before you actually work with them. If you understand a few simple rules, you will have the correct expectations, and you will be able to have a good working relationship with your agent.

Rule #1- Agents Work on Commission

It is highly

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Finding the right neighborhood quickly

When you are looking at relocating to a different city, or even moving to a new neighborhood within the same city, it can be a challenge to find the right neighborhood and community that you need. Even if you have lived in a city for an extended period of time, that doesn’t mean that you know a lot about neighborhoods outside of your own. So how do you go about finding a new neighborhood? More specifically, how do you go about finding the right neighborhood? Sometimes, you’ll need to do so quickly, especially if you are relocating for a new job.

Use City Guides and Reviews

The internet is full of information, and it can even be incredibly useful when you are hunting for the right neighborhood for your move. From websites built around reviewing

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Avoid these common traps when buying your next home

Do you remember how it felt when you bought your first house? You were probably just as terrified as you were excited. For good reason. Buying a home is a big decision. It’s most likely one of the biggest purchases that you will ever make, unless you purchase another home in the future. It can be a stressful situation, and you want to make sure that you’re doing the right thing, and getting the best deal. But sometimes, emotions can overrule your head, or you just might not be as prepared as you should be.

Don’t Get Trapped

Whether you’re buying your first home or your third, there are some common traps that you should avoid. While these are common mistakes, they are easy to avoid once you know about them. So don’t worry. You’ll be able to make

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Home improvements for under $1000

Big Impact, Little Money

Improving your home usually isn’t cheap. When was the last time that your home renovation was completed on time and on budget? Homes are already big purchases and big investments. Making home improvements and fixing up your house can be expensive as well, but it doesn’t have to be.

You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on your home improvements to see a good return. A great example is just taking care of simple maintenance. Replace those furnace filters or replace a failing appliance with an energy efficient one, and you’ll almost immediately start seeing savings on your home’s energy costs. Of course, getting a new filter for your furnace isn’t very exciting. Fortunately, there are some great ideas from

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Buying a home can already be a massive undertaking. It takes a lot of time, a lot of research, and a lot of money. It’s a big decision to buy a house. It can be confusing. Especially when you start hearing terms like “bank-owned” and “REOs.” What do those even mean? And are they really as good of a deal as they sound like? Bank-owned homes and REOs, or real estate owned homes, are basically the same thing. A house becomes bank-owned after it has been foreclosed on. Essentially, in pre-foreclosure, the homeowner has defaulted on the mortgage by missing payments. At this point, they can still stay in the house, but they have to pay and get their mortgage payments caught up. If they don’t, the house is foreclosed on and turned over to the bank. At this

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Low Inventory? What you need to know

What is low inventory?

Over the past several years, real estate and the housing market have had their share of ups and downs. Now, there’s talk that the housing market is in recovery, which should be good news for everyone, buyers and sellers included. But now, as spring approaches, and the housing market prepares for the biggest season for real estate, is the housing market really in recovery?

A phrase has been thrown around a lot. This phrase is low inventory. But what does this mean? It’s simple, really. In the housing market, inventory consists of the houses that are up for sale. The more houses on the market, the greater the inventory. The fewer houses on the market, the lower the inventory. Thus, low inventory.

Low inventory is the

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