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What Do You Do When You Can’t Find a New Home?

What Do You Do When You Can’t Find a New Home?

Being in-between homes is more common than you think — and we have a plan if it happens to you. At first, it sounds like a problem any seller would love: Your home sold after only days on the market. After all, the fear of a property lingering on the market, enduring possible price cuts, or low ball offers is what keeps many from selling in the first place. While a quick sale is a reason to celebrate,...

To save or to splurge? That is the question

To save or to splurge? That is the question

When decorating your home, saving money is great. Who doesn't love finding a deal on an item and then not-so-subtly bragging about it when guests come over? Bargain-hunting does, however, have its limits, and the impulse to save now might cost you in the long run. Here are a couple places to splurge, and a couple ways to save when decorating your home. Furniture Furniture is a mixed bag. You can get...

What is PMI? Private Mortgage Insurance Explained

What is PMI? Private Mortgage Insurance Explained

Anyone looking to buy a home faces a major obstacle, coming up with that hefty down payment. The standard advice is to have a least 20% of the purchase price saved up, and for good reason. Sure, there are mortgage options that allow you to make a down payment of less than 20%. But that will mean having to take out PMI, private mortgage insurance. As you’ll soon see, this is something you’d be better to...

Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures

Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures

With forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are four reasons why that won’t happen. 1. There are fewer homeowners in trouble this time After the last housing crash, about 9.3 million households lost their home to a foreclosure, short sale, or because they...

Vacation with Peace of Mind

Vacation with Peace of Mind

Ready to finally take that extended vacation this summer? Since it’s probably been a minute (or 751,680 minutes) since you’ve last traveled, here are a few helpful reminders for ensuring your home stays mishap free while you’re away. Set Your Thermostat If you have an AC, heatpump, or evaporative cooling unit, make sure to leave it on to prevent mold, mildew, and other conditions caused by heat...

What to do when you have bad neighbors

What to do when you have bad neighbors

Figuring out how to deal with bad neighbors can be a major struggle. There’s nothing worse than buying a house and then realizing you have nightmare neighbors. But you don’t just have to grin and bear your neighbors’ undesirable behavior or tension on the block. With the right approach, you can turn it into an opportunity to build a good relationship, create a more positive environment for you and...

Need a Bigger Home Why Not Buy It This Year

Need a Bigger Home? Why Not Buy It This Year?

Are you clamoring for extra rooms or a more functional floor-plan in your house? Maybe it’s time to make a move. If you’ll be able to work remotely for the long-term or your overall needs have simply changed, it’s a great time to sell your house and move up. Why? With mortgage rates in their favor and higher-priced home sales powering more moves across the country, sellers in today’s market...

Real Estate Buying Season

Real Estate Buying Season is Back. Here’s What to Expect.

With peak Real Estate buying season upon us, here's what analysts are expecting to see this year: Increasing Mortgage Rates It appears, depending on how the economic recovery progresses, that mortgage rates could continue to increase. Earlier in the year, rates were holding under 3%, but those rates have steadily increased over the past several weeks. As more and more Americans are vaccinated, it's...

Which States Have the Lowest Cost of Living

Which States Have the Lowest Cost of Living?

For many of us, the past year has brought about a slew of unexpected changes. The pandemic didn’t slow rising home prices or increase the amount of available inventory in major metro areas, but what it did do was dispel the idea that all office workers must be tethered to a physical location. With remote work becoming more and more normalized, many Americans are wondering why they’re paying...

Fire Pit Ideas To Spruce Up Any Backyard

Fire Pit Ideas To Spruce Up Any Backyard

Adding a DIY fire pit to your backyard is an excellent way to keep the fun going long after dark. Instead of an unsightly dirt fire pit, spend a day making a new statement piece for your yard. If you’re wondering how to build a fire pit — we’ll show you how. When selecting and building your DIY fire pit, make sure you avoid using wet stones. If you are using river rocks, be sure to give them several...

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