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Balancing Wants and Needs During Your Home Search

In the market for a new home? After you check your credit score, determine how much you can afford, and secure a mortgage pre-approval letter, figure out what you absolutely need in your new home and your “nice to haves.” Make a checklist Whether it’s a certain school district, a basement, hardwood floors, or four

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How to Keep Your Summer Energy Bills Down

Most people love soaking up the summer sun, but this season could mean heftier electric bills. While A/C use is a must as temperatures soar, try some money-saving strategies to keep energy bills from breaking the bank over the next few months. Thermostats 101 Get a smart thermostat so you can regulate cooling when you’re

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Housing Market Check-In: What Lies Ahead in 2022

Mortgage rates rose, the number of home sales fell, and prices continued to climb in the first quarter of the year, but economists foresee the hot and frenzied housing market finally cooling for the remainder of 2022. From inflation and supply-and-demand to war in the Ukraine, experts say the numerous economic factors at play will

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Breaking Down Low Housing Inventory

There’s a lot of chatter about the housing market these days. Interest rates are up. Houses are selling fast. But many would-be buyers are still without options. So why is housing inventory so low? When you break it down, there are four key factors that drive the dip in options. The COVID-19 pandemic, Previously record-low

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Perks of Using a D2C Lender

When you’re shopping for a home, the first step is to shop for the right lender. The mortgage industry has evolved considerably in recent years, with new products and services that make the process easier, faster, and more affordable. The bottom line: you no longer need to lumber through an in-person, time-consuming paper trail to

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Inspections vs. Appraisals: Understanding the Differences

Buying or selling a home? Understanding the difference between an inspection and an appraisal is crucial and could save you from headaches now and in the future. Assessing a Home’s Value with an Appraisal If you’re buying a home and need a loan, an appraisal is a must. An appraiser looks at the house, inside