Monthly Archives: April 2013

Buying a second home

For many, owning a second home is a reality brought on by good financial planning. It can be treated as an investment, a vacation home, a rental property – or all three. With property values and loan rates low, now … Continue reading

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10 negotiating tips for home buyers and sellers

When it comes to buying a house, everything is negotiable from the commission to who pays how much on the fees to the price. Negotiating a transaction effectively can save you time, money and headaches. Tip #1: Knowledge is good … Continue reading

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The trend toward paperless closings

If you’ve ever bought a home, you know that the amount of paperwork generated can be overwhelming. After signing pages until your hand cramps, you take home a file folder full of documents.  That’s just what you take home. Now … Continue reading

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Seven times when you should not refinance

Interest rates are at an all-time low, which can influence homeowners to refinance their mortgages. In some instances, this makes a lot of sense. However, there are some times when refinancing your mortgage may not be your best option. Paying … Continue reading

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Understanding your credit score

Your credit score plays an important role when you’re buying a home. Understanding what your score is and how it affects your ability to get a mortgage is essential. A credit score is used by mortgage lenders to estimate what … Continue reading

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