Tax breaks for first-time home owners

Buying a home is a major investment that should not be taken lightly. However, there are a number of tax breaks and incentives available for first time buyers that can help lessen the costs associated with homeownership. Tax deductions can help significantly reduce the cost of your monthly mortgage payments. If you have claimed the […]

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How to make the most of your open house visits

Open houses are about more than just checking out a neighborhood or finding out what works for your family; real estate professionals estimate that at least 20% of home sales result from an open house. Making the most out of your open house visits can help you find your dream home faster. The following tips […]

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How to care for the carpet in your home

Carpet is a versatile flooring choice that can be used virtually anywhere in the house. Whether it is a high traffic hallway, a child’s bedroom, a game room, or a formal living room, carpet can tie a space together and create a welcoming, comfortable environment. The state of the carpet can impact how people perceive […]

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What to look for when selecting a real estate agent

From bus stops to mailers to online banners, ads for real estate agents are everywhere. Because of this, cutting through the hype to find the right agent for you and your property can be tough. While other service professionals such as contractors, electricians, and even doctors often have extensive ratings and information online, finding such […]

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Tips on how to make a competitive offer on a house

In a competitive market, a new listing can have twenty or more offers in the first few days. Because of this, it is important that serious buyers know how to make the best offer possible in order to be competitive. The following five tips can help you make a competitive offer to beat out other […]

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Things to keep in mind when buying a fixer upper

Thanks to the popularity of TV networks like HGTV and DIY, more potential buyers than ever are interested in purchasing a fixer upper. While remodeling shows can condense the process into a neat, 30-minute segment, the reality of purchasing a home that requires significant work is much different. The following are eight things to keep […]

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Tips on how to keep your house clean with pets

We love our furry friends; many of us consider our pets to be members of the family, not just animals. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 36% of American households have a dog while another 30% have a cat. While we may love our pets, not everyone does. This can lead to […]

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Questions to expect from mortgage lenders

Applying for a mortgage can be stressful – and lead many buyers to feel as if they’re being interrogated. The following are six questions you can expect to be asked by your lender during the loan application process. What is your credit score? Checking your credit score is a fast and easy for lenders to […]

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How to buy a home if you have student loan debt

More young adults than ever are leaving college with student loan debt; an estimated 44 million Americans collectively owe nearly $1.5 trillion in college loans. While traditional wisdom says not to buy a home until you are debt free, this may not be an option for those with lots of years left to pay on […]

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A checklist for cleaning your house for guests

The busy holiday season is almost here, and with the holidays comes out-of-town guests. Get your home ready for visitors with this cleaning checklist. Start in their sleeping space. Whether they are staying overnight or for a few weeks, guests appreciate having their own space. In the guest bedroom: Remove excess clutter or storage. Guests […]

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