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What to know about down payments

Conventional wisdom tells buyers that they need to be able to afford a down payment of at least 20% before purchasing a home. However, this is not always the case – particularly for first time home buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, in the last five years more than 70% of first-time buyers […]

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Ongoing homeowner expenses to keep in mind

While first time buyers are prepared to budget for their monthly mortgage payments, many are shocked at the hidden costs of homeownership that come long after closing. With no landlord or super to call when things go on the fritz, homeowners can be on the hook for hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars […]

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How to prepare to get a mortgage preapproval

Many homebuyers think that finding their dream home is the most difficult part of the homebuying process. However, more focus needs to be placed on getting preapproved for a mortgage. In addition to helping new buyers understand how much home they can afford, mortgage preapproval can also show sellers that you are serious about purchasing […]

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Tips to make a home stand out for virtual tours

While the novel coronavirus may have changed how showings take place, people are still buying and selling homes! Sellers and their listing agents have had to get creative about how to show a home to prospective buyers; one of the most effective ways to do so is through a virtual tour. Virtual tours are an […]

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Ideas for organizing your kids’ bedroom on a budget

Children’s rooms are notoriously cluttered and difficult to organize. From tiny toys and plastic pieces that seem to multiply on their own, to closets full of clothes and shoes that are quickly outgrown–it can be difficult to keep everything in its place. However, it is possible to have a clean house and kids! Strategic storage […]

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What to know if you’re moving during the pandemic

  Moving is – even at the best of times – a complicated process. Whether you do it all yourself or hire professionals, packing and unpacking for hours on end can be frustrating. Unfortunately, the novel coronavirus has made the moving process even more complex. While quarantines and stay-at-home orders have put some moves on […]

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What to know about working with a real estate agent during the pandemic

  The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered almost every facet of American life. This is especially true for realtors; with normal activities like open houses and showings now considered risky, the business of buying and selling homes looks very different now than it did at the beginning of the year. While the federal government has […]

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Tips for creating a functional workspace in your home

More and more of us are working from home because of the spread of coronavirus. While stay-at-home orders have begun to lift in many parts of the country, some employers are continuing to limit the number of people who can work in the physical office space. Because of this, a functional workspace at home becomes […]

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Staycation ideas for the family

The Covid-19 crisis has led to many families cancelling their spring and summer travel plans. While our couches may not be able to compete with a beach-front cabana, there are still plenty of ways to have fun at home! Although a staycation, or a vacation that takes place entirely at home, might not be your […]

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Indoor plants that help purify the air

House plants add color and vibrancy to any space. Whether it is a tiny desktop succulent or a large potted palm, plants can help brighten any room. In addition to breathing life into a space, houseplants can also help the actual air we breathe. A variety of houseplants are known to improve indoor air quality.  […]

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