02

Feb
2016
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For buyers, Local homebuying

Agrihoods: Returning to our roots

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Ever wish you were on a first-name basis with the folks who grow your food? Do you secretly long to cultivate the crops alongside the farmers? If you answered yes to either (or both!) of these questions, you might want to consider moving to an agrihood. As its name implies, an agrihood is a neighborhood …

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26

Jan
2016
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For buyers

The facts on closing costs

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Closing costs: a generic term tossed around by mortgage originators, real estate agents and even your neighbor. But what are these fees all about? Read on to learn the basics of closing costs and how they will affect your home purchase. What are closing costs? Closing costs, or settlement costs, are one-time expenses charged in …

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20

Jan
2016
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For buyers

Lesser known online tools for homebuyers

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House hunting has gone digital in recent years. In fact, an overwhelming majority of buyers turn to the web at some point during the homebuying process, according to the National Association of Realtors®. If you’re in this camp, you have probably already visited a variety of homebuilder websites, along with the usual suspects: Realtor.com, Trulia, …

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12

Jan
2016
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For sellers

Prepping your home for a real estate photographer

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Good listing photos can mean the difference between a quick sale and an epic fail. After all, the majority of buyers now begin their home search online where photos can be examined, compared, contrasted and discarded in mere minutes (sometimes only seconds!). That’s why many sellers choose to enlist the aid of a seasoned, professional …

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05

Jan
2016
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For buyers

New year’s resolution: Saving for a down payment

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It’s a new year, and you know what that means. It time, once again, for resolutions. If you resolve to leave your landlord behind—or to move into a larger, more luxurious home—this year, you may have to provide a down payment of up to 20 percent of the home’s sale price, which can be challenging. …

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