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How to Save for a Down Payment on a House

January 26, 2017
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There is no way around it; buying a home is a big deal! It’s an exciting opportunity to build new memories in a space that is truly your own. Part of embarking on the path toward homeownership is saving for the down payment. Luckily, there are straightforward techniques you can use to save for the down payment on your new home. Here are some of our favorite ideas:   Decide how much your future home is going to cost. While having an exact amount in…

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Finding a New Home That Fits Your Lifestyle

January 11, 2017

When you shop for a new home, what do you look for? A livable floor plan comes to mind, but what does that really mean? It’s different for different people. The features you prioritize in a floor plan will depend on your lifestyle and your priorities. Here are some examples to get your thoughts moving in the right direction. Families with small children If you have small children, your floor plan wants and needs may be different than before you added little members to your…

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Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!

December 20, 2016
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The holidays are upon us once again. We hope you take time to catch up with friends and family this season. If you plan to buy a new home in the new year, we’ll be here to assist you with your search. In the meantime, continue following our blog for timely tips for homebuyers and home sellers. If you’ve already made your move, congratulations! We wish you many years of happiness in your new home. Keep reading our blog for the latest: Home decorating ideas…

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3 Pendant Lights We Love

December 15, 2016

Equal parts form and function, proper lighting helps create a great first impression and the ideal ambience in your home. Thoughtful illumination is a key decorating element that can provide a sense of warmth and draw attention to specific areas and treasured objects around your house. Home lighting—or lack thereof—can impact your mood and (quite literally) affect the way in which you view the world around you. Therefore, it’s important to choose lighting fixtures that reflect your unique sense of style. Here, we’ve identified three…

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How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

November 29, 2016
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One of the first—and most important—steps you can take when buying a new home is determining your budget. Figuring out how much mortgage you can afford can save you valuable time and energy during your new home search. Following are some simple steps to help you establish your homebuying budget: Determine your annual household income (after taxes). You can do so by looking at paystubs for all members of your household who will be on the loan. Remember, to factor in any commission, overtime, etc.,…

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