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Ways to Help Your Real Estate Agent Help You

March 8, 2016

You’ve already taken the first step many people take when buying and/or selling a home: hiring a reputable real estate agent. Now it’s time to do your part to help ensure your real estate transaction(s) is as seamless as possible.   Wondering what you can do to assist your chosen advisor? Following are some simple ways to help your real estate agent help you:   Get a pre-approval. This one goes out to all the prospective homebuyers out there. Getting a pre-approval from a lender…

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New Communities—Coming in 2016!

March 2, 2016

We’re in for an exciting year with community grand openings in eight states from coast to coast! Here are just a few of the incredible neighborhoods that have recently opened, or will open this year.   Arizona Cave Creek (Phoenix) Canyon Ridge Estates ~ From the mid $600s The Estates at Sunrise Vista ~ Price coming soon Marana (Tucson) Willow Vista ~ From the mid $200s Scottsdale (Tucson) Maderas ~ From the low $600s   California Chino McKenna Park ~ From the upper $400s Highland Serrano at Glenrose Ranch ~…

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21st Century Benefits of Homeownership

February 16, 2016

From technology to medicine, the 21st century has already seen a great number of advances—and there’s still over 80 years to go! One more category to add to the list? New home construction. If you haven’t bought a brand-new home in several decades (or ever), now is a great time to do so. Here are some of the many exciting improvements that set today’s new homes apart from ones that are so last century. Improved design & functionality. Home design has come a long way…

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Lesser Known Online Tools for Homebuyers

January 20, 2016

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, NewHomeSource and Zillow. But did you know that there are many other, lesser known online home search resources at your disposal? Following are a few sites to help with your…

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New Year’s Resolution: Saving for a Down Payment

January 5, 2016

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. Here are some strategies to help put you on the path to homeownership. Know your numbers. The first step in saving for a down payment is establishing your budget. Examine…

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