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Buying a Home

How to Find the Right School District for Your Child

July 17, 2014

Finding the right school district can be an important part of your new home search. Whether you’re a parent looking for the best education for your children, or just a savvy house hunter with resale in mind, an attractive school district may be one of your top wish list items as you shop. So what steps do you need to take in your research process? Identify the neighborhood school district/school When you’re considering a home for sale that you’ve found on a website like RedFin,…

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Buying a Home

Tips on How to Buy a New Home

May 13, 2014

You’ve got all your ducks in a row; your finances are healthy, circumstances are right and at last you’re ready to buy a new home and leave the rental market for good. Even though it may have taken years of careful saving and patient planning to get to this point, there are still a number of decisions that remain before you arrive, new key in hand, at the threshold to your new home. But fear not—the homebuying process can be great fun and incredibly rewarding!…

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Buying a Home, Financing & Insuring

How Much Can I Afford on a Home Loan in 2014?

March 12, 2014

Each year can bring anything from minor tweaks to major overhauls in mortgage lending, possibly affecting how much house you can afford to buy. To help simplify how to financially prepare for homeownership this year, we’ve compiled some of the more important gamechangers for you to be aware of in 2014. New Qualified Mortage Rules In January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) implemented new regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act for determining what constitutes a qualified mortgage. “Qualified mortgage” is actually a technical term, referring…

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Buying a Home, Life at Home

Millennials: First-time Homebuyer Tips and Tricks

February 20, 2014

What Millennials can do now to prepare for homeownership Research shows that over ⅓ of the Millennial generation, ages 18 to 31, either still live with or have moved back in with their parents. That indicates a sizable portion of the homebuying market is currently sitting it out on the sidelines. But that doesn’t mean Millennials can’t begin preparing for homeownership. In fact, with Mom and Dad providing some financial shelter, many might find themselves at a unique advantage for paving a successful path to…

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Finding a Home That Works for the Multi-generational Family

February 6, 2014

Need a floor plan that can comfortably house multiple generations? Maybe you have a college-age son living at home, or a post-college daughter with a spouse and children. Or it could be you have an elderly parent or live-in nanny, and space is tight. You’re not alone. Multi-generational housing has been on a steady, even sharp, uptick for decades. According to a PEW Research article, the population of multi-generational households rose 75% from 1980 to 2008. A similar PEW Research study showed that the percentage of 25- to…

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