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How to Throw a Housewarming Party

June 13, 2018

Buying a new home is an important milestone—and a cause for celebration! Check out these quick tips for hosting an unforgettable housewarming party. Make a guest list. Do you want to limit your guests to close friends and family, or invite all your new neighbors? Whether you host an intimate gathering or welcome friends of friends with open arms, establishing a guest list can help you stay organized and stress-free. Send invitations. These set the tone for any event, including your housewarming party. Opt to…

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Buying a Home

Getting Ahead of the Bidding War Game

April 30, 2018

Picture this. A home goes up for sale in a sought-after neighborhood. Maybe it’s located in a well-rated school district or offers an ideal commute to work. You see that the home is in your range and try to beat the competition with a fast offer above asking price (this isn’t the first home you’ve bid on). But an investor has already offered more—and they’re willing to pay all cash. The seller, understandably, takes the higher and more expedient offer, and your house hunt continues.…

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Buying a Home

Why Great Schools Matter (Even if You’re Not a Parent)

April 24, 2018

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new home, and whether or not you have children, the quality of area schools is definitely one of them. Buying a home in a highly ranked school district might cost you more up front, but the potential benefits can be significant. The cost of good schools According to Redfin, buyers pay an average of $50 more per square foot for homes in top-ranked school zones. A 2016 Realtor.com study found that homes in school districts ranked…

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Life at Home

Breakfasts on the Go

April 17, 2018
Make ahead egg muffins

It’s no secret that high-calorie fast-food breakfasts can expand your waistline and shrink your savings (money that could go toward a down payment on a new home!). So, don’t let hectic mornings serve as an excuse for hitting the nearest drive through. Instead, check out these nutritious, delicious, make-ahead breakfast recipes that will power you through the a.m. without hampering your health, depleting your bank account or putting a hitch in your routine.  Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oatmeal. Brownie batter for breakfast? Yes, please! This…

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Financing & Insuring

How to Save Money for a Down Payment: 7 Strategies

February 21, 2018
House with coins and dollars

Saving for a down payment on a new home might feel daunting, but small daily changes can make a big difference when it comes to setting aside money for a large purchase. We rounded up seven strategies that make it simple to streamline your spending and save up for your dream home—and it’s a lot easier than you think! Shop smart It’s tempting to toss anything that looks good into your grocery cart, but the price of all those products adds up quickly. Instead, plan…

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