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What to Ditch Before the Big Move

April 23, 2019
Decluttering before a move

It’s not every day you have the opportunity (or motivation) to take stock of every household possession—from items in dark closet corners to long-unopened bins and catch-all drawers. The thought of it might not spark joy, at least not at first. But when framed within the context of preparing for a move, you might find it a rewarding process, even exciting. Think about it: the more effectively you get rid of clutter, the less you’ll have to move and the easier it’ll be to set…

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Buying a Home

5 Reasons Buyers Wish They’d Stopped Renting Sooner

April 3, 2019

On the fence about whether to renew your lease or start searching for a home of your very own? Deciding whether to rent or buy is a common dilemma among house hunters. Fortunately, you’re in a unique position to learn from the experiences of others. Following are just a few of the reasons why many homebuyers wish they’d written their final rent checks a little sooner: Reduced cost. Depending on your circumstances, it may be cheaper to buy a home than to rent one. Landlords…

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Financing & Insuring

The Truth About Mortgage Rates

November 5, 2018
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Afraid you’ve missed the best rates? Good news: They’re still great! You’ve probably heard that mortgage rates are on the rise—and may climb higher soon. That doesn’t mean that now isn’t a smart time to buy. See how this year’s rates stack up against historical averages. The takeaway: Minor rate fluctuations don’t have to be the deciding factor in a new home purchase. Concentrating on factors you can control (your savings, your credit score, your employment record) may help more than waiting for a lower…

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Packing & Moving

How to Stay Organized While Packing for a Move

October 15, 2018
couple packing

If you’ve got ample time to prepare for your upcoming move, an organized packing strategy is well worth the effort. You’ll arrive at your new home with the comfort of knowing just where all your most important items are and how they’re sorted, allowing you to enjoy the process of setting up your new abode with everything neatly categorized and labeled. Check out some inspiration below for how to stay organized—and stress-free!—while packing for your next move. Declutter & minimize Getting rid of items you…

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Selling a Home

5 Tips for Streamlining Your Home Sale

October 10, 2018
Family with Real Estate Agent

Wondering what you can do to help ensure a quick and profitable home sale? We’ve got you covered! Following are five fundamental tips to help streamline your home sale so you can skip the headaches and get started on the next chapter of your life. Hire a real estate agent. An experienced seller’s agent knows how to price, market, show and sell your home for top dollar. Ask friends and family for recommendations and be sure to select someone who understands your home, neighborhood and…

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