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Buying a Home

How to Find Your Dream Home in 10 days

November 1, 2019

You’ve probably heard of the movie, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Watching that film had us thinking…what else can be done in a 10-day time period? How about finding your next home? It’s possible! We’ve broken down the process day by day to show you how. DAY 1: BUDGET   Wake up, stretch, get a cup of coffee and get ready to look at your finances. Make a detailed list of all your monthly expenses and determine what you can afford to…

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Buying a Home

What to Know When Moving From an Apartment to a House

October 11, 2019
New homeowner gazing out the window

Buying your first home is an exciting event! If you’ve been renting an apartment for years, there are a few things you should know when you make the transition to homeownership. Be sure to keep these simple facts and tips in mind as you embark on this next chapter in your life. Performing general maintenance When you buy a brand-new home, it’s not likely you will be making huge repairs or renovating on the weekends, but there are still maintenance tasks you will need to…

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Buying a Home

4 Reasons to Contract This Month

October 3, 2019

When school is back in session, many people who’ve been considering a move put their plans into action. And why not? Fall is a popular time to jump into the real estate market. If you think this might be the month to make your move, we’re here to help you decide. Find out why October is a great month to put ink to contract: The holidays are coming. No matter what holiday you celebrate in December, the month is full of hustle and bustle. There…

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Buying a Home

Renting May Be a Roadblock to Your Dream Home

September 21, 2019
The Coral

As a homebuilder, we hear the “one-and-done” sentiment all the time. Many homebuyers want to “get it right” the first time they purchase a home so they can be settled for the long haul. Why not save and keep renting until you can afford exactly what you want? While a no-compromise stance sounds good in theory, it may actually be a roadblock to your dream home. You may find better results by viewing your first home as a stepping stone, not the end goal. Making…

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Financing & Insuring

What Credit Score Do I Need for a Mortgage?

September 20, 2019
Get an idea of what credit score you'll need for a mortgage.

Wondering what credit score you need to qualify for a mortgage? You’d be wise to ask. Your credit score (also known as a FICO® score) is one of the most important elements of qualifying for a home loan—and helps lenders determine your interest rate in the event you do qualify. While there isn’t a strict credit score standard that applies to all lenders—who have varying  requirements for loan origination—there are baseline standards if you’re applying for an FHA loan backed by the US government. To…

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