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Buying a Home

Infographic: What Homebuyers Need at the Closing Table

November 13, 2017

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a repeat buyer who’s a little fuzzy on closing-day details, this infographic could help you prepare for a smoother experience at the closing table. These tips (and more) are included in our Ultimate Moving Pack, a free resource that you can download here.      

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Financing & Insuring

What Down Payment is Needed for an FHA Loan?

November 3, 2017

Insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), FHA loans are an attractive option for first-time and repeat homebuyers, as well as those interested in refinancing their current home loan. Many factors contribute to the popularity of FHA loans—chief among them being a lower down payment requirement (as low as just 3.5%), compared to as much as 20% with other loan types. How much savings could that 3.5% down mean for you? Let’s use an example house sale. If you’re an entry-level buyer scrimping and saving…

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What to Know When Moving From an Apartment to a House

October 13, 2017
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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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Financing & Insuring

Finding Home Insurance

May 15, 2017

Purchasing home insurance makes good sense, and not just because it’s often a condition for home loan approval. It’s also a good idea for peace of mind and financial security. You definitely don’t want to find yourself wishing you’d purchased the right insurance after something unexpected happens. So if you’re in the market for a new home, check out the following tips for finding a plan that covers your home’s needs. Compare insurance quotes Consult an insurance agency with brokers that can compare costs and…

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Buying a Home

Cost Comparison: Rent or Buy

April 10, 2017
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There are many benefits to being a homeowner. From a purely financial perspective, there are tools to help determine the cost of renting versus buying a home. Comparing the cost of renting to buying usually depends on key factors, such as budgeted monthly rent, target home price, the length of time you plan to live in the home and what your mortgage rate would be. Estimating these values can help determine if buying is financially advantageous. In addition to the actual buying costs, it is…

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