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Buying a Home

3 Ways to Jumpstart Your House Hunt Online

January 3, 2019
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If you’re like many people, a new home is on your 2019 wish list. But that doesn’t mean you’re ready to hire a real estate agent tomorrow and start touring houses next Saturday. Sometimes the house hunting process needs time to ramp up. We like to call it “pajama time.” You need to do some research, check out some house hunting websites, make sure your credit is in order—preferably from your sofa! If this sounds like the homebuying stage you’re at, this is the article…

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Financing & Insuring

How to Manage Your Credit Score During the Holidays

December 4, 2018

The holidays are a tempting time to splurge, but if you’re planning on purchasing a home in the near future, keep a close eye on your bills. ‘Tis the season for spending, but the five tips below will help keep your credit score in great shape. Check in Forget making a list and checking it twice—check your credit score instead! It can be easy to forget where you’re at, and keeping your score top of mind is a great way to prioritize your credit goals…

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Buying a Home

Benefits of Buying a Quick Move-in Home

November 26, 2018

If you’re a first-time homebuyer or your previous home purchases were resale homes, you may not understand the timelines involved with purchasing a brand new home. No worries! We’re here to give you the scoop on what to expect and answer the frequently asked question: What is a quick move-in home? Build or move now? You decide. When buyers choose to build from the ground up, they typically have more opportunities to personalize the home. At Richmond American, buyers can select a floor plan and…

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Buying a Home

4 Things to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

October 12, 2018

1. Listening skills. It’s no accident that listening skills top this list! Effective communication is key to the buyer/agent relationship and listening is at least half of that equation. You need to find a real estate agent who pays attention to your wants and needs and customizes your home search to suit your wish list. When you tell your agent what you’re looking for in a home, does he or she take notes? If not, this could be your first red flag. If you say…

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Buying a Home

Renting May Be a Roadblock to Your Dream Home

September 27, 2018
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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