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Financing & Insuring

Choosing a Mortgage Lender

May 29, 2019

Aside from finding a good real estate agent, choosing a mortgage lender is a key step before actively hitting the market in search of a new home—unless you’re paying all cash, that is. Equipped with a mortgage loan preapproval, you’ll have a much better chance of a streamlined experience when you contract on a home. Let’s look at a few considerations when deciding which lender finances your next home purchase. Rate comparison Interest rates from different lenders can fluctuate slightly up or down from the…

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Top Features to Look for in a New Home Now

March 7, 2019

Spring is coming and that means more people are on the move! If house hunting is on the docket for you in 2019, this is the place to be. While you’re sure to notice the number of bedrooms and the curb appeal of any home, you may find yourself thinking back on your tours with unanswered questions. It’s not uncommon to ask yourself later “Did that home have a linen closet?” or “Was there a spot for a BBQ grill?” Walking away with questions is…

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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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Steps to Buy a Home in 2019

December 11, 2018
The Yorktown

It’s an annual tradition—as one year winds down, we look toward the horizon of the next year and anticipate all the exciting developments that will dawn with it. And if you’re planning to buy a home, no doubt it’s on the short list for upcoming 2019 highlights. After all, a successful home purchase takes long-term saving, planning and determination. In other words, it’s a big deal. To help achieve your goal of homeownership in 2019, let’s review some important steps to buy a home. Establish…

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Benefits to Buying at a Closeout Community

November 7, 2018
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There are many reasons why buyers prefer to move into a just-opened neighborhood—for example, a greater variety of homesites and floor plan selections, plus the option to build from the ground up. But there are also perks to buying in a closeout or “final opportunity” community. Let’s check out some compelling reasons. Less construction Some buyers love watching a community come to life around them. The anticipation of new neighbors’ homes taking shape around the block. The satisfaction of claiming a prime homesite in the…

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