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Buying a Home

Why Great Schools Matter (Even if You’re Not a Parent)

April 24, 2018

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new home, and whether or not you have children, the quality of area schools is definitely one of them. Buying a home in a highly ranked school district might cost you more up front, but the potential benefits can be significant. The cost of good schools According to Redfin, buyers pay an average of $50 more per square foot for homes in top-ranked school zones. A 2016 Realtor.com study found that homes in school districts ranked…

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7 Steps to Making a New Home Purchase

March 7, 2018
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Whether you’re a first-time buyer, you’re new to new construction, or you simply haven’t bought a home in years, we’d like to demystify the process for you! Here are the first steps involved in making a new home purchase. Save for a down payment It may be the first step when buying any home, yet many people don’t know how much to save for a down payment. When Richmond American conducted a focus group study, we found that current renters were either under or overestimating…

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4 Reasons to Buy a New Home in 2018

January 2, 2018

  The power of choice From your burrito to your phone case, it’s hard to imagine not having a range of choices and styles in 2018. How much more should that apply to an important purchase like your home? If you’ve been browsing Pinterest or Houzz, you may already know the type of finishes you love. The good news: There are more choices in every price range than ever before. For example, if you love Carrera marble, but not its price tag, there’s a porcelain…

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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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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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