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Buying a Home, Local Stories

Bike-friendly Neighborhoods to Get Your Wheels Spinning

June 21, 2016

Fresh air, elevated mood and weight control, not to mention increased strength, balance, flexibility and endurance and improved cardiovascular fitness… It’s no secret that biking can boast big-time benefits.   Not only is cycling a great form of aerobic exercise (it’s much gentler on the joints than climbing stairs or running!); it’s also a practical, affordable, environmentally friendly mode of transportation.   The bottom line? Whether for work or play, biking has become increasingly popular in recent years for a variety of reasons. As a…

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Buying a Home, Financing & Insuring

The Benefits of Pre-qualifying for a Mortgage

April 19, 2016

If you’re about to begin your new home search, you may want to consider getting pre-qualified—or even pre-approved—for a home loan. Although pre-qualification isn’t a mandatory step on your journey to homeownership, it does offer several benefits. Following are just a few advantages of pre-qualifying for a mortgage before you begin your house hunt.   It helps to establish a budget. Not sure how much home you can afford? Getting pre-qualified for a home loan is a wonderful way to find out! Not to be…

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Buying a Home, Selling a Home

4 Things a Real Estate Agent Can Do for You (Other Than Show Homes!)

April 13, 2016
Real Estate Agent

If asked to describe the role of a real estate agent, most people would probably say that it’s to help clients rent, buy and/or sell property. Although technically accurate, this description fails to convey the breadth of a typical agent’s responsibilities. From initial consultation to final transaction, real estate agents often perform countless tasks on behalf of their clients. Following are four things an effective real estate agent can do for you (so you won’t have to!): Research. It’s always wise to do a little…

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Buying a Home

3 Reasons to Buy a New Home Now

March 29, 2016

Trying to decide whether or not to buy a new home this year? Let us help simplify your decision! Following are just a few of the many reasons why now is a great time to buy. Happy house hunting!   Rent is on the rise. Rental inventory is the lowest it’s been in many years, and fewer vacancies equals more competition among renters. This means landlords generally have the upper hand when it comes to pricing, leaving hopeful occupants out in the (literal) cold, with…

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Buying a Home, Selling a Home

Ways to Help Your Real Estate Agent Help You

March 8, 2016

You’ve already taken the first step many people take when buying and/or selling a home: hiring a reputable real estate agent. Now it’s time to do your part to help ensure your real estate transaction(s) is as seamless as possible.   Wondering what you can do to assist your chosen advisor? Following are some simple ways to help your real estate agent help you:   Get a pre-approval. This one goes out to all the prospective homebuyers out there. Getting a pre-approval from a lender…

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