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Buying a Home

New Home vs. Resale Home: Maintenance Edition

August 18, 2015

When you think about buying a brand-new home, advantages such as choosing your neighborhood, floor plan, options and homesite probably spring to mind immediately. However, buying new over resale boasts another big benefit that many buyers often overlook: less home maintenance. Don’t have the time, inclination or funds to remodel or repair a resale home? Here are some ways in which a brand-new build may require a lot less upkeep: Nice and new (and not just to you!) When you move into a never-been-lived-in home,…

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Life at Home

Striking Features That Could Be in Your Next Kitchen

April 16, 2015

Kitchens. We require they be as beautiful as they are useful—with appliances, countertops and, well, both the proverbial and literal kitchen sink functioning as tools for everyday living and stylish expressions of individuality. Art and utility combined in one central room. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some equally sleek and practical features to look for in your next kitchen. Butcher block countertops Cutting boards? No need for those when you’ve got a durable butcher block countertop made from expertly fashioned wood. Not only…

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Buying a Home

Choosing a Website for Your New Home Search

March 6, 2015

So you’re in the market for a new home…now what? The first step is starting your online search. It’s important to discover what homes are selling for in your area before you set up a budget and scope out potential neighborhoods. But which website do you choose? Here’s a rundown of a few of the top choices: Zillow Great for market research & pulling comparables Whether you have an agent or not, there are those buyers who want to do the research themselves. If you’re…

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Buying a Home

Why Renters are Becoming Homebuyers in 2015

February 26, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a great year for first-time homebuyers, as the real estate market continues to enjoy a resurgence in new homes built, coupled with exciting new breaks designed to make homeownership more affordable. To get the full scoop, check out these four reasons renters are making the leap to homeownership in 2015. THE RETURN OF 3% DOWN PAYMENTS ON CONVENTIONAL LOANS In fall 2014, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each announced a decrease in down payments required on some conventional loans…

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: American Fork, Utah

September 25, 2014

Located just 15 miles northwest of Provo and 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, American Fork seamlessly blends small-town charm with big-city amenities. The steadily growing city, which is primarily situated east of I-15, was named one of the Top 100 places to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine. And we wholeheartedly agree. Read on to learn why A.F. (that’s what the locals call it!) is the newest addition to our Best Places to Live Series. SHOPPING, DINING & COMMERCE American Fork, which…

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