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Financing & Insuring

How to Use a Mortgage Calculator

January 9, 2019

Mortgage calculators are an underappreciated example of how the web has made home shopping easier, smarter and flashier. OK, maybe not flashier, but definitely easier and smarter, as they can provide quick insights into whether you’re able to afford a mortgage, and if so, what you’ll want or need for a down payment, monthly payment, etc. Check your borrower profile below to see which mortgage calculators you might find useful. Keep in mind, however, that while these will give you good ballpark figures, they won’t…

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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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Buying a Home

Key New Website Features to Help Your Home Search

January 18, 2018
Check out Richmond American's new website features!

With our latest refresh, RichmondAmerican.com is better poised than ever to help you find your dream home. Let’s check out some of the exciting new website features!   Improved Search The search bar now has a much more prominent presence on the home page, making it easier for you to jump right in and find what you’re looking for! Not only that, but we’ve greatly expanded our list of searchable items. In a nutshell: if we build it, you can search for it.   Events…

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Selling a Home

Online Marketing Techniques to Sell Your Home

August 17, 2017
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When it comes to marketing your home online, your best bet is probably a seller’s agent with the industry tools, skills and know-how to effectively advertise your home on the multiple listing service (MLS). However, once your MLS listing is out in the world, you might find that broadcasting it with some powerful—and freely available—online tools will help you find the right buyer that much faster. Here are a few resources that could help boost your listing and get your home off the market in…

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Buying a Home

Social Media for Homebuyers

August 9, 2016
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Social media has transformed the homebuying process in recent years, making it possible to identify, view and get advice and opinions on new homes without ever leaving the comfort of your current home. Facebook, Houzz, YouTube, GreatSchools.org… One thing is certain. There is no shortage of social media tools to help today’s homebuyers home in on their dream dwellings more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Following are some of the most popular social platforms for prospective homebuyers. Chances are, you’re already using one or…

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