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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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Buying a Home

Lesser Known Online Tools for Homebuyers

January 20, 2016

House hunting has gone digital in recent years. In fact, an overwhelming majority of buyers turn to the web at some point during the homebuying process, according to the National Association of Realtors®. If you’re in this camp, you have probably already visited a variety of homebuilder websites, along with the usual suspects: Realtor.com, Trulia, NewHomeSource and Zillow. But did you know that there are many other, lesser known online home search resources at your disposal? Following are a few sites to help with your…

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Financing & Insuring

Making the Most of a Mortgage Calculator

June 18, 2015

A mortgage calculator can be very helpful when you’re deciding how to approach the financial side of buying a home. It can give you a ballpark figure of what your monthly mortgage payment may be so you can estimate expenses. It can also help you decide if you might prefer a fixed-rate or an adjustable-rate loan, or a 15- or 30-year loan term. Experiment by entering the numbers for one home price and interest rate—and then alter the figures to see different scenarios. Want to…

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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

Social Media for Homebuyers

August 6, 2014

Real estate research has never been easier for homebuyers. Looking for listings? Check Zillow or Realtor.com. Want to estimate commute times? Hello, Google Maps! Need a report card on schools? Pull up GreatSchools.org. From neighborhood income data and crime statistics to home price trends and HOA bylaws, you can probably find it online with just a few clicks of the mouse. Since there’s such a glut of online info, you may wonder what social media could possibly contribute to your home search. Twitter probably won’t…

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