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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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The Hunt for Great School Districts in the US

July 20, 2015

For parents of school-age children, a great school district is probably at the top of the new home wish list. And let’s face it, even if you don’t have kids, highly-acclaimed schools can be positive for resale value in the future. For those looking to relocate, we’ve rounded up some areas boasting notable school districts. ROCKLIN, CA Located approximately 22 miles from Sacramento, Rocklin has a beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain backdrop. Notable schools and outdoor recreation make it a great place to call home. Residents…

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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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11 Must-ask Questions for Your New Home Builder

January 13, 2015

Moving into a brand-new home is an exciting event, but also a time where it pays to conduct your due diligence up front. Whether you’re a first-time or repeat buyer, the following questions will help provide important clues as to whether your new home builder of choice is worth the commitment. How long have you been in business? Building high-quality, durable homes that cater to your unique lifestyle needs is a hard-earned skill built up through time and experience. Before committing to a home builder…

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3 Reasons to Buy vs. Rent a Home in 2015

January 6, 2015

The long-awaited dream of owning your own home entails one of the most important purchases of your life. Is it any wonder it could also be the most exciting? Moving from renting to homeownership brings a range of benefits, from a sense of community and stability to never having to worry about yearly rental increases. But there’s more. We explore three advantages that tend to sway long-time renters into becoming happy homeowners. 1. Live life on your own terms: As a homeowner, you can delight…

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