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Buying a Home

Tips on How to Buy a New Home

May 13, 2014

You’ve got all your ducks in a row; your finances are healthy, circumstances are right and at last you’re ready to buy a new home and leave the rental market for good. Even though it may have taken years of careful saving and patient planning to get to this point, there are still a number of decisions that remain before you arrive, new key in hand, at the threshold to your new home. But fear not—the homebuying process can be great fun and incredibly rewarding!…

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Selling a Home

When to Put Your Home on the Market

March 19, 2014

Is it the best time to sell your home? Not sure if it’s the right time? There are pros and cons to selling your home and moving during every season of the year. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect throughout the year. SPRING Pros: Spring is selling season in the housing industry. A lot of buyers are in the market and you can expect more traffic than many other times of year. With grass greening and flowers blooming, it’s also a great…

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Buying a Home

Finding a Home That Works for the Multi-generational Family

February 6, 2014

Need a floor plan that can comfortably house multiple generations? Maybe you have a college-age son living at home, or a post-college daughter with a spouse and children. Or it could be you have an elderly parent or live-in nanny, and space is tight. You’re not alone. Multi-generational housing has been on a steady, even sharp, uptick for decades. According to a PEW Research article, the population of multi-generational households rose 75% from 1980 to 2008. A similar PEW Research study showed that the percentage of 25- to…

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Buying a Home

Top Resources for Starting Your Home Search Online

January 21, 2014

You’re a modern homebuyer: savvy, informed and determined to do as much shopping as possible online. So before you come to the aspects of your home search that the internet may never offer a complete substitute for—a home walkthrough, inspecting your new lot, handpicking custom options and upgrades with a design specialist—here are some top resources for narrowing down your home search from the comfort of your own home. Social networks In today’s connected world, we turn to our friends for reviews on everything from new…

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Financing & Insuring

Still Time to Enjoy 2013 FHA Limits

December 16, 2013

Did you know that many FHA loan limits are lowering in 2014? The reduced limits will exclude a growing number of borrowers from FHA financing, depending on the county and the price point of the home. FHA Benefits You May Miss Out On If You Don’t Act Soon… Lower FHA down payment • Lower credit score requirement • Monetary gift from family can be used for entire down payment *DEADLINE* Steps must be taken and your loan secured by December 27, 2013. Contact HomeAmerican Mortgage…

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