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Tips to Prep Your Home for the Spring Homebuying Season

If you want to sell your home during this year’s spring selling season, now is the time to get moving. Sellers can rest assured, homebuyers are already looking. Today’s buyers, particularly younger ones, have high expectations. They are looking for a home in excellent condition, with all its best features showcased. “It’s the HGTV effect,”…

How to Save Enough for a Down Payment

For most first-time homebuyers, securing a down payment is the biggest hurdle. There comes a point for many first-time homebuyers when nearly everything you do becomes focused on saving for that purchase. Even when you’ve been putting money away regularly for years, you find yourself willing to cut out that beach vacation you had been…

A Homebuyer’s Guide to Federal Policy on Mortgage Lending

Buying a home can get intense, and you can easily feel intimidated by the lending process and closing requirements. Federal policies affecting mortgage lending has seen many changes in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2007, putting a stronger focus on eliminating predatory lending and increasing transparency for the borrower. Hearing…

Understanding Your Property Tax Bill

I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post and thought I’d share.  This is the time of year when we get questions and concerns about tax assessments and how they are determined.  Understanding this process can be confusing especially for first time buyers.   I always encourage my clients to call their local tax assessor’s office if…

Can You Actually Turn a Profit Flipping Homes in Today’s Market?

Back in 2012, house flipping seemed like the perfect opportunity for a person with extra cash and an eye for remodeling. The market was flush with homes left vacant from waves of foreclosures prompted by the housing bubble that burst a few years earlier. You could buy a home from a bank, make any necessary…

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