Best Outdoor Living Ideas for Every Part of the Country

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Best Outdoor Home Improvement Ideas

No matter whether you live in sunny California, the Deep South or the Northeast, it’s fun to be outside when the weather is nice. If you’ve been dreaming of spending more quality time enjoying nature – or just enjoying your backyard – we put together a list of things you can do to enhance your home’s outdoor living space so …

7 Bathroom Remodeling Trends to Transform Your Space

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Everyone needs a little time in their day to relax and refresh. What better place to do that than a newly remodeled bathroom? Whether you’re a DIYer or choose to rely on the expertise of a professional contractor, the ideas below can transform your space into an oasis that’s fit for royalty. The real beauty of today’s trends is that …

How to Ensure a Successful Closing on Your New Home

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How to Ensure a Successful Closing on Your New Home

You’ve found the right home, you’ve made an offer that the seller accepted, and now you’re heading into closing with your head held high—you’re about to be a homeowner! But before you start choosing paint swatches and purchasing furniture, you’ll have to successfully make it through the closing process first. The closing process occurs at the end of a real …

How Does a HELOC Work?

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How Does a HELOC Work

A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a financial product that allows you to tap into your home equity. You can use the money to fund home repairs, pay for large expenses, or whatever else you like. However, you need to make monthly payments to the lender in order to repay the loan over time. For homeowners who …

What Happens When You Go into Escrow?

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What is escrow

Buying a home for the first time (or even the second time) can be an intimidating process. Not only are you making one of the largest purchases in your life, but you’re also being introduced to a completely new set of words, rules, and customs. One of those confusing terms that gets thrown around a lot in the real estate …

Requirements for a Jumbo Mortgage: Will I Qualify?

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Requirements for a Jumbo Mortgage Loan Will I Qualify

Do you need a “conforming” mortgage or a “jumbo” mortgage? It sounds like a strange question, but it’s a real one. Here’s why. In the U.S., there are two government-sponsored enterprises known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that guarantee mortgage loans made by lenders up to a certain amount. That amount is $453,100 in most states but is $679,650 …

12 of the Best Blogs for Home Buyers

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Best Blogs for Home Buyers

Are you looking to buy a home? If so, it might help to have some support along the way. Whether you’ve already started your search or you are just beginning to think about buying a home, it is an exciting time in your life. But it can also be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you don’t have anyone to answer …

A Homeowner’s Journey From Despair to Hope

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Mike Success Story

It’s not hard for Mike Lindsay to pinpoint the lowest moment in his life. Although he’s still relatively young, he’s already faced more hardship than most people. Ten years ago, he was happily married to his wonderful wife, Vanessa. They had two young boys and a beautiful home in Orange County, California. Then Vanessa was diagnosed with breast cancer. The …

Top 7 Interior Design Trends You Need to Know

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Interior Design Trends Home Owners 2018

HGTV and other home makeover shows have gained popularity because people like to see what new designs and styles are trending. But it can be hard to keep track of the most current styles and differentiate what is sustainable versus what is simply a fad. Not to worry! In this post, we will describe 7 top interior design trends in …

Is a Cash-Out Refinance a Good Idea?

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If you are a homeowner who’s lived in your home for more than a year or two, you might have built up some equity that you could tap into. It’s not always a good idea to use your home equity, but if you do need to use it, a cash-out refinance will be one possible option for you. Before making …