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Posted on 10/15/2018
3 Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment on a Home
You want to buy a house, but you know that you need to save as much money as possible for a down payment. Although you've tried to save money in the past, your best efforts have failed to help you collect the funds that you'll need to make a down payment on your dream residence. Let's face it – saving...
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Posted on 10/08/2018
Questions to Consider Before You Purchase a Home for the First Time
The homebuying journey is exciting, particularly for an individual who is pursuing a residence for the first time. Ultimately, there are many questions that a buyer should consider before he or she searches for a house for the first time, and these include: 1. What is my "dream" home? Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the homebuying journey involves defining...
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Posted on 10/01/2018
Review Your House Selling Options
When it comes to selling a house, there is no need to make rash decisions. Instead, you should review your home selling options closely so you can make informed choices time and time again. There are many factors to consider as you review your home selling plans, and these include: 1. Your Home's Condition How your home looks to buyers...
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Posted on 09/24/2018
Steps to Take Before You Apply for a Mortgage
If you plan to buy a house, you'll want to apply for a mortgage before you launch your house search. That way, you'll have your finances in order and can narrow your home search accordingly. Ultimately, there are several steps that you should take prior to applying for a mortgage, and these are: 1. Check Your Credit Score A bank...
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Posted on 09/17/2018
When You're Ready to Buy a Home, You'll Know It
Making the transition from being a renter to a home owner is a life changing experience -- one which brings both rewards and new responsibilities. Although you'll no longer have a landlord (on speed dial) to handle things like yard maintenance, noisy neighbors, and appliance repairs, you'll enjoy the satisfaction of being in control of your own living space, your...
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Posted on 09/10/2018
What Contingencies Should You Keep When Buying A California Home?
In the competitive California housing market, you may try to do just about anything to get the seller to take your offer. One of the first things many buyers try to do is drop contingencies in the contract. You may think that you’re giving the seller an easier time by doing this. You are, but it’s not a good idea...
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Posted on 09/03/2018
Key Reasons to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is paramount for a home seller. Because if you allocate time and resources to enhance your house's curb appeal, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful home selling experience. There are many reasons for a home seller to improve his or her house's curb appeal, and these are: 1. You can differentiate your...
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Posted on 08/27/2018
Pay off Your Mortgage Early with These Techniques
Paying off a mortgage early is a dream of many homeowners. By making larger payments on your home loan, you can cut years off of your loan term and save thousands of dollars in interest payments that you can use toward savings or investments. But in an economy that has seen decades of wage stagnation and increasing costs of living,...
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Posted on 08/20/2018
Why You Need to Pursue a California Luxury Home Today
There is no place quite like California. If you embark on a California luxury home search, you can find a house that will ensure you can enjoy all that the Golden State has to offer. Now, let's take a look at three reasons why you should kick off a California luxury home search. 1. You can enjoy convenient access to...
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Posted on 08/13/2018
Reasons to Evaluate a Home Offer
If you get an offer to buy your house, there is no need to make a snap decision. Instead, it generally is a good idea to allocate the necessary time and resources to analyze an offer and determine the best course of action. Ultimately, there are lots of reasons why you should analyze a home offer, and these include: 1....
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Posted on 08/11/2018
Another Property Sold - 2806 Hilltop Road Healdsburg, CA 95448
Inviting Tuscan inspired home located on 1+/- acre in the heart of Sonoma County's Wine Country. 2 bedroom, 2 bath open floor plan, Chef's Kitchen complete with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, travertine flooring, and en-suite master bathroom with large spa. Enjoy sweeping vistas of the world renowned Alexander Valley AVA from the private exterior decks. Minutes from downtown Healdsburg....
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Posted on 08/06/2018
What To Look for in a Starter Home
With rent prices shooting soaring across the country, many young Americans who were previously happy renting while they saved for a home are now turning to other options. One common solution is a starter home. If you want to keep your monthly mortgage prices low while being able to build equity and slowly save for your “forever home.” a starter...
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