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Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

Getting Mortgage Ready

Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home.
 
If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.
 
The requirements to secure a mortgage may seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. But we’ve outlined three simple steps to get you started on your path to homeownership.
 
Even if you’re a current homeowner, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance so you don’t encounter any surprises along the way. Lending requirements have become more rigorous in recent years, and changes to your credit history, debt levels, job type and other factors could impact your chances of approval.
 
It’s never too early to start preparing to buy a home. Follow these three steps to begin laying th ...

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

7 Steps to a Seamless Move.

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming.
Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more.
 
Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, and possibly sell your old home. With so much to do, you may be wondering: Where do I start?
 
In this guide, we outline seven steps to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community. Our hope is to alleviate the hassle of relocating—so you can focus on the exciting adventure ahead!
 
 
1. Gather Information
 
If you’re unfamiliar with your new area, start by doing some research.[1] Look for data on average housing prices, demographics, school rankings and crime statistics. Search for maps that illustrate local geo ...

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

7 Steps to a Seamless Move.

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming.
Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more.
 
Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, and possibly sell your old home. With so much to do, you may be wondering: Where do I start?
 
In this guide, we outline seven steps to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community. Our hope is to alleviate the hassle of relocating—so you can focus on the exciting adventure ahead!
 
 
1. Gather Information
 
If you’re unfamiliar with your new area, start by doing some research.[1] Look for data on average housing prices, demographics, school rankings and crime statistics. Search for maps that illustrate local geo ...

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   /   by Charlotte Rose

Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends 2019

If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design.
 
Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renovation costs into their overall budget.
 
Even if you have no immediate plans to buy or sell, we advise our clients to be thoughtful about the colors, materials, and finishes they select when planning a remodel. Making over-personalized or unpopular design choices could hurt a home’s value when it does come time to sell. And selecting out-of-style or overly-trendy elements could cause your renovation to feel dated quickly.

To help, we’ve rounded up eight of the hottest home design trends for 2019. Keep in mind, not all trends will work well in every ...

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