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4 Ways to Maximize Your Home Value

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Your home is a place for you and your family to share memories for years, if not decades. We want to maximize our home value whenever we can, not only for ourselves but potentially if we want to sell the home in the future. If you just want to renovate your home or are looking…

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Tips and DIY Ideas for a Backyard Makeover

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Let’s face it, your backyard space really begins to degrade over time and at some point, you just need to make a change. Winter, especially, can do a real number on your backyard, and you may just want an upgrade so you can get the most out of your outdoor space.  Here are some key…

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5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home a Summer Oasis

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As soon as the warm, pleasant weather arrives, we feel the need to take advantage of it. Often, we use the presence of nice weather to visit beaches and vacation spots. However, there are times when the hustle and bustle of crowds make these places not as relaxing. So, why not take advantage of the…

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Pros and Cons of Renting Instead of Buying a Home

There are both pros and cons to renting instead of buying a house. While we generally recommend home ownership if the situation allows, we admit there are reasons to rent.  Here are the pros and cons of renting a home instead of buying one.  Pros of Renting Instead of Buying a House The first advantage…

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Should You Buy a House by Yourself or Have a Cosigner

You’re more likely to qualify for a mortgage if someone cosigns with you. But is that a good idea? Let’s look at this in a few different ways.  A Mortgage Cosigner Helps You Qualify When someone cosigns a mortgage with you, they’re saying they are willing to make the payments even if you can’t. It…

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Should You Get a Home Warranty?

Photo by Maksim Goncharenok from Pexels Is a home warranty worth the cost? Or is it better to put that money elsewhere? Here are a few things to think about.  What is a Home Warranty? As you probably already know, a home warranty is a way to protect yourself from major expenses. The idea is that by paying…

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Should You Buy a House in a Good School District?

Whether you have kids or not, the quality of the local school district is something you may want to think about as you consider a house. Here are a few reasons why.  Homes in a Good School District Cost More This correlation is very common. If you remember from economics class, the principles of supply…

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FHA Loan vs Conventional. Which One Should You Get?

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Should you get an FHA loan or conventional loan? The short answer is it depends on your current situation. Here are a few factors that come into play with these two types of loans.  FHA Loan vs. Conventional: What’s Your Credit Score?  The first thing to consider as you weigh your two options…

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3 Ways to Save on Home Insurance

Photo by Any Lane from Pexels Wondering how to save money on home insurance? Here are a few of the best ways to save without spending tons of time or energy.  Save Money on Home Insurance by Shopping Around The first and most important step is to shop around. This is something we do every day, right? We…

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy a House?

Is now a good time to buy a house? Depending on who you ask, you may hear a few different answers. Here are our thoughts Now is a Good Time to Buy a House: Mortgage Rates are Low As you would already know, mortgage rates are incredibly low right now. This essentially means that any…

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