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Your home should be a relaxing, comfortable respite for every member of your family — even the furry ones. But most homes aren’t built with the comfort of pets in mind. Want to help your furry friend feel just as cozy at home as you are? Consider making these pet-friendly changes: Give them their own...
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According to author and co-founder of AE Wealth Management David Bach, "buying a home is the escalator to wealth in America." Homeownership can also help you retire early, the self-made millionaire tells CNBC Make It. That is, if you pay your mortgage off. "I can tell you, having been a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley,...
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Determining how much home you can afford takes some number crunching. Sure, you should look at the listing price — but that’s only one part of the equation. In reality, there are dozens of other expenses you’ll face as a homeowner. So what should you consider when budgeting for a home purchase? These expenses are...
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Kelsey Ramirez 2017 is now officially over and 2018 has begun. As the year comes into full swing, many experts continue to give their predictions for the housing market during the new year. American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance Co-director Edward Pinto gave four points he expects to see from the housing...
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Sarah Rae Smith We’ve learned the hard way that there are some very important things that should be checked before signing the papers to buy a new home. Of course, you’ll have a professional do an inspection and look over the place to make sure the home is termite and flood damage free, but these...
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Mikey Rox It can be a tough decision to leave your home, especially if you’ve worked hard for it or it’s the residence you’ve always dreamed of owning. But for many people, downsizing isn’t so much of an option as it is a financial necessity. And if any of these situations apply to you, it...
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When applying for a mortgage, you shouldn’t do anything that will cause a bank to question your ability to repay the loan. You don’t need perfect finances to get a mortgage, but it’s in your best interest to have a basic understanding of loan requirements. The more you know, the less likely you are to...
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The right outdoor lighting can redefine a property, adding not only safety and security but expanding the use of the yard and beautifying the space. Whether starting from scratch or retrofitting an existing yard, the most important trend today is installing LED lights. LED lights (light-emitting diodes) are energy-efficient, versatile and will reduce maintenance. Although...
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Make Sure You’re Pre-Approved Before Looking at Homes If you are a first time home buyer or have been renting for quite a while, one of the most important first steps in your quest for home ownership is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. The pre-approval indicates to the person you will be buying the home...
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Home is no longer just about personal retreat and comfort — more and more, we are seeing people place a high value on how well it can serve and entertain family and friends. According to real estate agents across the Mid-Atlantic, outdoor living and entertainment spaces are gaining momentum as the next big trend and...
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