Buying a New Home? Here's Why Mortgage Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

Are you thinking about buying a new house, condo or apartment? Whether you are upgrading, downsizing or investing, if you intend on borrowing the funds you'll need to be pre-approved for a mortgage. In today's blog post we'll explore mortgage pre-approval and why this should be one of your first steps in buying a new home.

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How Much Is the Right Amount to Commit to Your Down Payment? Let's Take a Look

Are you thinking about buying a new house or apartment? If you are going to take out mortgage financing, one consideration you will have is your down payment, which is the amount you pay up front in cash to cover some of the purchase cost. Let's consider a few points that will help you to decide how much is the right amount for your down payment. 

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Selling Your Home? Here's 3 Reasons Why You Won't Want to Handle the Sale Yourself

Are you thinking about selling your home? If so, you may be weighing the pros and cons of working with a professional real estate agent. Let's take a quick look at three great reasons why you won't want to handle the sale yourself.

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Ready to Buy Your First Home? Don't Forget to Check Your Credit Score – Here's Why

Whether you're just out of college, recently married or simply haven't jumped into the market yet, buying your first home is an exciting prospect. It can also be an expensive one, which is why most people will take out a mortgage to help finance the cost. 

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Understanding the Differences Between 'Prequalified' And 'Preapproved' For a Mortgage

Understanding the Differences Between 'Prequalified' And 'Preapproved' For a Mortgage

Are you in the market for a new home? If you are going to rely on mortgage financing to cover some of the purchase cost, you will need to start the application process as soon as possible. However, what if you just need to know how much you will be able to borrow so you can start finding homes in your price range? 

Let's take a quick look at the difference between being 'prequalified' and 'preapproved' for mortgage financing. 

The Process Starts With Prequalification 

The first step in obtaining mortgage financing is to speak with a mortgage professional to get prequalified. After sharing some quick information about your financial assets, income and any debts, your advisor will share a range of financing options and amounts that you may qualify for. Prequalification is typically done free of charge and either in person or over the phone. 

Note that your mortgage lender will not be doing any digging in the prequalification stage. There's no credit check and no hard look at your assets. Don't get too excited if you are prequalified for a large mortgage as you will still need to be approved. 

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Upgrading Your Home? 5 Great Reasons to Make the Switch to Hardwood Floors

Are you tired of scouring the internet, trying to find the secret recipe for whatever will take stains out of your carpet? And the irritating annual steam cleaning ritual where your whole home is soaking wet for a couple of days? Ugh. If your old carpet has you down, it might be time for a change. In today's blog post we'll share five great reasons why you'll want to make the switch from carpet to hardwood floors.

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Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster With These Money-Smart Strategies

As with any loan or line of credit, there are benefits to getting your mortgage paid down. You'll pay less in interest, potentially saving thousands over the repayment period. Moreover, you'll own your home outright that much quicker.

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3 Useful Tips for First-time Homebuyers Trying to Navigate the System

Whether you're tired of renting, need more space or want to make an upgrade, buying your first home is the solution. However, if you have never participated in the market before it can be a bit daunting at first. Let's explore a few useful tips that are helpful for first-time homebuyers who are new to the process of buying real estate.

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Speed up Your Mortgage Closing Process With This Handy Four-step Guide

Are you in the market for a new house or apartment? If you are financing the purchase by taking out a mortgage, you'll want to know how to make this transaction run as smooth as possible. In today's article, we'll share a quick four-step guide to speeding up the mortgage closing process.

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Trying to Sell Your Home As a Fixer-Upper? Highlight These Key Areas to Attract Eager Buyers

Are you going to sell your house soon? If it's a bit of a 'fixer-upper' – meaning that it's in need of some renovation work – you may find some challenges in marketing it to potential buyers. Reducing the listing price is one option available to you, but there are other ways to highlight this kind of home. Let's have a look at three key areas that you'll want to focus on when trying to sell a home in less than perfect condition.

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Real Estate Negotiations: 3 Tricks That You Can Use to Ensure Yours Is the Winning Bid

You've toured through several listings, attended all the open houses, and have found your potential new dream home. Now the hard part begins, especially if you're working against other buyers who are keen on getting the same home as you. Let's look at three tricks that you can use to make sure the bid you submit on a home is the one that wins.

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Wrapping It All Up: Don't Forget These Important Tasks After Closing on Your New Home

The negotiations are over. The seller has accepted your bid and the paperwork has been signed. Shortly, you'll be handed the keys to your new home and you can start moving in. But of course, the work doesn't end after the real estate closing process. In fact, it's just beginning! In today's article, we'll share a few essential tasks that you'll want to get to work on after the closing process is over.

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Go Big or Go Home: 3 Reasons Why Your First Home Should Be a Spacious One

Buying a home for the first time? One of the key considerations you'll need to make is just how much 'house' you want to buy. While going minimal might seem like a good idea to save on costs, having a smaller living space can end up cramping your lifestyle in many ways. Let's look at three great reasons why your first home should be roomy, spacious and luxurious.

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Selling Your Home? 3 Secrets to Getting the Best Price

Are you ready to sell your home? Whether you're just starting to make your plans or you're ready to list now, you likely want to know how you can get top dollar. It's going to take more than just throwing up a high price on the listing and waiting for a buyer to show up with a check. With that in mind, here are three secrets to ensuring that when you sell your house or condo, you get the best possible price.

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Kids Moving Out of the House? Here Are 3 Tips for Creating a Warm, Welcoming Guest Bedroom

Kids Moving Out of the House? Here Are 3 Tips for Creating a Warm, Welcoming Guest Bedroom

If you're a homeowner with children, at some point, you'll be saying goodbye. They'll move off to college or to start their career and adult life. As children move out, you'll discover that you have extra bedrooms and other living spaces that will need a new purpose. Let's look at three ways that you can transform an unused bedroom into a welcoming place for guests to stay. 

Get Started With A Deep Clean 

The first thing you'll want to do is engage in a top-to-bottom deep clean of the room. Get everything out of the room so that nothing's left but the carpet. Clean the walls, windows, light fixtures, and closets until they're sparkling clean. If the carpet is still in good condition and doesn't have a lot of stains, have it professionally steam-cleaned. Or if it's a little beat up from years of abuse, consider replacing it with beautiful new carpeting. 

Consider A Fresh Coat Of Paint 

Have a look at the condition of the paint and walls. Does the paint still add a colorful "pop" to the room? Or have the years taken away its luster? Do the walls have scratches, dents, and holes in random areas? Are they in need of repairs? 

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You Ask, We Answer: What Kind of Fees Are Involved When I Get a Reverse Mortgage?

If you are approaching your golden years and seeking a bit of financial flexibility, you might want to look at a reverse mortgage. This unique financial product is only open to individuals over 62 years of age. It allows you to convert some of your home's equity into cash which you can use as needed in your retirement.

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The Quick and Easy Guide to Determining How Big of a Mortgage Your Family Can Afford

Are you shopping around for a new house or an apartment? One of the key considerations you will need to make is figuring out how much you want to invest in your new home. Below you'll find our quick and easy guide to determining just how much "house" you can afford. Let's get started!

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Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home

At some point in their lives, every renter thinks about home ownership and whether it's worth it. Let's explore the top 5 reasons why young individuals prefer the idea of owning a home over renting.

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Graduating From College? 3 Things You Need to Know About Mortgages and Student Loans

Are you thinking about buying a new home using a mortgage loan? If you've just graduated from college, you're probably wondering how your student loans will impact a mortgage and what your options are. In today's post, we'll share three things that you need to know about mortgages if you're still working on paying off your student loan debt.

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Staging Small Spaces: How to Highlight Your Outdoor Areas Even If They're Not That Big

If you're planning to sell your home, you've probably already started to consider how you're going to stage it. Staging is one of the most important parts of the selling process. The way you present your home is key to leaving a positive impression on a potential buyer. Let's explore a few ways that you can stage smaller outdoor spaces to make them feel like they're much more than they are.

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