Closing Costs 101: Expert Tips for Keeping Your Costs Down When Finalizing Your Mortgage

Are you thinking about buying a new home? If you are going to make use of mortgage financing, you may be wondering about some of the costs attached. As you may have heard, all mortgages have a number of fees and other costs that are assessed at the "close," or when you finalize the loan. Let's look at a few expert tips that will help you to keep your closing costs to a minimum when you take out your next mortgage.

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DIY Home Projects: Creating a Study Space That Will Help Your Children Stay Focused

If you're a parent of school-aged children, you've likely been concerned with their study habits at some point. Sitting down in front of the television or at the dinner table to crack open the books is going to be less efficient than doing so in a quieter, more productive work space. Let's explore how to create a study space that will help keep your children focused and on task.

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4 Smart Money Habits That Will Help You Save up a Mortgage Down Payment Faster

Are you ready for home ownership? The prospect of owning your own house or apartment is an exciting one, but with any financial transaction this large, there are some things to consider. The first is your down payment – that is, the initial payment you'll put against the cost of the house to reduce the amount that you're borrowing in a mortgage. Let's have a look at four habits that will help you to get your down payment saved up faster.

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3 Reasons to Hit the Accelerator on Your Mortgage Payments – If You Can Afford It

Does the thought of repaying your mortgage for the next twenty-plus years leave you feeling a little down? Whether you've had your mortgage for weeks or years, accelerating your payments is an excellent option that can help get your mortgage fully paid off in a shorter period. Let's explore three great reasons to accelerate your payments so that your mortgage debt is paid down faster.

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First-Time Home Sellers: Don't Miss These 4 Tips That Will Keep Your Sale Moving Smoothly

Are you selling your home? If it's your first time going through a home sale, you've probably got a lot of questions about the process. In today's post, we'll share four tips that can help to keep your home sale moving along smoothly. Let's get started!

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First-time Buyers: Boost Your Chances of Mortgage Pre-Approval With These 4 Tips

Buying a home for the first time? If you plan to take out a mortgage, you will likely want to know just how you can get pre-approved for enough financing to get the home of your dreams. In today's post, we will share four tips that will help you to boost your chances of a successful pre-approval when you apply for a mortgage.

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Itching to Start a Project? Don't Forget These Four Key Tips to Avoiding Renovator's Remorse

Look around your home. Do you feel that burning desire to renovate or upgrade certain areas? Perhaps it's the kitchen countertops or the décor in the master bedroom. Whatever the case, if you're itching to take on a home renovation project you'll want to ensure it's one that makes your life better – not worse! Let's look at four tips that will help you to avoid experiencing "renovator's remorse."

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Is It Possible to Get a Mortgage With Less-than-Perfect Credit? Yes – and Here's How

Are you thinking about buying a new house? Whether you're a first-time or experienced buyer, if your credit score isn't looking too hot it can affect how much mortgage financing you receive – or whether you're approved at all! But don't fret. It's still possible to get a mortgage approved, even with credit issues. Below we'll share a few ways that you can get a mortgage loan even if your credit is less than perfect.

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Selling Your Home? 3 Ways You Can Use Your Social Network to Speed up Your Sale

There are many traditional ways to sell your home, from the MLS listings to a sign in the front yard. However, the ease of the Internet and the utility of social media can make it easier than ever to find the right buyer. If you’re getting prepared to put your home on the market and are trying to determine a strategy, here are some ways you can use social media to improve your selling odds.

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Real Estate - Moving Checklist

FInding a new place to live is an exciting time in anyone's life. You've just navigated the real estate market to find the perfect home, and you will move in shortly. When you've come to the realization that there is so much to do, there is no better way to get organized than to have a checklist.

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Cashing Out: How to Ensure You Sell Your Home for More Than It's Worth

Whether you're enlisting the help of a real estate agent or not, getting the ideal price for your home can seem like a dream come true. But, have you ever thought about getting even more than you're expecting for your home? If you're getting prepared to sell your home and are looking for ways to get a better offer than your ideal price, here are some ways that may help you sell your home above its appraisal price.

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Recently Lost Your Job? 3 Tips for Managing Your Mortgage When You're Out of Work

Recently Lost Your Job? 3 Tips for Managing Your Mortgage When You're Out of Work
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Understanding Your FICO Score and Why Small Credit Mistakes Can Cause Huge Headaches

Many people all over the world are dealing with issues involving debt or poor credit history, but most aren't necessarily aware of what exactly makes up their credit score. Unfortunately, it might seem like it's the big stuff that counts when it comes to credit, but little things can have a significant impact on your financial health. If you're looking to improve your understanding and your finances, here's what you need to know about small mistakes and your FICO score. 

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Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area: Here's What You Need to Know

Outside of the significant financial responsibility of delving into home ownership, there can also be a lot of other risks involved that you may not have thought about as a new homeowner. While the requirement of homeowner's insurance is well known and guarding your house against theft can be commonplace, if you happen to be living in an area that's at high risk of fire, here are some things to consider beforehand.

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Budgeting 101: How to Plan Your Budget Around Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

If you've decided to invest in a home, you might be wondering how to make all the expenses work from the groceries to your mode of transportation to all those little things that quickly add up. Fortunately, it's easy enough to ensure you have the money each month by calculating your expenses and ensuring there's a little wiggle room in the leaner times. Here are the details on how to begin with your mortgage budgeting plan.

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Forget About the Bank of Mom and Dad -- Here's How You Can Save Your Own Down Payment

Since you'll want to have approximately 20% of the purchase price of your home for a down payment, it can seem nearly impossible to come up with the funds. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can save a little over time and not have to borrow from the Bank of Mom and Dad. If you're looking to invest in a home in the short-term and are looking for solutions to save up, here are some tips on how to get to your down payment amount more quickly.

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The Five Most Common Overlooked Expenses When Selling a House

Most homeowners are so enthusiastic about putting their home on the market and getting the price, they're hoping that the expenses involved in selling a home are forgotten. However, it's often said that one has to spend money to make money, and selling a home is no exception! If you're wondering what kinds of overlooked expenses will cut into your home sale, here are some costs to consider.

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3 Ugly Truths You'll Discover Trying to Buy a Home Without a Real Estate Agent

Many people, whether they are new to the market or have purchased a home before, consider investing in a home without the help of an agent. While there are benefits involved with going it alone, there are also a few drawbacks that can significantly impact the success of your home sale. If you're wondering about the difficulties involved in an agentless home sale, consider the following points. 

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With Mortgage Rates This Low, Should You Lock In? 3 Reasons Why Now Might Be the Time

Whether you've just finished school or you're on the market for a new place to live, investing in a home can be one of the biggest investments of your life. As a result, it can be difficult to know what the right choice is and if you're in a good position to make it a solid financial move. If you think the time might be right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before making the big decision. 

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$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

$100 Well Spent: 5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

A Funky Light Fixture 

It might seem like a cool light will cost an arm and a leg, but there are plenty of options available on the market that will instantly add a unique touch to your place. Whether you decide to go mod or classic, a fixture can draw the eye and instantly add interest to a room. 

A Makeshift Curio Cabinet 

In these days of smaller living, many people have to pile their stuff into closets and cabinets in order to make it all fit. Fortunately, a bookcase-cum-cabinet can be an inexpensive purchase and can house a variety of items like books, dishes and appliances for an easy, eclectic look. 

Covering The Cabinets 

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