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ABCs of Construction Loans

Building a home might sound like something reserved for the rich and famous, but the truth is, it might be easier than you think to get a construction loan.What is a construction loan? Construction

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These Are the Pandemic’s Most Popular Home-Related Purchases

These Are the Pandemic’s Most Popular Home-Related PurchasesThe COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to spend more time at home than ever before—and, for many homeowners, all that

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7 Ways Shopping for Real Estate Is Like Applying To College

7 Ways Shopping for Real Estate Is Like Applying To CollegeApplying to college can be a nerve-wracking experience, no matter how hard you worked or how good your grades are. There are lots of things

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Thinking About Selling Your Home? Tackle These Kitchen Upgrades First

Thinking About Selling Your Home? Tackle These Kitchen Upgrades FirstWhen you list your home, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to ensure your property sells quickly and

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Updating Your Kitchen Countertops? Keep These Tips and Trends in Mind

Updating Your Kitchen Countertops? Keep These Tips and Trends in MindMany people spend more time in their kitchen than any other room in their home. And, as such, you want your kitchen to feel

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What’s Driving Millennials To Buy Homes, and What Are They Looking for?

What’s Driving Millennials To Buy Homes, and What Are They Looking for?In today’s market, millennials make up a huge percentage of home buyers—37 percent, according to the 

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Designing and Building Your Own Home? Make Sure To Follow These Tips

Designing and Building Your Own Home? Make Sure To Follow These TipsDesigning and building a home is a long, complex process. And if it’s your first time going through the process, it can be

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10+ Student Loan Forgiveness Programs That Discharge Loans

10+ Student Loan Forgiveness Programs That Discharge LoansFederal student loan borrowers could be eligible for forgiveness under multiple circumstances.Anna HelhoskiMarch 11, 2021Many or all of the

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The 10 Stages of Remodeling a Home That Needs a Lot of Work

So many houses and condos haven’t been given the proper TLC over the years. When shopping for a home, it’s not uncommon to find houses that, at best, haven’t been updated in,

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Homeownership Still More Affordable Than Renting In Most US Counties

Most people think that renting a home is a more affordable option than buying. But, as it turns out, in the majority of counties across the US, the opposite is actually true.According to

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Signs You’re Ready To Buy A Home (That Have Nothing To Do With Your Bank Account)

When you’re considering whether you’re ready to buy a home, finances obviously play a huge role in that decision; you need a certain amount of money to cover the down payment and closing

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Home Maintenance Projects To Tackle This Winter

Winter is a great time for hot chocolate, cozying up by the fire, and playing in the snow.It also happens to be a great time to tackle home maintenance projects.But what home projects should you

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8 Reasons Why Buying a Home and Moving Can Be a Great Thing

People tend to have a varied outlook on the home buying and moving process. Some dread it, while others can’t get enough, switching homes as frequently as others switch cars. Still, most

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Home Organization Resolutions That Will Keep You Organized In 2021

By the time February rolls around, most people abandon their New Year’s Resolutions—typically because those resolutions feel too difficult to keep. But if you resolved to get—and

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Thinking About Flipping A Property In 2021? Here Are The Insider Tips You Need To Know

Thanks to popular home renovation shows, more people than ever are interested in investing in fixer uppers—and then flipping those homes for a profit.But if you’re new to house flipping,

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These Are The Interior Design Styles Taking Over Pinterest

Of all the social media networks, Pinterest is the platform that can give you the most insights into what’s new, hot, and trending—and for homeowners, it can be a great place to gather

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Home Sellers Profited An Average Of Nearly $69K On Their Home Sales In 2020

When you list your home, the goal is to sell the property for more than you invested in it—and to walk away with a profit. And in 2020, those profits were significant for a lot of homeowners

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Construction of New Homes Hits Highest Level Since 2006

2020 was a tough year for buyers. Low inventory made it difficult for potential buyers to find the right property—and if they did find a home they were interested in, demand often drove up

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Home Prices Up Nearly 10 Percent YoY in December

There’s no denying that 2020 was an extremely challenging year. But one area that flourished in 2020 was the real estate market—and more specifically, the market was great for sellers.

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2021 Housing Market Kicks Off With Fierce Competition—Making It A Great Time to Sell

Between low interest, fierce competition, and rising home prices, 2020 was a challenge for buyers, but offered serious advantages to sellers—and it looks like that dynamic is continuing into

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How To Completely Change Your Kitchen For Less Than $100

If your kitchen is starting to look like it’s a set from an old movie, you’ve probably thought about upgrading your cabinets. If so, you’ve also found out how expensive a project

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Selling Your Home? These Are The Features Home Buyers Are Looking For

When potential buyers hit the market, they typically have a list of things they want and need in their new home. As a seller, if you can anticipate those wants and needs, it puts you in a better

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8 Ways A Great Real Estate Agent Can Change Your Life

A real estate transaction can be an exciting thing to experience, but it can also be nerve-wracking and stressful. Your experience will largely depend on the circumstances surrounding your

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