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Homeowner’s Insurance Policies: Reading the Fine Print

Owning a home and having homeowner’s insurance go hand-in-hand, but how well do you really know your policy? Have you taken the time to read over your policy front to back? Few homeowners fully understand their insurance policies and all the little details that they contain.

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How to Design a Family Room That Suits the Whole Family

It’s not called a “family room” for no reason. This important space in the home is dedicated to serving as a retreat for everyone in the home whenever they feel the need to chill out, play, and just hang with loved ones. Based on this description of what a family room is and should be, it needs to be designed and decorated accordingly.

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10 Expenses Newbie Homebuyers Don’t Consider

The actual purchase price of a new home is typically a hefty amount – every buyer knows that. But what many new homebuyers might not realize is how much extra they’ll have to spend above and beyond what the actual home costs.

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Loan Estimates 101

Do you know how much your home loan will cost you? It’s a critical question that you need to ask if you’re going to be able to budget accordingly. Luckily, the answer to this can be found on the Loan Estimate, which recently replaced the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) as well as the Truth-in-Lending (TIL) disclosure statement under TRID guidelines.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 12 Tips to Holding a Successful Estate Sale

Whether you’re moving out of your current home or are just looking to purge a bunch of stuff you no longer use, an estate sale can be a great way to clear out things you no longer use and even help you make a good chunk of change at the same time.

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How Do Real Estate Markets Differ From One Another?

Rarely will you find real estate markets that are exactly the same. In fact, your market could be drastically different compared to the one in the next community over. Of course, the differences typically tend to become increasingly noticeable the further away you go. For instance, a market from one state to another might be a lot different from each other compared to markets in different cities.

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Should You Consider a ‘Rent-to-Own’ Arrangement When Buying?

Housing affordability has been a big issue in California over the recent past, and there doesn’t seem to be much relief in sight for would-be homebuyers who may want to break free from the rental market and finally become owners.

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Turned Down For a Mortgage? Here Are Your Next Steps

It can be devastating to be turned down for a mortgage after getting your heart set on buying a new home. While lenders have loosened their lending criteria somewhat since the financial debacle nearly a decade ago, it can still be challenging to get approved for a mortgage if your credit score is low, your debt-to-income ratio is high, or your income is unstable. Ideally, lenders want borrowers to be able to check off all requirements before extending a mortgage.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do’s and Don’ts of Homeowner’s Insurance

Your home is likely your biggest asset, which is why a sound homeowner’s insurance policy is crucial. Heed the following advice to ensure you obtain the best insurance coverage possible for your home.

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Prep Your Home For the Buyer’s Home Inspection Before You Sell

The majority of real estate purchase agreements will include a contingency to have a home inspection before a buyer takes the keys to a home. It’s not uncommon for buyers to gloss over issues with a home that a licensed home inspector might be able to catch. If there is a major issue uncovered, it will certainly be the subject of renegotiation.

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