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Mar 18

Walk-Away Warning Signs: 5 House Hunt Deal Breakers

Before the deal is finalized, it’s important to ensure your dream home won’t come with any hidden surprises. When home shopping, things aren’t always what they seem. Some surface issues are more damaging to the value of the home than they seem, while others are easily fixed. Before you are knee deep in paperwork or empty your wallet for rounds of inspections, consider these five clear warning signs screaming at you to walk away.

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02
Mar 18

Now You Have a Reason to Resent Word Art

You step out of your car at an open house and walk into what looks like your dream home. It’s perfectly picturesque from the outside, but as soon as you get through the doorway, you see it — there’s a giant “Live Laugh Love” decal stuck onto the living room wall.

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26
Feb 18

Think You Found The Perfect Home? Check These 3 Things First

We’re the first people to advocate that you should hire a great real estate agent to help guide you through your home search. However, that said, it’s also important to know that you can’t rely on them to tell you everything. In fact, there’s a lot that agents legally aren’t allowed to share due to the Fair Housing Act.

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22
Feb 18

7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Buying My Fixer-Upper

When my husband and I finally started looking for a home (after years of renting a barn loft that was short on insulation and long on character), our budget led us to two options: a newer home we would reluctantly call “nice,” or an older home in need of some major updating but one that we could definitely see becoming ours. Despite the fact that everyone who saw option number two clearly had reservations about the work involved, it didn’t take us long to start dreaming up all the changes we’d make, and how we would turn this fixer-upper into a dream home.

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26
Jan 18

Struggling to Save for a Down Payment? This Might be the Reason

If you’ve ever written a monthly check to Sallie Mae, the findings of a new study on student loan debt and millennial homeownership shouldn’t surprise you: College graduates with loan debt have a harder time saving up for a down payment than those who graduate debt-free.

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24
Nov 17

The Home Buying Process, According to Stock Photos

Do you find the home buying process mystifying and maybe a bit overwhelming? You’re not alone. Apparently stock photo sites don’t really get it either. So here’s a silly, but also hopefully informative, look at the home-buying process.

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12
Oct 17

What You Need to Know About Buying Foreclosures

Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or you’re already an experienced homeowner, you’ve probably heard that purchasing a foreclosure is one way you can save money in the process—but, how does that process actually work? And is it worth it? What about the risks? If you’re asking yourself these questions—or if you’re considering buying a foreclosure but you have concerns, here’s what you need to know.

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26
Sep 17

Commuter Solutions: The Best New Jersey Neighborhoods Close to New York City

Working and living in New York City is the dream for many people, but it’s also not very affordable—with high rent prices and even higher homebuying costs, it’s not exactly easy to live in the Big Apple. That’s one of the reasons many people turn to commuting from just outside the city—to save money, but also, for some, to live in a quieter town with a little less hustle and bustle.

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16
Sep 17

Thinking About Buying a Short Sale? Read This First

Many buyers, especially first-timers, are enthralled by the prospect of buying a short sale — and it’s not hard to see why. Bottom basement sale prices make these transactions seem like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, most of the time, these too-good-to-be-true deals also come with a huge catch.

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