First-Time Homebuyer DPA Earns High Marks

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First-Time Homebuyer DPA Earns High Marks

Down payment assistance programs and first-time homebuyer solutions have been around for decades, but few programs succeed on a consistent basis – much less thrive. U.S. mortgage lenders have worked with community development programs and budget-challenged state housing programs over the years, but some mortgage originators find such sources to be difficult solutions for their.....

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Title Insurance: A Must When Buying a Home

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Title Insurance - A Must When Buying a Home

If you’re about to purchase a home, you’ve probably been told to get title insurance. But what exactly is title insurance—and do you really need it? What is title insurance? Title insurance protects you, as the owner of the property – and your lender, if you have a mortgage – against any defects in the.....

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Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

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Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably about to make the largest purchase of your life. So why would you want to risk that investment by taking on the home-buying process without a real-estate attorney by your side? According to the 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers released by the.....

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Real Help for First-Time Homeowners

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Real Help for First-Time Homeowners

With housing prices continuing to climb higher throughout the country, first-time home buyers are finding it more difficult to afford a home. And the price increases are expected to continue at least through 2020. The latest Reuters poll of nearly 45 analysts taken May 16-June 5 showed the S&P/Case Shiller composite index of home prices.....

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7 Tips to Designing Your Dream Kitchen

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7 Tips to Designing Your Dream Kitchen
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Kitchens remain the center of family living—a place to cook, eat, gather and entertain, and a prime reason many buyers gravitate to one house versus another. New appliances, sturdy cabinets, functional countertops and sensible layout may pique buyer interest. Similarly, a disappointing plan, poor lighting and dated equipment may crater a possible transaction, or conversely.....

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6 Tips to Growing a Beautiful Garden

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6 Tips to Growing a Beautiful Garden

Outdoor living space has become one of many home owners’ top priorities. A healthy lawn, trees and seasonal plantings, as well as amenities such as a deck, swimming pool, pond, walkways and outdoor lighting, all help expand indoor square footage, improve the look of your yard for yourself, neighbors and community, and increase the value.....

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