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5 Real Estate Professionals Who Assist You When You Buy Your First Home

So you’re set to buy your first house. But where do you begin?

Buying a house for the first time can be nerve-racking. Most advice articles often concentrate on the steps involved in buying a house. To streamline things, let’s focus on the people who will likely be involved in your purchase transaction.

Concentrating on the finding the right professionals can help you navigate the entire buying process easier and more comfortably. Most people start with their home loan financing or locating a property with a real estate agent. Many of the other people involved in the transaction will be referred by these two important folks.

Apart from you and the seller, a number of other people will probably get involved. Some of them get involved throughout the whole process, others pop in and out, while others are optional. Below is an overview of five people involved.

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5 Tips To Price Your Home To Sell For Top Dollar

Many home sellers are confused about how to price their home to sell. It’s definitely challenging to try and find that sweet spot between pricing it low enough so it flies off the market without undercutting the home’s value. Emotions play into the decision, too. If the seller has a lot of sweat equity in the home, or the property is the only place the children have ever called home, owners may tend to place a higher value on the house.

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4 Reasons To Buy Or Sell A Home This Winter

The winter real estate market tends to be significantly different from other seasons. Buyers and sellers alike are often driven by different reasons than at other times of the year. That can be a win-win for both motivated buyers and sellers in the right climate.

Many homeowners list their property during spring and early summer hoping to maximize their return on investment during the competitive seasons. Families with school-aged children tend to be highly motivated buyers because they prefer not to take a child out of school mid-term.

Given the nationwide housing shortage, those seasons were hot seller’s market with Millennials scooping up listings quickly at or near asking price. But since the dog days of summer, the housing industry has changed substantially.

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Best Things To Do Now To Get Your Finances Mortgage Ready

You probably already know that qualifying for a mortgage can be the biggest hurdle — aside from actually finding that dream property — along the path to home ownership.

Rather than agonizing about it, however, there are some positive actions you can take in advance to help you realize your dream.

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Creative Storage Tips When Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing at any stage of life can offer multiple benefits. Less square footage may come with a smaller price tag and usually means less space to clean. However, when downsizing a home, there’s usually the question of what to do with everything. That’s when creative storage ideas become essential. 

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Something Cool For Every Day In November!

Happy Fall, ya'll!! Check out all these awesome events happening in the greatest city in the world!

We live in Charleston, South Carolina... the best city in the world! Our partners at Lively Charleston are passionate about exploring & engaging with the people, the places, and the businesses that make our city so great. Below is a list of AWESOME things to do every day of November! Check it out and share it with your friends.

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What Are The Housing Market Projections For 3rd Qtr 2018 -- And Beyond?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR), in its ongoing analysis of home sales statistics, believes that prices will continue to rise during the third quarter, but that uncertainty over elections could be a factor during the second half of the year.

However, NAR's report noted that in July, a typically lackluster month, home prices rose by about nine percent, and days on market decreased significantly, perhaps signaling a strong start for the third quarter. 

National statistics don't necessarily tell the whole story, however. In addition, what will happen in the fourth quarter is, at this point, a bit more difficult to predict. Assessments about how home prices and real estate will end the year differ from one part of the country to another.

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3 Key Advantages Of Listing Your House This Fall

Homeowners looking to maximize their return on investment often want to know what season best achieves that goal. Getting near or full asking price can be influenced by a wide range of factors, including market trends, inventory and interest rates to name a few.

It will come as good news to know there are strong indicators that this fall has unique listing advantages. That means listing a home this fall could help sellers get the price they want.

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Mistakes Seasoned Home Buyers Often Make

It’s not uncommon today to move several times during adulthood, whether across town or across the country. Seasoned home buyers have been through the real estate process, often more than once. However, even if the home purchase has become routine, there are mistakes that can be avoided. 

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Are You Struggling to Close Buyers for Your Home? It Might Be Time to Look at Your Price

Since most homeowners would like their home to sell at a reasonable price and in a reasonable time, one of the struggles of putting a home on the market is determining the perfect price. Whether your house has been on the market for a while or you're just readying yourself for what comes next, here are some reasons that it may be time to re-consider your price.

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Owning vs Renting: Why High Rents Are Worse Than a Mortgage over the Long Term

If you're at the stage in life where home ownership is nearly within your reach, you're probably wondering whether you should start looking for a home or whether you should just keep renting. Renting is easier, people say, and it gives you more mobility. But over the long term, all that rent money can really add up – and it eventually reaches a point where buying a home is a better deal.

So why is paying a high rent a worse option than buying a house and getting a mortgage? Here's what you need to know.

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Big Second Quarter GDP Numbers Impact Housing Market

Positive economic growth numbers are always cause for celebration and the second quarter GDP just went vertical. After nearly four years of sub-par growth, the real GDP hit 4.1 percent in the second quarter.

While that economic news has everyday Americans excited that we may be entering a new age of prosperity, drawing a concrete link to the real estate market difficult. But by looking long and hard at this uptick and its potential impact on housing, you may get a better idea about buying, selling or standing pat on residential and commercial property.

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4 Top Sustainable Home Trends

The emergence of sustainable energy and products have solidified the go-green movement. Solar energy and electric cars are just the tip of the iceberg.

The impact of products on the environment has become a significant measure about their value. Those same principles are also being applied to homes. Smart homes and energy efficiency have a direct correlation to home values and listing prices. That’s why homeowners and home builders alike have an eye toward sustainable trends. These are some of the top-ranked home trends.

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Buying an Investment Property? 3 Key Home Features That Will Help Ensure You Turn a Profit

If you’re entering the real estate investment market for the first time, you’re embarking on a great adventure – and with a solid plan, you can turn a tidy profit on your investment.

The key to a successful real estate investment is choosing the right property. A great property will reap dividends for years to come. Look for these three features in your next investment property and you’ll have no trouble finding one that turns a profit.

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Buying A Home? Make Sure To Take Stock Of These Things First!

What are some of the most important factors that buyers take into consideration when looking for a new home? There are the obvious – things like price, square footage, location and lot size. Those are the basics. Other things that are often weighed are garage size, how updated the kitchen and baths are, and whether or not the basement is finished.

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Millennial Home Buyers: What You Need To Know

In the past, you’ve likely read about how the Millennial generation is opting to rent rather than buy property. While this still holds true for many Millennials, the fact is that a growing number of this generation is making the leap into buying.

In fact, according to Inc., Millennials today represent the largest demographic of new home buyers, responsible for about 35 percent of all real estate purchases. (For comparison’s sake, Gen X’ers are responsible for about 25 percent of the buyer’s market.)

What’s more is the Millennial home buyers have been trending upwards for about four years now, and this trend is expected to continue beyond 2018. Noting this, it makes sense to get to know the Millennial generation and what they’re looking for in a home. Here’s a closer look:

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Something Cool For Every Day In October!

Happy Fall, ya'll!! Check out all these awesome events happening in the greatest city in the world!

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Pros and Cons of Downsizing After Retirement

With Baby Boomers already rolling into retirement and Gen X looking forward to shrugging off the stress of the 40-hour work week, downsizing could be a strategic move.

For many Americans, homeownership remains their single largest investment and the monthly mortgage payment their highest bill. Lowering or nixing that cost altogether can free up a considerable amount of cash that could be used for retirement security or leisure activities. Keep in mind, your “golden years” should be just that, so enjoy them.

That being said, there are pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to downsize to a less expensive home.

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Going Low: How to Submit an Offer Below the Asking Price Without Spooking the Seller

You’ve found it: A large new home for your family. It’s in the area of the city that you love, with the perfect architectural style – American Craftsman – and lots of room for entertaining guests. It would have been perfect for you, but there’s only one problem – you’re not quite ready to pay the price the seller is asking for.  You’ll have to put in an offer below the seller’s asking price – a risky move.

Although you will be rolling the dice with an offer below asking price, there are ways that you can increase the likelihood that your offer will be successful. Before you submit your offer, use these three strategies to make it more appealing.

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Outdoor Projects That Will Help You Sell Your Home

First Impressions matter when you're selling your home. Curb appeal is what draws potential buyers to your home.  It can make or break a home sale.

Attractive landscaping or an appealing entryway can determine whether or not buyers walk through your front door. If the outside of your house is poorly kept up, they probably won’t bother to see the inside.

You don’t have to have a large budget or tons of time to make your home look appealing from the outside. Here are some easy outdoor projects that will help you sell your home.

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From Big to Small: How to Downsize from a Large House to a Smaller, More Efficient Home

If you’re moving from a large home into a smaller house or condo, you’re probably looking forward to enjoying a lower heating bill and not having to do as much cleaning. But before you move, you’ll want to take certain precautions to ensure that you’re not overwhelmed. 

A smaller home won’t have as much room for your belongings, which means you may need to get creative. Here’s how you can downsize without losing your mind.

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Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Football season has kicked off, temperatures are cooling and pumpkin spice everything is for sale in the stores. Yes, fall is here. While most people associate the spring and summer months as the ideal times of year to buy or sell, fall is still a great time to put your home on the market.

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Home Office Ideas For Small Spaces

Do you think that you don't have the space for a home office? Maybe you are under the impression that you need an extra bedroom or spare room for a workspace.

An entire room is not necessary for an office. All that it takes is a little bit of creativity to carve out an office space in any home. Here are some home office ideas for smaller areas.

Here are some smart home office ideas that prove you don't need to have a lot of space to have a home office.

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Your Home Appraisal And Your Mortgage

When buying a home, there are certain steps a buyer should go through before the home sale is official. First the buyer makes the offer, then the offer is accepted.

Next the buyer schedules the inspection and home appraisal. Finally, everyone is ready for closing.

It’s easy to overlook the impact of some of these steps, but when it comes to a mortgage, the home appraisal is actually quite important. Banks want to see that they are lending money for an investment that is worthwhile, so that appraisal is a crucial step to getting financing. Here is what buyers need to know about how the appraisal could affect their mortgages.

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Something Cool For Every Day In September!

We're back again with this month's happenings!!

We live in Charleston, South Carolina... the best city in the world! Our partners at Lively Charleston are passionate about exploring & engaging with the people, the places, and the businesses that make our city so great. Below is a list of AWESOME things to do every day of September! Check it out and share it with your friends.

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Should You Buy A Fixer Upper?

Popular TV shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers have brought the charms of owning a fixer upper to light. A fixer-upper can be a great option if you are prepared for the experience of owning a house that needs work and time.

A house that needs work can be a great investment if you are ready to invest the time and money into it. On the other hand, buying a fixer upper might be a problem if you are not aware of what you are getting into. Not sure if owning a fixer upper is worth it? Here are some considerations to think about.

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Thinking about Refinancing? 3 Ways That You Can Boost Your Home's Assessed Value First

In an effort to boost the value of their property, many homeowners invest in renovations that will help them sell at a higher price. However, with all of the renovation options, it can be hard to know what kind of fix-ups are really worth investing time and money into. If you're looking at all of your options for home improvements, here are some surefire fixes that won't stress the bank and will probably bump up the offering price. 

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3 Generations Top Housing Market Trends

Historians like to say that those who do not learn the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them. In the real estate industry, the chances of that happening are slim because agents and other professionals follow market trends closely.

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Buying a Home This Summer? Use These Four Tips to Uncover Hidden Flaws and Issues

In a hot market it's easy to be blinded by the competition and succumb to the pressure to make an offer on a home before you've adequately assessed it.  If you're looking to buy a home this summer, use these four tips to uncover hidden flaws before you put your offer in.

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Need a DIY Summer Project? How to Paint Your Home's Exterior in a Weekend or Two

If you want something hands-on to do this summer, look no further than the outside of your house. There are many reasons to refresh the paint job on your house, including increased protection against weathering, and increased curb appeal. Whatever your reason, read on to learn just what you'll need, and need to do, to paint your home's exterior.

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Spouse with Bad Credit? 3 Reasons You'll Want to Consider a Co-signer for Your Mortgage

Obtaining a mortgage can be quite a complicated process even without the financial hurdles, but if your spouse's credit has experienced a number of difficulties, acquiring a mortgage can be even more of a burden. If you're concerned about what bad credit will mean for your mortgage and are weighing your options, here are some reasons why it might be important to use a co-signer for your application. 

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Top Real Estate Predictions You Should Know About

Whether you are a homeowner looking to get the maximum return on investment, a buyer interested in fair market value or an industry insider grappling with the moving parts of the real estate industry, these are some trends and predictions you should know about.

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Something Cool For Every Day In August!

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Top Tips To Get Mortgage Pre-Approval Fast

When buying a house in a market that favors sellers, buyers must be able to move quickly. Mortgage pre-approval is critical to this. Here are some tips buyers can use to get approved fast.

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The Case for Making a "Smart" Garage

Energy-efficiency, smart electronics and automation have come home to the rest of the house, but many garages still look and feel like neglected warehouses. Why not update the lighting and add some high-tech features that will bring your garage into the 21st Century. Doing so will make your life easier and need not cost a fortune!

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Understanding the Factors That Impact Your Credit Score

Most consumers believe if they pay their bills on time, they need not worry about their credit score. Oftentimes, it is a rude awakening when they apply for a mortgage loan, car loan, or any revolving credit to learn they are not going to get the lowest rates available due to their credit score. This is because paying bills on time only accounts for 35 percent of your credit score. The remaining 65 percent is spread out among other factors that impact your credit score.

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Summer Staging: How to Stage Your Home to Appeal to Young Families

Young families often look for many different things in a home than older couples with teenagers or those with an empty nest may look at. Many real estate agents will tell their clients to stage a home so that it appeals to those who are most likely going to be interested in buying it. For sellers who have a family home in a safe, kid-friendly community, staging a home to appeal to young families is a great idea and can be accomplished with a few easy steps.

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Surprising Things That Can Derail A Closing

Once you and the seller have negotiated an offer and you've been pre-approved for a mortgage, you might think that you are definitely in the clear as far as closing goes. However, that is not always the case. Many surprising things can put a halt to closing. Some may ultimately stop the closing while others could simply cause a delay.

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Understanding Home Appraisals and Why You Want a Real Estate Agent to Value Your Home

While there may be instances when a homeowner must sell a property and move regardless of market conditions, there are other times when the value of the property will be a deciding factor in whether a homeowner moves or remains in the home for a longer period of time. Some homeowners will attempt to determine the current value of their home on their own or order an appraisal, but these values are not always an accurate representation of a realistic list price. There are a few good reasons why it is best to request valuation services from a real estate agent rather than to refer to an appraiser or estimate value through personal market research.

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3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Time House Hunting

In the ideal home-buying scenario, you'd have plenty of time to find the perfect home. However, this is not always possible. Maybe you are relocating for a job and have to buy a house from across the country. If this is the case, you might have to limit the time that you spend house hunting. Here are some tips to help you make your search as productive as possible. 

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Seeking the Perfect Summer Home Improvement Project? It's Time for an Inground Pool

The warmer summer months provide homeowners with the ideal conditions for making improvements to their property, and many will want to put installing an in-ground swimming pool at the top of their list of improvement ideas. While a swimming pool may seem like a pure luxury to some, there are actually considerable benefits that homeowners can enjoy by making this improvement. With closer consideration, homeowners may decide that this is the perfect improvement to make to their property.

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Pros And Cons Of Buying A Foreclosure

When a homeowner stops making regular mortgage payments, the bank can foreclose on the property. This means that the bank takes possession of the property in an attempt to recover the debt the homeowner owes. In some cases, the bank may try to recover this debt by selling the property at auction. In other cases, the bank will simply list the foreclosed home for sale.

Choosing to purchase a foreclosed home has both advantages and disadvantages for the buyer. Weighing these advantages and disadvantages carefully is essential.

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4 Quick Tips To Help You Compare Movers

It can be overwhelming to choose a moving company if you are buying or selling your home. There are usually numerous ads for movers offline and online. Determining which company is the best fit can be tricky. Fortunately, doing a little research can help you find the right mover. If you are looking to compare movers, you have come to the right place. Here are some tips to get started. 

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Understanding Your Debt To Income Ratio

When you are filling out a mortgage application, the lender will be asking you for specific financial information. One of the reasons they ask for this information is to enable the underwriter to calculate your debt to income ratio. This ratio is what most mortgage lenders use to determine the level of risk they are taking when they agree to provide you a mortgage. Keep in mind, most mortgage lenders will use your debt to income ratio to determine your interest rate, down payment requirements, and in some instances, escrow requirements.

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Is Buying A Short Sale Right For You?

If you have been looking for a new home, and you find one offered under a short sale, this may be to your advantage. While some buyers are wary about buying a home that needs to be sold with the approval of the lender, it’s a great way to get a bargain on a home that you love. A short sale may be a perfect way to buy a home, as long as you are able to wait until the offer is approved.

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Fix and Flip: Forget What You See on Television


The drama of home and garden TV shows may be fun to watch, but no matter what you think, reality shows are not at all like real life. If you think it's easy to buy a house that needs updating and flip quickly for substantial profit, you might want to think again.

That doesn't necessarily mean, though, that you should shy away from the idea of buying a "fixer-upper" -- just that you should approach such a home purchase with eyes wide open.

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Long-distance House Hunting Tips

Hunting for a house is stressful enough even if you are moving to another part of town. However, when you are searching for a house from afar, it can make the task of finding the right home for your needs seem almost impossible. 

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5 Inexpensive Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal

It's no secret that we're in the midst of a hot seller's real estate market. That means that good homes are going fast, usually at or above list price. This is largely the result of low inventory, where good homes are scarce, keeping competition for them - and listing prices - high. Bottom line: If you've been thinking about selling your home, there's no time like the present. But before you put your home on the market, it pays to put some work into it to make it more attractive to potential buyers - and while it's the interior that often leads to the eventual offer, it's the exterior that first has to hook the potential buyer and capture their interest.

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5 Critical Tips For Buying In A Seller's Market

This summer, quality homes are being scooped up almost as fast as they're being listed - and for top price. Yes, it's a seller's market out there, which is great news if you're planning to list your home. Conversely, for those looking for a home, it can be frustrating and aggravating.

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Taking Out a Mortgage for the First Time? Learn Why a Condo Might Be a Great First Home

Are you starting to tire of paying your monthly rent to someone and never building any equity? Renting forever can be a significant pain, especially as you're contributing to someone else's financial well-being. The good news is that there are affordable real estate options out there for those investing in their first home. Below we will share a few excellent reasons why an apartment or condo might be the best choice for a first-time home buyer.

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The 4-Step Financial Checkup to Get Ready for a Mortgage in 2018

Are you ready to join the ranks of homeowners in our local community? Congratulations – homeownership is a big step towards building your net worth and financial freedom. However, it is also a significant transaction that will affect your finances for the foreseeable future. Let's take a look at a quick four-step checklist that will help you to get ready to buy a home with a mortgage in 2018. 

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Benefits of Owning a Green Home

Going green is not just a new trend; it is a way of life that benefits not only the environment, but also your health — and your pocketbook. Green living cuts down on carbon emissions and creates a healthier environment both inside and outside of a Charleston home. While green structures sometimes cost more initially, the money (and environment) saved in the long run is well worth the investment.

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5 Key Factors That Affect Your Mortgage Rate

Many first time home buyers often wonder what factors determine their mortgage rate. Is it the credit score? Is it the type of loan chosen? Is it the size of the loan? The truth is, there are many factors at play. Mortgage interest rates are not standardized across the board, so they vary from lender to lender and from borrower to borrower.

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Ensuring A Stress-Less Closing

Buying a home is an exciting and exhilarating time, but between the time your offer was accepted, and when you actually have the keys in hand and finally step into your new home, it can be stressful. The escrow period, also known as the closing, can take the most easygoing home buyer to the brink of insanity. But, after you've negotiated your best price and come to an agreement, there are ways to make the escrow process less anxiety-provoking. Here are some tips from top real estate agents to help you get through the escrow process without losing your cool. 

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Everything You Need To Know About Short Sales

As a home buyer looking in the market, you are probably familiar with what a typical sale looks like. You probably also have a basic understanding of what a foreclosure is and how it will work. However, something that is a little bit less understood would be the short sale. While they are not as popular in the market, you may come across a few and you may even fall in love with a home that is a short sale. So what does this mean for you as the buyer? These are the basic facts that you need to know about these home and the process for purchase. 

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5 Ways Millennial Buyers Can Snag Their Dream Home In This Sellers Market

According to the 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report, Millennials bought 34% of the homes sold, the largest of any generation last year. 

Millennials looking to buy their first, or second, home need ready themselves for a shockingly competitive market. Lack of supply causes attractive homes to garner multiple offers in just a few hours!

So, what can a Millennial buyer do to appeal to sellers and be the one who ends up with the home? Here are 5 ways they can snag their dream home in this seller's market. 

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Steps To Take To Prepare Your Home For Sale

Once you have decided that you want to put your home up for sale, you should start taking the steps to get it ready to go on the market. While some homes may be almost ready for pictures and a showing, there are others that may need a lot of work. Because of this, it is always a good idea to evaluate the condition of your home as soon as you know you will be selling. Use these steps to not only determine what you need to do but also get started on your home preparation. 

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Tips For Home Buying In The Digital Age

The digital age has changed the way buyers browse for and purchase goods and services, including real estate. While home buyers still can check out property listings via a print newspaper or by driving through desired neighborhoods in hopes of finding a “for sale” sign, digital sources offer more options and can make the home buying process easier. 

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) states in their 2017 Report: Real Estate in a Digital Age, that 44-percent of home buyers look online when beginning their search.

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Best Tax Deductible Home Improvements for Homeowners

Before delving into tax-deductible home improvements, it's important to understand that these tax deductions won't be applied immediately. In most cases, homeowners can only benefit, tax-wise, from their home renovations later, when they sell their home. It's important for homeowners to keep receipts for their improvements, though so they have proof of the improvements they made, even if it's years later when they sell their residence.

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Over 5 Trillion Dollars In Home Equity May Lead To More Cash Out Transactions

US homeowners now have over 5 trillion dollars in home equity which is a very large amount of money! So this year may be the year for a lot of cash out refinances and other home equity mortgage products. Most often, when you are purchasing a home, you are buying at or below the appraised value and you are making a down payment.

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Top Ideas For Building An Eco-Friendly Home

In recent years, building an environmentally friendly home or updating an existing home to be more energy efficient has become much more mainstream. While building an entirely green residence isn't always fiscally possible, simple eco-friendly building techniques and upgrades will ultimately lower your water and electricity bills. These green home improvements will save you money in the long run, while also saving the planet. The following are some of the easiest ways to lower your carbon footprint when building or updating a home. 

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To Improve Or Not To Improve...

Selling your home is one of the most stressful things you'll ever go through and one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. However, there's a lot more to selling your home than just sticking a sign out in the front yard. Most likely, your home will need a little work before it is perfect.

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7 Ways We'll Make Your Home Shopping Experience Absolutely Amazing

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Moving From An Apartment To A House? Here's What You Need To Remember About Your Lease

The major problem that the vast majority of buyers will run into - especially when purchasing their first home - has to do with a lease agreement that is still active with their apartment complex at the time of the purchase. If you locate the perfect home in February but your lease isn't over until August, you can't be expected to wait around.

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6 Money Making Tips For The First Time Home Seller

Today’s homebuyers can have specific ideas and personal preferences that influence their decision on what attracts them to a particular property. While some prefer a fixer-upper, many desire a home that’s as close to turn-key as possible. First time home sellers may help expedite the process with six selling tips. 

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How We Help Frustrated Sellers With Expired Listings

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What Are The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Putting 20 Percent Down On A Home Purchase

Several generations ago, lenders required home buyers to have a 20 percent down payment in order to get a mortgage. While there were a few options out there for people who couldn't save this substantial amount, the reality was that for the majority of people, the 20 percent down was a requirement.

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How To Submit A Winning Offer: Tips For Prospective Buyers

In a hot real estate market, agents often tell buyers they must expect to make multiple offers before one is accepted. Disappointment may be the new normal rather than an exception. The stress of repeated rejections isn't easy, so be prepared.

Significant numbers of first-time buyers find the process difficult, and recent research indicates that about 60 percent of Millennials choose to rent rather than own, delaying other important life decisions, including marriage and family. 

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Five Reasons Why Spring Is The Perfect Time To Sell

Spring is many people's favorite season of the year. Obviously, there are many valid reasons why this is so; but, one of the best things about spring is that it is an ideal time to sell your home. If you have considered putting your home on the market any time in the next year or so, check out these five reasons which make spring the ideal time.

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Questions to Ask at Open Houses

An open house gives you a great opportunity to look closely at real estate you might be interested in buying. It also affords you the chance to chat with the REALTOR® so you can bring up any issues or hesitations you have with the home. 

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Did You Know Floors Can Sell Homes?

Have you ever walked into a home and looked down to see stained carpet or flooring? It definitely makes you want to keep your shoes on. Imagine if you were a buyer looking at the same floor.

The right type of flooring and whether it is well taken care of can make a big difference to buyers. If your floor is questionably clean, here are a few fixes to help remedy the issue to make sure your home sells.

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Can Your Waistline Be Affected By Your Kitchen Colors?

Have you ever walked into your kitchen and instantly felt hungry?

Rarely do people think about the colors that they choose to paint their kitchens. They are often too busy worrying about whether the kitchen will match the rest of the home, or whether the colors will be satisfactory to the rest of the household.

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3 Reasons Why Buying an Investment Property Is the Best Way to Build Your Net Worth

Whether you have recently graduated from college or are getting close to retirement, it's likely that you have given some thought as to how you can grow your net worth. You might have invested in stocks, picked up a few bonds or have a 401(k) plan set up to help fund your retirement. But have you considered buying real estate as part of your portfolio? In today's blog post we'll have a look at three reasons why real estate investing is one of the most effective ways to grow your overall net worth.

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5 Tips When Looking for Charleston Homes for Sale

It’s a great time to buy because there are still quite a few homes for sale now and interest rates have continued to stay low. Whether it’s your first time purchasing real estate or you’re a seasoned professional, here are a few tips to make shopping for a new house more pleasurable.

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Don’t Get Fooled by Tricky Terms When Purchasing Charleston Real Estate

When looking to buy Charleston real estate, confusing terminology can leave you feeling like a dunce. From a multitude of numbers to marketing jargon, property listings can provide you with an overwhelming amount of information — and it’s hard to know what’s important. So, brush up on the terms below and don’t get fooled this April!

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How to Save for a Down Payment on Charleston Real Estate

If you are planning to invest in Charleston real estate, it’s always wise to make as much of a down payment as you can. The more money you can deliver up front, the smaller your mortgage will be. With a smaller mortgage, you will pay less interest over the years, which will save you money in the long run. 

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Mistakes that Can Prevent the Sale of Your Charleston Home

Selling a house in the current market can be tricky, but there are certain mistakes an owner can make that will cause a home to sit still without a decent offer and cause the listing to go stale. To prevent that from happening, make sure you are not making one of the following mistakes when putting your property on the market.

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How Young Is 'Too Young' to Buy Your First Home? Getting Started Early Has Its Ups and Downs

Many millennials are expected to enter the housing market in the next year with the interest rates still low. However, while it may be a good time, it does not necessarily mean that it's the right time for you to make the investment. If you're currently weighing your options when it comes to home ownership, here are some things to consider before you decide put the money down. 

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3 Bedroom Staging Tips That Will Get Potential Buyers Excited About Your Home

Arranging an open house is one of the most important parts of selling your home, but there can be a lot of tricks involved in staging it so you'll get the right offers. While the kitchen and the living room may be a bit more straightforward, here are some tips for staging your bedroom that will be sure to get buyers interested in making an offer on your home. 

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What Is Mortgage Insurance and How Does It Benefit Me? Let's Take a Look

Are you in the market for a new home? If you are considering a mortgage, you may be curious about mortgage insurance, commonly referred to as PMI or MI. Let's explore the topic of mortgage insurance, including how it works to reduce risk and how it benefits you as the mortgage borrower.

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The Humble Vegetable Garden: A Fun, Health-conscious Home Project for the Entire Family

Whether you are hunting for a project that will pry the kids away from their phones or you just want a head start on the spring, few home projects are as rewarding as a vegetable garden. Invest a few hours in planting today, some maintenance throughout the year and soon you'll be enjoying some delicious, home-grown veggies. Ready? Let's get started!

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Recently Inherited a Home That You Don't Need? Here's How to Get It Sold Without Too Much Stress

Has a loved one or family member recently passed on and left you with their home? Inheriting a house can be a delightful gift, but it can also present a significant number of challenges that you must navigate. Let's explore how to deal with an inherited house and, should you decide to, how to sell it without incurring too much stress.

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Shopping for a Mortgage? Don't Make These Key Mistakes That Trip Up First-time Buyers

Are you ready to dive into the real estate market for the first time? Buying a new house, condo or apartment is an exciting experience that sets you on the path to building your net worth. However, if you are planning to take out a mortgage, you should be aware that there are some potential pitfalls to avoid. Let's explore a few of the key mistakes that first-time homebuyers make when they are shopping around for a mortgage.

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Tired of Waiting for Summer? 3 DIY Projects That Will Keep You Busy Until the Weather Warms Up

Do you find yourself staring out the window, longing for an early sunrise, hot days and late evenings? With spring just around the corner, it might feel like summer is a lifetime away. However, the good news is that you can be productive around the home while you wait for summer to arrive. Let's take a quick look at three easy do-it-yourself projects that will keep you busy until the summer sun is shining.

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Home Pricing 101: Understanding How to Set Your Home Selling Price and Why It's a Big Decision

Are you thinking about placing your home up for sale in the near future? If you dwell too much on the process itself, selling your home may seem a bit daunting. You have to deal with photos, listings, open houses, bids, counteroffers and much more. One of the decisions you will be faced with is setting the selling price for your home. In today's blog post we will discuss pricing and how to set a price that will attract potential buyers. 

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Looking to Buy a Home in 2018 and Don't Know Where to Start? Here's a Few Tips

Are you a renter that has become tired of paying someone else's mortgage and not building any equity? Or a homeowner who has a growing family and is in need of more space? Whatever the case, if you are in the market for a new home there is no time like the present. Let's explore a few tips that will help you to prepare for the home buying experience.

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Spring Is Coming: Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning and Breathe New Life into Your Tired Spaces

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Selling Isn’t Easy: 4 Reasons Why You Will Want to Engage a Professional Real Estate Sales Agent

Are you listing your home for sale this year? If so, you may be wondering just why you need the services of a real estate agent. Sure, it is theoretically possible to handle the entire process yourself and be successful. However, if you're inexperienced, you may end up stumbling. Let's explore four reasons why you will want to enlist the services of a professional real estate agent when you sell your home.

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When Is the Right Time to Buy Your First Home? Use This Easy 4 Point Checklist

Are you growing tired of renting? Or perhaps you've recently graduated from college and are looking to set down some roots? Whatever the case, buying your first home is an exciting prospect. Let's take a look at a quick and easy four-point checklist that you can use to determine if you are ready to buy your first home.

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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 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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Graduating From College? 3 Things You Need to Know About Mortgages and Student Loans

Are you thinking about buying a new home using a mortgage loan? If you've just graduated from college, you're probably wondering how your student loans will impact a mortgage and what your options are. In today's post, we'll share three things that you need to know about mortgages if you're still working on paying off your student loan debt.

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Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home

At some point in their lives, every renter thinks about home ownership and whether it's worth it. Let's explore the top 5 reasons why young individuals prefer the idea of owning a home over renting.

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Kids Moving Out of the House? Here Are 3 Tips for Creating a Warm, Welcoming Guest Bedroom

If you're a homeowner with children, at some point, you'll be saying goodbye. They'll move off to college or to start their career and adult life. As children move out, you'll discover that you have extra bedrooms and other living spaces that will need a new purpose. Let's look at three ways that you can transform an unused bedroom into a welcoming place for guests to stay.

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How Do I Know If It's a Good Idea to Refinance My Mortgage?

Are you interested in paying less per month on your mortgage? Or perhaps you would prefer if your mortgage was paid off a couple of months – or years – faster? If you are a homeowner with a mortgage, one option that is open to you is refinancing. In today's post, we will explore the topic of mortgage refinancing and how to know if it is a good idea.

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Capital Gains: What You Need to Know

Selling your home? I bet you’re envisioning those dollar signs in your bank account right now. But what does it mean on your taxes this year? Capital Gains taxes can strip away those dollar signs in some situations, but can be avoided in others. It is necessary to know about capital gains taxes and how it can affect you, the home seller. Here’s some information that breaks it all down for you.

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Can I Buy a Piece of Land and Build a House on It With a Mortgage? Yes -- Here's How

Have you been hunting for a new house without finding one that suits your needs? If so, one option that you may want to consider is building a new construction home on a choice piece of land. In today's blog post we will explore a few different mortgage options for those who are looking to build a brand-new home. 

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Take Your Bathroom From 'Drab' to 'Fab' With These Do-it-Yourself Bathroom Renovations

Does your bathroom look amazing? As one of the most used rooms in every home, the bathroom can almost always use a bit of a facelift. In today's blog post we will share a few DIY renovations that will take your bathroom from drab to fab.

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Having Trouble Getting Buyers to Close? Your Pricing Might Be the Problem

Are you experiencing problems with selling your home? A slow sale is no fun, especially if you need a quick sale due to a move or for financial reasons. If you are having some trouble getting potential buyers to stick around, pricing might be the issue. Let's explore a few reasons why.

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3 Ways That Buying a New Construction Home Beats Buying an Existing One, Every Time

Are you in the market for a new house? Whether you are a first-time home buyer or are upgrading to get more space, you will need to choose between buying an existing home or building a brand new one. As you might imagine, there are pros and cons to each kind of home. But if it is in your budget, you may want to lean towards a newer home over an older one. Let's explore three reasons why new construction homes are better than existing homes.

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3 Dog Breeds That Are Perfect for the Allergy-Prone Pet Lover

Do you find yourself itchy and sneezing after an encounter with a friendly, furry dog? You are not alone. The CDC estimates that around ten percent of Americans suffer from allergies related to dogs or cats. But, of course, that is no reason not to enjoy the love of a dog. So, if you are ready to push your suffering aside and adopt a furry pal, below are a few breeds that are perfect for those prone to allergies.

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Landlord Squeezing You for yet Another Rent Increase? It's Time to Buy a Starter Home

Did you just get your annual notice that the rent is going up? If so, you're not alone. Millions of renters are seeing more and more of their income drained away due to higher rents. To make matters worse, every dollar in rent is one that you are not saving, investing or using to build your net worth. If you're feeling the pinch of higher rents, it might be time to buy your first starter home.

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Should I Sell My Home 'As Is' or Fix It Up? Let's Take a Look

Whether your home is a few years or many decades old, its physical condition is going to be a significant factor in the sales process. Below are a few questions that can help you to determine whether you should sell your home 'as is' or fix it up before placing it up for sale.

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Buying a New Home in a Hot Real Estate Market? Here Are 4 Tips You Will Need to Be Successful

Are you in the market for a new house? In a buyer's market, finding and closing on a beautiful home can seem very easy. However, if you are shopping when the market is hot, you may end up fighting bidding wars and losing your dream home to a competing buyer. Let's take a look at four tips that you will need to be successful when house hunting in a hot local real estate market.

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Taking Out a Mortgage for the First Time? Learn Why a Condo Might Be a Great First Home

Are you starting to tire of paying your monthly rent to someone and never building any equity? Renting forever can be a significant pain, especially as you're contributing to someone else's financial well-being. The good news is that there are affordable real estate options out there for those investing in their first home. Below we will share a few excellent reasons why an apartment or condo might be the best choice for a first-time home buyer.

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Graduating With Student Loan Debt and Worried About Your Mortgage Prospects? You're Not Alone

Did you recently graduate from college or university? If so, you may still be dealing with a financial hangover in the form of student loan debt. The vast majority of today's students have to borrow to invest in their education, which can affect financial plans once school is finished. In today's post, we will explore buying a home with a mortgage when still dealing with outstanding student loan debt.

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Four Pieces of Mortgage 'Advice' That You Should Take With the Proverbial Grain of Salt

Are you in the market for a new home? If you have been talking to friends and family or researching online, you have likely come across quite a bit of mortgage-related advice. As with anything, there is low-quality advice out there which is essential to avoid. In today's blog post we will share four pieces of mortgage-related advice that you should take with the proverbial 'grain of salt.'

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Single and Considering a New Home? Here's What You'll Need to Know About Your Mortgage

Have you decided that it is time to move on from renting? If you are single and living alone, you may be wondering whether or not homeownership is right for you. Let's have a look at a few key factors that you will need to be aware of when taking out a mortgage as a single person.

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3 Ways That a Reverse Mortgage Can Transform Your Retirement

Are you a retired individual looking for ways to increase your financial security? If so, you may have heard of a home equity conversion mortgage, more commonly known as a reverse mortgage. Used correctly, this is one of the most effective financial products for retirees who own their home.

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Are You Ready for Home Ownership? Find Out by Answering These 4 Questions

Have you been dreaming about a larger, roomier, or more luxurious living space? Or perhaps just want to experience the joy of owning your own home and building your net worth instead of renting? Let's explore a few questions that can help to answer whether you're ready for a new lifestyle as a homeowner.

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Win the Bidding War With Our 5 Minute Guide to Making an Offer the Seller Won't Refuse

Ask any experienced homeowner and you'll learn that buying in a 'hot' real estate market can be challenging. A high supply of buyers competing for a low stock of available homes is a combination that can lead to bidding wars, price inflation and other headaches. The good news: with some careful preparation and the right mindset, a bidding war is one that you can win. Read on to learn how you can beat out other bidders by making an irresistible offer.

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'Pine'-ing for a New Look? 3 Ways You Can Use Wood Features to 'Spruce' up Your Home

Whether you are renovating an older home or putting the finishing touches on a new one, you would be amiss if you did not consider how to include furniture and other items made of wood. With a diverse range of colors and textures, wooden features are a must-have for any modern home design. Let's take a look at three ways that you can use wood to add a little spice to your home décor. 

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Make 2018 the Year You Escape the 'Rental Trap' by Buying Your Own Home

Are you growing tired of paying rent each month and not building your net worth? Being stuck in the 'rental trap' isn't much fun, but if you are determined, you can break out. Let's explore some of the steps that you can take to make 2018 the year that you become a homeowner.

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Is 'Curb Appeal' Really That Important When Selling Your Home? Yes - Here's Why

Do you remember the first time you shopped for or purchased a home? If so, think back to that moment. What did you first notice? Do you remember certain aspects of the home's appearance, or perhaps some unique landscape feature? Was it the bright color of the freshly-painted door or the glossy sheen from the clean windows?

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Considering a New Home Next Year? Start Now and Get a Jump on Improving Your Credit Score

In the market for a new home in 2018? With the new year just a few short weeks away, that leaves you with precious little time to get your finances in order. Let's explore a few tips that will help you get a jump on improving your credit score before the end of the year.

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Appliance Therapy: What to Do If Your Dishwasher Is Terrible at Cleaning Your Dishes

As kitchen appliances go, there are few loved more than the dishwasher. They can be a major time saver – that is, if your dishes are coming out clean. Let's take a quick look at a few steps you can take if your dishwasher is not doing its job.

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What Are the True Costs of Selling a Home? Let's Take a Look

Are you thinking about selling your house? Before you decide to list your home up for sale, it is helpful to get a clear picture of how much it's going to cost. Whether you are sprucing things up with a fresh coat of paint, replacing the roof membrane or just covering your taxes, there will be a few bills to pay. Let's take a quick look at some of the true costs that you'll incur when selling your home.

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Current Servicemember or Veteran? 4 Reasons Why a VA Home Loan Is an Excellent Choice

Are you current or former member of the US military service who is looking to buy a new home? If so, you will be pleased to know that there are some special mortgage programs that are open to you. Let's take a look at five reasons why a mortgage backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs is an excellent choice when buying your new home.

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Let's Talk Closets: Why a Walk-in Closet Is a Must Have for Any New Home Buyer

Are you in the market for a new house or condo? Whether you're looking for something luxurious or intimate, you'll want to ensure that you have enough space for all of life's necessities. Many home buyers focus on bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas as their top priorities. But have you given any thought to your closet space?

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62 or Older? 3 Reasons Why a Reverse Mortgage Might Be the Perfect Financial Solution for You

Are you and your spouse starting to move into your retirement years? If so, you already know that you are going to need a solid financial plan for when your primary sources of income are no longer bringing money in. If you have invested in your retirement, you might be all set. However, what if your house makes up the majority of your net worth?

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How to Use a Mortgage to Buy a Home After Going Through a Bankruptcy

While it is sometimes the best option to get your finances repaired, the bankruptcy and following discharge period can be tough. However, while it may delay things for a couple of years, the good news is that even a bankruptcy won't stop you from borrowing a mortgage to buy a home. In today's article, we will share some insight into how you can get a mortgage loan after going through bankruptcy.

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Stuck in a Bidding War? 3 Ways to Win Without Busting Through Your Mortgage Approval Amount

Are you making an offer on a new home in a hot housing market? If so, one possibility is that you are going to end up bidding against other buyers who are looking to buy the same home. Unfortunately, in some cases bidding wars are inevitable, and they can be a significant source of stress. Let's take a look at three ways that you can win a bidding war without having to spend more than you can afford.

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The Quick-and-Easy Guide to Getting Started With House Flipping

Investing in real estate is one of the oldest means of building and storing wealth. However, it is only just recently that "flipping" of houses – buying at a low price, renovating and selling at a higher price – became popular. For many, house flipping has become a full-time career and their primary source of income. 

So, are you interested in learning what it takes to become a successful house flipper? Read on to learn more about this fun and exciting way to invest in real estate.

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Buying an Older Home? Watch Out for These 3 Key Flaws That Could Spell Trouble

Are you a fan of homes with a bit more character than newer, modern designs? Whether in pristine condition or more of a "fixer upper," older homes are incredibly popular in cities across the country. However, there are some key factors to consider if you're thinking about buying a home built decades ago before modern standards were enforced. 

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It's Hammer Time: 4 Common Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Investing in your home by remodeling or renovating is an excellent way to increase its value. However, a significant renovation project can quickly turn into a disaster, especially for those who are inexperienced. Let's take a look at four of the more common home renovation mistakes that homeowners make and how you can avoid them.

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Mortgage 101: How Interest-Only Mortgages Work and Why They're A Good Solution for Some Buyers

Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or an experienced real estate investor, if you are planning to borrow funds to buy a home you will want to choose the right mortgage product. In today's blog post we'll explore how interest-only mortgages work and why they're the perfect choice for some homebuyers.

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Real Estate 101: What Is a "Short Sale" And How Does It Work? Let's Take a Look

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You Ask, We Answer: Should I Build a New Home or Buy an Existing One?

Are you looking to buy a new house in the near future? If so, one of the choices you will face is constructing your own brand-new home or buying an existing home. The idea of building a new house on the right piece of land might sound enticing, but what if you could have a larger, more luxurious existing home in the same neighborhood for a much lower cost?

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Selling Your House? 3 Strange Questions That Potential Buyers Might Ask and How to Answer Them

Are you listing your home for sale now, or in the near future? If so, you have probably come to terms with the fact that soon you'll be having strangers tour through your home asking all kinds of questions about it. In today's blog post we'll take a look at three strange questions that buyers might ask and how to approach answering them.

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Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home

At some point in their lives, every renter thinks about home ownership and whether it's worth it. Let's explore the top 5 reasons why young individuals prefer the idea of owning a home over renting.

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Speed up Your Mortgage Closing Process With This Handy Four-step Guide

Are you in the market for a new house or apartment? If you are financing the purchase by taking out a mortgage, you'll want to know how to make this transaction run as smooth as possible. In today's article, we'll share a quick four-step guide to speeding up the mortgage closing process.

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Did You Know: Your Choice of Community Will Impact Your Mortgage – Here's How

If you are in the market for a new home, you've probably begun the process of choosing the neighborhood or community in which you want to live. The perfect spot to call home will depend on your age, the size and composition of your family, your working life, and other factors. However, one thing you may not know is that the community you choose to live in can also impact your mortgage. In today's post, we'll explore how the local area in which you live can affect your mortgage financing and interest rate.

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Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster With These Money-Smart Strategies

As with any loan or line of credit, there are benefits to getting your mortgage paid down. You'll pay less in interest, potentially saving thousands over the repayment period. Moreover, you'll own your home outright that much quicker. 

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Baby on the Way? Learn How to Child-proof Your Home so Your Baby Is Safe From Harm

Do you have a baby on the way? If so, you are likely already wondering how you are supposed to make your home safe from harm. The good news is that with a little work, you'll be able to make your house or apartment that much safer. Let's take a look at how you can child-proof your home in under a few hours.

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How Much Is the Right Amount to Commit to Your Down Payment? Let's Take a Look

Are you thinking about buying a new house or apartment? If you are going to take out mortgage financing, one consideration you will have is your down payment, which is the amount you pay up front in cash to cover some of the purchase cost. Let's consider a few points that will help you to decide how much is the right amount for your down payment.

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Brighten up Your House With These Autumn-inspired Home Décor Ideas

The kids are heading back to school, the leaves are starting to turn and the weather is getting cooler. Yes, autumn has arrived, but the end of summer does not mean that your home décor has to suffer. Let's take a look at a few ways that you can brighten up your home and give it that warm, autumn feeling.

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3 Useful Tips for First-time Homebuyers Trying to Navigate the System

Whether you're tired of renting, need more space or want to make an upgrade, buying your first home is the solution. However, if you have never participated in the market before it can be a bit daunting at first. Let's explore a few useful tips that are helpful for first-time homebuyers who are new to the process of buying real estate. 

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Selling Your Home? Here's 3 Reasons Why You Won't Want to Handle the Sale Yourself

Are you thinking about selling your home? If so, you may be weighing the pros and cons of working with a professional real estate agent. Let's take a quick look at three great reasons why you won't want to handle the sale yourself.

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Buying a New Home? Here's Why Mortgage Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

Are you thinking about buying a new house, condo or apartment? Whether you are upgrading, downsizing or investing, if you intend on borrowing the funds you'll need to be pre-approved for a mortgage. In today's blog post we'll explore mortgage pre-approval and why this should be one of your first steps in buying a new home.

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The Quick and Easy Guide to Finding the Best Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Is it time to move on from your house, townhouse or condo? If a sale is in your near future, you will want to start looking for a professional selling agent or broker to help manage the process. Let's take a look at our quick and easy guide to finding the best real estate agent to handle your home sale.

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Events in Charleston: October

There is never a dull moment in Charleston! With plenty of festivals and events to keep you busy all year long, October is no different. Here are a few events you should add to our calendar this month.

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The Easy 3-Step Guide to Get Started With Real Estate Investing

Are you interested in expanding your investment portfolio with hard, long-term assets that are almost certain to grow in value? If so, you will want to consider investing in real estate. Let's take a look at how you can get started with real estate investing in just three easy steps.

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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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Wrapping It All Up: Don't Forget These Important Tasks After Closing on Your New Home

The negotiations are over. The seller has accepted your bid and the paperwork has been signed. Shortly, you'll be handed the keys to your new home and you can start moving in. But of course, the work doesn't end after the real estate closing process. In fact, it's just beginning! In today's article, we'll share a few essential tasks that you'll want to get to work on after the closing process is over.

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Trying to Sell Your Home As a Fixer-Upper? Highlight These Key Areas to Attract Eager Buyers

Are you going to sell your house soon? If it's a bit of a 'fixer-upper' – meaning that it's in need of some renovation work – you may find some challenges in marketing it to potential buyers. Reducing the listing price is one option available to you, but there are other ways to highlight this kind of home. Let's have a look at three key areas that you'll want to focus on when trying to sell a home in less than perfect condition.

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Suffering in a 'Low Inventory' Real Estate Market? 3 Helpful Tips for Finding a Home to Buy

Many homebuyers struggle with finding a home that is within their price range, but many of those perusing the market also struggle when it comes to the search. If you're currently on the real estate market and are having difficulty finding a good selection of homes, here are some ways to expand your search so you can find an opportunity you're prepared to invest in. 

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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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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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Trying to Sell Your Home As a Fixer-Upper? Highlight These Key Areas to Attract Eager Buyers

Are you going to sell your house soon? If it's a bit of a 'fixer-upper' – meaning that it's in need of some renovation work – you may find some challenges in marketing it to potential buyers. Reducing the listing price is one option available to you, but there are other ways to highlight this kind of home. Let's have a look at three key areas that you'll want to focus on when trying to sell a home in less than perfect condition.

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Go Big or Go Home: 3 Reasons Why Your First Home Should Be a Spacious One

Buying a home for the first time? One of the key considerations you'll need to make is just how much 'house' you want to buy. While going minimal might seem like a good idea to save on costs, having a smaller living space can end up cramping your lifestyle in many ways. Let's look at three great reasons why your first home should be roomy, spacious and luxurious.

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Staging Small Spaces: How to Highlight Your Outdoor Areas Even If They're Not That Big

If you're planning to sell your home, you've probably already started to consider how you're going to stage it. Staging is one of the most important parts of the selling process. The way you present your home is key to leaving a positive impression on a potential buyer. Let's explore a few ways that you can stage smaller outdoor spaces to make them feel like they're much more than they are.

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3 Secrets To Getting the Best Price For Your Home

Are you ready to sell your home? Whether you're just starting to make your plans or you're ready to list now, you likely want to know how you can get top dollar. It's going to take more than just throwing up a high price on the listing and waiting for a buyer to show up with a check. With that in mind, here are three secrets to ensuring that when you sell your house or condo, you get the best possible price.

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Yes, You Should Take the Plunge and Buy a New Home in 2017. Here's Why

Are you thinking about buying a house, apartment or condo? In many markets across the country, there's never been a better time than now to become a homeowner. In this post, we'll share a few reasons why the conditions are right to jump into the market and buy a new home.

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Selling Your Home? You'll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help

With the power of social media, it's easier than ever to use Twitter and Facebook and your own home website to sell your home online. However, there are a lot of different buyers on the market and that means it's important to keep all your options open when it comes to marketing your home. If you're wondering how you can harness the power of your neighbors to get the word out, here are some things you may want to consider.

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Thinking About a New Home? 3 Reasons Why a Mortgage Will Be the Best Money You Ever Borrow

In these days of low interest rates, it can be a great idea to get into the real estate market and invest in a home. Unfortunately, if you don't have the funds saved up for a down payment, it can seem like more of a burden than it's worth to buy now. While borrowing the money for your down payment might seem like the road backward, here are a few reasons you may want to consider acquiring your mortgage funds from someone else. 

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5 Useful Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100


Whether you're trying to improve the look of your home or are getting ready to put it on the market, the idea of renovations can seem like a significant financial burden to take on. Fortunately, there are a variety of easy solutions for improving the look of your home without all the added expense. If you're wondering how you can spend $100 wisely, look no further than the following upgrading tips. 

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Did You Know: Single Women Are Buying Homes Faster Than Single Men -- Here's Why

With low interest rates and uncertainty as to where the real estate market will be in the next six months, many people are opting into ownership and investing in a home. Interestingly, according to the National Association of Realtors, approximately 17 percent of homebuyers in the United States last year were women, which is a much higher percentage than the 7 percent of single men who invested in a home. While the statistics may be interesting enough on their own, here are some of the reasons why women may be opting in.  

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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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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 for 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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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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3 Ugly Truths About Buying 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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