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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Tips to Dealing With Your HOA

Living in an HOA community has its perks, but how you deal with your HOA can make a big difference in your enjoyment of your home and surrounding community.

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Tax Benefits of Owning a Historic Property

If you own a historic property or are considering buying one, there are more advantages than just unique and original architecture and design. There are also several tax incentives at the federal, state, and local levels that are put in place to encourage homeowners to preserve these historic properties and rehabilitate them appropriately rather than tear them down in favor of new construction.

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6 Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Buying a house is most likely the biggest investment you will ever make, so before you dive head-first into the deal, you’ll want to have some questions answered about your mortgage. After all, you’ll be responsible for making good on your mortgage payments every month for years, so make sure you’re well advised about your home loan before you sign on the dotted line.

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Where Have All The Sellers Gone?

For you old-timers, this is not a new version of a Peter, Paul, and Mary song (Younger folk, ask your parents about who they are. Mary unfortunately died a couple of years ago, but Peter and Paul are still going strong).

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6 Signs a Seller is Open For Negotiation

As a buyer, the more you can get out of a real estate deal, the better, and that includes a lower purchase price. Having said that, any information you can gather about the seller regarding the motivations that lie beneath why they’re selling and how open they are to negotiate would be very helpful.

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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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