Home sales are picking up in many parts of the country. Areas hit hard by the Great Recession of 2008 such as Arizona and Florida are doing particularly well. Nevertheless, even with buyer interest on the rise, it still helps to make some home improvements to make your house more attractive and sell your home […]
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6 Home Energy Savings Tips
The winter of 2013-2014 was one of the most brutal in recent memory. The dreaded Polar Vortex has put a large portion of the northern U.S. in the deep freeze, while bringing rare winter storms as far south as Louisiana and Florida. The extreme cold temperatures have put a major strain on energy resources, and […]
What to Look For when Buying a House for a Growing Family
When you have an addition (or two) coming to your family, it often means you have outgrown your current home. However, moving to a new house that will accommodate your growing family can be a challenge. You want to make sure your new home will not only be suitable for your family today, but will […]
The Financial Advantages of Modular Homes
Modular homes are one of the fastest growing segments of the home building industry. Not to be confused with a manufactured (mobile) home, a modular home is built to the specifications of local building codes with very few restrictions on where they can be placed. They are similar to manufactured homes in that they are […]
Home Financing Options for Returning Veterans
As the U.S. winds down its involvement in dual wars in the Middle East, a growing number of the military are coming home and returning to civilian life. Many of these military members will be ready to buy a new house or perhaps refinance an existing mortgage. The good news is there are favorable financing […]
Renting vs. Buying a Home: What is My Best Option?
The housing market has been making a comeback over the past year or two, with several markets seeing double-digit price increases year over year. With interest rates still very low compared to historical averages, many Americans are considering buying a home, particularly if the monthly payments are similar to what they are currently paying to […]
Is Alternate Home Financing Right for You?
With the sharp increase in the number of bankruptcies and foreclosures, a growing number of consumers with poor credit are choosing alternate methods to finance a new home. The most popular way of going around the traditional lender is with a contract for deed. Contract for deed arrangements have been around for a long time. […]
Planning your Budget for Buying a New Home
If you are planning to buy a new home, one of the first steps is to get pre-qualified with a local lender. However, how much can you really afford? The answer may not necessarily be what the lender is willing to approve you for. Though the level of approval is a good guideline, you will […]