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Mastering the Short Sale: Five Pieces of Wisdom to Hear Before You Make an Offer

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A short sale can be a great opportunity to purchase a home at a discount, when a lender is selling a property for the remaining mortgage in order to avoid foreclosure. If you’re on the house hunt and come across a house that is selling for far under its estimated value, there is a good chance that it is a short sale.

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Home Buying Tip

for the weeks of: July 20

GETTING READY TO BUY

Summer time is a slow time for house hunting with everything else going on. But it is a good time to get ready for your search by search online listings and neighborhoods. Use our worksheet to keep notes.

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Added Expenses You Will Have After Buying Your First Home

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Owning your own home is often considered to be a common goal for most individuals who are looking to stay in one residence long-term. For many people, it’s a wise investment that can lead to large earnings if the property increases in value once its sold again. Although most people simply calculate the mortgage when determine what they can afford with a home, there are many other added expenses that can increase the overall cost.

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Improving Your Personal Finances Before You Buy a Home

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Buying your first home is a thrilling experience. However, too often people make the mistake of buying a home before they’re financially ready, or even worse, they buy a home with no idea of how it will actually affect their finances. More often than not, these scenarios take away much of the joy of owning your own home because you have to struggle every month to keep it.

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How Frugal People Revive Their Dying Lawns

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Is your newly purchased home’s lawn looking a bit under the weather? If so, you’re probably groaning at the prospect of spending a small fortune just to perk it up again. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Despite what many homeowners think, you can revive your dying lawn without breaking the bank.

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Becoming House Poor: A Growing Trend You Can Avoid

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House poor is the condition of owning a home you can only just afford. Being house poor has become a trend among many people who sign on to a mortgage that takes so much of their income there is little left over to fill it, go on vacation, or even for emergencies.

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home affordability tips

Ideas on how can afford a home purchase

  • start saving money:
    view budgeting techniques and rebate cards

  • view first-time options:
    FHA programs and zero-down mortgages

  • watch the interest rates:
    when they hit low levels, be prepared to act

  • have good credit:
    good credit means lower monthly payments

  • maintain good debt ratios:
    lenders view this as low risk

  • understand the process:
    understand how to negotiate best terms

read about these and other tips to help you afford a home purchase

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what is the value of the home

Check the market value of the home you are reviewing and neighborhood. It is a report you can use to structure your home purchase offer.

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Home Buying Guide and Home Search

Buying a home? You have landed at the right place. Our goal is to keep your home buying experience simple and straight to the point. Find home MLS listings, FSBO homes, foreclosures, new home construction, home classifieds, real estate agents, mortgage financing, home services, home buying steps, and just about everything to find and make a buy home decision.

Simply start with our quick home buying checklist that summarizes the home buying process. It references our free 7-step guide on home buying plans and home buying tips. Review our guides on home affordability, home buying numbers, escrow payments, home inspection, home location and neighborhood, home buying contract negotiations, home mortgage financing, closing and settlement, and more. Use this resource center to find the the right home, in the right location, and at the right price.

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