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Home Appraisal vs. Home Inspection

Home Appraisal vs. Home Inspection

Home appraisals and home inspections are sometimes confused. While they are both an important part of the home buying process, they ultimately serve two different purposes. Key Takeaways • Appraisals estimate the value of the home, taking into consideration factors like comparable sales of homes in the area • A home inspection looks at the […]

Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score plays a significant role in the process of getting approved for your mortgage. It can affect the rate and amount of your loan, as well as how much you will need for your down payment. But being aware of your credit score is not as helpful as knowing how to improve it. […]

Changing Homes: Buying and Selling at Once

Changing Homes: Buying and Selling at Once

Timing is critical when buying a new home while selling your old one. Learning whether you can afford to carry both mortgages simultaneously will help determine how the process needs to play out. In most cases, buyers need to plan for living accommodations should the old home sell before finding and closing on the new […]

Existing vs. New Construction Homes

Existing vs. New Construction Homes

Deciding between an existing home and a new construction home can be difficult. But knowing the risks and benefits of each can help make your decision easier. Every home has maintenance costs, but they can differ significantly depending on the age of the home and the quality of the construction. Key Takeaways • New construction […]

Cover Your Legal Bases Before a Home Improvement Project

Cover Your Legal Bases Before a Home Improvement Project

We’ve all heard horror stories about home improvement projects gone wrong. In fact, many of us have likely lived through renovations and the headaches they can entail, including delays, shoddy work, unacceptable messes and fights with contractors. For most people, buying a home is the biggest financial investment they’ll ever make, and, understandably, homeowners want to […]