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What To Know When Looking At Active Adult Communities

For many Americans, retirement age is fast approaching or already here: Baby Boomers account for nearly 75 million individuals in the United States. Retirement can present a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to relaxation, activities, and the enjoyment of life with those of a similar age. More and more Americans are looking to …

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What You Need To Know About Short Sales

On the surface, a short sale seems like the perfect deal. However, before you take the plunge, you need to understand how this type of home purchase works. What Is a Short Sale? A short sale is a home sale in which the homeowner is selling the home for less than he or she currently …

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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, …

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Fixer Upper’? Understanding the Balance Between Purchase and Renovation Costs

Fixer uppers can come with huge price benefits and opportunity, as well as problems. Make sure you understand what you’re getting yourself into before you purchase a home that needs significant restoration. Carefully Calculate Do the math very carefully before jumping in. Add up the expected renovation costs based on a thorough evaluation of the …

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How To Qualify For An FHA Loan

Borrowers who cannot qualify for a conventional mortgage are often able to obtain an FHA loan. However, to secure this type of loan, you must still meet certain requirements. What Is an FHA Loan? FHA loans are mortgage loans that are backed by the Federal Housing Administration. It is designed to help borrowers who are …

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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. The debt to income ratio is what most mortgage lenders use to determine the level of …

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Home Updates That Make Good Multi-Generational Sense

Multi-generational households and the growing preference on the part of many retirees toward “aging in place”have altered home design in recent years. Interiors are more open, more functional and more adaptable that they were even a decade ago. Spaces tend to be less formal; living space is better integrated with work space like the kitchen, …

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Thinking About Buying A Fixer-Upper? Know These Top Resources To Make The Most Profit

If your financial situation is limited, yet you’re handy with a hammer and nails, then purchasing a fixer-upper home can be an attractive option. Fixer-uppers typically require a bevy of updates and repairs to bring the home up to current market conditions. Because of this, the listing price is often considerably less than a move-in …

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 4th, 2018

Last week’s economic reports included readings on Case-Shiller home prices, pending home sales and construction spending. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were released, along with monthly labor-related reports on job creation and the national unemployment rate. Case-Shiller: Home Prices Maintain Rapid Growth S&P Case-Shiller home price indices for March showed home …

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Smart Technology or Home Automation: What’s the Difference?

Is it worth it to add smart appliances or automated features if you’re selling a home? Just how much connectivity do buyers want? And what exactly do the terms refer to in terms of home updates. Although smart homes and home automation are sometimes used interchangeably, they actually refer to two basically different concepts about …

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