22 Jul 2016

Make life easier when moving to a new home #FlashbackFriday

There is so much to do when relocating to a new home. Here are a few tricks that friends shared that made my move a little easier. I am happy to pass them on! The most important thing is keep all important papers with you – passports, documentation for a mortgage, birth certificates, etc. While this seems like common sense, you are crazy busy during a move and it is easy to forget things. Begin to de-clutter and donate items as soon as you think you may be moving. Or better yet, do it every year (Yeah, that’s a nice thought). Don’t move what you don’t need. The cost of moving your items is based on weight. Donate or throw away items before...
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20 Jul 2016

Landmark Ahoy!

From iconic and famous, to natural and manmade, the Carolinas are home to some of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring landmarks. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Building on a heritage of hard work Industrious Carolinians have historically built on a foundation of dreams, aspirations and desire to contribute to the greater good. On the Outer Banks, the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was first authorized in 1794 when Congress recognized the danger posed to Atlantic shipping in the treacherous waters off the barrier island. It has stood as a state symbol since it was first illuminated in 1803. In the mountains of North Carolina, the Biltmore Estate was built by the Vanderbilt family between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately...
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18 Jul 2016

Conquer the Closing

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Buying your first home? Here's step 6: Conquer the Closing After completing the inspection and appraisal, all that’s left to conquer is the closing. And we know what you’re thinking … you’ve already been through enough, and that you can’t possibly survive anything else. But you can. And you will--the end is in sight, future homeowner! In our final installment of this home buying series, we’ll walk you through how to survive the closing process. This isn’t our first rodeo--but it is yours--so stick around and we’ll give you the lowdown. Here’s a list of some of the costs/fees associated with the closing process: Loan Origination Fee This is the fee you pay to your lender to prepare your mortgage for closing. Underwriting Fee This fee is...
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