28 Nov 2018

How to buy a house in 2019

If you’ve never purchased a home before, the thought of buying your first home can seem like a daunting process. In 2018, we saw low housing inventory levels coupled with buyers’ insatiable demand for affordable housing create a pretty strong seller’s market. Experts are predicting a more balanced market for 2019, citing rising new housing construction to help create a more favorable housing landscape. So how do you navigate the road to home ownership? Here’s everything you’ll need to know about how to buy a house in 2019: Review your credit score Unless you’re paying all cash for your new home, mortgage lenders will want to see a copy of your credit report. Why? Because your credit report is a pretty clear indicator of how responsible...
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15 Nov 2018

Home maintenance tips for new homeowners

Do the words "home maintenance" make you want to crawl under a blanket and hide? Buying a house is likely the biggest investment you'll ever make, so it's easy to see how taking care of it could seem like a daunting task. But some simple planning makes it all doable. Why home maintenance is important Home maintenance might not be as enjoyable a weekend activity as catching a football game or hosting a cookout, but it's well worth taking the time to do it when you consider the alternative: expensive emergency repairs. According to J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly, you can save up to $100 of eventual repair costs for every dollar spent on home maintenance. In addition to avoiding the expense and...
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