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Posted on 10/25/2020
Conforming Loan Limit Increase and the Jumbo Market
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay If you bought a house that was over $484,350 prior to 2020, you had to get a jumbo loan, which is a non-conforming loan. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) increased the limit on conforming loans to $510,400 in most areas. The FHFA also increased the loan limit to $765,600 in some...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
Selling Your Vacation Home?
Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay Selling a vacation home is a lot like selling any other property, but for a few key differences. One, most vacation homes are far from the people who want to purchase them. Two, most vacation homes are far away from their owners, as well. This distance between owners, sellers, and...
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Posted on 10/11/2020
How to Sell your Home to a Family Member or Friend -- Without Destroying the Relationship
Photo by fauxels from Pexels It sounds like it should make things easier -- selling your home to a friend or family member should be a breeze for both parties -- but in reality, a home sale can disrupt your relationship if you don't go about it the right way. With the exception of parent to child transfers...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
Why You Need a New Door Lock
Photo by NakoPhotography via Shutterstock Whether to protect your belongings when you’re not home or to protect your loved ones when they are, you might consider a security system. Burglars are getting smarter, and your home should follow suit. One way to improve your home’s security is by installing a smart lock. Replacement or Add-On In general, there...
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Posted on 09/27/2020
Tips for Painting your Interior
Image by kitzcorner from Shutterstock Don’t underestimate the importance of a fresh coat of paint when it comes to preparing to sell your home. Apart from changing the look of your space, it also adds to the value of your house. Painting can make your home feel brand new and attract the attention of serious buyers. While painting...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Consider All Angles When Buying Your Next Home
No matter what your age, buying a new home symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in your life. It's an exciting event, whether you're a first-time home buyer or a retiree looking to downsize. When you stumble upon a house in your price range that has the features and characteristics you've been searching for, it can be a...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Accent Your Luxury Home with Landscape Lighting
Photo by Muffin from Pexels When you have a luxury home with impressive architectural features and landscaping, don’t let nighttime prevent you from showing it off. Landscape lighting provides a convenient way to draw attention to certain features of your home and yard when it’s dark out. This type of lighting can improve your home’s curb appeal while...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Understanding Debt to Income Ratios and Why They Matter
Image by Mimzy from Pixabay As you start your journey to home ownership, one of the terms you may hear from your mortgage lender is debt to income ratio. Many people have never heard this term before, but it is an important aspect of obtaining a mortgage. Your mortgage lender wants to make sure you are not going...
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Posted on 09/05/2020
Another Property Sold - 172 Clanton Ln, Wartrace, TN 37183
Beautiful 3 bedroom brick home on 1+-acre w/all black appliances, 42" custom raised panel cabinets in kitchen, zoned bedrooms, Cathedral ceilings in large family rm, pocket doors throughout, 16x16 ceramic tile floors, concrete patio, 2 car detached shop, mini barn in Cascade school district!...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
Home Maintenance for New Homeowners
Photo by LesPalenik via Shutterstock Many first time home buyers simply don’t think too much about home maintenance during the purchasing process. The challenge is that once you’re in the home, regardless of whether you’ve thought about it or not, your home’s maintenance needs only increase. And if there’s a hidden problem lurking somewhere, the result of ignoring...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Choosing the Right Neighborhood
Photo by Solis Images via Shutterstock While "the perfect neighborhood" means different things to different people, everyone can use the same process for narrowing down their options. Choosing the right neighborhood is an integral aspect of the buying process. You want an area that matches your needs for community, lifestyle, price range and more. If you're planning to...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Why Plan for a Home Inspection
Image by Shahid Abdullah from Pixabay A home inspection is a service that’s usually paid for by the buyer in a real estate transaction, and you have the option to forgo this when you’re purchasing a house. In almost every situation, however, real estate agents recommend getting a home inspection. Here’s why an inspection is so important. What...
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