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  • Closing Costs 101

    If you are a first-time home buyer, you are no doubt a combination of excited and confused. There's so much to do and so much to know! Thankfully, you likely have a great real estate agent to walk you through the process every step of the way. One of the perplexing aspects of buying a home is the closing costs. Here is what you need to know. What Are Closing Costs?
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  • Prepare Your Home For Sale On A Budget

    Preparing a home for the market requires more than taking a few pictures for online listings and contacting an agent. The last thing you want to do when you are preparing to move may be to sink money into home renovations that someone else will enjoy, but taking the right low-cost steps can increase your home's resale value without breaking your budget: Fixing Fixtures Design sensibilities change over time, so the fixtures you put in your home a decade ago when they were the height of fashion might just look dingy and outdated today.
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  • How To Become a Landlord

    Buying a house is one of the wisest investments that you can make. This is because it is a place where you can live, or you can use it as a way to make money by renting it to a tenant. It is also possible to live in the house and rent a room out to a tenant to bring in some extra income. There are several steps that you should consider taking to become a homeowner and landlord in no time.
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  • You And Your Real Estate Agent

    Once you choose your real estate agent and the time comes for you to start searching for your next house, you want to make sure the two of you are approaching things in the best manner possible. You need to establish a good relationship with your agent and make sure the two of you are on the same page with everything related to your next home. You also want to take steps to ensure that you guys are working well together.
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  • The Big Deal About Tiny Homes

    Not everyone wants to live in a " mcmansion", and the trend toward downsizing our square footage has never been hotter. Tiny homes have become increasingly popular, and this housing option can be perfect for some. To learn more about the advantages of living in a small way, read on. What is a tiny house? Although there are no hard and fast rules concerning tiny homes, in general they tend to be between 100 and 400 square feet.
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  • A Quick Guide To Vacation Home Shopping In Washington State

    The Pacific Northwest offers a great option for vacation home buyers looking for a place that's quiet and beautiful. If you're thinking of finding a second home here, the state of Washington can be the perfect place to buy. Here are 5 great options for any budget and any vacation style. San Juan Islands. The ultimate getaway in Washington state must be the San Juan Islands. Situated across Puget Sound from Seattle, these wildlife wonderlands are quiet and remote—perfect for the harried worker looking to get away from it all on vacation.
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  • 3 Rights Tenants Are Often Unaware Of

    Almost half the citizens of many cities throughout the U.S. are renters, but are often unaware of their rights as a tenant. If you're renting an apartment, house, or condo, it's best to educate yourself on your rights to avoid potential disputes, or conflict. To get started, here are three rights that tenants are often unaware of.  Notice of Planned Entry Your landlord must give you reasonable prior notice before entering your unit.
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  • Steps to Make Your Rental Unit More Accessible

    When you buy real estate and are fixing the property up in the hopes of attracting a tenant, it's important to remember that you never know what physical limitations your eventual tenant may be experiencing. To this end, it's useful to make the rental unit more accessible before you begin looking for a tenant. There are a number of different projects that you can complete to ensure that your rental unit is as accessible as possible for a tenant who uses a wheelchair or walker or has other challenges in getting around.
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  • If These Things Have Changed Since You Were Turned Down For A Mortgage, You May Wish To Try Again

    Being turned down for a mortgage is never a good feeling, but it's important to remember that this result isn't personal — it's simply a reflection of your current financial standing. If you attempted to buy a home several years ago but were unable to secure a mortgage at the time, you may have been renting ever since. If your desire to purchase real estate is once again growing, it could be time to check into a mortgage once again.
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  • Finding A Home For Sale And Working Through The Home Buying Process

    When you are in the market for a new home, you can search for properties and get a pretty good idea what is out there. You need to determine a few things before you get serious so take some time and think about what you want, need, and can live without. Once you have those answers you can start to look seriously at properties that meet those needs. Know What You Can Afford
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