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Home Buying Closing Cost InformationBuying a house is expensive, but many of the costs (like the mortgage and mortgage insurance) are paid slowly over a long period of time. However, some costs, like closing costs, must be paid all at once by the buyer. Home buyers who are aware of what closing costs are and who have made arrangements to pay for closing costs when the time comes are better prepared to buy a home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Are Closing Costs?

Closing costs are the fees that must be paid when escrow closes and a home is sold. Closing costs can vary from one home sale to the next, depending on a variety of factors including the price of the home and the

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Tips for Getting the Best Outdoor Living SpaceIf the interior of the home is looking ship-shape, then it may be time to start turning the eye outward. The right living space is not only a blanket invitation to enjoy fresh air and natural light, but also a good way for people to switch up their daily routines. When homeowners can enjoy their morning cup of coffee when the sun comes up or a glass of wine as it sets, they have that many more reasons to love their home.

Greenery and Growth

Outdoor living spaces start with the right plant life. The more flowers, trees, and shrubs in the yard, the cleaner the air will be and the more welcoming it will feel to both residents and visitors alike. When determining where to put it all, homeowners should consider how they want traffic to move in the

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5 Reasons To Invest in Solar PanelsAs people are becoming more environmentally conscious, there are new household improvements that help homeowners lessen their carbon footprint by increasing energy efficiency around the home. Solar panels have been around for quite some time now, and while many homeowners think they’re out of reach, they’re more accessible than ever now for use on private homes. There are many reasons why solar panels are attractive, and here are some of them.

Homeowners Can Live Anywhere and See Results

A common misconception about solar panels is that in order to get any use out of them, they must be in a sunny place like southern California or Arizona. While the location of solar panels does affect how effective they are, homeowners can live just about

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Moving Tips That Make Packing EasierMoving into a new home can be a daunting challenge for those homeowners who do not properly prepare themselves. Packing up an entire home before moving takes time, patience, and a plan. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the task of relocating an entire household, especially if buying and selling a home is involved. These tips help sellers organize the process for maximum efficiency.

Start Early

Anyone who has gone through a recent move will probably agree that they did not have enough time to pack properly. Even if people start weeks or months in advance, they can still count on a little stress at the end, trying to get everything done. This underscores the importance of beginning as early as possible. Packing the least-used items, like out

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Buying a Home in a Hot MarketBuying a home is hard enough without the complication of a seller's market. A "seller's market" refers to instances where the availability of homes is less than the local demand for homes by prospective buyers. Buyers must be on top of the real estate market in their target area, and prepared to make an offer very quickly. With these tips, buyers can keep their heads, make the best offers, and still find the right home for them.

Get Advice on the Price

Sometimes it seems like bidding higher than the sale price is a great idea. In truth, it may not make a lot of sense. Sellers set list prices with a variety of motives, and it can be difficult for buyers to figure out what is really an effective bid to make. If the seller put a price on the home

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3 Steps to Take If You Find Unpermitted WorkFinding unpermitted work is not the worst thing that can happen to a new homeowner, but it certainly helps for it to be discovered sooner rather than later. If any laws were broken by the previous homeowners, the new (innocent) homeowner can both distance themselves from the mistakes and then take steps to ensure their home is up to code. See how permits work, and what the owner can do if they know (or suspect) the previous homeowner(s) didn't follow the rules when it came to performing home improvement on their home.

The Nature of Permits

Every neighborhood or HOA has their own rules when it comes to what homeowners can do to their property. Some take a laissez-faire attitude, trusting homeowners to make their own decisions on their own

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How To Spot Foundation DamageFoundation damage can be a problem for homeowners. A home with foundation problems can be unsafe to occupy, and foundation damage can be expensive to repair. Homeowners who recognize the signs of foundation damage and who know what to do when they identify potential issues can help protect their property and maintain their home's value.

Signs of Foundation Damage

There are many signs of foundation trouble. Homeowners who are able to recognize the signs can seek repair before the damage spreads.

Warning signs can be found inside and outside the Wandermere home. One of the first and most obvious indications of trouble includes cracks in the foundation. Not all cracks are indicative of a serious problem. Hairline cracks that are smaller than

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Showing a Home When You Have Pets Waiting for a home to move through the sale process from listing to closing can be nerve-wracking, even when no major issues arise. But for homes with one or more family pets, trying to keep the home clean and attractively organized for each buyer visit can seem just as stressful as the actual sale process. Home owners who are planning to list their homes for sale soon and are worrying about whether their pets may affect their successful sale can use these tips keep their home ready for showings and their pets happy and healthy, too.

Eliminate Odors and Pet-related Damages

Even well-loved pets can leave their mark on a home, with odors, damage or both. This means that pet owners who are planning to sell their home must be willing to take extra

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What to Do About Roof DamageIt is important to address signs of roof damage because when is left without being repaired, a home may become more susceptible to mold, rot and pests. Those who want to protect their home's value need to decide how they may want to address roof damage and whether or not they need to repair or replace a roof. Depending on the type of damage, more resources may be needed to make necessary repairs.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Homeowners may want to consider replacing a roof if it is near its estimated roofing cycle. A homeowner with a roof of asphalt shingles can expect the roof to have an average lifetime of up to 20 years. Damage that occurs near the end of a roof's lifetime may be more easily and more cost effectively remedied by

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What Are the Most Common Home Buying Contingencies?Offers may seem like a relatively straightforward procedure when it comes to the home buying process, but appearances can be deceiving. From the common contingencies to the crazy ones, buyers can submit their offers with any number of terms and conditions. Find out more about how they work to benefit not just the buyer and seller, but also the lender and respective title companies.

A Brief Overview

Like most other purchases, home buying is largely determined by supply and demand. In a seller's market, buyers may make few or no contingencies because they are motivated to have their offer accepted. In a buyer's market, they may be able to submit a successful offer with multiple contingencies because a homeowner may need to be more flexible in

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