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Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make

Purchasing a home in California is one of the most exciting and potentially stressful things you can do. The home buying process is also an emotional experience that is very personal to each buyer. When your emotions are involved in a purchase, however, you might end up skipping or overlooking certain details. Here are some suggestions …

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Foreclosures Waning = Homeowners Winning

When it comes to “fun homeowner conversations”, decorating, family planning, and congratulations are usually what go around before people come around at housewarming time. The specter of foreclosure however? Not so much. With that kind of phantom hanging around in the wings, it’s no wonder taking the first steps to owning a home can seem …

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Your 4th of July Fireworks Checklist!

It’s the Fourth! And now that you’re newly in a home, you’ve got more spreading out and more celebrating to do this holiday! What could mark the anniversary of our country’s independence and the new place better than a few pyrotechnics? Other than a great potluck spread of course. But even more important than matching …

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Improve Your Credit for Lower Mortgage Rates

You may have heard the good news about mortgage rates being at a three-year low. What many people don’t realize, however, is that most lenders require a credit score of at least 740 in order to qualify for those low rates. If your credit score is lower than that, you’ll end up with higher interest …

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First-Time Homebuyer? Here Are 3 Great Tips to Get You on Your Way

As a first-time homebuyer, maybe you are looking for advice, or maybe you have received more advice than you know what to do with. The process can be a bit overwhelming, but the more you can learn from experts and from the experiences of others, the smoother your home buying process will go. We’ll cover …

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How Long Will These Low Mortgage Rates Last?

Despite the many predictions that mortgage rates would rise in 2016 after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December, they have actually declined for the fourth week in a row, according to the Freddie Mac weekly mortgage rate survey. Why do rates continue to decline? News about low mortgage rates has been eclipsed only …

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Three Things to Expect from the Housing Market in 2016

Have you resolved to buy or sell a home this year? Or maybe both? Here are a few things you can expect to find if you’re entering the housing market in 2016: 1. Interest rates will go up This is not really news. Experts have been predicting an increase in mortgage rates ever since the Fed …

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How Much Mortgage Can You Actually Afford?

After you decide to buy a home, you are probably thinking the next step is to start house hunting. But before you can begin shopping for your dream home, you need to determine whether you can afford to take on the debt burden of a mortgage, and how much mortgage you are comfortably able to …

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Avoid These Mistakes and Save Thousands on Your Mortgage

According to a recent post by Mary Hunt, the “Everyday Cheapskate,” there are few mistakes prospective homebuyers can avoid, in order to protect themselves from getting in over their heads and potentially save thousands when it comes to a mortgage. Hunt’s advice is geared toward first-time homebuyers, who could be more likely to jump in …

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Why You Should Shop for a Home This Holiday Season

Holiday shopping is in full swing, but is this a good time of year to shop for a new home? The holiday season doesn’t typically coincide with the prime real estate season, but for just that reason, you may be able to make a holiday home purchase work to your advantage. Here are some reasons …

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