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Friday, July 19, 2019   /   by Jarrod Mitchum

Smart Buyer’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Property

Daydreaming about owning your own home is one of the most intoxicating practices known to modern man, especially now that HGTV and all the house flipping shows make it look like a cake walk. But when the time comes to actually put your money where your daydream is, it can be challenging for first-time buyers especially to understand how a home that doesn’t currently come anywhere close to “dream” status could be whipped into shape — and how a home that they think is perfect now will end up feeling like a mistake in a couple of years.

To avoid that unfortunate scenario, first-time buyers will need to think carefully and weigh all of their options. After considering all of these factors, you’ll be well-prepared to choose a house that feels like home today and for years to come.


First and foremost, you need a home that you can afford. There’s no sense in deciding that you must have four bedrooms when the most you could afford in you ...

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Monday, July 15, 2019   /   by Jarrod Mitchum

Why Working With a Real Estate Professional is the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make

Most people don’t buy a home every day — it’s a once-or-twice-a-decade activity for many of us as opposed to a day-in-day-out activity.

So when you start getting serious about buying, whether it’s your first home or your fourth, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed pretty quickly. Some parts of the process (like searching for a home) have recently become more accessible through technology, but when every buyer has access to the same technology and resources, it’s tough to stand out in a crowd of showing, bids and contracts.

And there’s a lot more to the journey than just finding the home: You need to figure out financing, negotiate on price and possibly request repairs or make concessions, get the home appraised and inspected, and make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed by the time you sit down at the closing table to sign your name on a stack of paperwork.

That’s why a real estate professional can be an i ...

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Friday, November 2, 2018   /   by Rick Devine

A House Buying Guide for Single Women

A House Buying Guide for Single Women

Buying a home as a single woman can be hard. Not only do you only have one income, which can make getting a mortgage reasonably difficult, but even saving up a down payment can be troublesome. Plus, women generally make less than most men, according to Business Insider. This can make things even more complicated for women looking to buy a home by themselves. However, don’t let these statistics scare you. There are numerous ways to make purchasing a home easier every step of the way.

Assess Your Budget

Your first step before you even consider buying a home should be to carefully look at your current budget. Budgeting for a home can be tough on one income, but is not impossible. Generally, you don’t want your mortgage payment to be more than 25 percent of your gross monthly income. However, especially on one income, you should be careful not to bite off more than you chew. Dave Ramsey recommends taking a careful look at ...

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