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Raising the Roof

                                                                                                                                                                              

 A House is more than just four walls and a roof (it has way more than four walls, for starters), but when your roof springs a leak, shingles start to blow away or age has just gotten the best...

Reverse Mortgage

"What goes up must come down,” so goes the saying. And, to that end, what goes forward must also go in reverse. Turns out the same also applies to mortgages, sort of. Except, instead of being a direct inverse from a “forward” mortgage, reverse mortgages are kind of their own special thing.

If you don’t read beyond this opening section, just remember that the big takeaway here is going to be that some reverse mortgages are good, some are bad and you need to always, always read the paperwork before signing on the dotted line. This goes doubly if your parents are considering a reverse mortgage and you’re going to be helping them deal with their finances as they age.

Reverse Mortgages and Their Bad Reputation

When reverse mortgages were first becoming fairly popular,...

Preparing for Fall

An End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

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Fall is a time when we think of leaves changing colors as the weather gets cooler. Of course, the changing seasons can also be a reminder to homeowners that it’s time to finish your end-of-summer home maintenance...

Buying As-Is

What does ‘as-is’ mean when buying a home?

41917682_MYou found a home that’s in the right neighborhood and an easy commute to work. The only problem: It’s listed for sale in ‘as-is’ condition. What does that mean? A home that’s being offered for sale in ‘as-is’ condition means that the owner is making no guarantees about the condition of the property and will make no repairs or improvements. It means the price reflects the fact that repairs may be needed.

Being listed in...

Should you continue to rent?

Should you continue to rent, or is it time to buy?

10257057 - happy family celebrating buying their new houseShould you continue to rent or is it time to buy? Generally, the more time you plan to live in a home, the more sense it makes to buy. If you have just moved to a community, renting — at least initially — may be a better option as you get to know different neighborhoods. Another factor: your job. How stable is your employment? Buying could make more sense right now if you...

Home Buying

Home buying, the smart way

33134133_MYour down payment is in the bank and you’re pre-approved for a mortgage. You’re all ready to start looking at homes. Here are some tips for home buying the smart way:

Don’t go it alone. Some tech-savvy buyers like to use the Internet and mobile apps to search for homes. But there is no substitute to having someone by your side who can help you navigate the home buying process. Buying a home could be the biggest purchase you ever make, and consulting an...

Questions to ask Home Inspector

Questions to ask when choosing a home inspector

10136616_SA pre-purchase home inspection is a recommended part of the home buying process. An investment of about $300 to $500 can help you avoid an unexpected defect that could cost thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands, after you sign on the dotted line. Here are some questions to help you select the right home inspector for you:

How long have you been an inspector? How many inspections have you performed? An inspector should...

Safety Precautions when selling a home

Safety precautions when selling your home

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If you are selling your home, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Although problems are unlikely, it’s always a good idea to do whatever you can to protect your family and personal belongings. Here are several ways to make your selling experience as worry-free as possible.

Work with a real estate agent. People will notice when the for-sale sign goes up in your front yard....

Essentials for First Home

The Essentials for a Fantastic First Home

 

This post was kindly written for us by our friends at Bellhops Moving

 

Purchasing your first home can be an exciting and life-changing experience. The move from renter to homeowner is a big one, and it requires a lot of careful planning to ensure that you pick the best possible real-estate the first time around.

 

Today, starter homes can stay in your life for much longer than you might expect. In fact, you could find yourself spending decades within your first home, particularly when you consider how difficult it can be to find the perfect house. That's...

Preparing your home for winter

Winter Is Coming: 

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home

 

 

It’s that time of year again: The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and the air is getting crisp. And though your attention might be on carving pumpkins and turkeys, it’s a good idea to start preparing your home for the winter months ahead. December will be here before you know it. Why not start preparing now? Here are 5 things you can do now to get your home ready for the cooler months.

 

Examine Your Windows and Doors
One of the easiest ways to lose heat from your home is through windows and doors. Glass transmits heat very effectively — unfortunately, in winter that means that you lose heat to the outdoors. Consider using indoor window insulators to give...