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4 Home-Buying Tips for Tipped Employees
November 12, 2018

Plenty of people rely on tips for a some or all of their income. Right now, more than 16 million Americans work in the kinds of service and hospitality industry jobs that have traditionally relied on tips for compensation. And...

Act Fast: Interest Rates Are Going Up!
November 5, 2018

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates three times in 2018, and they’re not finished: another hike is expected before the end of the year. If that’s not bad enough, most financial analysts agree that we can look forward to...

Think Millennials Homebuyers Are Buying in Big Cities? Think Again.
October 16, 2018

In the popular imagination, Millennials live in big city apartments or occupy their parents’ basements rent-free. But in fact, members of the Millennial cohort—that generation of young adults born roughly between 1980 and 1998—bought more homes last year than people...

5 Things You Need to Know About Jumbo Mortgages
October 8, 2018

If life has treated you pretty well and/or you’re looking for a home in an expensive part of the country, you may discover that the amount you’ll need to borrow to purchase a home puts your mortgage in jumbo mortgage...

Your Final Walkthrough: What to Look For and When to Put on the Brakes
October 2, 2018

You’re almost there, future homeowner! You’ve made a successful offer and sorted out your financing. Your future home appraised well, and it cleared a title search. Now, it’s time for your final walkthrough: one last look around before you officially...

How Soon Can You Refinance Your Mortgage?
September 17, 2018

Legally, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a mortgage this afternoon and refinancing it tomorrow morning. But just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. If you’ve only recently joined the ranks of mortgage-paying homeowners, you might be...

5 Reasons Autumn Might be the Best Time of Year to Buy a Home
September 10, 2018

Summer may be the busiest home buying season, but it’s not necessarily the best time of year to buy a home. Sure, there are lots of houses on the market in the summer. But if you spent your summer sipping...

Title Search: What it Takes to be Clear to Close
August 28, 2018

The home-buying television shows make it look easy. Find a home. Put in an offer. Poof. Done. But in the real world, there are a few hurdles to clear between the seller accepted your offer and congratulations, you’re a homeowner...

8 Things You Should Know About Making an Offer on a Home
August 23, 2018

It’s one thing to idly scroll through online house listings, or cruise your local open houses on the weekends. It’s something else entirely to make a real offer to buy a home. Making an offer on a home is serious...

What Homebuyers Should Know About Home Appraisals
August 14, 2018

Home appraisals are hugely important when it comes to your mortgage. Once a seller has accepted a homebuyer’s offer, a home appraisal is on the short list of final hurdles to clear before closing day. If you haven’t bought or...