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Is a Vacation or Income Generating Property Right for You?

If you have ever considered putting your existing home to work for you as a rental or income-generating property or if you’d simply enjoy owning a vacation home for personal use or also as an opportunity to earn passive income from a property, then there are four main considerations you must keep in mind.  Vacation …

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5 Tips for Creating a “Dream Home” Wishlist

If you have spent any amount of time thumbing through decor magazines, creating aspirational home boards on Pinterest, or have ever saved images on Instagram into your home ideas folder, then the concept of creating or curating the perfect “Dream Home” might exist in your mind. For families like those in military service who have …

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What is Earnest Money?

Earnest Money Defined If the word “earnest” is defined as showing sincere and intense conviction, then “earnest money” can be considered the good faith deposit in a real estate transaction that shows a buyer’s sincere and intense conviction (interest) to purchase the home upon agreement of a signed contract.  Essentially, earnest money is a deposit …

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Could a Multi-Family Home Be Right for You?

With the current inflationary costs continuing to surge in the real estate market, many buyers are thinking “outside the box” when it comes to creative ways to purchase and own a home. One option you may not have considered is how a multi-family home might be right for you.  What is a Multi-family Home?  For …

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Newlyweds: A Checklist for Buying Your First Home

Whether you are planning an upcoming wedding or have recently tied the knot, these are exciting times all around. Everything feels new from name changes and establishing new rhythms as a married couple, to learning the art of compromise and teamwork in most decision making.  One such area that will require the ultimate exhibition of …

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Top Green Energy Home Features and the Tax Credits They Offer

With tax season just about to wrap up for this year, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s tax season. Whether you are in the market for a new home or have your sights set on making some updates to your existing home, one great way to save on your taxes is …

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What Happens at a Real Estate Closing?

When you envision a real estate closing you may think back to movie images or your own past experiences where there are lots of people wearing suits, oversized mahogany tables, and fancy pens held by buyers and sellers who are signing paper documents ad nauseum.  While it’s true that some in-person closings still involve big …

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The Best Advice from Real Estate Investment Pros

Whether you consider yourself a real estate investor or simply consider yourself a homeowner, many people find that homeownership can be a jumping-off point for considering their home beyond a primary residence.  In fact, some military families initially purchase their homes to live in during a duty assignment but realize soon that upon PCSing, they …

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Why You Should Always Get a Reliable Home Inspection

For the past several months of this year, it has become obvious that the real estate market is very active. New and existing home sales are through the roof, and you may have even heard of outlandish stories of homes selling in a day, over asking price, with multiple offers that include personal letters or …

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