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How To Buy A House Without Going House Poor

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

How To Buy A House Without Going House Poor How much house can you really afford? Is it the amount the bank tells you when preapproving your loan? That’s what most people go by, oftentimes spending up to their max approval amount to get as much house as possible – or to be able to…

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How to Get Denied for a Mortgage After Preapproval

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

How to Get Denied for a Mortgage After Preapproval You’ve done the work to clean up your credit score, scrape together a down payment and pry a preapproval letter from your mortgage lender. Cheers! Getting preapproved is a smart move, especially in a seller’s market characterized by tight inventories and, in some regions, bidding wars….

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Passive Income Is Great, But Are You Really Cut Out To Be A Landlord?

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Passive Income Is Great, But Are You Really Cut Out To Be A Landlord? The idea of buying an investment property to rent out and collect some passive income sounds good, does it not? After all, being a landlord is one of the greatest and most time-tested ways to build long-term wealth. Especially when rents…

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11 Essential Summer Home Maintenance Tips

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Another summer is here, and if you endured a couple seasons of harsh weather conditions, or if you have some deferred maintenance to take care of, it’s time to get started. Rain, wind, and other weather fun may have wreaked havoc with your roof, your fence, or your yard, but the “obvious” fixes are only…

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6 Ways To Easily Update And Upgrade Your Bedroom

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

It happens. You look around one day and think, “When did my bedroom get so blah?” In the room that almost no one sees but close family, it can be easy to give all the attention to other, more public, spaces of the home. The good news is that you don’t have to redo the…

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Three Things Home Buyers Should Never Do

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Three Things Home Buyers Should Never Do Talk to a home buyer who just lost out in yet another bidding war and you’ll hear genuine disappointment and frustration. Listen to a buyer who found the perfect starter home, then asked probing questions only to discover undisclosed deal-breaker problems like UFFI, a significant foundation crack or…

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Are Your Pets Soiling Your Chances of Selling Your Home?

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

  Pets are often so loved by their owners that they are allowed the run of the house. At their worst, doggie and kitty dictators mark their territory with pungent odors and unsightly stains. When you love these little furry friends, it’s hard to realize how much these pets may be hurting your marketing efforts…

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Making Your Home More Energy-Efficient

by Louisa Ward in Blog,News.

Your home is your place to rest, play, and spend time with your family. It should be a place of comfort, and this comfort need not come at a high cost. Many homes, however, waste a lot of energy in ways that can be prevented. Here are five ways to make your home more energy-efficient….

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10 Totally Free Tips For Getting Your Home Sold Quickly

by Louisa Ward in Blog,News.

Staging your home is a critical step in getting it sold, but all the recommended updates and upgrades can get pricey. Thankfully, there are tricks you can use to make your home look bigger, better, and brighter, without spending a dime. 1. Fix up your floors Don’t want to pay to replace or refinish your…

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