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7 Key Things That Help You Qualify For A Mortgage

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

In an environment where lenders are highly regulated and risk-averse, borrowers are rightfully a little nervous when they apply for a mortgage. But with the right preparation, qualifying for a home loan can be a rewarding experience in your journey toward homeownership. “In a lot of ways, lenders have gone back to the basics, looking at…

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Can’t Sleep? Why Your House Might Be To Blame And What You Can Do About It

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Not being able to get sufficient sleep isn’t just annoying. Beyond making you grouchy and causing you to yawn all day, it can threaten your immune system, impact your memory, and injure your back. There are a number of potential reasons for your sleeping issues, but your house probably isn’t helping. With a few fixes,…

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Personalize Your Entryway With These 8 Budget-Friendly Ideas

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

It’s always tricky to prioritize decorating dollars, and I tend to funnel most of mine to interior improvements: furniture, fabric, tchotchkes. But lately I’ve been thinking that the outside of the house – and especially my front entry – deserves its share of the love. The entry may be the first impression of a home,…

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6 Important Things To Know About New-Home Upgrades

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Getting ready to buy a brand-new house? Moving into a home that no one has ever lived in before is incredibly exciting. So is picking out all your finishes so everything really suits you. But there are several important factors to keep in mind when it comes to the upgrades and options that are offered…

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7 Reasons To Stop Renting Today

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

  Still renting? You must have a good reason. With rents continuing to rise across the country, interest rates staying around historic levels, and new loans lowering down payment requirements, it just makes sense to take the leap to homeownership. Maybe you’ve got terrible credit and don’t want to take the time to improve it…

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The Fall Colors For Home You’ll Soon Be Seeing Everywhere

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

Already thinking about how to jazz up your home with the latest fall trends and newest colors? Even in the dead of summer, it’s hard to keep from thinking ahead, especially because autumn décor can be so dreamy. This year, get a head start on the new season with the fall colors you’ll be seeing…

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What You Need To Know Before You Buy In A Planned Community

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

A particularly active spring storm season left pockmarked roofs and tumbled fences throughout North Texas this year, including many in my master-planned community, thanks to an EF0 tornado that blew its way through the neighborhood (thankfully missing my house – this time). The process of repairs and replacements was as fickle as the tornado itself….

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Seven Essentials for Buying a Safe Home

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

In dazzling summer sunshine, everything in a home looks great. But… and it’s a big but! Buyers can be distracted by strategic staging, clever decor, and time pressures. They benefit from stepping back to determine whether the home they’re considering will require expensive additions or overhauls to keep everyone safe—not just this summer, but every day of…

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3 Types Of Loans To Go For If You’re Credit Challenged

by Louisa Ward in Blog.

The latest numbers from mortgage analysts Ellie Mae show that the average FICO score of approved conventional mortgages is 732. If a borrower has low credit scores (650 and under), then that average FICO score could seem like a chasm between them and the home they want to buy. But just because the average credit scores…

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