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Mortgage Loan Rejection: What Next?
Posted on 11/17/2019
Mortgage Loan Rejection: What Next?
Having your home loan rejected can be disappointing, but it is not the end of the road. This article is full of ideas to help get your loan approved on your next try: Re-edit your borrower profile Banks are vigilant on all aspects of credit, including the profile of the borrower. Remember that many criteria are crippling. Any...
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First Rental Properties: Dos and Don'ts
Posted on 11/17/2019
First Rental Properties: Dos and Don'ts
Photo by 1000Photography via Shutterstock Investment in real estate rental properties has many upsides. You can make great money long term. But as with any business, there are risks. Before you turn your condo or townhouse into a rental or invest in a house or duplex, consider the ramifications and consult professionals. Dos and Don’ts: Do set up...
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Create an Engaging Home Listing
Posted on 11/10/2019
Create an Engaging Home Listing
An engaging home listing can play a key role in your ability to sell your house. If your listing hits the mark with potential buyers, the likelihood increases that buyers will set up showings to view your residence. And as a result, it may be only a matter of time before you receive multiple offers to purchase your house....
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Preparing Your Soil for a Vegetable Garden
Posted on 11/10/2019
Preparing Your Soil for a Vegetable Garden
When deciding to grow a vegetable garden, the first thing to consider is the soil required to build the garden. For the healthy growth of tree, shrubs, and vegetables, the land has to be in good shape. When your soil is in good form, the need for fertilizer or pesticide might not arise. When you prepare your garden...
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3 Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
Posted on 11/03/2019
3 Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
After you receive an offer to purchase your residence, determining the best course of action often can be difficult. Because if you make the wrong decision, you risk missing out on an opportunity to sell your house and maximize its value. Ultimately, it may prove to be beneficial for a home seller to submit a counter-offer. There are many...
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Key Questions to Ask During the Homebuying Process
Posted on 11/03/2019
Key Questions to Ask During the Homebuying Process
The homebuying process sometimes can be tough to navigate. Fortunately, we're here to help you achieve the optimal results throughout the homebuying cycle. Now, let's take a look at three questions that every homebuyer needs to consider as he or she pursues a home: 1. What is my "dream home" definition? If you know what you want to find...
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Why You Might Not Want A Bigger Home
Posted on 10/27/2019
Why You Might Not Want A Bigger Home
Most Americans dream of owning their own home. The size of that pictured house is often spacious. As the housing market gets tighter, the prices of homes go up. The bigger the home you wish to buy, the larger the price tag. Keep in mind that the bigger the house you buy is, the more everything else will cost....
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How to Automate Your Life
Posted on 10/27/2019
How to Automate Your Life
Life can get so busy that no matter what you do, you can’t seem to keep up. Between work, school, the kids’ sports, and activities, and a little bit of fun, those housekeeping and personal finance chores can slip past. Soon, you find yourself trying to catch up because a bill got missed or an undone task turned...
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What to Consider Before Flipping A House
Posted on 10/20/2019
What to Consider Before Flipping A House
You can make money by investing in real estate. One way you can do this is by flipping houses. Flipping a property refers to when you buy a house to sell it for profit. The purchase is a short-term investment that requires much planning as it could be quite dicey. Buying a home to sell is a great...
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Some Design Tips for Beginners
Posted on 10/20/2019
Some Design Tips for Beginners
Beginning a new habit, job, or task could be daunting. Your debut as a designer could even be frightening. However, like any other task, some tips help starters and experienced decorators alike. Several tools aid in creating great designs, but often the whole design process is left to the designer to decide, and that could be hard for...
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Get Your House Sold... Fast
Posted on 10/13/2019
Get Your House Sold... Fast
When you want to sell your property, you want it gone as fast as possible. However, there are activities some house owners get involved in that do not help their situation. Selling a home is quite unlike buying a home. As a homeowner willing to sell their home, below are a few tips you should consider; Price your...
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Add Fresh and Fruity Scents to Your Home
Posted on 10/13/2019
Add Fresh and Fruity Scents to Your Home
Nothing beats a fresh and scent-filled ambiance. A fresh breeze is ever soothing and relaxing.Follow these scentful tips to get rid of difficult odors and keep your home smelling fresh and inviting throughout the year. Make a bespoke Gel Freshener. Making a gel freshener is quite easy. You need some essential oils like citrus and grapeseed, depending on...
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