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  • Using Your VA Home Loan With a Unique Property

    Using Your VA Home Loan With a Unique Property

    Think Twice About That A-Frame

    You want to use your VA home loan benefit. You've gone through the pre-qualification and pre-approval process and now you're under contract. Warning: you're not in the clear yet. First an appraisal will be conducted to determine the value of the property and whether it's marketable. The VA and lenders will restrict the purchase on some unique homes due to the lack of marketability. The main purpose of restricting the purchase of certain unique properties is the marketability also frequently r…

  • Pros and Cons of Fixer-Uppers

    Pros and Cons of Fixer-Uppers

    My husband and I bought our first home about five years ago. It was old and hadn't been taken care of in a long time. But, we got a great price...or so we thought. Our plan was to gut the inside of the house and fit it to our needs. Since we spent so little acquiring the property we had extra in our budget for renovations. As we started tearing up the old flooring and taking down interior walls, we noticed someth…

  • Don't Ignore These 7 Positive Signs From The Housing Market

    Don’t Ignore These 7 Positive Signs From The Housing Market

    There's been a lot of talk lately about the housing market and whether another bubble is forming. Some say yes, we are headed into another bubble that will likely burst, while others have a more positive outlook on the current housing situation. Whether you are looking to purchase a house this month, next year, or in the next 5 years, it's a good idea to keep an eye on the housing market in your area. This post fe…

  • Charming Character or Cutting Edge: Choosing Between Old and New Homes

    Charming Character or Cutting Edge: Choosing Between Old and New Homes

    A big decision many homebuyers face is whether to buy new home or an older home. Price, amenities, functionality, maintenance costs, aesthetics and location are just some of the considerations that can differentiate newer homes from older ones. Evaluating your options based on a list of factors that are most important to you will help simplify the decision. Is energy efficiency a must-have? Is a strong community a…

  • Antiques 101: The Guide to Getting Great Vintage Goods

    Antiques 101: The Guide to Getting Great Vintage Goods

    Do you like perusing antique stores for hours? Does the feeling when you stumble upon the greatest find ever thrill you? Do you prefer to decorate with old lamps and vintage furniture? Then this is for you. No matter if you're new to antiquing or if you're a seasoned pro, there are tips and suggestions that can make your experience more efficient, enjoyable and successful. Before You Go For starters, what …

  • Avoid Expensive Roofing Problems Before They Start

    Avoid Expensive Roofing Problems Before They Start

    Owning a home is all about having a good roof over your head. Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements and also plays a vital role in keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. For being such an important part of the home, not many people know about maintaining and repairing roofs. Whether you’re trying to spot problems early or avoid buying a costly money pit, homeowners an…

  • Don't Make An Offer Without Asking These 5 Questions

    Don’t Make An Offer Without Asking These 5 Questions

    House hunting can bring out the indecisiveness in all of us. You love a home, but it’s a tad expensive. The location is perfect, but you’re not sure about the pink carpet. So how do you know if you’re ready to make an offer? Ask yourself these five questions to tamper down the uncertainty on your house hunt. Does the Home Fit in my Budget? It’s very easy to become “house poor.” “House poor” …

  • Eye On The Prize: 5 Ways to Celebrate Your New Home

    Eye On The Prize: 5 Ways to Celebrate Your New Home

    When navigating the tricky waters of buying your first home, it’s easy to forget exactly what is so great about homeownership. Instead of living in a rental house, now you can pull off all of the daring home renovation projects you've wanted. You can come home knowing that this is your home, and it will stay like that. And when you accomplish a great goal, one of the best things to do is to celebrate. What are s…

  • How to Keep Your Cool: Fire Safety Tips for Winter

    How to Keep Your Cool: Fire Safety Tips for Winter

    Winter is here, and it's a time for building snowmen, drinking hot cocoa and sitting in front of the fireplace. Because it's cold outside, heating up some soup on the stove, turning on the heat in your house and letting a fire crackle in the fireplace are ideal remedies for bone-chilling weather. But with all the extra needs to create warmth during the winter, fire and heat will be used much more than during summe…

  • Is Christmas the Best Day to Buy a New Home?

    Is Christmas the Best Day to Buy a New Home?

    When is the best time to buy a home? The first answer you'll hear is whenever you are ready to own one. But, most people will agree that buying a home in the spring when sellers and buyers are fresh on the market is the worst time. But, did you ever consider buying a home on Christmas Day? Here are some reasons why this odd sounding idea could save you lots of money. The Sellers are Serious If you are w…