13 Outdoor Features Homebuyers Want

The National Association of Realtors conducted a survey of the most desirable outdoor features homebuyers want. According to the NAR, curb appeal plays a significant role in tackling any outdoor project. Among REALTORS®, 94 percent have suggested sellers improve their curb appeal before listing a home for sale. When working with a residential seller, 99 percent of NAR members believe curb app...
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Different Credit Score Between Different Credit Reporting Companies?

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Credit scores are one of those things that have consumers (and sometimes lenders) scratching their heads and saying, “How did they come up with THAT credit score?”The one you hear about the most are FICO scores (acronym for the Fair Isaac Corporation, the creators of the FICO score). It’s the one that most mortgage lenders use as one of the benchmarks to see if you qualify to refinance or...
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6 Easy Ways To Save Money This Year

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It’s the little things—that can save you a ton of money this year.Here are six of them that I’d like to share with you!Cancel a service Take a look at your monthly credit card and bank statements.  Are you paying a monthly fee for a service that you hardly use?  Or can you find the service somewhere else for free?  For example—paying a monthly fee to Netflix when you can get it fr...
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Signs You Need Foundation Repair

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Our amazing friend, Jim Oursler of Granite Foundation Repair jumped at the opportunity to share his vast knowledge on foundation repair. Hopefully, these tips from him and his team can help you before it's too late!Having a solid foundation is the best thing for your home because it ensures the stability and safety of your home. Over time, wear and tear will show and this includes sections of ...
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Back To School Tips From The Teachers

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With the school year starting back up again, it's important to make sure that your child goes back to school on the right foot.Here are some powerful back to school tips from Mrs. Evelyn Cheek works at Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School. A teacher of 4th grade for 31 years, Cheek has these three tips to help parents ease into the new school year. Her first piece of ...
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What You Need To Know About Appraisals

If you are buying a home and need a mortgage, the lender will require a property appraisal — comparing the sales price you have negotiated to other comparable homes that have sold in the area.If you are thinking of buying a new home or refinancing your home, you will also need an appraisal.Here are some things you need to know: Who Pays For the Appraisal? If the buyer of your home needs ...
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Small Steps Now Lead to Big Savings Later

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In a recent survey, 69% of consumers want to decrease their debt. 18% said they wanted to increase their credit score. 7% want to get rid of their credit cards altogether. And 7% want to increase their savings. These goals can be achieved over time—if you take a few steps now that can save you money later.Contact your credit card companies to see if you are getting the best rate, based on y...
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17 Questions To Ask A Real Estate Agent

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If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you’ll probably want to not only find the best real estate agent for our needs but one with integrity and one that knows the ropes. They don’t have to be your best friend, but they should be someone that you genuinely like—because you’ll be spending a lot of time with them.Start with recommendations from family and friends. Ask what they liked about th...
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Your Credit Score Is Not a Secret!

I’m sure you’ve seen the TV ads. Social media posts. Direct mail.Virtually everyone (mostly credit card companies) are offering you the ability to sign up, view your credit score and get notified if your credit score changes.Now, you can also sign up to be notified if a company performs a credit check on you too.But did you know that in addition to getting your credit score, that you a...
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Telltale Signs that It’s a Scam!

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History is jammed packed with stories of innovative ways that scammers have used to trick people to give them their money.  Their possessions. Their homes.With e-commerce.  Information on the web.  Social media.  Robo-phone calls.  It’s even easier to fall into a scammer’s web of deceit.So, how can you tell if you are one of their targets, what are the signs of a scam?Well, there is no...
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