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Category: Budgeting

Category: Budgeting

6 Hidden Costs to Consider When Buying a Home

January 23, 2018  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

You’ve saved a down payment, chosen an experienced local Realtor, set your budget, and you know how much you can afford to pay for a home. But your mortgage is not the only cost you need to consider when buying… Read more

5 Tips to Help You Survive the Holiday Shopping Season

December 4, 2017  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Shopping for the holidays can turn the most wonderful time of the year into the most stressful time, but a little planning and creativity can turn the season’s most dreaded task into a bearable (even a pleasant) one…and these tips… Read more

Get Closer to Your Dream Home in 2017 with These 3 Steps

January 9, 2017  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Is buying a home in 2017 one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Here I will tell you the top 3 things you must do this year to make your dream a… Read more

Homebuyers, Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?

January 2, 2017  /  Appraisal  /  Marti Reeder

Many homebuyers and home sellers believe they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or to move on to their next home. There are many loan programs where you can put down as little… Read more

The Mortgage Process: What You Need to Know

October 31, 2016  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

As we said in our Oct. 17 blog post, this is a seller’s market, so it is important that you get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. Here’s what you’ll need to qualify in the current real estate market: A… Read more

Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage: the 4 Cs

October 17, 2016  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Right now we are in a seller’s real estate market, because the number of homebuyers exceeds the number of  homes for sale. This means that, to buy your dream home, you need to stand apart from other home buyers. Not… Read more

Financial Literacy: Setting Financial Priorities

April 12, 2016  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

April is National Financial Literacy Month, so we’ll be posting information throughout the month on our blog and social media channels to help you make smart money decisions as you plan for your future. Let’s start by talking about setting… Read more

For Homebuyers: 7 Ways to Save for a Down Payment

January 4, 2016  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

In 2014, the largest group of homebuyers were Millennials (age 34 and younger), according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study. In fact, Millennials represented 32% of all homebuyers. Generation X (ages 35… Read more

9 Tips to Keep Your Budget and Credit Score on Track This Holiday Season

December 7, 2015  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

With so many people on your gift list, it’s easy to get carried away with holiday shopping. However, overspending can negatively impact your credit score, which can affect your home buying ability, if you’re not careful. Here are some tips… Read more

6 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

October 26, 2015  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Whether it is your first home or your third one, you don’t want to make costly mistakes when buying a home. Here are six mistakes that you can avoid with a little time, effort and knowledge: Not checking your credit… Read more

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