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What Does “Clear to Close” Mean?

What Does “Clear to Close” Mean?

One of the best things a homebuyer can hear is, “we have ‘clear to close.’” It’s one of the biggest milestones in the mortgage lending process and means the underwriter has cleared the application to move forward to document signing and close of escrow. While a...

6 SIDE HUSTLES TO HELP SAVE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT

6 SIDE HUSTLES TO HELP SAVE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT

One of the biggest financial goals for many is to save up enough money for a down payment on a house. For those who don’t have access to family wealth or are having trouble scraping together the funds, side hustles can be an invaluable source of income. Here are six...

Design Trends for 2023 – More is Everything

Design Trends for 2023 – More is Everything

A common regret around taking down the holiday decorations is how bare the home looks suddenly. Fortunately for anyone ready to upgrade their design in 2023, new trends are offering more comfort and coziness than we’ve seen lately. For the past few years, home...

Still a Great Time to Sell? The ABC’s of Success

Still a Great Time to Sell? The ABC’s of Success

Sellers all over the country are confused and worried they may have missed the best time to sell their homes. Prices are dropping, mortgage rates are rising, and the pace has slowed but the impact on any individual seller is unclear. While the days of any home selling...

Buying a New Construction Home? A Few Tips To Avoid Panic

Buying a New Construction Home? A Few Tips To Avoid Panic

A brand-new home! Who hasn’t dreamed of creating the perfect home from scratch and moving into a space that no one has ever lived in before? There’s something special about a fresh home, but remember, new doesn’t mean perfect. And it certainly does not mean that there...

Are Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Making a Comeback?

Are Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Making a Comeback?

Homebuyers have had a rough time lately. First, the frenzied housing market stymied so many offers and caused frustration due to a lack of inventory. Now that the pace and prices are starting to drop, interest rates have ticked up to alarming levels. While some buyers...

How to Use Comps to Price Your Home Correctly

How to Use Comps to Price Your Home Correctly

The most important aspect of listing your home for sale is the asking price. Unlike many other items we purchase, home prices are based on what a willing and able buyer would pay for the property. Sounds complicated, right? This is why real estate agents bring comps (...

Tips for Buying Land for a Tiny or Prefab Home

Tips for Buying Land for a Tiny or Prefab Home

Prefabricated homes have become very popular in recent years as more and more people look for creative ways to build their home environment. These homes can take the form of a tiny house, manufactured home, or Airstream. The demand for vacant land has increased...

Should I Move For My Job?

Should I Move For My Job?

The question of moving for a new job is not uncommon. In the past few years, more and more companies are moving their entire operations out of high-tax states to those more business-friendly. Possible work-from-home options further complicate the decision to move with...