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MOVING WITH YOUR PET? EXPERT TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FUR BABY SAFE AND HAPPY

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When relocating to a new home, there are numerous things to coordinate. From packing to setting up utility services in your name, the process is often complex and full of moving parts. One consideration that many people forget to make until much later in the process is how to help their pets have a safe and happy move. Don’t postpone …

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HOME-BUYER RESOURCES FOR IDENTIFYING PROPERTY PROBLEMS

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A home is a major investment. As a property buyer, you want to make sure that whatever you purchase is in perfect condition. Alternatively, if a repair is required, you want to ensure that you can handle the fix yourself—or can afford the cost of hiring a pro to do it. Let’s take a deeper dive into identifying property problems that …

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LIST PRICE TODAY IS LIKE THE OPENING BID IN AN AUCTION

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Buyers today should consider the list price for a home as just an opening bid in an auction. If you are looking at homes at the top of your budget, then you need to adjust your search from 10 to 20% lower to have any hope of winning the bid. Whatever the list price is, the final contract price will …

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4 Incredibly Important Numbers Everyone Needs to Know When Buying a House

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When you’re shopping for a house, there are certain facts and figures that you (or your real estate agent) are expected to know.   These would include things like your overall budget, your closing costs, and your general mortgage pre-approval range.    But even when you have all of this information going into your house hunt, there’s still often one …

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Upsizing in Retirement: Finding The Perfect House

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While some seniors opt to downsize in retirement, others decide to go big with a new home as a way to rally family and friends in an environment suitable for entertaining. Upsizing to a larger property also opens the door to hobby farming opportunities. You might opt to live a simple sustainable life, or monetize your hobby as a form …

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WHY INVEST IN A HOME WARRANTY?

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When you own a home, there is so much to do that the responsibilities can sometimes feel overwhelming. The time you spend maintaining your home and addressing concerns can be extensive, but the financial commitment can be a burden. A home warranty can help relieve financial burdens and give you the peace of mind you need.   When it comes …

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A FINANCIAL CHECKLIST FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS

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Among the millions of changes we have to get used to in the world we’re living in today, add another one to the list– home buying. When the economy takes a hit due to a global crisis, so does the housing market. While there are many things you can’t change about the situation, you can expand your knowledge and go …

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HOME BUYING FOR SENIORS: HOW TO FIND A HOME THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

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If you’re a senior in the market for a new home, the process is, in many ways, the same as it is for anyone else. Whether you’re downsizing, moving closer to family, or buying for any other reason, you should be able to get a mortgage as long as you qualify financially. However, just like with everyone else, it can …

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ENSURING YOUR NEW HOME IS PET FRIENDLY

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Is your new home pet friendly? U.S. pet ownership is at a high, with around 73% owning dogs and 49% owning cats. Of course, if you were to add the potpourri of additional pets into the picture (rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and other cute critters) this number would be substantially more! If you have just bought a home and you are worried about safety …