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The Unexpected Way Bad Credit Can Make Your Mortgage More Expensive – By Credit.com

Conventional loans are crème de la crème of the mortgage market. This loan type offers the best possible terms and fees as well as relatively sustainable long-term affordability. However, those who come to the table with little equity and lower credit scores may find that a conventional loan costs them more than other alternatives. Here’s how to know if you need to explore your options. A conventional loan is a mortgage originated by banks, lenders, and brokers across the country and sol

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Great Home Updates You Can Do For Under $100 – Written by Jaymi Naciri

A sushi dinner. A Saturday night movie for four (with popcorn). A new pair of Nikes. They'll all cost you about $100. But wouldn't you rather put that money toward something that'll make you smile whenever you walk in the room? Take that 100 bucks and freshen up something in your home. It'll be money well spent. "Updating your home can be a huge undertaking and cost a lot of money, but it doesn't have to be! For under $100, simple updates like a coat of paint, cabinet hardware, or even a ne

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7 Ways to Keep Your Property Safe After Moving Out – By Angela Colley

If you’re moving out while your home is still on the market, your vacant property could attract more than potential buyers—it could attract criminal activity. An unoccupied property is at risk for a break-in, and removing all your belongings doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Graffiti, damaged appliances, stolen copper wiring and broken windows can all add up to thousands of dollars in repairs. Remember, don’t forget to let a REALTOR® know your moving plans. Your agent wi

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The 10-Step Guide to Buying a House – By Realtor.com Team

Buying a house may be the most complicated financial process of your entire life. Luckily, we’ve broken it down into 10 straightforward steps: 1. Are you ready to become a homeowner? Whether you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time or you’re a repeat buyer, buying a house is a financial and emotional decision that requires the experience and support of a team of reliable professionals. 2. Get a Realtor® In the maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing,

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I Hate the Open-Plan Kitchen—and Amazingly, I’m No Longer the Only One – By Audrey Brashich

A few years ago, my husband and I moved into a gorgeous Craftsman-style house in the Pacific Northwest. It was chockablock with original details like dark wood paneling, stained-glass transom windows … and a 100-square-foot, totally enclosed kitchen in a faux country style—think yellow oak cabinets paired with linoleum countertops. And though we found most of the historical elements quite charming, the kitchen needed a complete overhaul. So we hired an architect who hatched a plan to ste

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