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Becoming a first-time homeowner is one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life, even after the closing papers have been signed and key is in hand. Suddenly, you’re faced with a whole new set of challenges: how to manage a home that’s yours, not your landlord’s. There are a lot of opportunities to learn—and as you learn, mistakes will be made. Luckily, many new homeowner mistakes can be easily avoided with a little preparation. Don’t let the following potential mistakes da... read more
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Homeownership in the U.S. in increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the Q2 2018 U.S. homeownership rate was 64.3 percent, up from 64.2 percent in Q1 2018 and 63.7 percent in Q2 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being a homeowner is exciting and rewarding—not to mention it comes with a lot of perks. No more landlord, no more renting, and no more leases. While owning a home has a long list of benefits, it also comes with great responsibility and hard work. Be... read more
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Hiring a Home Contractor? Read this first!

Posted by Matthew Hillier on February 21, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Home Improvement
The Many Types of Home Contractors Home improvement professionals vary. Who you hire will depend largely on the size and complexity of your project. What follows is a brief description of the different contractors who do work for homeowners: General contractors: They manage all facets of the project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining building permits, scheduling inspections, and working with architects and designers. Specialty contractors: Those who install products, such as cabinets, bath... read more
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Millennials & Real Estate

Posted by Matthew Hillier on February 21, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Homeowner Tips
The largest generation in American history is about to move into its prime spending years. They are poised, they want to reshape the economy and they have unique experiences, which will change the way we buy and sell, forcing companies to deeper examine how they conduct business. Sorry Baby Boomers but I’m talking about Millennials here. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends, Millennials made up the largest portion of home buyers in 2017 for the fourt... read more
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How to Buy a Home in Your Twenties

Posted by Matthew Hillier on February 21, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Homeowner Tips
We’ve got to give it to the millennial generation; they’re an educated, tech-savvy bunch that typically knows what they want. Lately, we’ve been finding that many twenty-somethings in this group have recently decided that they want to buy their first home. There are apps for just about everything out there, but swiping right isn’t going to get you into your first home. Instead, try these five tips on how to buy a home in your twenties: 1. Decide You’re Ready to Commit It’s probab... read more
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