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Under Contract? Five Things Not to do Before You Close

The seller has accepted your offer, the inspector didn’t find any underground streams or shaky foundations, and the closing date is set. You’re in the homestretch! While you can breathe a little easier, remember, the deal’s not done until everyone signs all the (zillion) documents at the closing table. And, your lender can still change […]

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Own It: Separating Wants from Needs

By Carriann Johnson, interior designer and TV personality As an interior designer for 16 years, I understand falling in love with the details. And it’s so downright exciting to shop for one of your largest investments – a home! But before you get carried away with your list of “dream features,” have you truly defined […]

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Own It! Features that Date your Home

Looking to sell your home quickly – and for top dollar? It might be time to make some updates. While “retro chic” details have had a recent moment in the spotlight regarding furniture and fashion, many homebuyers may not see truly outdated details as attractive selling points when purchasing a new home. As a seller, […]

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First-time homebuyers: You’re closer to a down payment than you think

RE/MAX Jul 26, 2016  For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it’s a common misconception that you need 20 percent down to buy a home. Actually, lenders across the country offer mortgage products with very affordable down payments — some as low as […]

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Own It: Small-Cost, Big-Impact Updates for Your Home

 RE/MAX Jul 14, 2016 By Carriann Johnson, interior designer and TV personality I’ve seen the look on people’s faces when I suggest something needs to be updated in their home. They become deflated, overwhelmed and oftentimes confused. Please remember, it’s not personal. The goal is to make your home shine – and sell for the […]

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4 Steps to Launch the Home Buying Process

You’ve decided you’re ready to buy your own home­ – now what? Start with these initial steps: 1. Get your financial ducks in a row. Calculate how much money you have in savings and assets, your total annual income and your expenses. Know how much of it you can allocate toward a downpayment and other […]

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