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Mortgage Points Explained: How To Know If They're Worth It

Posted by Karen Kitzmiller on 10/1/2018 9:17 AM

Buying a house requires months of endless decision-making. Where do you want to live for the next several years? Whom will you hire as an agent? Which bank will get your business?

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Topics: home buyers, Buying a Home, home value

6 Smart Ways to Build Home Equity

Posted by Karen Kitzmiller on 7/11/2018 10:55 AM

Home equity is the percentage of your home’s value that you own, and it’s key to building wealth through homeownership. Let’s take a closer look at how to build home equity without blowing your budget — and how to access it when you need it.

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Topics: Homeowner, home value

7 Home Remodeling Projects with Top-Dollar Returns

Posted by Karen Kitzmiller on 5/18/2018 8:46 AM

Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot. But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right.

But where to begin? How about with data? Data is that friend who tells you like it really is. Because while any home improvement that brings you joy is priceless, not all add as much home equity as you might expect. The “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS® has tons of data on how much improvements cost — and how much of those costs you can recoup.

Here are the best seven home remodeling projects with equity-building power:

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Topics: home value

How to Buy a House This Year: 5 Tips to Get an Edge

Posted by Karen Kitzmiller on 3/7/2018 11:17 AM

 Figuring out how to buy a house is no small feat—particularly since the rules keep on changing. So even if you've bought a home in the past and feel like the process is old hat, watch out: What worked in 2017 might not fly in 2018. It's a whole new real estate world out there!

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Topics: home buyers, Buying a Home, home value, Buying

Does a Pool Add Value to a Home?

Posted by Karen Kitzmiller on 3/31/2017 9:54 PM

You can picture it now: cocktails in hand as you sit by the pool, grill fired up for an al-fresco dinner so it’ll be easy to dive back in before dessert.

But you’re getting an inkling that the cost might be a bit more than you thought, and now you’re wondering, is this going to be dream that’ll end up drowing in regrets? Maybe not, but maybe, yes. Depends on your expectations — because in most cases it’s like buying a car, once it’s yours, you’ll never get the full cost back. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: home value