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Shopping for a home? Know the mortgage preapproval process

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Buying a home has so many steps. We've demystified the process , provided financial tips 101 , and helped get your dream home inspected . But what about the mortgage preapproval process? Since vipHome Podcast Host Caroline and her fiancé, Thomas, are shopping for a home, we welcomed Rebecca Donatelli of McDowell Homes Real...
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June 2020 Mortgage Matters: Should you refinance right now?

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Reading time: 2 minutes Hopping into the home market is never easy, especially during the recent economic events. (But our summer intern is a finance major, which is an incredible help!) Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates have steadily fallen since 1990 from 10.5% to 3.3% in 2020, and that tailwind undoubtedly helps to increase home values by making ...
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Moving? Packing tips and tricks from a professional organizer

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​ Reading time: 5 minutes When you're moving into your dream home, you're already stressed. You have the home inspection, any final negotiations, and the closing, not to mention your daily work and then packing. Once you do move in, then you have to unpack. That's where Ashley Ingraham of Home Perspective LLC comes in. Ashley helps homeowners organ...
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What you need to know about home inspections from a master inspector

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Reading time: 6 minutes  You've found your dream home. It's in the neighborhood you wanted and has that open-concept kitchen you can't seem to forget. You can't wait to close and move in, but before you do that, you need to know more about the home. That's where a home inspection can help. We recently welcomed Alan Grubb, a Certified Master In...
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Your first home and your wallet: Financial tips for first-time home buyers

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Reading time: 5 minutes Buying your first home can be a confusing and frustrating journey, but it doesn't have to be. We recently spoke to Century 21 New Millennium to demystify the home buying process , but what about the financials of the transaction? Do you really need that coveted 20% for a down payment, and should you buy a starter home? In ho...
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The best “selling” home improvements (and the ones you should skip)

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Reading time: 4 minutes In our recent study with Kelton Global , 15 million American homeowners are taking this time to complete home renovations. While we always love a good home improvement project, we recently hosted a realtor roundtable and asked our panelists which projects they recommended potential sellers complete before putting their homes...
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Millennials: 5 Tips you need to know to get your dream home

Millennials: 5 Tips you need to know to get your dream home
Reading time: 6 minutes  While we're still seeing how the current pandemic affects the housing market, an earlier TD Bank survey found that 68% of millennials thought 2020 was the time to buy their first home. Unfortunately, 75% admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the buying process. To demystify the homebuying experience and help millennials g...
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15 Things new homeowners totally need (and some they actually want)

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Reading time: 5 minutes Housewarming gifts help a new house feel like a home. This is especially important when it comes to a first home, but what do your friends or family actually need? Sure, a candle or a bottle wine is a great gift, but is it something that they'll use to maintain or improve the home? Check out this list of the best gifts for n...
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A quick guide to mortgage, refinancing, and COVID-19

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Reading time: 5.5 minutes When the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to zero percent, mortgage lenders were inundated with refinancing requests. We immediately reached out to Don Anfuso, vice president of Homeland Lending, LLC, to find out what you need to know about mortgages, COVID-19, and what is involved with refinancing. Is it worth it to...
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Decluttering? Here’s how to get rid of your filing cabinet

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Reading time: 3 minutes  If you're currently working from home and practicing social distancing, you might notice your home is a bit more cluttered than usual. You might even wonder why you still have your filing cabinet. It takes up space in your home office, if you have one, and your bedroom or closet if you don't. Here at vipHomeLink, we wa...
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First time homebuyers: What to look for to score home gold

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Reading time: 3 minutes St. Patrick's Day is here, and we're spreading some good luck by helping you find some "home gold" during your home buying search. We spoke with real estate agent Eric Godoy of RE/MAX Premier in Warren, New Jersey, to find what first time buyers should look for in a home, and he offered this advice: "Commonly the way you kno...
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10 Things to do the first year after buying a home

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​Moving into a new home is exciting, but what do you do first? We spoke to recent home buyers regarding immediate safety precautions homeowners need to take after buying a home, but what other projects deserve to be at the top of your to-do list that first year? We have a few practical suggestions. 1. Got tools? ​   Even if you are not Bo...
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