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Mortgage Market Monitor Q2 2021 - Current Mortgage Trends

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Reading: 2 minutes While the intense real estate market has created new challenges for buyers and sellers, it also has revealed new opportunities for current homeowners and their mortgages. Sam Sharp, Executive Vice President of Guaranteed Rate, shared with us his insight into the current mortgage and refinancing trends in this edition of the Mortg...
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What You Need to Know Before Falling in Love with a House

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​Reading time: 3 minutes  You have a new job. You have a new baby. Maybe you just don't like your current abode. Whatever the reason, you're going house hunting this year. But what are the things you need to consider? We've got your must-have advice on buying a home since we've been there and done that ourselves. Where do you want to move? &nb...
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Top 10 Home Improvements That Add Value

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ We know you don't want to just maintain your home. You also want to add value to it. After all, your home is the place you live, sleep, and perhaps work – and it's also your greatest investment. To help you make the most of your home efforts, here are the best home improvements to increase the value of your house, ranked b...
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Top 10 Title Insurance Questions You Want to Ask But Never Have And Absolutely Should

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ You picked your dream house. Your offer has been accepted and a home inspection completed. Now your attorney contacts the title insurance agency. You might be wondering, "Do I need title insurance?" "Besides life insurance, it's the one insurance you will buy that you hope you never have to use," says Mike Carella, Founder...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Color Schemes of HOAs

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Reading time: 4 minutes ​ You found your dream home, and you're all but ready to sign on the dotted line. Then your real estate agent informs you that the community has an homeowners association or an HOA. But what does living with an HOA mean, and how do homeowners associations work? And are you really not allowed to paint your home's trim that be...
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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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First-Time Home Buying 101: Top 5 Mortgage Tips

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​ Reading time: 4 minutes "Now more than ever, your home is a comfort," says Sam Sharp, Executive Vice President of National Sales , Guaranteed Rate . While COVID-19 fuels a competitive fall 2020 real estate market, it also fosters a new appreciation for "the home." However, some first-time home buyers (and even current homeowners) struggle with th...
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The Most Surprising Home Trends of 2020

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Reading time: 4 minutes The home is evolving. As you're spending more time at home this year, you might also be realizing the current layout is not conducive to your end-of-day call or that there's no place in the kitchen for your spices. This might make you consider rearranging your home or even putting it on the market. To find out how the pandem...
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Buying or Selling a Home This Fall? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Reading time: 4.5 minutes Are you looking to buy a home? How about sell your current place? Since 2020 produced an intense real estate market heading into the fall, we reached out to Daniel Brewer and Sebastien Courret of The Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate group affiliated with Washington Fine Properties . Daniel and Sebastien have ...
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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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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

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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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