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HAVE YOU EVER WALKED INTO AN OPEN HOUSE, OR CALLED A REAL ESTATE AGENT ABOUT A LISTING, AND WITHIN MINUTES, THEY’RE ASKING YOU IF YOU ARE “PRE-APPROVED” FOR A MORTGAGE? IF YOU HAVEN’T, THEN YOU HAVE NEVER WALKED INTO AN OPEN HOUSE OR CALLED AN AGENT. OR AT LEAST ENOUGH OF THEM…JUST WAIT. IT’LL HAPPEN. AND YOU’RE GOING TO FEEL LIKE IT’S PRETTY PUSHY FOR THEM TO ASK THAT.

IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE TELLING REAL ESTATE AGENTS THIS KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE…

YOU: KNOCK-KNOCK.
REAL ESTATE AGENT: WHO’S THERE?
YOU: NUNYA.
REAL ESTATE AGENT: NUNYA WHO!?
YOU: NUNYA BUSINESS IF I’M PRE-APPROVED OR NOT! JUST SHOW ME THE HOUSE, AND I’LL GET PRE-APPROVED IF I EVEN LIKE THE HOUSE. 
I CAN DEFINITELY GET APPROVED FOR A MORTGAGE. PROBABLY WAY MORE THAN THIS STUPID HOUSE

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Why would someone write an article on buying versus renting a home? What’s in it for the author of the article? Why would you read one? What is it you want to hear? Do you just want confirmation and justification for what you already believe and want to do? Or, are you looking to be convinced otherwise? These are all good questions to ask yourself if you find yourself reading an article on whether it makes more sense to buy a home, or rent a house.

There are “reasons” to buy, and “reasons” to rent.

People want to make choices based upon reason. So, if you start reading about whether to buy versus rent a home, you’ll certainly be given “reasons”, like:

  •          When renting you’re just paying someone else’s mortgage.

  •          You’re

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Ever hear of the term “preppers?” These are the people that take it upon themselves to prepare for any possible apocalypse scenario you can imagine. Some carry their trusty “Zombie Survival Guide,” everywhere they go. Some have coordinated escape plans in case of economic collapse. Some have stored up years of food and guns in case of military takeover.

Then, there are the preppers that take it to a whole new level. They build homes that make one stare in wonder. These people construct housing that is either ultra secure, or hilariously insecure, despite all their careful planning. Either way, these homes are definitely something worth checking out.

So without further ado....I give you Zombie Proof Homes......

1. Corrupt government takeover? Check.

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Whether you're putting your home on the market or searching for your dream house, a Realtor is going to help you achieve your goal as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

From striking the best deal to simplifying that often-daunting paperwork, these pros truly do and know significantly more than their job title implies. In order to maximize your value and minimize your stress level, your agent must morph into nearly a dozen different roles to get the job done.

Let's take a look at some of the other hats your Realtor wears throughout the course of a single transaction.

1. Expert photographer

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We're all familiar with that expression, "A picture's worth a thousand words," but when it comes to selling houses, a great photo might

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  Chances are, if you’re looking for a new home, you’re ready for a change of scenery or warm winters and no snow. if you’re considering buying property in a city other than the one where you currently reside, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Will you have to fly to your new city every weekend to look at properties? Will you miss out on hot properties? Is it even possible to buy without physically being in your city?

Buying a home from a distance certainly presents its own set of unique challenges, but by no means is it impossible. Here are four tips for buying a home from a distance to make the process easier, faster, and less stressful for you and your family:

1. Gather information

When you’re buying property in an

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Buying a home is, for many people, an essential part of the American dream. But for people with a checkered financial history – and a less-than-perfect credit score – it can feel like a dream that’s out of their reach. But just because you don’t have a perfect credit store or a pristine financial background doesn’t mean you can’t buy a home! While it may be a bit more challenging, you can find financing and buy the home of your dreams even if your credit score isn’t quite up to the level you’d like it to be.

Here are five tips for buying a house (even if you have a less-than-perfect credit score):

1.Make Sure Your Credit Report Is Accurate 
If you’re worried your financial past might prevent you from securing a mortgage, the first step is to go

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There’s no arguing there’s costs associated with owning a home. But the adverse is also true; there are also definite costs associated with NOT owning a home. The benefits of buying vs. renting has always been a hotly debated topic, with most people believing that — at least in the short term — renting is more cost effective. But most people don’t consider the hidden costs of not owning a home and sinking all of your money into your rental.

Here are four sneaky ways that not owning a home will cost you:

1. Your pricing is never guaranteed When you own a home:
there are no surprises when it comes to your monthly housing costs. Once you lock in your mortgage, your payment will remain constant throughout the length of your loan (unless you decide to

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I’m bringing up the whole pre-Koalified -pre approval for a reason… Most people get a pre-approval from the easiest place they can get one and file it away until they need it. What they should have done is spent a bit more time shopping for the best lender for their situation, and needs. Shopping for the best lender once you find a house is a bit too late. Do your shopping while you are looking for your house.

Once you go under contract to buy a house, you don’t have a whole lot of time to do any shopping. I say shopping, but it isn’t all about the best interest rates. Sometimes it is about who has the best loans and programs for your specific needs. It’s also important to shop for who is going to get the job done, gets it done on time for closing, and

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Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

 

The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.

 

Why are these trends gaining popularity?

The underlying theme of these trends is creating a home environment you love; one that appeals to your emotions and feels like a retreat from the stresses of the world. Although the home is a place where you can relax and spend time

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YOLOLet’s change the meaning of YOLO from “you only live once” to “you only list once”. When you decide to list your house for sale, list it like it is the first, last, and only time you are going to. Because, if you list it more than once…it’s going to hurt you.

Selling your home begins in a hopeful manner. When you decide to list your home for sale, you probably don’t expect it to not sell the first time you list it for sale. Quite the opposite…Most people think their house will sell quickly. And hopefully in a bidding war.

You hire a real estate agent. Pictures are taken. The house is entered into the multiple listing service. Open houses are scheduled for the first weekend. Ads are run……and the house gets put on the Internet in more places than you

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