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Making an Offer on a House: What You Need to Know to Close the Deal

When you’re in the home-buying game, especially in hot markets, you’ll discover a process that is both multi-layered and time-consuming—and, at the end of the day, designed to take you from writing an offer to holding the keys in your hand. Understanding each part, your role in it, and how to maximize your participation in each part will save you time and money, and keep you ahead of the game.

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How to choose a new neighborhood when home buying

How to Tell If You’ve Outgrown Your Neighborhood—and Where to Go Next

There comes a turning point in every renter’s life, where that neighborhood you loved when you moved in just doesn’t feel right anymore. It happens—sometimes the community surrounding your home changes, and isn’t quite as sweet as when you first moved in. But more often than not, as life goes on, careers advance, families grow, and finances improve, it’s less about the neighborhood transforming, and more about your own priorities shifting for what you want out of an area.

While you may have once reveled in the fact that your neighborhood boasted plenty of hotspots just outside your front door, you may now yearn for a quieter, more family-focused locale so that you can start your own. Better yet, as your career has blossomed—along with your salary—it may be time to upgrade to a larger place with more of your “wish-list” items in an area, where you’ll be surrounded by up-and-comers just like you. After all, home buying isn’t just about falling in love with a house, securing a mortgage, and making that square footage your own; it’s also about finding the perfect neighborhood that works for you today and tomorrow.

If it’s time to assess whether you’ve outgrown your neighborhood, here are the questions to ask yourself:

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6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mortgage Lender

Up until a few years ago, there wasn’t a lot of variation between what different mortgage lenders were offering. It was kind of a nightmare, to put it mildly. Since there wasn’t a lot to consider when looking for a lender, borrowers typically compared them on interest rate alone. And because lenders had no differentiation in services, borrowers were always in for a frustrating, paperwork-heavy application process ahead (often with poor customer service from the bank providing the loan).

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Should You Continue to Rent or Buy a Home? 5 Things to Consider

Buying your first home is a huge investment, but that doesn’t mean it’s a purely financial decision. You may be seeking more space for your growing family, or craving the community aspect of living in a suburb. Or maybe you’re just feeling ready to achieve that major milestone of being a homeowner.

That said, it helps to start with an objective framework that will help you answer the question, “Am I financially ready to buy?” before factoring in the emotional reasons. (Because, for example, you already know you’re ready for your own backyard, or any of those other dreamy aspects of owning.) Taking a look at the financial commitment involved is a great place to start as you make the decision to either continue renting or officially take the leap to buy your own home.

So, are you financially prepared to buy a home? Here are five signs the answer may be yes:

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New York homes that make us want to become howmeowners

5 New York Homes That Make Us Want to Book a Moving Truck

New York real estate has much to offer depending on where you choose to live. The city that never sleeps has Central Park, the bright lights of Broadway, and countless restaurants with world-renowned chefs at the helm. The ‘burbs, on the other hand, offer large yards and more living space for your buck. Whether you’re ready to take on a borough or get away from it all, New York is a great place to call home.

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