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A Dream Home on the Water

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A Dream Home on the Water

By Chris Petry Despite a lack of fins, gils, or webbed appendages, humans sure do love spending time on the water. In fact, we built the whole of civilization around it. Of course, in those days, water was the most efficient method of travel and transport so it makes perfect sense that New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Austin… you name it, were erected on the banks o

What in the World are Interest Rates, Anyway?

What in the World are Interest Rates, Anyway?

by Chris Petry It seems you can’t go a day without hearing about interest rates. No matter where you look, there’s an article or a news report discussing the effects of interest rates on consumer spending, personal loans, and mortgages. Financial gurus like Suze Orman, Kevin Leary, Mark Cuban, and yes, even the figurehead of this fair brokerage, Warren Buffet are interviewed regular

Where Should You Buy?

Where Should You Buy?

by Chris Petry If you asked anyone in the 18-30 age range where they’d choose to live pre-2020, most would probably have chosen a large or medium sized city. It’s easy to see why. The convenience of city living cannot be understated. Try growing up in rural Appalachia where fast-food cheeseburgers and movie theaters can be 45 minutes to an hour in any direction. Cities are more

What Type of Home Should I Buy?

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What Type of Home Should I Buy?

by Chris Petry There’s a lot to consider when buying a home. You’ve probably asked yourself a million questions already. What’s in my budget? What will my annual tax bill look like? How far am I willing to commute? How are the schools? Of course, that’s all incredibly important. Particularly if you think it might be your forever home.   The next question most peop

Should I Buy a House Right Now?

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Should I Buy a House Right Now?

Is now the time to buy a home? To put it simply, yes. One couldn’t blame homebuyers for being hesitant based on last year’s market, but that was LAST year’s market. As of this writing, inventory is up and there’s more variety in the market. Why settle when you can buy the home of your dreams? The odds of that happening are much greater than they were this time last year and

How To Avoid Buyers Remorse

How To Avoid Buyers Remorse

A recent survey of homebuyers who purchased a home in 2021 and 2022 found that 72% had buyer’s remorse. Thirty-one percent paid over asking price, a median of $65,000; 36% made offers without seeing the home; and 43% made concessions to sellers such as waiving a home inspection. If you’re planning to buy a home in 2023, how can you avoid buyer’s remorse syndrome?   Ge

Struck By Cupid? Signs That You’ve Found “The One”

Struck By Cupid? Signs That You’ve Found “The One”

Sweaty palms… weak knees… butterflies in your stomach… all are sure signs of attraction, but could they mean that you’ve found “The One?” Cupid has many ways of revealing himself, but what about when it comes to your home search? In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s admit it: most mortgages last as long as some relationships! So, when you&rs

5 Reasons You Should Buy A Home During Fall

5 Reasons You Should Buy A Home During Fall

From crisp, cooler mornings and evenings to the aromas of hot apple cider and pumpkin-spiced goodies all around, fall is here! With this bright and beautiful season comes an awesome time for serious home buyers to find their future homes. Here are a few reasons why buying a home in the fall is a great decision!   The “School-Year” Rush is Over You’ve probably heard

Ways To Make Your Move Easier With A Furry Friend

Ways To Make Your Move Easier With A Furry Friend

Moving into a new home is a process that can be described as tedious and anxiety-ridden, but did you know that your dog indeed feels the exact same way about it? Moving into a new house with a pet can be an uncertain, drawn-out process that can cause them a great deal of stress. After all, dogs tend to crave familiarity, and moving from their familiar setting to a new home can take quite some time

How To Purchase A Home If You Have Student Loan Debt

How To Purchase A Home If You Have Student Loan Debt

Many people who want to buy a home put it off until they can completely pay off their student loan debt. And while that is a responsible choice, it is not a necessity. As long as you do a thorough examination of your current debt, financial priorities, and maximize the following aspects of your finances, you can qualify for a home loan.     Improve Your Credit Score  T