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The True Cost of Maintaining Your Home

One of the biggest unknowns for many homeowners and potential homeowners is the real cost of maintaining a home. There are all kinds of expenses when you own a home, and it’s wise to plan for them in advance so that you’re not scrambling for money when something comes up. And trust me, there are many of those times when you’re a homeowner.Read More


Everything That’s Included in Your Home Inspection (and Other Inspections You May Want)

One of the most important things you should do as you go through the process of buying a home is hire a home inspector to make sure it’s in great shape. Even though this is technically an optional expense, it’s not something you should ever go without. The house could have problems that would be easy for you to miss, even after multiple walkthroughs. The home inspector’s job is to uncover those flaws.Read More


Why an FHA Loan Might Change Everything For You

Sometimes people are confused about the differences between FHA and conventional loans. In some cases, an FHA loan can help you buy a home sooner than you’d be able to buy with a conventional loan. Paperwork and processing times for both loan types are roughly the same, so it just comes down to what you qualify for and what makes the most financial sense for you. Let’s break down both loans.Read More


Everything You Need to Know About Capital Gains Taxes and Selling Your Home

There are few things in life as murky as tax law. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about how you’re taxed on the profit (capital gains in IRS-speak) you make when you sell your home. Plus, this topic made news recently because of proposed changes to the law, causing more confusion (none of the proposals passed, by the way.) Here’s what you need to know about taxes and selling your home.Read More