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GET REAL: THE TRUE COST OF PURCHASING A HOUSE

I will be honest. I didn’t know. I knew all about taxes, mortgage, and insurance. I knew about emergency plans and having a little extra set aside each month. But, I didn’t know about everything else — paint, molding, flooring, mops, vacuums, furniture, more paint, flowers, hanging baskets, wreaths on the door, lawn mowers, trimmers, […]

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We Wear the Mask

We all want to have the best and the nicest. We all want to believe that we are better off than our friends and family. We want to look at our neighbors and say we are doing better. Well, let me impart some wisdom — there will always be someone richer. Even Bill Gates became […]

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What Exactly Is ‘Move-in Ready’?!?

When I began looking for my first home, one of the first questions my real estate agent asked me was: “What type of house are you looking for?” My reply:  “Something that needs some TLC.” What I saw were dated kitchens, homes with 20-year-old carpet in every room, wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper, vinyl flooring, and terrible […]

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WHY YOU NEED TO PUT 20% DOWN ON YOUR HOUSE

Why should I put down 20% when I can put down 5% and save more a month? This is a question that I hear so often. My reply is: Why pay PMI? When you go to buy a house, the banks have determined that a safe buyer is someone that can put down 20%. Therefore, […]

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QUICK TIPS FOR BUYING YOUR FIRST HOUSE

About one year ago, I began the process of looking for a home. I was so excited. After years of saving up for this moment, giving up a wedding, and every other extravagance I could think of, I had finally made it. I had 20% to put down plus closing costs and a start of […]

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