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Home Buyers Checklist: Prepare for Your Move

Jan 01, 2018
Update your mailing address at or fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office. Change your address with important service providers, such as your bank(s), credit companies, ma [more]
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Home Buyers Checklist: Your Final Walk-Throu...

Dec 28, 2017
Closing time is hectic, but you should always make time for a final walk-through to make sure that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Here’s a detailed list of what to check [more]
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Home Buying Vocabulary: Transaction Document...

Dec 20, 2017
When you walk away from the closing table with a big stack of papers, know what to file away for future reference. Loan estimate Your lender is required to provide you with this three-page document wi [more]
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Home Buying Worksheet: Track Closing Costs

Dec 13, 2017
Be prepared and know who’s responsible for the variety of fees and expenses at the closing table.   BUYER COST SELLER COST OTHER Down payment       Loan origination       Points paid to receive a lowe [more]
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What to Know About Title Insurance

Dec 04, 2017
Title insurance protects your ownership right to your home, both from fraudulent claims against your ownership and from mistakes made in earlier sales, such as misspellings of a person’s name or an in [more]
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How to Lower Homeowners Insurance Costs

Nov 30, 2017
The first step is to shop around; quotes on the same home can vary significantly from company to company. Review the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange report. CLUE reports detail the property’s [more]
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What to Know About Homeowners Insurance

Nov 25, 2017
A homeowners insurance policy will protect you against certain losses and damage to your new home and is generally required by lenders prior to closing. Some lenders will collect the money you owe for [more]
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How to Buy a Home in a Tight Market

Nov 16, 2017
Increase your chances of getting your dream house in a competitive housing market. Get prequalified for a mortgage. You’ll be able to make a firm commitment to buy and your offer will be more desirabl [more]
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Home Buying Checklist: Your Short Sale Purch...

Nov 10, 2017
If you’re serious about purchasing a short-sale property, it’s important for you to have expert assistance. Here are some people you’ll want by your side: Experienced real estate attorney. [more]
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Questions to Ask Before Making a Short Sale ...

Nov 06, 2017
If a home is being sold for less than what the current owner owes on the property—and the seller does not have other funds to make up the difference at closing—the sale is considered a short sale. A s [more]
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Home Buying Checklist: Your Mortgage Applica...

Nov 02, 2017
Every mortgage lender requires documents as part of the process of approving a mortgage loan. Here are documents you’re generally required to provide.. W-2 Tax returns — or business tax returns if you [more]
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