Buyers focus on the mortgage but it doesn’t tell you the true cost of home ownership. With your first home, you compare your mortgage payment to the rent you’ve been paying but wait, what expenses were included in your rent?
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Our world is changing in many ways. Uber is changing how we think about cars, so maybe you don’t need one? AirBnB is changing travel, making overnight trips affordable. Unison is a new disruptive mortgage lender redefining how we buy houses.
Heart and home – are they always in the same place? Maybe not. When we understand the difference, we can enjoy our homes more while accepting that we need to nourish other parts of who we are. Here’s how I reconnect with the city where I was born because everyone wants to go photos of … Read More
Income taxes can be filed using the standard deduction or itemized deductions. Most homeowners prefer itemized deductions to reduce their taxable income by what they’ve spent on mortgage interest, property taxes and more. It does take more time to gather all the paperwork needed to support itemized deductions and it’s usually worth it.
Most of us take homeowner insurance for granted. When we finance a house, the mortgage holder requires insurance. We often assume any national insurance company is trustworthy, without realizing
Selling a house is never easy. The biggest challenge is picking the right house price, one that will attract the right buyers. Picking the right price for a condo in a beach community is even harder. And if these challenges weren’t enough, the condo was bought just as the housing industry crashed so Hampton Beach has only begun … Read More
Buying a house can be very stressful. Fortunately there are lots of people to help you through the closing process. All of these people provide services critical to closing on your new house. After the closing, you’ll need to build a new team of home professionals. Here’s our checklist with 30 new homeowner tips, to … Read More
The future of home security is not as clear-cut as some would think, but there are a few indicators that it will be a promising one. Chief among these benchmarks are smart lock technology. Smart locks seek to revolutionize the way home security is viewed. Home security casts a wide net, and there are many things that … Read More
When dealing with an emergency like getting locked out of your home, you simply don’t have time to search for the best locksmith. While I’ve used this argument for building a team of contractors so you’re prepared for emergencies, my list has never included a locksmith. After reading Top Tips to Avoid Locksmith Scams, I knew … Read More
The concept of home staging isn’t new. It’s a marketing tool to sell your home faster and for a higher price. There are lots of home staging tips online. The challenge for homeowners who’ve never sold a house is learning what’s involved in staging a house. It’s also important to understand the benefits of home staging before … Read More