• How Much Do We Need as a Down Payment to Buy a Home?

    It can be confusing to understand the amount of money you’ll need for a down payment on a home because of the availability of different loan programs. Many people, anxious to buy their first home, want to find a loan that requires the smallest percentage down payment. For example, say that a couple has been […]

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  • Buying a Home With Bad Credit

    Put your fears about buying a home with bad credit aside. Just because you have bad credit or filed bankruptcy or gone through a foreclosure does not mean you cannot buy a home. You most certainly can buy a home with bad credit. But you’re going to pay more than a borrower who has sparkling […]

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  • Repair Requests on Home Buying and Selling

    Every house needs repairs. There is no perfect house. If a house were perfect, everything would break or fall apart at the same time. But as it is, the envelope of a home: its roof, floors, walls, windows, structural support members, all have different lifespans. Although, today, many appliances seem to stop working as soon […]

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  • Foreclosure 101: How to Protect Yourself

    Buying a home is typically a happy milestone. You’ve crossed a major threshold. You’ve achieved a life milestone. You feel optimistic and confident about the future. I don’t mean to throw cold water on your party, but I’d like to extend a note of caution. The reality is that millions of homeowners have wound up […]

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  • E filing for a Homestead Exemption Just Got Easier

    West Palm Beach, FL – – The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office (PAO) announces a new and improved feature on the Property Appraiser Public Access (PAPA) website – E file for a homestead exemption on the same day you close on a home. This pertains to all future, permanent Florida (resident) homeowners in Palm […]

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  • Why Millennials Prefer Adjustable Rate Mortgages

    The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has long been a tradition in the U.S., but for many Millennials buying homes, this old-hat loan product just won’t cut it anymore. Instead, this cohort is gravitating toward a historically less-used product: the adjustable-rate mortgage. Offering lower up-front costs and the flexibility to up and move without taking a huge […]

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  • Loan Modification: Lower Your Payments and Avoid Foreclosure

    Sometimes all you need is a little break when you find yourself struggling to make your mortgage payments. A loan modification program can provide relief by making permanent or temporary changes to your loan, such as by reducing your interest rate or extending your payments. You don’t have to default entirely—you can make a few […]

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  • What Is a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure?

    If you’ve heard about banks offering homeowners the option for a deed in lieu of foreclosure over a short sale, you might ask yourself why anybody would want to give a bank a deed to their home instead of going through the short sale process. Essentially, if the bank rejects your short sale, the bank […]

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  • Why You Need a Lawyer When You Buy or Sell a House

    Buying a home will probably be the largest and most significant purchase you will make in your life. It also involves the law of real property, which is unique and raises special issues of practice, and problems not present in other transactions. A real estate lawyer is trained to deal with these problems and has […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Short Sales and Foreclosures

    Short sales and foreclosures are two distinct types of transactions that share the common denominator of being distressed properties, which involve a mortgage lender. (They are not interchangeable terms — although most people don’t realize it, there is a distinction between the two.) Many home buyers start a search for short sales and foreclosures in […]

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