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  • If you are a first-time homebuyer, you might think that the price tag on the home is the only cost involved for a mortgage. However, there are other expenses that might catch you off guard. If you’re shopping for your first house, prepare for these additional, and often unexpected, homebuying costs. Home Inspections After your … Continue reading 3 Hidden Homebuying Costs →

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  • Determining the right time to sell can help you maximize the sale price of your home while also taking some stress out of the process. Here are some factors to help you decide when is an appropriate time – both financially and emotionally — to sell your house. Time of the Year Most people consider … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Sell Your House →

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  • A person’s age can affect a lot of things about their life, including what type of house they are in the market to buy. Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are the three largest age groups dominating today’s mortgage industry, and here are some trends that impact their homebuying experience. Millennials (Born between 1981 and … Continue reading Today’s Homebuying Generational Trends →

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  • The end of Memorial Day weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer which means plenty of beach sand, pool time, and vacations. Take care of your home’s summer weather needs now, and you’ll have more time for fun in the sun with these summer home prep tips! Things To Do Inside Nothing can ruin your … Continue reading Hot Home Prep Tips To Do Before Summer Hits →

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  • College commencement speeches have been delivered and diplomas handed out. It’s time for the real world which, for many graduating students, means tackling their student loan debt. Having student loans won’t keep someone from buying a house, although they need to be comfortable with the idea of taking on a good amount of debt while … Continue reading How to Buy A Home While Balancing Student Loans...

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  • Moving to a new home can be stressful for anyone, especially your pets. But with a little consideration and planning, you can ensure that your next move will go more smoothly for you and your pets. Before the Move Moving with a companion animal usually means moving with a cat or dog. While these animals … Continue reading 3 Tips for Moving with Pets →

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  • For many, owning a home is part of the American dream, but it’s easy to feel anxious about making the leap to buy one. There’s a lot of confusion from how much of a down payment you need saved to what types of mortgages are best. Maybe this causes you to think it’s not financially … Continue reading 5 Homebuying Myths—Busted! →

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  • At ALCOVA Mortgage, we know that your home can be a big piece of your larger financial puzzle.  That’s why ALCOVA Mortgage Branch Partner Tony Markland and Steve Burton of Equity 1 Inc. Financial Solutions come together on the radio to discuss how your home and good financial planning can help you reach your long-term … Continue reading Must-Know Tips for Today’s Housing and Finance Market →

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  • Nothing is worse than transitioning your system from heat over to AC and finding out your AC isn’t working properly.  It’s common for repair companies to see an increase in AC repair calls once the warmer spring temperatures hit. Just like a vehicle, your home’s AC unit needs regular maintenance to keep it operating efficiently. … Continue reading 4 AC Maintenance Tips You Can Do! →

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  • If you’re in a committed relationship but marriage is on the back burner, your dream of buying a home doesn’t have to be. In fact, eight percent of all first-time home buyers in 2017 were unmarried couples, according to an annual report with the National Association of Realtors. While this trend is on the rise, … Continue reading 2 Must-Know Mortgage Tips for Unmarried Couples →

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  • Conquering the clutter in your home always starts with the best intentions, but if you don’t begin with the right strategy and tactics, you can easily get overwhelmed. Prevent these common mistakes with these smart tips! Start Small It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and feel the urge to give up if you tackle too … Continue reading 5 Decluttering Mistakes to Avoid! →

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  • The beginning of spring each year typically marks the beginning of homebuying fever for many families. For many, the winter doldrums are over, and the warmer temperatures invite buyers to test the market for the right house. If you are thinking of buying this year, these five reasons might make spring the right time for … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Spring! →

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  • Spring is here, marking the arrival of warmer temperatures and necessary yardwork! Whether you are looking to put your home on the market, wanting to improve your new home’s look, or just making some tweaks to your current landscaping, here are some budget-friendly tips that just might make your neighbors green with envy! Get to … Continue reading 3 Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas to Try! →

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  • There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual spring cleaning. For most people, the pleasure comes after the work is finished. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable – and even enjoyable. And we can help! Get Your Supplies Ready Hit the ground running … Continue reading 3 Ways to Celebrate National Cleaning Week →

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  • The late Billy Graham was known for his convictions and his character by all that knew him.  A big part of the reason is because Mr. Graham worked early in his ministry with members of his leadership team to come up with the “Modesto Manifesto” which was a simple list of core principles and values … Continue reading Letting Our Values Lead the Way! →

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  • Today we tend to do everything online—from dating and being social to ordering groceries and banking.  But, when it comes to getting a home loan, does it make sense to go with one of those online mortgage companies? If you’re thinking about going online to track down a home loan, here’s a quick rundown of … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Online Mortgages →

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  • Fixed-rate mortgage and adjustable-rate mortgages are the two primary mortgage types for homebuyers. While other loans options fall within these two categories, the first step in homebuying is determining which of the two types best suits you! Fixed-Rate Loan A fixed-rate mortgage is exactly as it sounds – it’s a home loan with an interest … Continue reading Choosing Between a Fixed vs. Adjustable...

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  • When it comes to buying a home, plenty of financial reasons make a convincing argument to make the move to buy. Financial motives like building equity, getting a tax break on your mortgage interest, and investing long term into a home simply make good sense for homebuyers. Emotional reasons, however, are really the more compelling … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why We Really Buy Homes →

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  • Loyal viewers of the popular This Is Us television show reached for their tissues after watching their beloved character Jack Pearson perish due to smoke inhalation from a house fire. While the NBC drama is obviously fiction, the realities of home fires are very real. One spark is all it takes for a family to … Continue reading 3 Lessons to Learn from This Is Us →

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  • Sometimes being in love with your home isn’t about making huge changes. Instead, it’s about learning to appreciate the little things. Paring down, brushing on a fresh coat of paint, hanging new curtains or just changing the way you look at things can make your home a happier dwelling. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Love Your Home More! →

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  • From getting a lower rate to lowering your monthly payments to switching from an adjustable-rate to a fixed-rate mortgage, there are many reasons to consider refinancing your home mortgage loan. Whatever your reason is for refinancing your mortgage, we know it can be an overwhelming process. Here are 5 steps to follow to ensure a … Continue reading 5 Steps to a Successful Refinance →

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  • Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or an experienced buyer, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure that your home mortgage process goes smoothly. Pay Your Bills on Time…Every Time! A good credit history is vital when applying for a home loan. One of the best ways to have good credit is … Continue reading 5 Things to Know Before Applying for a Home Loan →

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  • When it comes to doing good in the community, we usually think about writing a check or volunteering our time and energy to make an impact. A lesser known option that is just as impactful is sharing your home. Here are a few ways to you can make a difference! Create A Friendly Book Exchange … Continue reading Giving Back Through Your Home →

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  • Buying your first home can be an exciting, yet also overwhelming process. From finding a home that meets your needs to knowing how much you can afford, there are numerous factors that can end up leaving you more stressed than excited. No one wants to experience any regret over the biggest purchase they’ve ever made … Continue reading Avoid These Homebuying Mistakes! →

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  • If you feel a change is needed in your home for the New Year, a fresh coat of paint is easily one of the biggest and cheapest home design tools at your disposal. But did you know you can get your fresh look or vibe without painting an entire room? Check out these three paint … Continue reading 3 Painting Tips To Transform Your Home →

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  • The arrival of January brings the annual tradition of creating New Year’s resolutions like living a healthier lifestyle, spending more time with family or friends, or even acquiring new skills or fun hobbies. No matter what your personal goals are for 2018, don’t forget to set some New Year’s resolutions for your home! Of course, … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home →

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  • If homeownership is a major goal for you, what’s holding you back? If you’re like most renters, it’s the lack of cash for a down payment. Saving can be easier than you think. Taking advantage of some simple saving habits will build your down payment fund, and before you know it, you’ll be making your … Continue reading Down Payment Saving Tips For Renters →

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  • Nothing celebrates the spirit of the holidays more than decorating your home. Whether you are looking for new ideas or enhancing your current décor, make your home merrier this holiday season with these festive ideas! Create a Cozy Mantle Hanging your stockings by the chimney with care isn’t the only way to decorate your mantle … Continue reading 5 Festive Holiday Décor Ideas →

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