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How to Choose a Mortgage Broker

There are many moving parts when it comes to buying or selling real estate. Financially speaking, most buyers will need to find a mortgage broker who can facilitate the mortgage process based on individual considerations. Use online mortgage calculators to assist you in how much house you can afford.

The first step is understanding the differences between a mortgage broker versus a mortgage lender. Quite simply, a mortgage broker matches the buyer with an appropriate lender. Meanwhile, the lender is the institution who is providing the funds for the buyer to finalize the home purchase. Mortgage brokers are not loan officers. Yet, they do work with loan officers, if need be, on your behalf.

While securing the services of a mortgage broker isn’t a

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Wake County Best Schools and Ratings

If you're searching for the best schools in the Raleigh area, here is some great data to help with your home search! Click any school name to search available homes for sale in that school district.

School Ratings in Wake County, North Carolina

How was the data put together? In late 2016 data collection began and a number of Wake County schools were given grades in subjects such as reading, math, and science. Additional information that may be important to anyone searching for school districts or homes for sale is the growth. Here is a little more about what schools have reached their capacity.

One of the best resources of all is a property address lookup feature which you can find here. This allows you to type in an address and find out

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Top Neighborhoods in Garner, NC

Looking for some more information about the great town of Garner in North Carolina. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in Garner. The town, like most of the Triangle, is growing and adding new subdivisions and homes all the time. Click here to view homes for sale in Garner, NC.

Best Neighborhoods in Garner, NC!

Garner, North Carolina

Garner is a small town directly next to Raleigh the capital city of North Carolina. The town has a mix of neighborhoods ranging from subdivisions of older split level homes that in some cases are being completely renovated and updated to brand new subdivisions with large single family modern homes. Neighborhoods such as Heather Hills in the heart of Garner are becoming increasingly popular as fixer uppers or

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The Top Neighborhoods in Clayton, NC - What are They?

The Best Neighborhoods in Clayton, North Carolina!

There are many neighborhoods and homes for sale in Clayton, NC. A lot of these neighborhoods would qualify as the best in town, depending on what type of home and neighborhood you were looking for. As a resident and as a Realtor in Clayton, NC, my years have experience give me a great background on the town! For some people looking to move to Clayton, it may be a golf community or an equestrian community or a planned development with lots of amenities. Some people looking for a home in Clayton don’t want any of the above but would rather find a small subdivision with large private lots and no HOA dues. Whatever the type of subdivision you’re looking for there’s a good chance you’ll find it in

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9 Reasons to Sell Your Home in 2017

If you’ve been on the fence regarding selling your home in 2017, it's time to get out there and actually do it. Here are some of the best reasons why you should sell your home in 2017:

Low Mortgage Rates

if you are familiar with low mortgage rates, simply put the lower the mortgage rate, the lower your monthly cost will be. Because current mortgage rates are still low, many buyers are very interested in making a purchase a lot sooner than later. This is music to a seller’s ears.

Even though rates have been increasing little by little since around October, many of the most popular home mortgage loans have rates that are still at historic lows. According to market experts, they are expected to remain around the 4% level for a bit longer prior

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Home Design Trends in 2017

Home Design Trends for 2017 brought to you by Raleigh Realty

Now that we’ve bid adieu to 2016, the New Year brings with it exciting possibilities that encompass many spheres of our life. When it comes to home decor and interior design, 2017 promises to be a year that will make people look beyond the obvious color palettes and the “oh so!” style themes.

  • For the Kitchen
  • For the Bedrooms
  • For the Bathrooms
  • For the Living Room
  • What is out of style?

Over the last couple of years, home decor has completely changed its ballpark with new trends emerging every season. As the world becomes more compact, tastes and preferences are no longer defined by geographies. Now, people are also more willing to spend a generous amount of money to give their home a makeover it

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How to Save Up for a Down Payment

Saving for a Downpayment on a House

Let's start with some great news: You DON'T need 20% down to buy a house. In our market, here in Raleigh, North Carolina, and in a lot of other places, you can buy a home with 0% down

A great way to build wealth over a period of time is through the building of home equity. Obviously, this means that one of the main requirements needed to build this home equity is to actually own a home. Many aspiring home buyers typically run into the problem of acquiring the funds needed to make their first down payment on a new home. Not a problem. This article lists the many steps a person can take to save up the money needed to do just that. 

More than likely, one of the biggest single purchases an individual will make

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How to Get The Best Mortgage Rate and Lender

How to Get the Best Mortgage Rate

Over the last 12 months, mortgage rates have been at historic lows. A mortgage can be daunting since you will be incurring a lot of debt, however, it is going towards something that will help you build wealth, a home. In this article, we are going over simple steps that anyone can take to getting a great mortgage rate.

There is speculation that rates will soon begin to go back up as inflationary fear starts to creep back in. For now, the question we want to address is how to get the best mortgage rates. There are numerous options and strategies out there. Read on a bit further to learn all of the details.

Do the Math

The first thing you want to do is to figure out the math involved with your

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