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How to Move Cross Country

Considering a cross-country move? Here's our how-to-move cross-country guide jam-packed with useful money-saving tips!

There are few transitions in life more disruptive than moving. Add to that a cross-country haul in between and you are looking at quite the challenge. But there are ways to make it much easier even for children. Whether you're moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, or San Francisco, California, read on for tips and tricks for turning your cross-country move into a manageable feat.

How to Move Cross Country and how to do it while saving money

How much does it cost to move cross country?

One of the biggest questions is always going to be the cost. But unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to this question, as the price will be highly variable depending on

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How to Buy a House Before Selling Your Home

Ready to buy a home? If so, things can get a little complicated if you aren't a first-time buyer. After all, first-time buyers have the luxury of taking their time shopping for a home; when the right one comes along, they also don't have to worry about selling an existing home before they make an offer.

How to Buy a House Before Selling the One You Live In

If you're a current homeowner and are ready to relocate, there are some logistical and financial obstacles you'll need to overcome. For starters, you'll need to decide whether you'll sell your current home before you make an offer on a new one—or if you'll take your chances buying before you sell.

In today's market, more buyers are actually buying new homes before they sell off their existing ones.

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Living in Rolesville, NC

Moving to Rolesville? Here is what it is like living in Rolesville, North Carolina!

Are you considering a move to Rolesville, North Carolina? If you are looking for a home near the Raleigh area, Rolesville should be at the top of your list. Tucked away in northeastern Wake County, Rolesville is a suburb of Raleigh. Not only is the town the second oldest in Wake County, but it is considered one of the fastest-growing small towns in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 7,500 people, Rolesville has seen an upward trend of growth over the past few years since 2013. Named as one of the “2019 Best Places” to live near the greater Research Triangle area, Rolesville provides residents with a small town and suburban

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Living in Smithfield, NC

If you are moving to Smithfield, NC, make sure that you know these 6 things before you do!

Are you thinking about moving to Smithfield, North Carolina? Located in Johnston County and with a population of 13,000 people, Smithfield is known to be one of the fastest-growing areas in the state. Only a 33-minute drive from the capital of Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, and a three-hour drive to Charlotte, Smithfield is a great place to live. A safe place to raise your children, many families and young professionals are moving to the area for its prime location, affordable cost of living, gorgeous landscape, and growing business opportunities.

Moving to Smithfield, NC - What is it like living in North Carolina

After reading this moving guide, you will have a better idea of what it is

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Living in Pittsboro, NC

Do you know these 5 things about Pittsboro, NC? Find out what it's like living in Pittsboro, NC!

Are you moving to Pittsboro, North Carolina? With an estimated population of 4,000 people, Pittsboro is a relatively small town in Chatham County which happens to be the fastest-growing county in the state. It truly is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Known for its scenic rural environment and friendly neighbors, Pittsboro is a safe community in the piedmont region. Considered a great place to live, enjoy walking around the town and basking in the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Since Pittsboro is so small, getting to know your neighbors and befriending other residents is an easy task.

Check out the homes for

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Living in Sanford, North Carolina 

Moving to Sanford, NC? Here is what you need to know about Sanford!

The cute and walkable little town of Sanford is found in Lee County, North Carolina, and has a current population of 28,000 people. An enjoyable place to live, Sanford is known for its industrial center since it is the largest producer of brick and pottery products in the United States. Only a forty-minute drive to Raleigh, a two-hour drive to Charlotte and the North Carolina beaches, and a three-hour drive to Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sanford is in a central location to nearby large city centers and business hubs. Relaxing and quiet, Sanford is surrounded by tree-lined streets and parks. If you are looking to move to Sanford, North

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Buying a Home After College

Are you a recent college graduate interested in buying a home? Even if the ink isn't dry on your diploma yet, taking on homeownership could be a good move. You can build equity and set yourself up for a bright financial future.

You'll also gain a comfortable place to decompress at the end of the workday. But the benefits — and responsibilities — don't end there. Read on to find the complete guide to buying a home as a recent college graduate!

College graduates holding their diplomas and getting ready to graduate from university while buying their first homes and overcoming the challenge of student loan debt

The Unique Challenges of Being a College Grad

When you're young, you could face some disadvantages as a homebuyer. You won't have the same work history or experience. So you'll need to take stock of your financial picture first. First-time home buyers have many advantages

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Living in Clayton, North Carolina 

Moving to Clayton, NC? Here's what you need to know about living in Clayton!

Considered the #1 Place to Live in Johnston County, Clayton is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Located close to Raleigh, living in Clayton will provide residents with a small suburban feel while having easy access to the hustle and bustle of city life in the state’s capital. Since more and more people are deciding to move to North Carolina due to employment opportunities and desirable quality of life, Clayton is a good place to call home for all ages. If you're shopping homes for sale in Raleigh you'll find there are a lot of great houses in Clayton as well with large lots and a bit less expensive!

Moving to Clayton, NC - What is life like living in Clayton North Carolina?

Not only is the

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Living in Knightdale, NC

Moving to Knightdale NC? 11 Things to Know Before you do!

Take a trip about 8 minutes from downtown Raleigh and head east towards the crossroads of I-540 and U.S. 264. Situated there is the upbeat and energetic town of Knightdale. The benefits of living in Knightdale extend far beyond the affordability of the homes for sale and we are going to break down all the pros and cons in this article Knightdale has a long history dating back almost to the 1700s. However, while having historical roots, the town feels very modern. These are some of the reasons people are moving to Knightdale, North Carolina!

Moving too Knightdale, NC - What is it like living in Knightdale, North Carolina?

History of Knightdale

Unlike other towns in the region, Knightdale was incorporated later at around 1927. However, the

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Living in Wendell, NC

Thinking about Moving to Wendell, North Carolina? Find out what it's like living here!

Wendell is an up-and-coming community consisting of private homes, local eateries, vintage buildings, and parks. The town itself gives off the vibe of having all the big city charm found in larger metropolises yet still retaining its small-town atmosphere. Raleigh and Durham, two hot spots for economic opportunity. Top that off with the Research Triangle Park that is anchored by the major research universities of Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and you're entering one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. Nestled within the enclave of it all lies the town of

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