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How to Buy a Home When You're Engaged (Before Marriage)

Are you considering buying a house during your engagement? You’re not alone. Many couples believe that a home purchase should take place before marriage.

One in four couples between the ages of 18 and 34 bought a house together before the wedding.

Understanding the home buying process is important, and equally, as important is understanding how to buy a house prior to the wedding! 

Common Home Buying Questions When You’re Engaged

  • What are the differences?
  • How do you take title?
  • Legal Implications?
  • What happens after we are Married?

How to Buy a Home During an Engagement

A home, and a diamond ring, two of the larger purchases you will make in your lifetime. You’re going to spend a lot of time searching for both, and

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ACID Test or Liquidity Ratio: How it Applies to Your Mortgage Approval

What is the Acid Test (Liquidity Ratio) in a Mortgage Approval?

Buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-racking. If it’s your first time, you are probably overwhelmed. Before you buy a home, you’ll want to know the steps involved, money saving strategies, and the mistakes to avoid for first time home buyers.

One of the biggest reasons first time home buyers are unable to buy the home they want is because they are unable to qualify for a mortgage. You should spend equal time and effort on improving your mortgage qualifications as you do on finding a great home.

Before you begin the home buying process, you’ll want to learn about everything a mortgage lender and bank will want to see, in order for you to qualify for a home

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Snapchat Vs. Facebook Live Real Estate Lead Generation

Snapchat is not going to make you consistent money as a Real Estate Agent. Facebook Live is.

Let’s dive into the data:

Why Real Estate Agents Should Ignore Snapchat

Any Realtor who is focusing on Snapchat right now should stop and turn their focus to Facebook.

The average age of a homeowner is 55 years old says a report published by NAR (the National Association of Realtors).

Only 2% of the audience on Snapchat is 55 or older.

This means the average homeowner is not on Snapchat.

60% of the audience on snapchat is under the age of 24. For Americans under 25, homeownership is around 21.5 percent.

When you consider the audience on Snapchat, it’s a big reason to ignore the social media network altogether.

Growing a Following on

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Questions to Ask: Choosing a Real Estate Agent to Buy or Sell a Home

Choosing a Real Estate Agent to Buy and Sell a Home

How do you know which Real Estate Agent to hire? 

You won't until you begin interviewing. 

One of the first things we tell our clients: "Today we are going to learn more about our ability to work together. Should you choose a different Real Estate Agent to represent you, we will not be offended, just let us know." 

It's important for consumers to understand that the Real Estate Agent will likely be interviewing them as well.

Without further ado, let's dive in on the questions to ask:

Is Real Estate a Full-Time Job For you?

The first questions you should ask a Real Estate Agent is if they work full-time. If the answer is 'no' that is a red-flag and typically is

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Divorce is not easy. It’s an emotional and stressful time for everyone involved. We are here to help.

Did you know that selling your home during divorce can potentially save you money on capital gains tax as long as you sell while you're still legally married?

You're eligible for an exclusion up to $500,000 while legally married. Once you divorce that exclusion drops to $250,000. You can read more about tax strategy below.

Let's get one thing straight before we dive into this article.... Just because you're going through a divorce does not mean you have to sell your house, even if you want to sell, you should seek expert advice to find out if it's a good time to sell, the market shifts fast.

In this article we are going to answer some of the

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Green Homes; The Future of New Construction Houses!

With each passing year, builder’s are getting better and better with the quality of homes they produce. One of these new, and efficient building techniques revolve around the importance of energy, water, and building materials conservation.

The amount of wasted energy, water, and materials from homes built in the past are costing American homeowners a lot of extra dough each month.

Besides the lack of efficiency in homes built in the past, the air quality and filtration systems have had a serious need for improvement.

Today, builders are focused on constructing new homes that meet a new standard of clean, healthy, and efficient, they are called Green Homes.

What are Green Homes?

Green homes are homes that are built to maximize the

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Real Estate Investing

Ninety Percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. More money has been made in real estate than all industrial investments combined. The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate. - Andrew Carnegie 

In the video interview to the right (jump to the 1:30 mark) you'll learn more about why I am in real estate, and that's important for you to understand before we begin:

Helping other people obtain a financial freedom is the reason I became a Realtor, and while many may assume my goal is to build a Real Estate Company, it's actually to build a Real Estate Company, that gives me the leverage necessary, to invest back in Real Estate. Raleigh, NC is the place I chose to build

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How to Sell a Home with Kids and Pets in Raleigh, North CarolinaThere is a right way to sell a house, and a wrong way to sell a house... how you proceed is your decision. In this article, we will be going over some tips to help you get your home sold, even with kids posing a challenge!

I know what a lot of you are thinking... "Can my kids convey with the house?" (joking of course). They cannot.

Selling your home can be stressful. You want to make sure that the entire process runs as smoothly as possible. Adding kids to the equation makes things even more difficult. So can pets, and that's another topic.

So let's dive into some tips on how to sell your home with kids:

Make sure the Kids Understand

One of the best things you can do is to start by letting your kids know how important it is that you sell

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Things NOT to Do When Buying a House

Tears should never be a part of the home buying process. This article is the aftermath of a sad experience, and is written for YOU, so that you can share this information with those buying a home and so that they do not encounter the same experience.

In this article we reached out to 15 Real Estate Experts and asked them for their BEST tips on what NOT to do when buying a house. Here is what transpired...

What Not to do When Buying a House

Tony Mariotti | RubyOneMortgage.com

Borrowers can set themselves up for home buying success if they do two basic things: get pre-approved and stay pre-approved.

Get pre-approved

Pre-approvals show everyone involved in the transaction that you are a serious buyer. You will get the attention

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Here is what makes location so important in real estate purchases!

The three most important factors when buying a home are location, location, and location.

Too often I hear people talking about making decisions based on the home itself, instead of the location, and that is a mistake.

What is it about location that makes it so vital to a real estate investing?

The condition and price of any home can be changed. You can even change the size of the house. The one thing you can't change is the home's location.

Supply and demand are two factors that will always play a role in real estate appreciation. Housing supply in great locations is limited to the number of homes in that location.

Location creates desirability, desirability creates demand, and demand raises real estate prices.

Here are some of the

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