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Thursday, December 30, 2021   /   by Client Care Coordinator

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Let’s face it, moving is stressful. That’s why we’ve created an epic moving checklist to help you stay on track. With some direction and this 8-week printable moving checklist for your upcoming move, you’ll be sure to have everything done between now and the big day, leaving you plenty of time to celebrate.


8 weeks before you move checklist:

It’s important for you to plan for every aspect of your move. The good news? We’ve got you covered. We won’t lie — there’s a lot to do to prepare. Yet, you’ll be thankful you started early and had this epic moving checklist to ensure you stay on top of your to-do list.

1. Create a digital “moving” folder on Google Drive or Dropbox. Take pictures with your phone of quotes, receipts, and records related to your move and store them in an online storage system such as Google Drive or Dropbox. You’re not going to be able to remember all of the details, so throw ...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019   /   by Client Care Coordinator

How to find your "right" home - A Quick Guide to Making that BIG Decision

September 11, 2019 at 10:22am | Sandy Erickson

For home buyers, acquiring your dream home may not be as simple as saying that you want a “two-story house with
a garage in a quiet neighborhood.” Clearly, there’s so much more to a home than that. You should not be restricted
to the price either since it is only part of the bigger process.
You must closely think of what you really desire in your home. Perhaps it will help to prepare a list of features that
you prefer. Here’s a quick list of the parameters, home features and amenities that could guide you in finding that
dream home of yours.



Location and Neighborhood
Suburbs or Country - The houses here are generally more expensive but often newer. These are also farther from the cities.
Urban - Closer to many employers, entertainment districts, restaurants and schools, but also often noisier.
Busy Streets - Often, these are homes on streets with more traffic.
Cul-de ...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019   /   by Client Care Coordinator

The ABC's of Real Estate: Terms Every Buyer & Seller Should Know

September 04, 2019 at 1:03pm | Sandy Erickson
Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a third-time home seller, the real estate transaction can be confusing and stressful enough even without the many terms and acronyms used during the process. But don’t be overwhelmed — we’ve compiled a mini-glossary of the important terms you should know and familiarize yourself with to help you better understand what’s going on with the home sale.
It’s good to remember what Steve Jobs said: “There’s always one more thing to learn.”



The ABCs of Real EstateA: An appraisal is a professional estimate of the value of the property by a certified appraiser. Lenders always require a home appraisal before they will issue a mortgage. Appraisers look into similar homes in the area that have been sold recently, also known as “comps,” and also take into account the home’s condition, square footage, location, a ...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019   /   by Client Care Coordinator

What's in a Mortgage? Breaking down the components of a mortgage payment

August 28, 2019 at 1:16pm | Sandy Erickson
In simplest terms, a mortgage is a long-term loan designed to help borrowers purchase a house. It allows
individuals to become homeowners without making a large down payment and thus, fulfilling The American
Dream. Once you become a homeowner, a mortgage represents one of your life’s biggest financial commitments.
So it’s important to understand the structure of your payments — what percentage goes to principal, interest,
and taxes, and what you currently owe on your loan balance



I’m a first-time home buyer. Once I closed on my new home, when will my mortgage payment start?Mortgage payments usually start one full month after the last day of the month in which the home purchased closed. Unlike rent payments, which are usually paid in advance on the first day of the month, mortgage payments are paid in arrears. It means the payment is expected to be made at the end of the month. For an ins ...

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