How Buying a Home Affects Your Credit

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Taking on a mortgage, especially as a first-time homebuyer, can be intimidating. Finding out that it can lower your credit score can be downright stressful. It’s a bit of a “Catch 22”: You need good credit to buy a house, but buying a house lowers your credit. 

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Smart home lovers likely rejoice at the continued flood of smart house accessories on the market, one of which are video security doorbells.

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Whether buying or selling a home in St. Louis, finding the best realtor will involve some work. You’ll want to ask people you know for referrals, do some research, and finally, interview the best candidates. (Read Follow These 3 Steps to Find a Real Estate Agent.) Sales statistics and experience are important, but you need to feel confident in your decision on a more personal level, too.

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Easy Home Accents to Upgrade Your Space

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

With each season comes new trends and styles in interior decorating. While it's fun to explore ideas and revamp a home, it can be costly and become outdated within months. If you're itching to refresh your space without overdoing it, home accents are the best way to change a room with minimal effort. Here are a few ideas to swap out when you're looking for a new look in your home:

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Congrats! Your house is selling for substantially more than you paid for it! That’s a good thing… or is it? The IRS may want a chunk of the profits in the form of capital gains tax. There are some scenarios when selling a home will generate a tax liability. But there are ways that homeowners can avoid taxes of home sales. 

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After the real estate bubble burst in 2008, it seemed like foreclosed houses could be found in almost every neighborhood across the country. The number of foreclosed homes reached an all-time high in 2010 but has steadily decreased each year since. Nevertheless, as long as there have been mortgages, there have been people unable to pay them. Buyers can get a bargain buying a foreclosed home. But if they’re not cautious, they can get more than they bargained for.

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Believe it or not, most realtors still encourage open houses. Far from being obsolete, they can be a great way to showcase a home when they’re managed by a competent real estate professional.

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When you’re planning to sell a home or buy a home—it’s a big deal. Sure, you can do it on your own, but it’s a complicated process and will take up a lot of your time. There are some things that are better left to the experts, and real estate is one of them. 

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The Brady Bunch House: Real Estate Stardom

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Back in 1969, there was a story of a lovely lady… and, well you know the rest. The Brady Bunch quickly became a household television show that Americans constantly tuned in for. No one who watched could possibly forget that gorgeous home, displayed at the beginning of the show. Certainly not HGTV, who made a new series called A Very Brady Renovation – focusing on four phases of renovating the original property. Curious how this all started? Keep reading to find out more!

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It’s finally spring, which means that everything is starting to come up roses (including actual roses). The season brings everything we’ve been looking forward to: sunnier days, our favorite flowers in bloom, and the return of happily chirping songbirds. However, this year is an odd year, which means that something else is around the corner: property reassessments.

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