15 Money-Saving Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

15 Money-Saving Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

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Key Takeaways: Preparation is key. The more you know about the process the easier it will be to avoid common pitfalls. Understanding how to use your money wisely to make positive decisions during the home-buying process. Are you a first-time homebuyer? If yes, then read on! Buying a home can be one of the most stressful times of your life …

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What You Should Know Before Buying an Older Home

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Does the thought of buying an older home, a local piece of history entice you?  Are you interested in the historical architecture that only older homes offer, but concerned that buying an older home means more money in renovations and repairs?  Here are a few suggestions on what to look for when buying an older home. Knowing now is better …

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4 Tips for Millennial Homebuyers

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You grew up watching your parents and grandparents buy homes. What you saw was a whole lot of frustration and struggling to make mortgage payments as the economy plummeted. That’s probably why you were turned off at the idea of owning a home. At least initially. But you’re grown now. And you have a family to protect. Protection from the …

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FHA Reduces Minimum Credit Score: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Credit is of considerable concern when it comes to buying a home, but if you’re on the market for a new place in the next few months there may be some timely news that applies to you. If you haven’t heard about the changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) credit score minimum, here’s some information on the recent reduction …

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Orlando Median Home Prices Continue Record Growth in April

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KEY TAKEAWAYS: The median home price in Orlando grew nearly 10% in April 2016. Overall available inventory continues to decline helping to drive median home prices. Average sale price to list price ration 97.10%. Average days on market for homes closed in April was 70-days. Distressed sales continue slide; Foreclosures down 49% and Short Sales down 34%. The Orlando Regional …

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FAVO – Faith Arts Village Orlando

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I’ve lived in Orlando since 1998 and I am always on the hunt for great, new, unique Orlando experiences. Well I recently found one such experience and I thought I’d share it with you. Faith Arts Village Orlando, known as FAVO by the fans, is a place where artists, musicians, a food trucks come together for one special evening on the …

4 Strategies to boost your FICO Score to get ready to buy a house.

FICO Score – 4 Strategies to Boost Your Score

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If you’re considering purchasing a home and have bad credit, you’ll want to start today getting your credit cleaned up to boost your FICO Score. Improving this very important number on all three credit bureaus will allow you get approved for the home of your dreams and help you save money on your interest rate. So how can you fix …

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February 2016 Orlando Median Home Prices Rise Double Digits in the Face of Increasing Buyer Demand and Decreasing Inventory

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The biggest news from the February 2016 Orlando housing market update from the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association (ORRA) was that inventory continued to tumble, down by 5% year-over-year. With buyer demand increasing and inventory decreasing, the median home price in Central Florida grew by over 12% to $185,000. February also marked the 55th consecutive month of year-over-year median home price gains …