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Everything You Need to Get Pre-Approved: A Checklist

If you’re thinking about buying a home, it’s imperative that you get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start your search. While getting pre-approved can be tedious, it is a critical step that allows you to be ready to jump on making an offer as soon as you find the home of your dreams. It also serves to let the…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Pre-Approval Process

You might have heard the words “pre-approval” before, especially if you’ve just started your home search. What, exactly, is a pre-approval, and why do you need it? Below, we will answer some common questions about being pre-approved. What is a pre-approval? Getting pre-approved means that a lender lets you know the maximum price you can spend on a home, based…

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Coronavirus Mortgage Relief: The Facts

Mortgage lenders, and the federal agencies that regulate lenders, are putting coronavirus mortgage relief measures in place to ensure homeowners have options if they’re unable to make payments. What do you do if you need to take advantage of these relief measures? Well, your first stop should be your lender or bank. It’s important to keep in mind that this…

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A Seller’s Guide to Navigating the Home Inspection

Selling a home can be quite a process. First come the negotiations. Then comes the inspection. Then comes the financing commitment. Sandwiched in the middle, the inspection is usually a contingency to the offer, meaning the buyer can back out of the contract based on problems discovered. The Process The purpose of the inspection is for the inspector to look…

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Should You Sell Your Home without an Agent?

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may have considered trying to sell it without a real estate agent. Why should you pay an agent for work when you can do it yourself? Well, while you might be able to sell your home on your own, you may lose out on some potential profit by not fully understanding the…

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All You Ever Wanted to Know about Appraisals – Seller Edition

If the buyer of your home is financing the purchase, chances are good that their lender will require an appraisal. Understanding how appraisals work will prepare you for the process and help you achieve a quick sale. An appraisal is an opinion of the value of your home based on what comparable homes in your city/town have sold for recently.…

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All You Ever Wanted to Know about Appraisals – Buyer Edition

While you might have a long list of things you appreciate about your new home, your lender may not agree. They don’t care if it has a pizza oven, jacuzzi tub, or patio that is perfect for outdoor gatherings. They do care if the home you are buying is worth what you’re paying. If there is ever a point where…

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Multiple Offers: Should You Worry?

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Months of searching, attending open houses, and viewing available homes finally paid off. You’ve found the perfect property in a nice neighborhood for a fair price. You’re ready to make an offer. Then it happens: you get the dreaded call from your agent telling you there are multiple offers on the property. Now what? Reasons for Multiple Offers Inventory shifts…

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How to Evaluate Multiple Offers for Your Home

We are in the midst of a hot sellers’ market and many sellers are finding themselves with multiple offers. So, how can you decide which offer is best? Our agents at Porcupine Real Estate use their expertise and years of knowledge to help you determine which offer to consider. Some of the criteria we encourage you to consider include: Preapprovals…

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Why People Pick New Hampshire

We all know that New Hampshire is the Free State. But, when faced with moving to a new state, why, exactly, do people pick New Hampshire? Here are some reasons from movers to the Free State: great community and economy New Hampshire’s aesthetics and the state’s laws everyone is very friendly no income tax or sales tax income-earning potential was…

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