USDA Home Loans
17
AUG
2018

Program Focus: USDA Loans

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If you’re looking to buy a home in a rural or suburban area but don’t have a down payment, you may want to look at a USDA loan. As an option with 100% financing, this may open the door to homeownership for you! This U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan isn’t just for farms,...
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10
AUG
2018

Pro Home Staging Tips

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Are you hoping to sell your home quickly? Before you put your house on the market, take care of any concerns your potential buyers may have ahead of time. There’s no need to call in an expensive interior designer, knock out walls, and overhaul your entire house to convince others...
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back-to-school home prep
02
AUG
2018

4 Essential Back-to-School Home Prep Projects

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The back-to-school season can feel rushed and chaotic, especially if you’ve already got a lot going on at home. While kids may be excited to get back to school with all their friends, they can still experience anxiety and moodiness as they settle into the new routine. Try a few...
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self-employed homebuying
24
JUL
2018

Homebuying for the Self-Employed

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More and more homebuyers have “side gigs” or are completely self-employed. If you’re looking to purchase a home and your income isn’t easily tracked on a paystub or W-2, getting a home loan is more complicated. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 10% of the workforce...
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understanding interest rates
17
JUL
2018

Understanding Interest Rates

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When you need financing to buy your home, it’s important to have a good understanding of your interest rate. It’s one of the key factors that determines how much you’ll pay each month. It also impacts the final total you pay for your home over the life of the loan...
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home appraisal
10
JUL
2018

Home Appraisal: Myths and Facts

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If you’re financing your new home, a home appraisal is required. There are many misunderstandings about what a home appraisal is and isn’t. If you are buying or selling, you should understand what it is and how the appraiser determines the fair market value of your home. Myth: A...
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firework safety
03
JUL
2018

Firework Safety

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Every year we look forward to celebrating our freedoms on the Fourth of July. There’s something about fireworks shimmering in the night sky that re-ignites our appreciation for all the privileges we enjoy as Americans. But fireworks are risky, even when we’re careful, so before...
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summer hosting
26
JUN
2018

5 Excellent Home Entertaining Ideas for Summer

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Gathering with friends and family to share a meal is one of the greatest ways to enjoy the summertime. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to make a great get-together at home work well. Here are some ideas to help you make new memories, beat the heat, and savor your summer. 1....
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20
JUN
2018

Stories from First-time Homebuyers

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  Depending on who you speak to about homeownership, there’s no doubt you’ll get a wide variety of responses. At Hamilton, we obviously know how the pride of homeownership can deeply impact a young couple starting out or an older couple with grown children who’ve spent a...
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summertime water safety
13
JUN
2018

Summertime Water Safety Tips

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Summer across the country usually means plenty of time in the water – whether you have a residential swimming pool, community pool, or plan to head over to the beach, lake or your favorite water park. It’s important to always remember that wherever you plan on making your summer...
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