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Buying a Home in Orlando: Home Security Buying a Home in Orlando: Home Security

By Gordy Haynes

Buying a home is much easier now than it was a year ago for an established working class family. As credit eases a little and the strain of holding so much inventory continues to take a toll on the banks and distressed property owners that just need to sell, the buying opportunities are real... here are some thoughts on buying a home in Orlando and how to make sure your home security is up-to-date!

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The Difference Between Appraisers and Inspectors The Difference Between Appraisers and Inspectors

By Chris Piraino

Real estate appraisers and inspectors are commonly confused with each other because both are used to assess houses; however each has different reasons and methods for their assessment. The confusion is caused by the fact that many lenders will call an appraisal an "inspection" because for them, the appraiser is recording everything that they need to know about the house, including the condition of the house.

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Staging Your Home Staging Your Home

By Jessica Hajjar

When potential buyers come in to view your home, you'll want to play up your home's strengths and beauty. Luckily, making your home look more attractive to buyers doesn't have to cost you a lot of money. There's no need to hire an expensive professional: just use these simple tips to have your home looking polished and ready in no time at all!

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Mortgage DOs and DON'Ts for all of Florida Mortgage DOs and DON'Ts for all of Florida

By Preston Ware

It is always good to be an educated consumer. Here are some key issues to keep in mind:

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An Editorial on Home Inspections and the Housing Market An Editorial on Home Inspections and the Housing Market

By Gordy Haynes

In the mid 1980's, one of the best investments you could make, as an active or passive investor, was just about any real estate. The real estate...

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Deciding Whether to Rent or to Buy Deciding Whether to Rent or to Buy

By Jessica Hajjar

In the past, it might have been considered general knowledge that is is always smarter to buy property than to rent. However, currently there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to both buying and renting that must be examined.

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Some Benefits of 203K Loans Some Benefits of 203K Loans

By Preston Ware

The 203K is one of my favorite loans because the customer gets home ownership and the added bonus of putting their artistic signature on the property right from the get-go. The 203K is a home improvement loan that is great for neighborhood revitalization.

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Harp 2.0 is Heating Up! Harp 2.0 is Heating Up!

By Preston Ware

We all have been waiting a long time for HARP 2.0: but when it got here, nobody was ready! Our government kept promising this mortgage refinance program, while none of the traditional banking channels seemed ready. Finally this week we saw some good signs.

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What is the Role of a Home Inspector? What is the Role of a Home Inspector?

By Christina Kelley

What is the role of a home inspector, and what services do they offer?

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 Home Insurance: Do Home Insurance Costs Vary Between States? Home Insurance: Do Home Insurance Costs Vary Between States?

Buying homeowners' insurance is an important part of owning your own home. It is the financial security blanket that protects your most valuable asset - your home. Many mortgage brokers, cities, counties and states require that any homeowner carry at least a liability policy, protecting you from lawsuits if someone is injured on your property.

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