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  • How to Calculate if I Should Rent or Buy

    When determining if you should rent or buy – you’ll need to look at all the expenses associated with homeownership. Once you have the dollars and cents, you can calculate how many years it will take for you to break-even on buying versus renting.
  • Homeowner Choices: DIY or Hire a Professional?

    When moving, upgrading, downsizing or remodeling – there’s one question you’re probably asking yourself…can I do this myself or should I hire a professional? Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself when making this important and (possibly) expensive decision.
  • How Etsy Can Help You Decorate Your New Home For Less

    If you’ve just moved into a new home or are dreaming about it – it might be time to re-think your artwork. Typically artwork can be extremely pricey – if you want a one-of-a-kind piece or something custom designed for your home. But, now – Etsy.com has broken down those cost barriers and has made it extremely easy to work directly with local and nationally acclaimed artists.
  • Fun & Creative Housewarming Party Ideas

    After you move into your new home, you’ll want to show it off a little. A house warming party is the perfect way to do that. Remember…before you invite people over, it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you don’t have furniture for every room or pictures on every wall – don’t stress. You can use the extra space for more seating or the walls to enhance your party theme. Here are some fun party ideas that might inspire you from Pinterest.
  • Are You Asking Your Lender the Right Questions?

    Before you choose a mortgage company, it’s important to ask the right questions. By asking these simple questions, you’ll be able to vet out the good from the bad and find a company that is right for you.
  • Can I Use Gift Money for My Down Payment?

    Whether your grandma has a secret mattress stash of money she’s been saving for your first home, or if you made a special request to your wedding guests to forego the toasters and instead give money toward your new love nest, gift funds can be a big help when it comes to buying a home. Although utilizing gift funds for a down payment on a new home is very common, many don’t realize that the source of the gift is an important factor when going through mortgage financing. There are some things to be mindful of in the process to ensure as a buyer you receive the funds in such a way to satisfy lender guidelines.
  • When Should I Refinance My Mortage?

    Typically, when current mortgage rates start to decline, and you've had your loan for over a year, you may start to think about refinancing. Some factors you will need to consider include the amount of equity you have in your home, the mortgage balance and the difference between your existing rate and the current interest rate in the market.
  • SIRVA Earns Top Industry Award In Trippel Relocation Managers' Survey

    SIRVA earns highest average score in relocation mortgage overall satisfaction from relocation managers in industry survey