Tag Archives: Homeownership

The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: How Your Credit Score Adds Up

Understanding and protecting your credit score is an important key to homeownership

Do you request your credit report every year? Admittedly, I have to say I don’t.…

By LaToya M. Smith

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: Building Financial Security

Owning a home should be part of a larger commitment to gaining financial security

Over the Thanksgiving break I became addicted to a show called Till Debt Do U$…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Should You Have Faith In A Good Faith Estimate?

When mortgage shopping, break down the costs and make sure you are comparing apples to apples

I was speaking with a client yesterday who was thoroughly confused by the good faith…

By Kirk Charles

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What’s A Short Sale In The Long Run?

It's not a foreclosure, but it could still make it harder to buy another home

Yesterday afternoon I was in an attorney’s office and a gentleman came in for a…

By Kirk Charles

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Foreclosures of the Rich and Famous

A look back at celebrity homeownership woes

Since the highly publicized foreclosure woes of Evander Holyfield and Michael Jackson, more celebrities have…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Money Attitudes and Budgeting

Homeownership means learning to understand and manage your finances

Last weekend I attended The Money Conference for Women in Hartford, CT. A 26-year-old woman…

By LaToya M. Smith

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ARMed And Dangerous? Don’t File For Bankruptcy

An adjustable rate mortgage can turn a Chapter 13 filing from bad to ugly

Just got a phone call from a couple thinking of filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy. …

By Kirk Charles

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Key Players

The role of the realtor, attorney and home inspector

Buying a home is a personal decision, but the process is not so private. Generally,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Congress Expands Homeowner Tax Breaks

First-time homebuyer tax credit extended to June

If you were rushing to close on a house before the end of the year,…

By Renita Burns

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Qualifying For A Mortgage

Know your options for financing your purchase�and paying off the loan

“What happens when you go to a lender,” asked Deborah Johnson, vice president and relationship…

By LaToya M. Smith

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What To Do Today to Prepare For This Year’s Taxes

Don�t let Uncle Sam catch you off guard

It’s not tax season yet, but by the time you finish feasting on turkey and…

By Renita Burns

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: Getting Started

How to know if you're ready and what banks are looking for

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming. I feel your pain, I’m there…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Washington Report

Tax credits; healthcare; consumer protection

Homebuyers Tax Credit May Be Too Popular

In response to abuses and fraud uncovered by the…

By Joyce Jones

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Seven Things to Know Before Investing in Rental Property

Now can be a good time to be a landlord

For potential investors who have good credit, savings, and a dose of patience, the time…

By Vicki Lee Parker

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Scam Alert: Cash For Home Offer May Not Be What You Think

Tempting offer proves to be fool's gold

“Sell you home for cash” signs are ubiquitous, and unfortunately, sketchy, says Manny Alvarado, operation…

By Renita Burns

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This Old House

The pros and cons of buying foreclosures and short sale properties

Compelling as they may sound, foreclosures and short sales can present unique challenges.

By Bridget McCrea

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Choosing a Contractor

This home improvement guide will show you how to choose the best person to work on your dwelling

After experiencing a home break-in this summer, Atlanta residents Jamilia and Charles Smith decided to…

By Lauren Lea

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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Short Sale

Though an attractive option, due diligence is key

As many distressed homeowners await relief from the White House’s loan modification and refinancing program,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hey, Mr. President, How About A Holiday?

Let's give homeowners the option of not paying their mortgages for one full year

I am talking about a one year Mortgage Holiday where homeowners will not be required…

By Warren Ballentine

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