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How HomeScout Blots Out Competitors

You’ve seen the advertisements for the most popular home-search apps—Zillow and Trulia are names that probably come to mind. Amidst looking at homes, did you ever meander to the privacy policies of companies like these? If not, I invite you to. Why? Your personal info is being sold to third-party companies. These big-hitters are fueled by advertisements, meaning they can target you based on the personal info you provide at sign-up and on your profile. It may not seem like a huge deal that companies are getting your email address and name, but it can become a nuisance. If you’d rather not spend time deleting emails from seemingly random people and companies, HomeScout is your answer. Your Leg-Up on other Home Searches HomeScout is a new home search app that breaks away from other companies simply by its makeup. This service is invite-only, meaning users must have an access code.…

Self-Employed? Here’s How to Qualify for a Mortgage!

When you work for yourself, the financials of owning a business can be complicated. Really complicated. For example, getting approved for a mortgage as a solo act requires a little more work on your part. Fortunately, you can prepare for this so you can navigate the mortgaging waters with a bit more ease. Consider this your checklist. This may be old news to some, but new to others! Register and license your business. You can register as a LLC (Limited Liability Company) or a DBA (Doing Business As). Note: With DBA, you need to have two months of recent business account statements—or creditor statements/invoices—to prove you’re self-employed. Speaking of proof, it’s always a smart move to keep good records with programs like QuickBooks. This way, you’ll always have the files and information lenders need. Here are a few things you can provide to verify your business: Current statement of bond…

Can You Buy A Home with Less-Than-Perfect Credit?

Have you checked your credit score lately and slowly backed away from it? Credit scores can make or break your chances of getting approved to purchase a new home. If your credit score isn’t in the range of perfect—somewhere in the 700s—fear not! Even if your credit lies somewhere in the 600s, there are still a few ways to get approved. Before diving in to some of your best options, you may be asking—“Why not just go through my bank or a mortgage broker?” This is a valid option, but be wary. Banks have set overlays as an answer to low credit, meaning it will be difficult for you to move forward in buying a home. Alongside this, pricing bumps and a higher interest rate often accompany these overlays. Naturally, you don’t want to fork out more money than necessary, right? Here are some avenues to look into so you aren’t…

5 Steps to Finding Your Dream Home

So, you’re a first time home buyer. Or, maybe this isn’t your first rodeo in the home buying market. Whatever your experience is, these steps will help you to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls you may not expect. Locate the community that best suits your needs You may come across the perfect home, but what about the surrounding area? Do you need to be within range of a notable school district? Or close to your workplace? Thinking about these necessities will help you sift through listings. Property Taxes A seasoned home buyer may know this already, but property tax varies from area to area. Make sure you are aware of what a listing’s property tax will be before signing. Otherwise, you may be shocked! Buy what you can afford The listing price is one of an assortment of fees that you will responsible for. Closing fees are a great example…

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