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    Buying a Home? Surround Yourself with the Right Team

    If you are looking to buy a home, surround yourself with an experienced, trusted team of professionals.

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    How to Build a Budget When Buying a Home

    There are many upfront and ongoing costs when you purchase a home, and your regular monthly expenses can also change. Understand how to build your budget so you can be a prepared homeowner.

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    Tips for Navigating Austin's Competitive Housing Market

    It’s no secret: Austin is one of the hottest housing markets in the nation right now. But with more people and companies flocking here every day, and houses in increasingly limited supply, the process of buying a home in the ATX area can come with a lot of uncertainties for aspiring home buyers.

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    Tips for Taking Your Home Office to the Next Level

    Now that you’ve traded in the traditional office setting for a more living room-adjacent work environment, you probably know that having a dedicated at-home workspace helps you set clear boundaries between your professional life and your personal life. But as long as you are working from home, why not upgrade that remote workstation into a dream home office that will level up your productivity and your tranquility?

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    Five Home Organization Ideas – Inspiring, Space-Clearing Tips

    You’ve heard of spring cleaning. But every season has its reason to let go and live free of clutter. So here’s to minimizing in order to maximize your life, your productivity, and your time spent with those you love.

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    Ready to Buy a Home? Here’s What Not to Do

    You’ve heard all the advice about what to do to prepare, but there’s more to it than that. Before you begin looking at homes and negotiating a contract, you should know about some moves that could significantly hurt your chance of getting that home loan. Here are three things not to do when a new home purchase or even a refinance is in your future.

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    Four Priorities for Finding Your First Home Faster

    Ready to buy your first home? Consider these four search priorities to find your first home faster.

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    Buy or Rent? 10 Questions to Help You Decide

    Are you trying to decide between renting and buying? Consider these 10 personal and financial questions before you decide.

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    Five Tips for Today’s Home Buyers

    Are you getting ready to buy a home? If you’re planning on buying a home, whether or not it’s your first, here are five helpful tips for today’s home buyer.

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    5 Ways to Up the Coziness in Your Home

    You can tell when a house has been loved. There’s a feeling of warmth inside and out, a sense that things are cared for and appreciated. What are some practical, easy tips for creating great-feeling spaces and refreshing the ambiance in your home?

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    What’s the Ideal Credit Score for Home Loans?

    Used wisely, credit can be an excellent tool for helping you achieve your financial goals. To help put you on that path, we’ve collected some of the questions our representatives are asked most often, along with the answers.

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    Four Reasons Why Owning Is Better than Renting

    If you’re ready to settle down for the long-term, buying a home is often a wise choice. You get more for your money, you can set down roots, and you build equity over time, which often results in a sound, long-term financial investment.

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    Buy Successfully in a Sellers’ Market

    We’ve all heard the term sellers’ market, but what is it? Take advantage of our top 10 list of tips to help you buy a home, in spite of a market that isn’t leaning your way.

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    Finding or Financing? What Comes First?

    It’s easy to get excited about shopping for your next home, but without knowing what you can afford, you could waste valuable time and miss out on great opportunities. Getting prequalified for your mortgage can speed your home search and improve your chances that your offer will be accepted.

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    Busting the 20% Down Myth

    It’s no longer a hard and fast rule that you need to save 20% before you can buy a home. In today’s mortgage environment, you can buy a home with as little as 3% down.

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    Five Design Ideas For Central Texas Backyards

    With around 230 sunny days a year, outdoor living is a way of life in Central Texas. That’s why Central Texas homeowners never dream small when it comes to our backyards.

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    Five Family Nights to Love in Your New Home

    When you open the door to your new family home, you open the door to a new era of family memories. That means countless living room laughs, fun-filled birthday parties, and of course, unforgettable evenings with your favorite people. ​

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    Qualifying for Special Home Loans

    Did you know there are special loan programs just for veterans and community heroes? These special loan programs can provide significant savings for qualified applicants.

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    Five Themes for the Spare Bedroom of Your Dreams

    While that spare room offers a blank canvas for entertainment and rejuvenation, it’s also a ripe opportunity to roll in some extra dough.

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    Four Crucial Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

    Ask yourself these four crucial questions before you commit to buying a home.

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