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What Buyers Need To Know About Homeowner's InsuranceOnce a home buying contract enters into the escrow period, many home buyers begin to look for insurance. At this stage, some buyers have questions about what home insurance covers, what it doesn't cover and other details. These answers to frequently asked questions can help home buyers decide what kind of policy is right for them.

What Does Home Insurance Cover?

Homeowners insurance protects your dwelling, other structures on your property and your possessions from a variety of damage, including fire, smoke, lightning, explosions, windstorms, theft, snow and sleet. Some types of water damage may be covered as well. Although homeowners insurances don't usually cover floods, water damage from a burst pipe or burst water heater is covered.

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A critical factor for qualifying for a home loan is your income. Understandably, lenders need to know that you have a stable income that allows you to sustain a mortgage. While traditional homebuyers can prove this easily with a standard W2 from their employer, a self-employed borrower will need to show proof of income in a different manner. 

INCOME REQUIREMENTS FOR SELF-EMPLOYED HOMEBUYERS. 

The most common issue for self-employed individuals borrowers establishing how much they claim as income against the amount the government decides they made in net income and recorded on tax returns. If you're self-employed, be prepared to provide the last two years of tax returns in addition to other supporting documentation when applying for a mortgage. 

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The Growing Value of Smart Technology for the HomeSmart devices and the “Internet of Things” appear to be infiltrating the home technology market. Homeowners are currently learning how to use the latest smart tech devices to address their needs. Why are more homeowners now adopting smart technology for homes in Plymouth and elsewhere?

Learn more about the smart home tech trend and which technologies deliver value to homeowners today.

Why Are Consumers More Interested in Smart Tech?

Smart technology in and of itself is not enough to initiate purchases by consumers. When it comes to smart tech for the home, consumers need to know how to use the technology in homes that they may already own and that may not be currently fitted out for the latest gadgets or systems. Education appears to be

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Owning a home is one of the best investments you can make in your lifetime, but sometimes the budget can get tight. Along with the typical home-related bills like mortgage note payments, household utilities, and any required repairs—there's also the additional financial obligations such as car payments and insurance, medical insurance, credit cards and the like.

For homeowners that are looking for a way to get ahead of debt or are planning for future commitments like college tuition, a second mortgage may be just the thing. It offers the financial flexibility you need using the smart investment you made when you purchased your home.

HOW A SECOND MORTGAGE CAN BENEFIT YOU

What is a second mortgage? 

A second mortgage an opportunity for you to

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Hot Tips to Selling Your Vacation HomeThere may come a time when it is necessary to sell a vacation home. However, there are special considerations that only apply to second-home getaways and their sale.

Consider the following tips before listing a home to potentially make more money from the sale of vacation home.

When Should You List?

Be aware of the best times to list a property. Buyers may not be interested in purchasing a beach front property in the dead of winter but the same may not be able to be said for vacation homes near popular ski resort areas. Depending on the area, such as Milford, real estate agents may recommend listing a vacation home in the early spring. The season may last until October. Other real estate professionals recommend listing during the summer as

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5 Benefits of Solar Energy for HomeownersMany homeowners worry about the cost of switching to solar panels or think that using solar panels will not produce significant energy savings. Homeowners should be aware that solar power is used in a number of countries and research shows support for energy savings and increased home value.

Learn more about the important benefits of solar energy and why solar energy may be the right choice to power your home.

Tap into a Sustainable Energy Source

One of the advantages of solar panels is the ability for homeowners to use a sustainable source of energy. The generation of energy with solar power helps countries curb emissions of gas and chemical by-products. Germany is one of the leading countries tapping into the potential of solar energy

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Home Renovation: Do It Yourself Or Hire A Pro?Our country is one of spirited DIYers who love to embrace the challenge of improving the places where we live. However, this attitude has some pitfalls. A completed DIY project is a source of pride. One that drags on for months, getting more complicated over time, can be a nightmare. How do you decide whether to call in a pro or dive in and DIY? Go through the assessment below to decide:

1. Write down every step in the process.

It's not uncommon for novices to get into a project before they figure out that there's more to it than they thought. To avoid this, do some research and write down every possible step. For instance, moving a half-wall in your entryway may seem easy. However, there may be wiring or plumbing that needs to be dealt with.

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How to Detect Early Signs of Foundation DamageHomeowners who can detect early signs of foundation damage can potentially avoid expensive repairs down the road. An inspection by a specialist can be used to assess the problem and suggest the repairs necessary to fix foundation damage. As a homeowner, what are the initial signs that there may be a foundation problem and what are the options?

Understand more about foundation damage and potential repairs to address the issue and protect the equity in a home.

What Are the First Signs of Foundation Damage?

A homeowner need not panic over a settling home. Older homes may inevitable experience some unevenness over time. However, a homeowner does need to be aware of the signs that a potential issue impacting the foundation of a home may be

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The Most Common Home Buying Contingencies Sellers Can Expect to SeeBuying a home is one of the largest decisions a person might make in their lifetime, and while it’s not overly complicated, it’s also not necessarily a walk in the park either. The paperwork involved when purchasing a property can be extensive, and relying on professionals to help decipher it all can be very helpful. One of the more specific items of paperwork that buyers should look out for are referred to as home buying contingencies, and we’ll uncover why they can be so important.

All About Contingencies

Just like the name identifies, a home buying contingency allows for the sale of a home to proceed contingent upon certain elements of the process working out. In the same vein, if various aspects don’t meet the needs of the buyer, they

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Ready to buy your first home? Congratulations! Buying your first home is an exciting step toward a more secure future. As experienced mortgage pro's, we’d like to offer you some smart tips to help you get off to a strong start with your home purchase. 

And remember that we are always available for a friendly consultation, should you have questions. 

First Steps to Buying Your First Home

1. It’s Never Too Early to Start Saving 

20% is the norm for a down-payment. However, several loan programs require much less. In fact, you may be surprised to know that many first-time home buying loans ask for as little as 3% down! Putting less than 20% often comes with the necessity of paying for private mortgage insurance (PMI), increasing your final

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