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March 13, 2017

10 Things to Ensure Financing for Your Home

You've started looking at homes with a different eye and begin thinking "can I afford that?" or "what can I afford?" While looking is fun, here are ten tips to help you attain the financing you need for the home of your dreams... [read more]
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March 6, 2017

10 Creative Ideas for Promoting Your Open House

Selling a home can be a stressful time, but it doesn't have to be! Homes.com has provided you with ten creative ideas to promote your open house...
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March 2, 2017

Prepare Your Home to Sell

The housing market is slowly stabilizing, and you've decided to list your home. But what, if any, improvements should you tackle before selling? Should you just leave it all to the new homeowner?... [read more]
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November 6, 2015

How to Send a Military Care Package

With Veteran’s Day approaching, Homes.com wanted to find ways to honor our nation’s military. One simple and fun way to show appreciation to a service member is with a care package! With just a few items and a little creativity, you can express gratitude and love from any distance.

My husband is the Navy, and despite our two years of marriage, I still consider myself new to the military wife life. When he deployed this summer for the first time, I wanted to send a meaningful package to let him know how much I missed him. The problem was – I didn’t even know where to begin. So I’m going to break down the process and show you my completed care package.

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September 18, 2015

10 Things Homeowners Do in Their Home During Fall

We know that it's not officially fall for several more days, but many people consider all of September fair game. Pumpkin spice lattes are already littering our Instagram feeds, but we observe the arrival of autumn in many other ways too. Here are a few telltale things that homeowners do to welcome the season.
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September 14, 2015

Million Dollar Listings: Lakeside Nevada Beauty

Living in Luxury: Crystal Bay, NV Style

There’s no shortage of swanky real estate in Crystal Bay, Nevada. After all, this exclusive little enclave is known as a haven for the wealthy. And who can blame them? The idyllic lakeside atmosphere is enough to put anyone’s mind at ease, and if that’s not enough, then the business-friendly Nevada tax laws don’t hurt, either.

Yes, there are plenty of beautiful homes in the Crystal Bay area, but none can really hold a candle to the estate at 580 Gonowabie Road. So what’s so special about this home?

Well, just look at it. For starters, this striking residence is a work of architectural art. From the vantage point on the street, [...]

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September 9, 2015

Perfect Pairings: How to Match Your Interior Design & Exterior Home Style

Remaking the Interior of Your Home

Decorating your home can be a fun and rewarding experience, but if you’re not sure which direction to take, then the process can also be a bit daunting.

Of course, the furniture that you choose will have a huge impact on your home’s overall design aesthetic, so it’s important to select pieces that make sense in your home and ones that fit your personal style. After all, your goal is to create a living space that you’ll be happy to spend time in and proud to show off, and it all starts with the furniture.

If all of this sounds a bit intimidating, don’t worry. Homes.com is here to help! In collaboration with both Home Depot and [...]

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August 20, 2015

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Make Summer 2015 Guideline Changes

Mortgage market giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have responded to a strong housing market by adjusting several key underwriting guidelines. Things are getting a little bit easier as of August 15, 2015. The three primary underwriting guideline areas addressed were:

Unreimbursed Business Expenses Using Tip Income Departure Residence Debt

Let’s dive into the changes and they will affect borrowers going forward.

Unreimbursed Business Expenses

Unreimbursed business expenses have been an underwriting nightmare since 2008 when underwriting got strict about deducting them from qualifying income. Starting August 2015 that will no longer always be the [...]

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