From: Remodeling

By: Kacey Bradley

Spring means spring cleaning for many homeowners and that means cleaning out the garage, a chore that no one likes. Yet homeowners always forget one task: checking on the condition of their garage door.

Aside from making sure the garage door opens and closes smoothly, homeowners don’t look beyond the fact that eventually the door will need replacement. Home remodelers should remind their clients that spring is the ideal time to replace garage doors, what to look for, and why it’s necessary.

Security is Important
Homeowners secure their windows and have up-to-date locks and alarm systems for their front and back doors. The garage door is an important area of access that gets the least attention when it comes to security.

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Source: Remodelaholic
By: Thalita

Hey Remodelaholic friends! If you’ve never seen my name around these parts, I’m Thalita and I normally blog over at The Learner Observer. We’ve been renovating our house for the better part of the last 3 months, and it’s safe to say that it’s been a crazy rollercoaster ride, but we’re surviving and even have a few finished spaces. We’ve managed to get the nursery ready for our twin boys, got the powder room in order, and the family room has also been finished. Yep. Three whole rooms!

The family room was by far the most involved of all of these. Want to see what it used to look like?

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Source: Workable Wealth

First comes love, then comes the mortgage, then comes the wedding? Although it may seem unconventional for a couple to purchase a home together before making the trek down the aisle, according to a 2013 study by Coldwell Banker, approximately 25% of couples between the ages of 18 and 34, and 14% of those aged 45 and older purchased a house together before they were married.

Here’s how to be unconventional, but also protect yourselves:

Address the Legalities

When going into any type of transaction with a partner, it’s imperative you have open and honest conversations about roles and responsibilities.

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From: SKN Real Estate

How much of a mortgage loan can I afford by borrow when buying a home? This is one of the most common question among first-time home buyers, and with good reason. If you take on a bigger monthly payment than you can afford, you could become another foreclosure statistic. And that’s bad for all parties involved — for you, for the bank, and even for the economy.

So let’s talk about how you can determine the amount you can afford, before you even start talking to mortgage lenders.

Lenders Cannot Tell You What You Can Afford

Many home buyers wrongfully assume that a mortgage lender will help them determine their affordability level. That’s not the lender’s job. It’s yours, as the borrower.

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From: Pacesetter Homes

By: Will Murray

It's a big deal, purchasing a new house. In fact, this is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make in your life. There is a lot to take in and yes, there is paperwork galore. So where do you start? We put together this list of steps to take before purchasing a home as a timeline to help you out.

Talk to Your Banker

First things first - you need to make an appointment with your banker or mortgage broker. You need to get into all the details of your finances and determine if you can afford to purchase a house at this point or not.

Time to Budget

It's a word a lot of people talk about, but not many actually put into practice. If you're serious about buying a home, you need to stay on track. Do you have a down payment already? If not, it's time to put together your plan to save for it. Look at your debts and reduce or get rid of as many as possible. You don't really need three credit cards, do you?

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