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What is an Affordable Home?

February 9, 2019 by Marty Orefice | Financing, Real Estate

It might be logical to say a $100,000 home in a small town is more affordable than a $200,000 home in a large city, but … Read More

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Can You Deduct Moving Expenses from Your Taxes?

February 2, 2019 by Marty Orefice | Financing

Moving costs are expensive. You can get some of that money back by deducting your expenses from your taxes if you qualify. Read More

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Four Questions for Potential Lenders

January 23, 2019 by Marty Orefice | Credit, Financing

When you reach the end of your rent to own journey and you’re applying for a mortgage, it’s hard to know what to question. For … Read More

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Getting Around Student Loans to Buy a Home

January 16, 2019 by Marty Orefice | Credit, Financing, Rent to Own

It’s no surprise that college loans are vastly affecting the housing market. Regardless of their status as the largest generation of homebuying age, many millennials … Read More

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Paying for a Home Improvement with Credit Cards

December 26, 2018 by Marty Orefice | Credit, Financing

It’s tempting to put everything you have into your down payment. A higher down payment means that you pay less in interest over the course … Read More

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Should You Pay the Minimum Down Payment?

December 19, 2018 by Marty Orefice | Financing, Real Estate, Rent to Own

Option fees are typically between 2.5 percent and 5 percent of the cost of a home. That being said, today, you can get a mortgage … Read More

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Which is Cheaper: Renting or Buying?

October 26, 2018 by Marty Orefice | Financing, Real Estate

According to Bank of America’s Homebuyer Insights Report, renters have a split opinion when it comes to whether it is more cost effective to rent … Read More

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Top 5 Cities to Get a Job and Lease-Option

October 20, 2018 by Marty Orefice | Financing, Real Estate, Rent to Own

Glassdoor recently released a study about the top cities to find jobs. In these areas, median salaries are strong compared to the median cost of … Read More

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Save Money by Shifting Your Mortgage Payment Strategy

October 13, 2018 by Marty Orefice | Financing, Real Estate

When you have a shorter mortgage you pay the bank less money overall. That’s because the less time you owe the bank money, the less … Read More

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Chicago First-Time Home Buyer Programs

September 29, 2018 by Marty Orefice | Financing, Real Estate

Down payments are a major obstacle to people purchasing homes. The smaller your down payment is, the larger your monthly mortgage payment will be. More … Read More

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