How Will Credit Score Changes Impact Buying a Home?

Posted by Debbie Foster // February 19, 2020

First-time homebuyers are often surprised to learn they can qualify for a mortgage, especially if they don’t have great credit. But, changes to the way FICO measures credit scores are set to make it more difficult for many people to qualify. If you’re looking to buy a home this year, or anytime thereafter, here’s what […]

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Top Four Reasons For A Mortgage Denial

Posted by Debbie Foster // February 12, 2020

Low mortgage rates continue to push borrowing costs lower this year, but not every consumer is able to qualify. About a quarter of mortgage refinance applications are getting denied, according to a study from LendingTree of more than 10 million mortgage applications. The top four reasons why applications were denied were debt-to-income ratio, credit history, incomplete application, and […]

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Top Virtual Room Design Tools

Posted by Debbie Foster // February 5, 2020

When making a design plan for a new house, a simple sketch on a piece of paper rarely shows the detail needed to get the project going. Even for something as simple as replacing furniture in a room, it’s easier to plan your new look using technology to help you visualize the finished product. Fortunately, […]

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Features of a Well Designed Kitchen

Posted by Debbie Foster // January 29, 2020

When you’re planning a new kitchen, the layout is, of course, key to making the space work efficiently. But there are other things to think about. Take a look at this checklist to ensure that you tick off these essential elements of a well-designed space. Sufficient Storage If you want your kitchen to be functional, […]

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Florida Real Estate Market in 2020

Posted by Debbie Foster // January 22, 2020

The other day, I was reading a Bloomberg article which said that the nation’s housing market is constrained. The low inventory of houses on the market in Florida means that the cost of purchase will rise.  Florida is a growing state for a few reasons. First, there are no income taxes, so it is perfect […]

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Evicting a Tenant in Florida

Posted by Debbie Foster // January 15, 2020

Are you a landlord with bad tenants?  Is a small apartment income property causing your more grief than income?  For many individuals owning an income property on paper seems like a lucrative idea; however, the day to day operations can turn it into a nightmare if you don’t have a good property management company as […]

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2019’s Most Popular Patios

Posted by Debbie Foster // January 8, 2020

For much of the country, winter is the time to head inside and hunker down for the season. It’s also the perfect time to plan and dream about a new outdoor space for spring. To get the inspiration going, check out this countdown of the 10 most popular patios uploaded to Houzz in 2019. Paige […]

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2019’s Top Living and Family Rooms

Posted by Debbie Foster // January 1, 2020

Architectural elements, integrated TVs, user-friendly layouts and a built-in bar are among the features that caught the attention of the Houzz community in this year’s most popular living rooms and family rooms. They’re featured here in our countdown of the top 10. Gordon and Johnson Design 10. Conversation Starter The four oversize custom-slipcovered armchairs around […]

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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Posted by Debbie Foster // December 25, 2019

It may seem redundant to clean a dishwasher, but that’s exactly what housekeeping experts advise to ensure that your hardworking machine stays in top shape. Cleaning every four to six weeks will help reduce the buildup of lime scale and soap scum and eliminate food particles that can diminish the machine’s effectiveness and clog the […]

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Are There Any Alternatives to a Foreclosure?

Posted by Debbie Foster // December 18, 2019

The short answer is yes!  Not everyone understands their full range of options when facing foreclosure. If you want to avoid foreclosure and save yourself from the potential pitfalls of a poor credit rating there are some really useful alternatives. Today’s post will discuss some of the best alternatives to foreclosure, helping you to assess […]

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