Author Archives: toddmcintosh

How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

Buying a home is a big decision. Since it is something most people do not do too many times in their lives, it might be difficult to know exactly how much of a mortgage one can afford. Here are three easy steps to help you figure out how much of a mortgage you can handle […]

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Don’t Fall Victim To Wire Fraud

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Searching For A New Home?

Here are three reasons you should consult with a real estate pro (me) before you find your dream home. Get a real estate professional involved early on in the process, it can make a BIG difference. Real home value: The home value estimates on many of the search sites can be off by thousands of […]

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Who’s Buying?

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Must Have Tools For Homeowners

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic […]

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Create An Evacuation Plan For Your Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add […]

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Bamboo It Up

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Be A Better Landlord

Rental properties are one of the best ways to earn passive income and build wealth, but “passive” is a little misleading—it can still be a substantial amount of work. However, with a little planning and dedication, you can run your properties efficiently while also keeping your tenants happy. Treat it like a business Successful businesses […]

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Pitch Perfect

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Which Down Payment Strategy Is Right For You?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually […]

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