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Explore Different Neighborhoods with Social Media

By | Buyer Resources | One Comment

It’s important to know your neighborhood when looking for a home. Ideally, it would be great to visit all the surrounding neighborhoods to get a feel. However, using social media features can actually help you discover even more. Let’s explore some different ways to feel out a neighborhood to help find your ideal home. Facebook: City Guides Facebook offers a feature where you can find places in a neighborhood where locals actually go. It offers secret spots that locals recommend. All you have to do is choose your prospective location and explore by interest. You can look up local restaurants, dog parks, nightlife, shopping centers by reviews from others. Facebook also allows you to see who visits that same neighborhood from your friend’s network. Instagram: Places Tab You can go into the Instagram app and find “places” on the top bar. From there you can type in the city of your choice and explore different areas and pictures from other users. It’s great for narrowing down a few neighborhoods and getting that visual feel. This is aggregated by users tagging their location when posting their photos. The places tab collects recent snapshots geotagged by location, giving you access to explore…

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Budgeting for a Home is Easier Than You Think

By | For the Family | No Comments

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases in a person’s life; after all, buying a home isn’t the same as buying a car. It can be overwhelming to think about all the money you need to save for the down and monthly payments, but with a good strategy in place, you’ll be able to save up and purchase a home in due time. Budgeting can be a tricky thing. Not only do you need to be organized, but you need to make decisions on how much to spend and allocate to your savings account on a consistent basis. Once you figure out how much you can put away and how much you can spend, things will handle itself. Here are some helpful tips. Add Up Your Income Learn how much you can spend by figuring out how much money you are bringing in. Add up every source of income you receive each month and once you have that figured out, you will want to make a list of all your expenses. How Much to Allocate 50% of your total monthly income should go into living expenses and essentials. This includes rent, utilities, transportation or gas, and necessary groceries…

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