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John Allasio

The Cost of Repairing Shoes Vs. Buying New Ones - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

The Cost of Repairing Shoes Vs. Buying New Ones

Shoe repair can be as simple and cheap or complex and expensive as you want it to be, but, like your shoes themselves, you usually get what you pay for.

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Costs to Look Out for (and Avoid) When Leasing a Car

Like so many transactions these days, car lease agreements are calculated to provide the dealership with a maximum amount of dough while providing you with a minimum amount of product/service. So what else is new, you say? Well, let’s do some digging into all the fine print, because the dealer’s definitely in[to] the details.

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First-Time Home Buyer Q&A: Why Do You Need a Real Estate Appraisal?

Michael Brocker, a regional team leader for Title Source, defines an appraisal as a professional appraiser’s opinion of market value of a home.

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How Rent-to-Own Works: A Deeper Look

Renting to own might be worth considering depending on your situation, but you need to carefully research and plan for the agreement.

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First-Time Home Buyer Q&A: How Do I Buy an REO Property?

REO refers to a home that the homeowner lost in foreclosure. The lender then tries to sell the real estate-owned property to minimize their losses.

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First-Time Home Buyer Q&A: What If the Home Appraises Lower Than My Offer?

In this installment of our First-Time Home Buyer Q&A Google Hangout (that never ceases to be a mouthful), the experts are asked about appraisals: What are you supposed to do when, after you make an offer on a home, the home is appraised for less than your offer?

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First-Time Home Buyer Q&A: What Are the Advantages of an FHA Loan?

An FHA mortgage is insured by the Federal Housing Administration and has less strict qualification guidelines for the homeowner. This and much more are discussed in our First-Time Home Buyer

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Did Adjustable Rate Mortgages Cause the 2008 Financial Crash?

Although ARMs were one type of loan used prior to the crash, what was called an ARM then and what is an ARM now are very different.

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Buying and Selling Homes in 2014: A More Balanced Market

2013 has seen some major economic events, and balance probably isn’t the first word most people would think of to describe them. However, there’s some balance coming in 2014…to the housing market, at least. A recent article on CNNMoney discusses how the housing market is shifting and will provide more opportunities for both buyers and sellers, as long as you’re a savvy player in the game.

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VA Loan Q&A: What Is an Assumable Mortgage?

Anyone can assume a VA mortgage – as long as their income and credit qualify – but children of veterans can’t get VA loans themselves.

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