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The most important decision you make is who you will trust to guide you through this major financial life event.  Some people give this a lot of thought and others just choose an agent they like without any research. The fact is you will hire an Agent, not a company, however choosing an agent from the wrong company can come at a cost.     Choosing an agent with a National Network is very important but if all the focus is on the “National” part and the ownership and focus of the Company is not grounded locally then you may be losing some very important support.    After all, the homes we are buying or selling are here where we live, in our community. Our relationships with other potential buyers or sellers, agents and service providers are also…
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If you are trying to sell your home then it really pays off to go to a little extra effort to impress your buyers. There have been studies that show it takes buyers only seven seconds to decide whether or not they are going to buy a home once they set foot in a house. That it is why it so crucial to make a good impression and also why “staging” a home for sale is such a fine art.
However not all of us have the cash on hand, or the time and energy, to do things that are really going to flip your home over to the next buyer quickly.  For instance, not everybody has the cash on hand to install a brand new flashy Jacuzzi complete with freestanding brass towel warmers and new stone tile floors. However you might have the money on hand to install designer…
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How is the government shutdown impacting mortgage loans?

The full impacts are largely speculation as this is an unprecedented event, we can't fully know what will be effected.

The current impacts are already being felt. VA and FHA loans are still being processed, insured, and guaranteed by the government, for now. Conventional loans are also still being processed. The problem is that there are a lot of third party verifications required to process mortgage loans.

The investors who fund mortgage loans require tax transcripts and SSN verifications for borrowers. Since the IRS and Social Security Administration are shut down, there is no way to get these verifications. 

Some lenders have issues notices stating that they will except loan…
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Applebees Free Meal
On Monday, November 11th, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger, Three-Cheese Chicken & Sundried Tomato Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform.
Bar Louie Free Lunch or Dinner
From open to close Sunday, November 10th and Monday, November 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value when they show valid military I.D. or other proof of service.
Bob Evans
Veterans and active…
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