Destination Summit: Owning Your First Home

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You’re ready to purchase a home (or are least thinking about it) — congratulations! Buying your first home is a huge milestone and is an exciting time in your life. It can also be confusing and overwhelming. Having people and resources you trust can make a big difference. That’s why The Summit’s team created “Destination Summit,” a new resource  designed to answer your home-buying questions and help you navigate the journey. 

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or just need a refresher, this is the place for you. We’ll give you the ins and outs of each step, provide helpful tips, and connect you with the information you need to make your home dreams come true. And when you’re ready to buy, The Summit’s experts will be there to guide you through the whole process, from choosing the best mortgage option all the way to closing.

House Square Footage vs. Useable Square Footage: A Helpful Guide

What is Included in Square Footage of a House? There are times when the listed square footage of a home does not necessarily equal the same amount of usable space as another home with the same amount of space listed. When looking at houses, you may see and feel that a home that is listed […]


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How to Decide Between a Move-In-Ready or Fixer Upper Home

In every real estate market, there are move-in-ready homes for those who want to get right to enjoying their new space and aren’t looking to do major renovations and fixer-uppers for those who want to take on a big project and customize the home to their own taste. There are pros and cons of each […]


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I LOVE this House—but I HATE the Color!

New Home Painting Advice Buying your first home comes with a mix of emotions, the strongest of which is often the emotion felt when you see the color of the exterior and the paint colors inside of the home. Paint choices can be controversial—the shutters may not match the siding, the previous owners may have […]


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Love It or Leave It: What to Keep, Sell, Donate or Throw Out Before Your Big Move

How to Decide What to Get Rid of When Moving As you get ready to move, you may be asking yourself: “What do I do with all of this stuff?” Old or new, well-loved or never used, need-to-have or nice-to-have—it all has to go somewhere as you coordinate your move. Consider these options to help […]


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Curb Appeal 101

When you buy a new home, you are also buying the property that the home sits on. Whether you’re in the market for a sprawling multi-acre property, or a home in a close-knit neighborhood, don’t overlook the land and surroundings of the house. Your new home’s curb appeal takes many factors into account, including what […]


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How to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

The environmental footprint of a house is something that more new homebuyers are paying attention to as they are looking for their first, and maybe even forever, home. Finding or making a home more environmentally friendly can be good for the earth and your wallet over time. There are a number of simple things to […]


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First-Time Home Buyer Budget Worksheet

A budget is important when buying your first home. It helps to see expected expenses all in one place to plan for what you’ll need from start to finish. This sample Homebuyer Budget Worksheet is a useful tool to track expenses throughout the process; you can download an editable copy here to use for your […]


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Think You’re Too (Fill in the Blank) to Buy Your First Home? Think Again.

It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re ready to buy your first home. What happens, though, when you doubt your readiness because of some preconceived assumptions or factors outside of your control? Whether you’re feeling like you’re not old enough, haven’t settled down with a partner, or are not sure about your ability to become […]


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Ten House Hunting Tips to Look Out For

The house-hunting process looks different for each person and homebuying experience. Some people fall in love with a home within the first few viewings, and others take a bit longer to choose the one that is best for them. Whether you’re “one and done” in a hot market, or taking your time to find just […]


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Types of Mortgages & Terminology for First-Time Homebuyers

Several terms are used frequently when applying for a mortgage. Use this quick reference guide to understand the terms that you will see and hear during this process.    Types of Mortgage Loans Depending on your financial situation, you may have the option of choosing from different types of loans, including: Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval Mortgages Post-Offer […]


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