Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Summer is quickly approaching on us.  Below are some summer tips to help maintain your home

1.  Air conditioning should be checked and cleaned if needed. (we advise hiring a professional technician to service equipment)

2.  Inspect hot water heater for mineral build-up.

3.  Seal coat driveway and approach

4.  Apply weed/insect killer to lawn

5.  Clean faucet aerators.

6.  Sit down, relax and enjoy your new home!!!

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Coming Soon to Wentzville, MO! Ivie League Homes Presents…Luxury Living at The Hamptons! Spring 2018

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Welcome to Wentzville, MO

Crossroads of the Nation

Wentzville is a vibrant city whose charm is exceeded only by the remarkable people who call it home. While times have changed, the friendliness and hospitality that recall a simpler era have not. We enjoy a way of life that contains not only the charming characteristics of a small town, but all of the amenities of a dynamic suburban environment.

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Fireworks Display Back in Wright City!! YAY!!

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Concerts in the Park, Wright City, MO

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New regulations for fireworks for the City of Wright City!!

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Now Accepting Contracts for Timber Trails Subdivision, Wright City, MO!

  • Public Water
  • Public Sewer
  • Level Lots
  • 10,000 – 17,300 sq ft lots

City Living in Country Style!

Right Place, Right Time, Wright City”

Wright City, Missouri, is located along Interstate 70, about 45 miles west of St. Louis. As part of the westernmost portion of the St. Louis Metropolitan Economic area, Wright City not only provides a country setting for housing, but a potential for economic growth that is attractive for those businesses seeking to cater to the needs of a residential community and facilities for light to heavy industrial businesses. Primarily single-family, with some multi-family housing, Wright City provides a peaceful, semi-rural area in which to live, yet is within an easy drive for the major sporting and cultural events of the St. Louis Area. A wide variety of homesites are available to serve almost any lifestyle.

The History of Wright City

The City of Wright City was platted as a village in 1857 by Doctor Henry C. Wright on land granted to Dr. Wright in 1831 by the United States.  The village was platted to take advantage of the new North Missouri Railroad which was constructed in 1857.  Dr. Wright built his home about 1860 on land that sets now at the corner of South First Street and South Locust.  In September, 1863 the Wright City Raid took place during the Civil War.  The Baptist Church, Bryan’s Blacksmith Shop and Kennedy’s Saloon (all known to be places where Southern sympathizers congregated) were burned to the ground by Union Militia.  The town of Wright City was incorporated in 1869 and became a fourth class city in 1941.  Wright City, a thriving community doing business through the railroad, then with the advent of automobiles Highway 40 ran through the center of town bringing motorists and businesses catering to them.  In the 1950’s Interstate 70 was constructed, bringing a whole new group of businesses. Today, Wright City is a growing community with the advantage of the railroad and interstate highway.

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Wright City!! Flag Retirement Ceremony Diekroeger Park Saturday June 17th

Flag Retirement Ceremony Diekroeger Park Saturday June 17th at 11 am

Sponsered by Wright City Parks Dept and the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Wright City

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Celebrate the Fourth! July 4th Parade & Liberty Fest!!

Everyone is invited to participate in the parade by making/designing a float. This year’s theme is “Hail Our American Heritage”. Float registration is required. Please complete an application and return it to Progress Park with your entry fee.

Floats will be judged for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with Mayor’s Choice and Best Musical Entry for 1st and 2nd place.

After enjoying the parade, join us at Progress Park for FREE family activities! Beginning at noon, swim for FREE and stay for more fun and entertainment. For more information, please call (636) 332-9236.

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Our display will be open at The Villages of Stonegate Addition, Wentzville 11-4 Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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COME BUILD WITH US!! WE MAKE IT EASY!!

Display Address: 448 Honeysuckle Creek Dr. 63385

  • From the Home of the Villages of Stonegate we Bring You Stonegate Addition. Build your Brand new Ivie League Home on your choice of a walkout lot, a 3 car or a non walkout lot! Now accepting contracts! Call for details! Homes are going fast!
  • Lake Tucci Manor Get more for your money! Lake living in your Brand New Ivie League Home! (Hurry!! Only 2 Left!!)

Now is the time to come out and pick your colors for the inside and outside of your Brand New quality built Ivie League Home!

Call Renee @ 636.359.3559 or Ivie League Homes @  636.745.2923

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Coming Soon!! Lake Tucci Manor, Wright City, MO! Are you looking for an Affordable New Construction home while enjoying Country living?

Are you looking for an affordable new construction home while enjoying country living?? Well look no further.  We at Ivie League Homes and Properties have just the home and subdivision for you!!

Lake Tucci Manor offers a gorgeous lake for fishing! Wright City provides a peaceful, country setting  in which to live, yet is  an easy drive for the major sporting and cultural events of the St. Louis Area, and minutes from Wentzville, MO or Warrenton, MO for shopping.

 

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Friday June 23, 7-9; Nerf Night!! Ages 11-14

Nerf Night! $10

Don’t miss this great event at Progress Park! Register now at ! or call 636.332.9236

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Saturday June 17 Super Hero Hustle in Wentzville!

Kids, suit up! On Saturday, June 17, the Superhero Hustle will take kids (Ages 4-13) through seven crazy obstacles only a superhero could conquer.

For more info contact Wentzville MO Parks and Recreation

 

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Free Event!! Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson! June 22 @ 6:30 pm

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this fun-filled, record-setting event!  Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 at Progress Park Pool, as we participate in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL).  For more information or to register for this FREE event, please call (636) 332-9236.

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Wright City High earns bronze rating!!

For a third year in a row, Wright City High School has been recognized as one of the most distinguished learning environments in the state.

As part of its annual ratings, the U.S. News and World Report awarded the school a bronze medal, ranking it among the top 146 schools out of over 500 in Missouri. In general, schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

“This sustained academic achievement is a testament to our fantastic staff for really putting an emphasis on teaching and learning, as well as to our students for working hard to respond to the high standards set by our teachers,” said Principal Shawn Brown.

Out of the schools in Missouri, two were awarded gold status, 22 earned silver status and 122 received a bronze recognition. The evaluation looks at the school’s college readiness index. It focuses on the percentage of advanced placement students tested, their scores on the test and how many passed. It also takes into account the scores from the end-of-course math and English tests.

According to the scorecard, Wright City received an 8.2 for college readiness. It had 11 percent of students take the advanced placement testing, with 64 percent of those passing. The school scored a 69 percent in math proficiency and a 73 percent in English proficiency. 

“The fact that our district has been laser focused on achievement and really tried to increase rigor for our kids and provide them with solid learning opportunities every day has contributed to our success,” said Brown. 

The evaluation and rankings were based off of data from the 2014-15 school year. Wright City High School has an enrollment of 450 students and staffs 29 full-time teachers. The district has an 85 percent graduation rate.

Brown says being able to share those recognitions received by the district really says a lot for the community.

“It brings a great source of pride to our community,” said Brown. “We’re really proud of the fact we provide a high school that provides quality education. Throughout the years it’s been something we’re really focused on is making this a place people want to move to.”

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Shop Local!! Wright City Missouri Business Scene

Welcome to Wright City!

  • Abracadabra Hair and Tanning Salon
  • Charlie Darling Luxury Salon and Spa
  • Legacy Drug Store
  • MADD Graphics
  • Pets on Parade Pet Salon

Remember to support our Wright City Businesses! Why Shop Local?

  • Wright City Businesses provide JOBS for Residents
  • These Businesses contribute to our Local Charities and Schools
  • The Sales Tax you Pay in Wright City supports our Police Department, Parks and other Government Services
  • Wright City Business Owners have Invested in our Town and its Future
  • A Thriving Business Community attracts more Residents and Businesses to Wright City

 

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Wright City, Mo city wide Garage sale! Saturday June 24th

Do you have things around your house that you no longer use? Why not turn those items intoa little extra cash at the annual city-wide garage sale on Saturday, June 24!This Year the event will be well advertised and all sale sites will be listed on the City’s website and FaceBook Page. The list will be organized by location in the City and will include a description of what is for sale at each residence. You can pick up a Garage Sale application at City Hall or on the City’s Website  http://www.wrightcity.org/ . Deadline is Friday, June 16. NO FEE

 

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Tips for New Sod

New Sod Care

First 2 Weeks

The key to establishing new sod is to keep it properly watered for the first month. Immediately after installing sod, water thoroughly making it spongy to the step. The new sod should be kept thoroughly wet to a depth of 4″ to 6″ and watered 3 to 5 times a day during the first 7 to 14 days depending on the season. Lift a corner of the sod to determine the depth of moisture. In the first week, it is very important to keep the new sod damp. During this time stay off the sod so it can take root and you do not sink in and leave depressions from your foot steps. During hot weather, sprinklers should run several times a day so the new sod never dries out. If allowed to dry out, the sod will shrink, brown, and can die. The roots of your new sod will penetrate the soil faster and root down sooner if properly watered. At the end of week 2, dry up the yard enough so you can mow.

Weeks 3 & 4

The following 2 weeks are used to transition from frequent daily watering to fewer cycles per day and increase the number of days between waterings. During week 3, reduce waterings to 1-3 times per day and skip a day between watering if the new sod is not drying out. By week 4, water 1 to 2 times every other day. After week 4, your new yard should be ready to go 2 to 3 days between watering. Water your lawn in the evening or early morning when less evaporation occurs. To reduce run-off on hills and promote deep root growth, reduce watering times in half. One hour later, run the irrigation cycle again and apply the rest of the water. This allows the water to soak into heavy soils.

Rest of the Season

Your new lawn will need more water the first growing season and especially the first 6 months. As it roots deeper over the course of a year, it will need less water. If your lawn looks dry, it probably needs watering. The key to new sod care during this time is deep watering less frequently. This will help the roots grow down and develop a deep root system that uses less water. It is ok after the first two months to stress your lawn a little. This means let your yard dry out a bit and when you see signs of stress starting to appear, make sure to water. This will also allow you to fine tune the sprinkler system and adjust heads for proper coverage and change nozzles for more or less water in certain spots.

Mow if Grass exceeds 3.5″

Your new lawn should be mowed at the end of week 2 or if you lawn exceeds 3 1/2″ tall. Back off on the watering so the turf is dry to the touch and firm enough to walk on without sinking in. If your new lawn reaches over 3 1/2″, mow off a third of the length even if it has not been two weeks. Do not cut shorter than 2″ for the first few times you mow. Exercise caution the first time you mow so you do not damage or pull up the sod. If some of the sod does move around, don’t worry. Just put it back in place and it will grow in.

 

Read more: http://gvt.net/turf-care/new-sod-care

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NFPA Grilling safety tips

General grilling tips
  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Propane Grills

  • Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
    • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

When the grill is on:

  • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

Charcoal grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
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Now Accepting Contracts for the Villages of Stonegate Phase V!

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Now accepting contracts!! for the Villages of Stonegate Phase V! Build your Brand new Ivie League Home! WE MAKE IT EASY!! CHOOSE YOUR OWN COLORS!!! Call for details! Homes are going fast!

 

 

 

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Area Attractions

Located just 40 minutes from downtown St Louis and the Gateway Arch, the area offers numerous opportunities. St. Louis’ Forest Park is home to the Art Museum, The St. Louis Zoo, the History Museum, the Muny, and the St. Louis Science Center, just to name a few.

For the sports enthusiasts, St. Louis is home to the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues.   St. Charles County is host to the baseball Frontier League’s River City Rascals and the indoor arena football team The River City Rage.

Wentzville is located just 20 minutes from the many wineries at Augusta, Missouri.  For the history buffs, you can visit the  Daniel Boone home in Defiance or the Lewis & Clark Boathouse in St. Charles.  The St. Charles County Family Arena is host to a variety of events .  If its music you’re looking for visit the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Symphony Hall. No matter what you are looking for or wanting to do, you’ll find Wentzville a convenient location.

*NOT ALL OF THE EVENTS IDENTIFIED ON THIS AREA ATTRACTIONS PAGE ARE CITY OF WENTZVILLE EVENTS OR “SPONSORED BY THE CITY” EVENTS.  Wentzville’s linking policy expressly prohibits links to non-government related sites. However, the links above are intended as a resource for the community and do not indicate a relationship between a particular business/agency and the City. For the most part, the links are maintained by the sponsors of each page and are not City of Wentzville sites.

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5 Spring Cleaning Tasks That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Spring is a time when pollen takes over the Earth, and winter coats are packed away for another year. It’s also a time to pull on rubber gloves and begin scrubbing, dusting, washing, and polishing so your home looks sparkling clean for the upcoming warmer months. Below are some items you may not have thought of while starting your Spring Cleaning.

1. Refrigerator coils

When dust and dirt cover the coils, your refrigerator has to work harder to cool food—and that can shorten this appliance’s lifespan.

You can find your refrigerator coils either at the bottom or behind the machine. Vacuum them with a crevice or upholstery tool. Then push a duster or refrigerator coil brush (about $5)  between the coils to grab the rest of the pet hair and dust that stubbornly cling to the coils; position your vacuum under the brush to catch falling debris. 

2. Ceiling fans

Ceiling fan blades collect dust and allergens, which then spread throughout the room when the fan in turned on.  To grab the dust, climb a ladder and wipe the blades with a microfiber or damp cloth.  You can also buy curved duster attachments made especially for ceiling fans for about $10. While you’re on the ladder, flip the switch to reverse the blade direction. The blades should move clockwise and push air straight down, creating a cooling breeze and relief from warmer temps.

3. Baseboards

Cleaning scuffed and dusty baseboards may not get a lot of attention but you will notice!  You can easily remove the dust and scuff marks with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or cleaning wipes.  For a really deep clean, run a Q-tip over baseboard tops and ridges to remove dust collecting there.

4. Shower heads

You can remove mineral buildup from stainless-steel shower heads with a household staple: white vinegar. Fill a small plastic bag with distilled white vinegar, and attach it with a rubber band over the shower head. Let the vinegar work its magic for an hour or two until the scale dissolves; then scrub the residue away with a toothbrush. If you have a brass or bronze shower head, which are more delicate, rub away scale with a soft cloth and warm water.

5. The insides of your appliances

The appliances that clean your dishes and clothes can build residue over time.  Food and soap scum build up along the bottom and sides of your dishwasher, and dirt and detergent collect in the drum and along the top of your clothes washer. Here’s how to get them clean.

Dishwasher: Pour a cup distilled white vinegar in the base of your empty dishwasher, and run a hot water cycle. To remove foul smells, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom and run the machine on a second short, hot cycle.

Washing Machine: To kill any mold in your washer, add a cup of bleach to the bleach dispenser and run the empty machine through the longest, hottest cycle available. Scrub any removable parts, and use a toothbrush to clean any debris in hard to reach crevices. Open the lid, and let air dry.

Dryer: Vacuum the drum and lint screen. If you use dryer sheets, soak and scrub the screen to remove residue. Unplug the machine, remove the exhaust hose, and pull out lint you can reach with your finger, vacuum hose, or flexible dryer brush.

 

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Protect your investment install Drain Tile

Any water that stands near your house is just looking for a way to enter your foundation, which can lead to serious problems. Improve drainage around your home by installing drainage tiles. The project involves a lot of digging, but the results are well worth it.

Try to keep the water on your property so it benefits trees and shrubs. Mark the location where you want to install tile with a series of stakes.

Contact the local utilities so they can mark where buried lines are on your property. If there are utility lines buried under where you plan to add drainage tile, change your tile layout accordingly.

Dig a trench from the source of the water downhill to where you want the pipe to drain, using a shovel. Make the trench wide enough to accommodate the pipe you are using. Dig it deep enough to handle the pipe plus 3 inches of gravel below the pipe and topsoil to cover it. Use a chisel-point bar to pry out any rocks you encounter. Move most of the soil to another location with a wheelbarrow.

Fill the trench with 3 inches of gravel. Set the tile on the gravel. If you are using perforated tile, place the perforations facing downward. Perforated pipe allows water to drain out as it flows along the pipe. Nonperforated tile keeps water in the pipe until it reaches a receptacle, such as a dry well. Slide a tile sock over the tile if you want to prevent silt from filling in openings on the tile. Slide the male tile connectors inside the female openings on the end of the tiles to fasten the pieces together.

Check that the tile has enough slope using a carpenter’s level. Ideally, the tile should have at least an 1/8-inch drop per foot or 1/2 inch every 4 feet. Add or remove gravel as necessary to maintain the desired drop.

Dig a hole at the end of the tile system to hold a dry well. The well accumulates water runoff and allows it to percolate into the surrounding soil at a slow rate. Place 3 inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole.

Use the scored lines on the side of the dry well to cut an opening in it with a utility knife. Assemble the sides of the dry well following manufacturer’s directions. Wrap silt-blocking landscape fabric around the outside of the well. Tuck the fabric into the top as you attach the well’s lid with screws from the assembly kit.

Slide the well into the hole. Connect the end of the drainage tile to the well. Cover the tile and the well with soil. Tamp the soil in place with a hand tamp.

Instead of “dry well” “daylight” it out. Leave open so water can just run out to swail in yard.

The above instructions are not recommended by or recognized as the proper way to install drain tile on your property by Ivie League Homes and Properties, LLC or any of its affiliates. They are strictly for informational purposes only.

 

 

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Playtime Party Center

With jump sessions available to the public, Playtime Party Center offers indoor inflatables and jungle gyms for children to explore. The center has jump party packages that include a reserved table, hostess, and supervised jump sessions.

1225 Wentzville Parkway Wentzville, MO 63385

(636) 887-4244

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Wentzville Ice Arena

Featuring a fully stocked pro shop and food area, the Wentzville Ice Arena is a multipurpose ice skating rink open to the public. Events hosted at the rink include pick-up hockey, birthday party rentals, and public skating.

910 Main Plaza Drive Wentzville, MO 63385

(636) 332-4600

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Wacky Warriors Paintball

Having been in the paintball industry for over 25 years, Wacky Warriors Paintball has become the go-to paintball facility of Missouri. The center offers tournament games in their state of the art air ball fields or an option to host a private game or party event.

700 Wacky Rd Wentzville, MO

(314) 518-4436

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Wentzville Flea Market

Open on Sundays, Wentzville Flea Market has over 400 local vendors selling their goods in its market. The vendors sell antiques, seasonal produce, and other items. The market is set up on a paved path.

500 W Main Street Wentzville, MO 63385

(636) 327-6358

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Wentzville Parks & Recreation

Wentzville Parks & Recreation provides many opportunities for people of all ages. Programs include fitness, sports leagues, cultural arts and enrichment classes as well as special events throughout the year such as an Easter Egg Hunt and Holiday Night.

968 Meyer Road Wentzville, MO 63385

(636) 332-9236

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Quail Ridge Park

Amenities of the Quail Ridge Park include an 18-hole disc golf course, Henry’s Pond, biking and hiking trails, 16 indoor horseshoe pitching courts, and an off-leash dog area. The park also features a 3,600-square foot lodge facility that can be rented for private events.

5501 Quail Ridge Parkway Wentzville, MO 63385

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Did you know Wentzville has an emergency notification system?

The W.I.N.D (Wentzville Information Notification Delivery) is used to notify residents and business owners about imminent threats to health and safety.  Public safety officials may send send alerts about emergencies, including severe weather, water outages, traffic issues and critical police activity.  If you sign up for City announcements, you will receive information on the topics you designate.  Those who sign up can receive alerts by phone, by text and/ or by email.  To sign up, visit: http://bit.ly/signupforWIND.

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5 Things to do to ensure your loan closes

Purchasing a home is most likely the largest investment you will make and is the cornerstone of a financial plan.  Proper guidance and education throughout this process is critical.  Follow these 5 tips to avoid disappointment

  1. Your fist step is to get a Pre Approval form a trustworthy, reputable lender.  A lender referral from your real estate agent, friends and family are a great way to place yourself in the hands of a qualified mortgage professional.  It is not all about trying to get the lowest rate.  It is also about the reputation and service you will receive throughout the process to ensure that you close on time.
  2. DO NOT apply for any new credit.  Your Pre Approval is based on information reporting on your credit report at the time you apply for the mortgage loan.  It is VERY IMPORTANT to keep your credit the same, or at leas very similar, through the closing date.  Now is NOT the time to go out and buy a new car.
  3.  DO NOT utilize credit cards to purchase new furniture or appliances.  Increased credit card debt can negatively affect your credit score and therefore has the potential to cause issues with final mortgage approval.
  4. During this time, remember to save money for your new home purchase and also save money for reserves allowing you to have money after you close on your home.  There are several items you may find that you need when you move into your new home.
  5. Make sure you are protecting yourself by utilizing a seasoned, professional Real Estate Agent.  You want a knowledgeable Real Estate Agent guiding you through the process.  This can help you avoid issues and navigate through the complexities of buying a new home.
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