Steven Austin at Guaranteed Rate

Steve Austin, VP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate in Tampa, FL

Steve Austin, VP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate in Tampa, FL

America’s Most Affordable Outdoorsy Cities, 2018: Open-Air Adventure at Cut-Rate Costs

If you prefer hiking over staying in and watching TV, these affordable cities could be an outdoor paradise for you! Love the outdoors? Can't wait to get on a bike, go for a run, or board a boat? Then these metros are for you. Plus, they're affordable.

How to Stain a Deck: Your Summer Guide to Deck Maintenance Made Easy

Don't let the idea of staining your deck stop you from conquering this task! It's easier than you think. This article gives easy instructions for staining a wood deck, as well as sealing, cleaning, and maintaining it.

Existing home sales slide as prices spike

The median price for homes continues to rise, while inventory continues to diminish. Get pre-approved today so you can have an edge over other buyers. June marks the third month in a row of existing home sales declines, while the median home price reached an all-time high marking its 76th straight month of price increases.

Look Inside America's First 3D-Printed Home

The future is here. Take a look inside the first 3D-printed house in America! What if a printer could solve the housing crisis?

5 reasons why summer is a hot time for home buying

As the weather heats up, so does the homebuying market! Give me a call today so you can get pre-approved and find the house of your dreams. The spring is arguably the most popular season for homebuying, but that doesn't mean the market dries up during the summer. In fact, there are plenty of great opportunities for prospective buyers to make a splash on their dream home.

Guaranteed Rate tech trends

As technology has evolved, Guaranteed Rate has evolved with it. Check out the trends and tools that have paved the way for today’s homebuying experience. Navigate the mortgage process on your coffee break-new capabilities simplify the journey from approval to closing.

This mortgage industry executive gives money directly to people in need. All they need to do is ask.

The Guaranteed Rate Foundation has been doing amazing things for those in need. Read on to hear about the lives they have helped change. Guaranteed Rate CEO Victor Ciardelli believes in cutting out the middleman when it comes to charity. He's given $2.4 million to 1,027 people so far.

No Flash in the Pan: 7 Vintage Kitchen Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback

Vintage looks always come back in style. These 7 kitchen designs are following the same trend. Whether in a nod to the bold approach of the '30s or the kitschy flourishes in '60s design, modern kitchens are finding a fresh new face in the past.

How to Water a Lawn, and When: Odds Are, You're Doing It All Wrong

Your lawn can take a beating over the summer, but with these tips you'll have your lawn looking green and lush. Wondering how to water a lawn? It's not nearly as simple as turning on the sprinklers and walking away! Here's what you need to do to keep your grass green.

5 straight months of falling pending home sales

New home construction has risen to a 10-year high despite a slight drop in the Pending Home Sales Index. Contact me today to discuss your options! According to the National Association of Realtors, the Pending Home Sales Index fell a meager 0.5% in May to 105.9, down from 106.4 in April, representing the fifth month of consecutive decline.

Video: 6 Ways Buyers Get Tripped Up by a Home Inspection

Avoid these six common mistakes during the home inspection process. The inspection is a key part of the home-buying process, but many inexperienced buyers don't realize what they're supposed to do (or not do).

7 Outdoor Improvement Projects You Can Start—and Finish—This Weekend

Summer and home improvements go hand in hand. Knock out these weekend tasks so you can sit back and sip lemonade! With so many summer distractions, you might fear starting something you can't finish. But we have seven simple outdoor projects you can wrap up by Monday.

Finding a loan that fits

Deciding which loan is right for you can be tricky. Give me a call–let me break down your options! Researching your loan options and looking for the perfect fit? Let us help.

Everything you need to know to swap your lawn for a garden this summer

Your house will be the talk of the block after you swap out your lawn for a beautiful garden! By June Scott, Houzz In semiarid and arid regions, a well-designed, water-efficient landscape can often look more at home and more beautiful than a landscape dominated by plants whose water needs exceed what nature provides. Even in areas where rainfall is plentiful, converting all or part of a lawn...

Change ain't easy: 5 ways to make the big move fun for kids

Moving isn't easy on anyone, especially your kids. These tips will help you get them excited for the big day! Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with the undeniably true saying, "The only constant is change." Depending on your outlook and life situation, transition can range from exciting to scary. In the mind of a young person watching strangers pack and load the family's possessions into a big truck...

Getting and Staying Organized Through the Summer

Between the vacations, pool days, and barbecues, it can be tough to stay organized during the summer. These tips will help you stay clutter-free! Between vacations, barbecues and pool parties, we can lose track of routines, projects and "stuff."

Pre-approval: The homebuyer’s secret weapon

Make the seller an offer they can't ignore. A pre-approval from Guaranteed Rate lets you make a strong offer on the spot. Pre-approval is a game-changer. It shows sellers you mean business. You’ve done your research, you know your budget and you’re ready to plunk down some serious cash on a brand-new home.

7 Ways to Turn a Profit From Your Spring-Cleaning Project

Need motivation to start spring cleaning? Check out these 7 ways you can turn a profit. Before you start throwing stuff away, you should consider how you can give your clutter a second life and earn some money doing it.

10 things only new homeowners understand

There's a night-and-day difference between renting and owning. Here's 10 things only new homeowners understand. The few, the proud, the homeowners. Congrats on swapping the renter’s life for a beautiful home to call your own! Here are 10 things only new homeowners understand.

5 money tips for the Millennial

Attention, Millennials! Utilize these money-saving tips so you can buy your first home in no time. Do you find yourself asking “what should I do with my money?” If you’re a young adult looking to be a pro with your finances, this article is for you. By managing your money the right way, you’ll be on the awesome path to homeownership. Millennials, you work hard but also want your work to &...

5 Ways You're Destroying Your Lawn

Are you destroying your lawn? Avoid these 5 common lawn care mistakes. If your lawn has been looking particularly brown, patchy, or sickly, you might be to blame. Have you made any of these lawn care mistakes?

Ty’s Tips | 7 kitchen renovation blunders to avoid

Renovating your kitchen is worth the risk. Make a plan of action and turn your kitchen into the focal point of your home! Is your kitchen bringing you down? Get out the blueprints and roll up your sleeves—it’s time to renovate!

Buy property and build your dream home with a construction loan

Build your home from the ground up with a construction loan. Contact me today to learn more! Looking to build your dream home from the ground up? Guaranteed Rate’s offered construction loan program could help you make it happen!

13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for the Best Summer Ever

It’s time to get your home ready for summer! Take care of your home's hot-weather needs now, and you'll have more time for fun in the sun.

Ty's Tips | Smart Home for Smarter Living

Your house will be the talk of the block with these cost-efficient ways to turn it into a smart home. It’s time to bring your home into the 21st century. Implementing smart home technology will make your life easier and enhance the value of your property.

This Tiny Home Has Its Own Pizza Oven – House of the Week

It’s tough to say no to a pizza oven! It only cost $15,000 to build this European-style tiny home with a custom wood-fired oven, soaking tub, his-and-hers closets and more.

Sign your closing docs in advance with FlashClose

That huge stack of paperwork at the closing table is a thing of the past. Sign your closing docs in advance with FlashClose! Close your loan in a flash. Ask your loan officer about FlashClose today!

Unlock These 6 Stunning Front Door Designs for Any Type of Home

Make an entrance! Stylish front doors can make your house pop. When decorating your home, it's easy to forget about the front door. Here's how to create a beautiful entry that's cohesive with your home's design.

Cashing Out Your Refi: Pros and Cons

Looking to leverage your home equity to cover renovations or other major expenses? A cash-out refinance could be your best bet! Refinancing your mortgage is like souping up a sport bike. The right tools and the right plan can reduce your rate and retrofit your home loan to fit your needs.

To splash or not to splash, that is the question!

A swimming pool can turn your house into summer party central. However, there are a few drawbacks. What you need to know before putting in a backyard pool. As warmer weather approaches, some homeowners start having visions of a beautiful backyard oasis. A new swimming pool is an exciting lifestyle improvement, promising recreation and relaxation whenever you want them. But before you decide to br...

Beyond the Bar Cart: How Boozy Spaces Are Taking Over People's Homes

Belly up! Homeowners have gone beyond the bar cart and created some exceptional boozy spaces. A new generation of homeowners is creating at-home bars, wine cellars, and other spaces for storing and serving alcohol.

Green is good!

When you go green, you’re not only saving the earth. You’re also cutting your monthly expenses! 5 ways to make your home eco-friendly and cost efficient One goal you most likely have as a homeowner is to minimize your monthly expenses. Another goal you hopefully have as a human is to minimize your impact on the environment. Good news: you can address both by making your property a shining exam...

Greener Acres? 7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home in the Country

Buying a home in the country seems idyllic. However, you might want to consider these things when making the big move. Buying a home in the country can be a dream come true. But if you're not adequately prepared for rural living, it could become your own personal nightmare.

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