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Spring Is Real Estate’s ‘Rush Hour’ — Here’s How to Tell If You’re Prepared
March 24, 2017 |

Spring Is Real Estate’s ‘Rush Hour’ — Here’s How to Tell If You’re Prepared

The most popular time of year to buy a home is in the spring, and this means that if you’re preparing yourself for getting into the real estate market, you may be experiencing a time crunch. If you’re wondering if you’ll be ready to put your home up for sale in time to take advantage of the season, here are few things you’ll want to think about.

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Is It Still Possible to Get a Mortgage With Zero Down? Yes – and Here’s How
March 23, 2017 |

Is It Still Possible to Get a Mortgage With Zero Down? Yes – and Here’s How

When it comes to investing in a mortgage, the down payment is key in making your investment a reality and proving to lenders that you’re a safe bet. However, while most opportunities for putting zero down on a home have disappeared since the recession, there are still a few ways to buy without putting money down. If you’re currently weighing your options, here’s what you need to know if you don’t have a down payment ready.

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Buying a New Home? Three Major Mortgage Missteps That You’ll Want to Avoid
March 21, 2017 |

Buying a New Home? Three Major Mortgage Missteps That You’ll Want to Avoid

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments you’ll make in your life, and it’s important to make sure that you’re doing what will be right for you down the road. If you’re trying to avoid buyer’s remorse and are wondering what major missteps to avoid when diving into the market, here are a few things you may want to watch out for.

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Real Estate

Real Estate Investment: Three Telltale Signs You’re Not Cut Out to Be a Landlord
March 22, 2017 |

Real Estate Investment: Three Telltale Signs You’re Not Cut Out to Be a Landlord

The idea of purchasing a property and having renters can be an exciting business venture that offers lucrative financial rewards. However, there’s a lot involved in being a successful landlord and it’s important to be aware of what’s required before making the commitment. Whether you’re investing in one rental property or five, here are some questions you should ask yourself before getting involved.

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Predicting a Hefty Tax Refund This Spring? 3 Reasons You Should Use It for Home Renovations
March 14, 2017 |

Predicting a Hefty Tax Refund This Spring? 3 Reasons You Should Use It for Home Renovations

There’s a burden that comes along with having to do your taxes every spring, but it can actually be a great benefit if you’re getting a sizeable refund this year. While many people like the idea of going on a trip or spending the extra funds, here’s why you may want to consider investing it back into your home for a profit you’ll be able to see!

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Making the Grade: How to Research Local Schools Before Buying Your Next Home
March 10, 2017 |

Making the Grade: How to Research Local Schools Before Buying Your Next Home

There are so many things involved in moving into a new home in a different neighborhood that it can be easy to forget about the proximity of many nearby amenities. If you’re wondering how you can find out more about the local school, let the following tips be your guide.

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Market News

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues
February 1, 2017 |

Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Continues

November home prices grew by 5.60 percent year-over-year on a seasonally adjusted basis according to Case-Shiller’s reading on National Home Prices. National average home prices rose 0.80 percent from October to November. Case-Shiller’s 20-City home price index revealed that the West and Mountain regions continue to hold the top three growth rates for home prices.

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Home Builder Index Dips in January
January 19, 2017 |

Home Builder Index Dips in January

January’s National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index dipped two points from December’s revised reading of 69 to 67; the index reading forecast for January was also 69.Analysts said that January’s reading was the second highest (after December 2016) since the peak of the housing bubble in 2005. January’s dip in builder sentiment was attributed to easing of builder enthusiasm, which spiked right after the U.S. presidential election. To put January’s home builder confidence reading in context, NAHB says that any index reading over 50 indicates that more builders than fewer have confidence in housing market conditions.

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Understanding Real Estate Contracts and What You Can Expect to Find
January 10, 2017 |

Understanding Real Estate Contracts and What You Can Expect to Find

There are a lot of things that go into the successful sale of your home, but many people are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the contract. Whether you consult with your real estate agent or plan on diving in on your own, it’s important to be clear on the terms. If you’re wondering what you can expect when it comes to the contract, here are some pointers on what to watch out for.

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Home and Garden

Spring Fever: How to Detect If Allergy Hotspots Are Developing in Your Home
March 17, 2017 |

Spring Fever: How to Detect If Allergy Hotspots Are Developing in Your Home

The spring season may be a time of cherry blossoms and longer days, but it’s also common for allergies to ramp up. While you won’t be able to stop the season, there are things you can do to limit the impact of allergies in your home. If you’re wondering what has the greatest impact on your sinus health in the home, here are a few places you’ll want to check out.

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2017 Home Decor Trends: Stay on Top of Modern Trends With This Handy Guide
February 16, 2017 |

2017 Home Decor Trends: Stay on Top of Modern Trends With This Handy Guide

Now that 2017 is here, it’s time to consider which upgrades you will make to your home. If you don’t have any major renovations planned, you can still tackle smaller projects or theme rooms. In today’s post we’ll explore some of the home decor trends expected to be popular in 2017.

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5 Home Maintenance Chores That You Can’t Forget to Take Care of This Winter
January 31, 2017 |

5 Home Maintenance Chores That You Can’t Forget to Take Care of This Winter

Winter may be a time for nesting until the cold weather abates, but there are a number of important tasks that a homeowner should be sure to do during the winter months. If you’re readying for the slow season or wondering what you might have forgotten, here are some things you’ll want to check off your to-do list.

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Other Recent Posts

NAHB: Home Builder Confidence Highest in 12 Years

NAHB: Home Builder Confidence Highest in 12 Years

March 16, 2017 |

According to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index for March, builder confidence in market conditions reached its highest level in 12 years and was six points higher than February’s index reading of 65.

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Mortgage 101: Five Key Mortgage Terms You Need to Understand

Mortgage 101: Five Key Mortgage Terms You Need to Understand

March 15, 2017 |

From putting your home on the market to finding the lender with the best rates, there are so many things involved in buying a home that the terminology is just one more thing to add to the list. While there may be quite a few words you’ll hear that may be unclear, here are a few you’ll want to watch out for so you’ll be prepared for home ownership.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 13, 2017

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017 |

Last week’s economic readings included reports on construction spending, Case-Shiller Home Price Indices and pending home sales. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a speech that federal interest rates would “likely” be raised. Weekly reports on new jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released.

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