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Taking Advantage Of Homebuying Affordability In Todays Market

Taking Advantage of Homebuying Affordability in Today’s MarketEveryone is ready to buy a home at different times in their lives, and despite the health crisis, today is no exception. Understanding

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Think You Should For Sale By Owner Think Again

Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights  For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate

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Best Time To Sell

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time LowIn a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because

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The Shocking News In The Unemployment Report

The Shocking News in the Unemployment ReportLast Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their May Employment Situation Summary. Leading up to the release, most

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Real Estate Will Lead The Economic Recovery

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic RecoveryWith more U.S. states reopening for business this summer, and as people start to return to work, we can expect the economy to begin improving. Most expert

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Is A Recession Here

Is a Recession Here? Yes. Does that Mean a Housing Crash? No.On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that the U.S. economy is officially in a

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Are You Ready For The Summer Housing Market

Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?As the health crisis started making its way throughout our country earlier this spring, sellers have been cautious about putting their homes on the.

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How Technology Is Enabling The Real Estate Process How Technology Is Enabling The Real Estate Proces

How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate ProcessToday’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how

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Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than EverFor years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master

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What If I Need To Sell My Home Now What Can I Do

What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do?Every day that passes, people have a need to buy and sell homes. That doesn’t stop during the current pandemic. If you’ve had a major life

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Recession Yes Housing Crash No

Recession? Yes. Housing Crash? No.With over 90% of Americans now under a shelter-in-place order, many experts are warning that the American economy is heading toward a recession, if it’s not in

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What You Can Do To Get Your House Ready To Sell

What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: Believe it or not, there are lots of things you can do to prep your house for a sale without even going to the.

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How To Find The Perfect Real Estate Agent

How to Find the Perfect Real Estate AgentThere’s a ton of real estate information available in the news today and on the Internet. It can be extremely confusing, especially in times of uncertainty

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Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales

Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales?Ten million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits.

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The Housing Market Is Positioned To Help The Economy Recover

The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights Expert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it

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Looking To The Future

Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are SayingAs our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we feel

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Why The Stock Market Correction Probably Wont Impact Home Values Why The Stock Market Correction Pro

Why the Stock Market Correction Probably Won’t Impact Home ValuesWith the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the stock

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Is Now A Good Time To Refinance My Home

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance My Home?With interest rates hitting all-time lows over the past few weeks, many homeowners are opting to refinance. To decide if refinancing your home is

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Dont Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare YouThere’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the

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Home Price Forcast

Home Price Appreciation ForecastQuestions continue to come up about where home prices will head throughout the rest of this year, as well as where they may be going over the few years beyond.We’ve

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What Would Make You Sell Your House

What Would Make You Sell Your House?There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from the National Association of

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365 Day Difference

A 365 Day Difference in HomeownershipOver the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide

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Across Time

The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: With interest rates around 3.66%, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been over the past few decades. Comparatively, they’re

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2 Myths

2 Myths Holding Back Home BuyersIn a recent article, First American shared how millennials are not really any different from previous generations when it comes to the goal of;

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Expert Advice

Expert Advice: 3 Benefits to Owning a HomeSuccess is something often worth repeating, and Brent Sutherland, a Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Investor, has certainly made

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List Your Home

Buyers Are Looking Now. Are You Ready to List Your Home?Inventory on the market today is low, especially among existing homes in the entry and middle-level tiers of the market. It is

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Baby Boomers

What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally

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How Long Can The Economic Recover Last

How Long Can This Economic Recovery Last?The economy is currently experiencing the longest recovery in our nation’s history. The stock market has hit record highs, while unemployment rates are at

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VA Loans

VA Home Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans and 2 million active

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How To Determine If You Can Afford To Buy A Home

How to Determine If You Can Afford to Buy a HomeThe gap between the increase in personal income and residential real estate prices has been used to defend the concept that we are experiencing an

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Buying A Home Can Be SCARYUntil You Know The FACTS

Buying a home can be SCARY…Until you know the FACTS [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights:Many potential homebuyers believe they need a 20% down payment and a 780 FICO® score to qualify to buy a home.

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Thinking Of Selling Your Home The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting,;

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What Matters

Forget the Price of the Home. The Cost is What Matters.Home buying activity (demand) is up, and the number of available listings (supply) is down. When demand outpaces supply, prices appreciate.

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over.According to;

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The Impact Your Interest Rate Makes

Some Highlights:Interest rates have come a long way in the last 30 years.The interest rate you secure directly impacts your monthly payment and the amount of house that you can afford if you plan to

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4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

4 Reasons to Buy a Home This FallHere are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights

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Private Mortgage Insurance

What You Need to Know About Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large

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Think Prices Have Skyrocketed Look At Rents

Think Prices Have Skyrocketed? Look at Rents.Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has

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5 Reasons To Consider Living In A Multigenerational Home

5 Reasons to Consider Living in a Multigenerational HomeDid you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multigenerational household?According to Generations United, the number of

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Depending On The Price Youre Going To Need Advice

Depending on the Price, You’re Going to Need AdviceTo understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you

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5 Tips For Starting Your Home Search

5 Tips for Starting Your Home SearchIn today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren

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Mid Year Housing Market Update Three Things To Know Today

Mid-Year Housing Market Update: Three Things to Know TodayShifting trends and industry-leading research are pointing toward some valuable projections about the status of the housing market for the

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3 Powerful Reasons To Buy A Home Now

3 Powerful Reasons to Buy a Home NowWhether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move up to the home of your dreams, now is a great time to purchase a home. Here are three major reasons to buy

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Home Prices

Home Prices Up 5.05% Across the Country [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index 

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3 Expert Insights On Inventory

3 Expert Insights On Inventory In The Current MarketThe current housing landscape presents greater home values, low interest rates, and high buyer demand. All of these factors point to the 

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10 Steps To Buying A Home This Summer

10 Steps to Buying a Home This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go

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Now Is The Time To Move Up And Upgrade Your Current H

Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered "premium homes." In today’s real estate

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5 Powerful Reasons To Own Instead Of Rent

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of RentOwning a home has great financial benefits.In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of

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4 Tips To Sell Your Home Faster

4 Tips to Sell Your Home FasterSince June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people

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Belief In Homeownership

Americans’ Powerful Belief in Homeownership as an InvestmentThe Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The

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How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family Wealth

How Homeownership Delivers Unsurpassed Family WealthThere are many financial benefits to homeownership, but probably none more important than its ability to create family wealth.How Housing Matters

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The Feeling You Get From Owning Your Home The Feeling You Get From Owning Your Home MyKCM We Often

The Feeling You Get from Owning Your HomeWe often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But, more often than not, the emotional reasons are the more powerful and compelling

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What Is Important To Boomers When Selling Their House

What is Important to Boomers when Selling their House?If you are a “baby boomer” (born between 1946 and 1964), you may be thinking about selling your current home. Your children may have finally

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What Is The Cost Of Waiting Until Next Year To Buy

What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices & interest

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

2 Myths Holding Back Home BuyersFreddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed, “

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Renting Or Owning What Is Better For You

Renting or Owning, What Is Better for You?In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But

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4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Summer

4 Reasons to Buy A Home This SummerHere are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights 

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3 Things To Know In The Housing Market Today

3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may

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Millionaire To Millennials Dont Get Stuck Renting A Home Buy One

Millionaire To Millennials: Don’t Get Stuck Renting A Home… Buy One!In a CNBC article, self-made millionaire David Bach explained that: “The biggest mistake millennials are making is

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Are Homebuyers Starting To Hit The Pause Button

Are Homebuyers Starting to Hit the ‘Pause’ Button?For the last several years, buyer demand has far exceeded the housing supply available for sale. This low supply and high demand have led to

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Is Buying A Home Really More Stressful Than Planning A Wedding

Is Buying a Home Really More Stressful Than Planning a Wedding? [INFOGRAPHIC]Some Highlights: According to a new survey from Open Listings, 62% of Americans ages 25-54 believe that

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Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling Begins To Stabilize

Home Value Appreciation Stops Falling, Begins to StabilizeThe percentage of home price appreciation on a year-over-year basis has decreased each month for over a year. The question was how far

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Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong For Years To Come

Home Buyer Demand Will Be Strong for Years to ComeThere has been a lot written about millennials and their preference to live in city centers above their favorite pizza place. Some have even gone so

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Homebuyers Shouldnt Worry About 2008 All Over Again

Homebuyers Shouldn’t Worry About 2008 All Over AgainLast week, realtor.com released a survey of active home shoppers (those who plan to purchase their next home in 1 year or

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Looking To Upgrade Your Current Home Nows The Time To Move Up

Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up!In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be 

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3 Graphs That Show What You Need To Know About Todays Real Estate Market

The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates

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Your Homes Spring Maintenance Checklist

Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well

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What To Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire In

What to Consider When Choosing Your Home To Retire InAs more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether they should sell their homes and move has become a hot topic. In

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Slaying The Largest Homebuying Myths Today

Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of

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Homeowners Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your House

Homeowners: Now Is A Good Time To Sell Your HouseEvery month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases their Seller Traffic Index as a part of their Realtors

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Buyer Demand Surging As Spring Market Begins

Buyer Demand Surging as Spring Market BeginsLast fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like

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Whose Mortgage Do You Want To Pay Yours Or Your Landlords

There are some people who haven’t purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. However, everyone should realize that unless you are living with your

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One More Time You Do Not Need 20 Down To Buy A Home

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have

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The KonMari Method Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house

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Are You Thinking About Selling Your Home Soon

It’s difficult to know when is the best time to sell, or how to get the most money for your house, but you don’t need to go through the process alone.You may be wondering if prices are

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Baby Boomers Are Downsizing Are You Ready To Move

For a while now baby boomers have been blamed for a portion of the housing market’s current lack of housing inventory, but should they really be getting the blame.Here’s what some of the experts

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Thinking Of Buying Or Selling A Home

Exit Family Realty offers Workshops that offer very valuable information to home buyers and sellers. These free workshops are created to help familiesmake informed decisions that can take the

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What Does The Future Hold For Home Prices

What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?Home prices are at the top of everyone’s minds. Can they maintain their current pace of appreciation? Will rising mortgage rates negatively impact home

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Buying Is Now Cheaper Than Renting

Buying Is Now 26.3% Cheaper Than Renting in the USThe results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that homeownership remains cheaper than renting, with a

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Thinking About Selling Your Home This Fall

Thinking of selling your home?  Before you put your home on the market, you are invited to join us for our complimentary Workshop. You will receive valuable information, tips,

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Are You Thinking Of Selling Your Home Soon

It’s difficult to know when is the best time to sell, or how to get the most money for your house, but you don’t need to go through the process alone.You may be wondering if prices are projected

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Are You Thinking About Selling Your House Soon

It’s difficult to know when is the best time to sell, or how to get the most money for your house, but you don’t need to go through the process alone.You may be wondering if prices are projected

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What Impact Will The New Tax Code Have On Home Values

Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months.Below is

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Home Prices Up

Some Highlights:The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.In the report, home prices are compared both

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Best Bet Home Improvements

If you're looking to improve the appearance of your home for resale, or you just want an updated look for your own enjoyment, there are a few things you must consider before beginning any costly

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Buyers Market Helps Premium Home Sales Soar

We previously reported how a shortage of inventory in the starter and trade-up home markets is driving prices up and causing bidding wars, creating a true seller’s market. At the same

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75 Percent Of Homeowners Think Now Is A Good Time To Sell

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the findings of their Q2 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey. The report covers core topics

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Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course In 2017

To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving

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69 Percent Of Buyers Are Wrong About Down Payments Needed

According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial Inc. at the Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary Market Conference, mortgage professionals say that

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Hows The Real Estate Market Find Out What The Experts Are Saying

As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are saying:Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Chief Economist “Positive

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What Would You Sacrifice To Save For Your Next Home

Some Highlights: 95% of first-time homebuyers are willing to sacrifice to make homeownership a reality. The top item that buyers sacrifice is new clothes, at 54%. Even repeat or experienced

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If Your Home Has Not Sold Yet Definitely Check The Price

The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fourth highest pace over the past year. Demand has remained strong ­throughout

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How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your Home

Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the

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4 Tips For Effectively Making An Offer

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good

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1 Reason To List Your House For Sale NOW

If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes for Sale The National Association of

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Can Your Real Estate Agent Answer These Important Questions

Whether you are selling or buying a home, the real estate agent you hire is critical to guaranteeing your family makes the right decision. Most agents can walk you through the process and explain

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