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5 SMALL-HOME UPGRADES YOU’LL REGRET

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5 SMALL-HOME UPGRADES YOU’LL REGRET EVEN THINKING ABOUT By: Scott Sowers The moment you walked into that adorable bungalow, you knew it was “The One.” It wrapped its cozy, snug-as-a-bug feeling around you and practically whispered, “Buy me.”So you did! Now you’re ready to make your dream-home Pins happen for real. But, as a small-home […]

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SELLING YOUR HOUSE? PREPARE FOR THE HOME INSPECTION

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SELLING YOUR HOUSE? PREPARE FOR THE HOME INSPECTION By: Lisa Gordon You’ve got a contract on your home for sale—congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you’ve got to go through an ordeal that could make or break that sweet deal: a home inspection.The home inspection is a contingency written into most […]

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8 COSTLY MISSTEPS NEW HOMEOWNERS MAKE

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8 COSTLY MISSTEPS NEW HOMEOWNERS MAKE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR By: Amy Howell Hirt The negotiations are over. Your mortgage is settled. The keys to your first home are in hand.Finally, you can install your dream patio. You can paint the walls without losing your security deposit. Heck, you could knock out a wall. You’re […]

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Outdoor Improvements to Enjoy!

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Outdoor Improvements to enjoy!   Whether buying or selling, it is good to enjoy all aspects of the home.  Here are the top 5 outdoor improvements to enjoy in your new home or to help sellers stand out from the competition.    

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Homes Are Selling Quickly Nationwide

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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an average of 28 days in June. This is a slight increase from the 27 days reported in May, but down from 34 days reported a year ago. 54% of homes across the country were on […]

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The Rental Trap!

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Be Careful Not to Get Caught in The Rental Trap! There are many benefits to homeownership. One of the top benefits is being able to protect yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. Don’t get caught in the rental trap! Don’t Become Trapped  A recent article by ConsumerAffairs addressed the […]

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The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership

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The 5 Greatest Benefits of Homeownership Recently, Freddie Mac reported on the benefits of homeownership. According to their report, here are the five benefits that “should be at the top of everyone’s list.” Homeownership can help you build equity over time. Your monthly payments will remain stable. You may have some tax benefits. You can take pride in ownership. […]

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NAR Data Shows Now Is a Great Time to Sell!

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  We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. Two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now continues to be a great time to sell your house. Let’s look at the data covered in […]

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Majority of Buyers Wrong About Down Payment Needs

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69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial Inc. at the Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary Market Conference, mortgage professionals say that first-time buyers still believe a 20% down payment is necessary to buy in today’s market. Nearly 40% of mortgage industry professionals surveyed believe […]